A straightforward puzzle for the patient. There are no tricks or decryptions needed. The task is 'simple' albeit potentially challenging (and maybe time-consuming).

The goal

Dissect the Africa-grid below into 54 pieces of different shape and size.
- Each piece consists of fully connected squares, i.e. is a polyomino.
- The letters on each piece are anagrams.
- All anagrams belong to the same group of words, defining the dissection property.
- The anagrams may contain one or more 'white spaces'.
- The English language is used.

If you dissect it correctly, you may be able to spot a rather well-known word in an African native language. (Googling the word gives 125,000,000+ results)


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    $\begingroup$ @kaine BmyGuest's puzzles always seem to be really impressive. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 10 '15 at 0:34
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    $\begingroup$ I guess it would be poor taste to make an educated guess at the "final" word without finding any polyominos. It does show "About 125,000,000 results" when I Google it, though ;) $\endgroup$ – Set Big O Mar 10 '15 at 1:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Geobits: that (easy to guess) word is not the solution, but the verification anchor to help limit the parameter space and put back some faith into your solution. You still have to find it though. The dissection is the solution. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Mar 10 '15 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ Where is Madagascar? $\endgroup$ – Victor Stafusa Mar 11 '15 at 5:51
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    $\begingroup$ @VictorStafusa Too small (too few squares) to put it appropriately on the map, so I restricted to mainland (continental) mass only. Basically I took an Africa map image and scaled it down to get to ~pixels I needed (=letters) and then edited to get the best representation. Madagascar didn't look good at all. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Mar 11 '15 at 13:04

Got the dissection part done. No idea about the native African word, though.

The 54 pieces are the various nations of Africa

  • $\begingroup$ I see a B in there (in pink), and maybe an L. $\endgroup$ – xnor Mar 10 '15 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ Morocco, Mauritius, Sao Tome and Principe, Libya, Cote d'Ivorie, Mauritania, Madagascar, Comoros, Cabo Verde... I'm missing a country/letter :( $\endgroup$ – Set Big O Mar 10 '15 at 20:10
  • $\begingroup$ If you colour your solution differently, you will see. I'm going to post in a sec... $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Mar 10 '15 at 20:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Geobits: You miss it, because the dissection is not 100% like mine. Benin/Niger could be dissected differently. That's why you miss the T in this solution. $\endgroup$ – BmyGuest Mar 10 '15 at 20:16
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    $\begingroup$ You have an extra I in NAMIBIA which should be in GUINEA. $\endgroup$ – Luke Nov 23 '15 at 14:32

Golden Dragon has solved it, but for the record, this is as intended:



  • $\begingroup$ Another fantastic puzzle! $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Mar 12 '15 at 20:02
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    $\begingroup$ I think it's very difficult to see the Ubuntu, although it can be guessed when you say "a well-known word in African native language", haha $\endgroup$ – justhalf Nov 23 '15 at 3:59

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