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 Post subject: Pressmans Think Square
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2005 4:31 am 
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Hi

Does anyone know where I can get the solution to this puzzle???

It's driving me crazy!!! :roll:

Thanks


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:22 am 
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hey Mandyme,

http://www.speedcubing.com

browse around that site... there's MILLIONS of solutions of that site.

well, not millions..but a lot! :lol:

-chris joe


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 9:33 am 
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As far as I know there's not a single solution on speedcubing.com. Also, since it's not even a twisty puzzle speedcubing.com has nothing to do with it.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 4:36 pm 
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wait, are you talking about a 3x3 or a different puzzle called "pressmans thinks square?" oH MY! LOL i thought she refered to a 3x3 in another way. (the title)

my apologies :lol:

-chris joe


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2005 7:19 pm 
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Would you happen to have a picture of this Pressmans Think Square. I would like to know what your talking about first then maybe I can help you out. :wink: I don't know but it's worth a try.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 12:44 am 
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This is al I could find on this particular puzzle

http://home.comcast.net/~stegmann/assembly.htm

Just scroll down to the table and it is in the right hand column towards the end of the table.

Thanks!


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:20 am 
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sorry! i can't find anything on it.

good luck!

-chris joe


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2005 1:53 am 
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It looks like this puzzle is based on a classic vanishing area paradox. I had some difficulty finding a good site that shows this one (most sites only show a triangular version of the paradox), and could only find the following site:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/ ... zzle1.html

The explanation it has is not correct.

Anyway, each side of the square has two triangular pieces along it, a large one and a short one. There are 2 solutions - all the edges can have a large triangle followed by a small one, or they all have a small one then a large one.

The paradox is that it seems that both solutions have the same square area, but in one of these solutions you will have a small piece left over. The reason is that the slopes of the triangles forming the outer edge of the square are not the same, so that in one solution the 'square' has bulging sides, in the other the 'square' has dented sides and you get a leftover piece.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2005 3:27 am 
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Ah Ha. That looks promising. I'll give it a try and get back to you ;)


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