The puzzle is as follows:
Suppose that you have a metal structure made by brass wire. Assuming that you must get 44 rods of the same size each. What is the least cuts to be made using an electric grinder assuming that you cannot bend the structure?
The choices given are:
I have been going in circles on how to arrange this figure to get the least amount of cuts. My understanding is that a in typical puzzle of this type, cutting diagonally is useful to put the pieces adjacent to each other. This allows you to not repeat the cut twice.
My problem arises from the little square in the center. It confuses me. I can see that the structure is symmetric. Does this help to minimize the number of cuts?
Is this logic sound?
I've attempted to make a bigger X in the central square but then I got stuck from there.
I would really appreciate answers which include a drawing.
I found this puzzle in an old sheet of different dissection riddles. From its looks seem to be an adaptation from APA IQ exams of the 1980s which might be a modification from Catell's tests.
Can someone help me with this question?