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49 dots are drawn as a 7x7 regular square grid. Can you draw 4 triangles that pass through every dot? The corners of the triangles must lie on the dots, ie., they cannot lie outside the grid.

The 7x7 puzzle is a harder version of the 5x5 puzzle: Three triangles passing through every dot of a 5x5 grid

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  • $\begingroup$ @msh210 Changed the wording to make it clear. $\endgroup$ Jun 28 at 7:34
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    $\begingroup$ It is even less clear than before (a slight difference between "this is a link:" and "here is a link: ...". But information from the other puzzle clarifies that 4,7x7 is harder than 3,5x5. $\endgroup$
    – z100
    Jun 28 at 7:45
  • $\begingroup$ I can get all but one... $\endgroup$
    – A username
    Jun 28 at 8:50
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The construction:

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I don't know if it's the only solution, but that's the only one I found.

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    $\begingroup$ That last triangle (green in your picture) is so hard to find / easy to overlook! This is a great puzzle and well done on finding the solution. I'm almost sure it is the only solution (up to rotation/reflection). $\endgroup$ Jun 28 at 9:52
  • $\begingroup$ Correct and well done! Yes that green triangle is very hard to find. If we use the approach in the previous 5x5 puzzle then it is not too hard to find a solution with one dot missing. But getting that extra dot is the challenge here. $\endgroup$ Jun 28 at 9:54
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    $\begingroup$ @DmitryKamenetsky Thanks! Nice puzzle! $\endgroup$
    – Jerry Dean
    Jun 28 at 9:56
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    $\begingroup$ @DmitryKamenetsky I planned to change it every 3 months or so to keep track of how I'm doing here ;) (That's why I wrote the date as well) $\endgroup$
    – Jerry Dean
    Jun 28 at 11:10
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    $\begingroup$ I did the computer search. It is the only solution modulo symmetries and permutations of the triangles. And btw if you go for non-right triangles you need 6 of them. $\endgroup$
    – Florian F
    Jun 30 at 21:24

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