Designed from kitchen floor linoleum, the pieces are made from two basic shapes: a square and a flattened hexagon. The 18 pieces of the puzzle are the complete set of all the ways of combining four elements within the pattern. The shape of the puzzle leaves 9 empty holes which can be arranged in a multitude of patterns, including ones that are symmetrical in various ways: horizontally, vertically or rotationally.
There are 38 totally symmetrical arrangements of the holes for this puzzle. Can you surmise what these are and figure out why 2 of them have no solution?
It is very difficult to find any solution, even though there are actually billions of solutions for this puzzle! The multiple challenges of this puzzle make it one of the designer’s personal favorites.
- red alder and black walnut wood
- 18 pieces
- billions of solutions
- 5″ x 4″ (13cm x 10cm)
- difficulty level: 9 out of 10