SimplyStats Thanksgiving Puzzle

I owe a lot to Jeff Leek and Roger Peng for their great Coursera courses, in which I learned to program in R. They (along with Rafa Irizarry) run the Simply Statistics blog, which I highly reccomend. They posted a Thanksgiving puzzle in which a data.frame needs to be converted from one form to another, spelling out ‘thanksgiving’.

The puzzle: convert this

into this

My solution, which uses Rubik’s Cube rotations of rows and columns (and dplyr of course):

Suggestions on how I could have done this differently (or automated solutions) most welcome!

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