1. Bicons and Actions

A solved moshaiku is made up triangular tiles. When we rotate the board so that one corner is on top, we can also see it as a mosaic whose tiles are the 6 bicons shown in the bottom row:

Each bicon consists of the two icons (hence the name) shown on the top two rows. Beside each one is the name of the action to be performed with the help of a person. One of them is a direct action, represented with an icon with filled triangles, while the other is an aid action, represented by an icon with empty triangles. Every direct action has a dual one: BE-ACCEPT are dual, as are SPEAK-LISTEN, ASK-ANSWER, aid to BE-aid to ACCEPT, aid to SPEAK-aid to LISTEN, aid to ASK-aid to ANSWER.

Memorizing the bicons

It is useful to memorize the bicons for when you do not have access to this page. An easy way to do it is as follows:

  1. 1. Look at the icons BE, SPEAKING and ASK. Note that the starting form of each one is the hourglass, a symbol of patience inside action:

  2. BE is the open hourglass directed downwards

  3. TALK is the open hourglass aiming to to someone on the right

  4. ASK is the closed and vertical hourglass, with its profile containing (with straight sections rather than rounded ones) the question mark ‘?’

  5. 2.From these three actions we easily find the respective dual ones: ACCEPT, LISTEN, ANSWER, and their corresponding icons: just look at the icon of the action we start with, figure out the triangles needed to complete the square and fill them, as shown in the figures.

  6. 3.Now that we have a rule to remember each direct action and its icon it is very easy to find the corresponding aid action and its icon. For the former, just add aid followed by the name of the direct action. To find its icon, look at the direct action’s and figure out the triangles needed to complete the square and then leave them empty, as shown in the figures.



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