Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year!

Best wishes from Sassi of Matera!!!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Our ponies

We had great fun trying to solve the Pony Puzzle.
Look at the strange horses we have found!

Sam Loyd wrote that people all over the world laughed for such a long time looking at the grotesque shapes of horses obtained. More than a billion copies of the puzzle were sold.

Second Autumn Riddle: solution

Let's reveal the solution of the second Autumn Riddle. The proposed quiz was:
After printing the picture, carefully cut the six pieces out, and then reassemble them into the best possible picture of a horse!

So, what is the solution?

It is a famous puzzle, the Pony puzzle, created by Sam Loyd (1841-1911). The six black pieces are only a trick and a trap. As a matter of fact, the pieces must be placed in order to form a white horse inside, as the picture shows.
If you want to have an idea of Loyd's huge production, you can consult the Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, published by his son in 1914 and available free in the Internet in its unabridged version.