This clever puzzle has an elegant solution, and makes a wonderful gift for any visual thinker!
Inside a wooden frame are 7 cylindrical pieces, of different lengths. In the side of the frame is an indentation containing an additional piece. Rearrange all 8 pieces so that they lie flat inside the frame.
A real stumper!
The puzzle contains 4 pieces : 2 triangles and 2 trapezoids.
One frame is larger than the other. The larger frame is used to store the pieces.
Turn it over
Notice that this side is smaller and the frame is thicker.
Now, try to fit the 4 pieces in the frame.
* Do not use strength.
If you solve it correctly, the pieces will slide in to place smoothly.
An ancient puzzle attributed to the Greek mathematician Archimedes. There are a startlingly large number of ways to fit this puzzle together, see how many you can find.