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You stumble upon this puzzle in the newspaper, composed of only lines and numbers.

13—17

13—84

13—113

17—117

34—53

53—115

82—84

113—17

117—113

Unfortunately, you're a bit stuck. You call upon your friend Sherlock for a hint (he's very good at puzzles). After looking at it for a minute, he finally replies. "Elementary, my dear friend. I'm sure you can connect the dots yourself. Once you're done, the answer is another puzzle."

Well, that wasn't very helpful. Or was it?

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It is indeed...

Elementary:

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As the instructions tell us to draw lines on the periodic table between the elements, given by their atomic numbers.

This gives us...

this peculiar shape:

m

This is

The original tangram puzzle! In Tangrams, you take the pieces and rearrange them to get another picture. This particular tangram is famous and has a few 'solutions':

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  • $\begingroup$ Just pipped me to the post! Classic Christmas cracker shape recognition :) +1 $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Feb 25 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Stiv Ironically I actually didn't recognise the picture at all :P $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 25 at 17:53
  • $\begingroup$ You are correct! Nice work :) $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 25 at 22:21

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