# Make me a hexagon!

I came in my office this morning, and there was a piece of paper on my computer screen where I could read:

Make me a hexagon!

On my desk, there were four plastic letters: t, a, n and h. All lowercase.

I don't know who in the world is challenging me early in the morning, but of course I'm gonna make you a hexagon!

Flipping the paper on my screen, I could read:

Your goal is to arrange the letters to make a hexagon. This hexagon will not have curved sides. The letters can't be flipped over or stacked, but rotating them is allowed.

... Well, then let me get my coffee first. What about you go ahead and solve it first? I'll catch up!

• Can you clarify the phrase "This hexagon will only have straight lines"? What does it mean to "have straight lines"? Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 11:47
• has to be regular? Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:01
• @Matsmath Is "no curved sides" better? Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:10
• Is the hexagon made up of only letters? And only lower case? Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:13
• @Techidiot But yes, I specified lower case. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:16

turning the "n" upside down and spelling "utah"? The US state of Utah is a (nonconvex, ~spherical) hexagon.

This is a slightly unsatisfying answer (though I suspect it's the intended one) because

the borders of the state of Utah are curved; lying on the surface of an approximate sphere, how could they not be?

• I like your answer. However, I feel like there is too much of lateral jump interpreting your answer as a hexagon. Well... so, I am not explaining my concerns very well. My point is that you do not provide a hexagon, as wished by the OP, but rather you provide something which in turn can be interpreted as a hexagon. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:18
• @Matsmath That's why this is tagged lateral-thinking... Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:22
• @Gareth Well, in three dimensions, yes, but in two dimensions, they don't seem to be curved (or very slightly). Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:22
• They're close to straight on a Mercator projection, or any other that makes lines of latitude and longitude straight. But not quite! There's a kink in the eastern border, for historical reasons of some sort. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 14:26
• maybe this is why you answer others but not my question about "regular hexagon" @IAmInPLS xD Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 15:29

The solution:

Because:

Hex, "a" gone

Instead of building an Hexagon (geometric figure) I use the word "Hexagon" and pronunciation "hex" + "a" + "gone" with a little bit of creativity
I form the word "hex" with the existing "h", the "e" is an "a" rotated 180 deg and the "x" is the "t" rotated -45 deg

• I don't get this... Can you kindly over-explain your solution to non-native dummies like myself? Also, in OP there are two parts emphasized in bold face font. Are those parts covered by your solution? If so, then how? Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:53
• But the "a" is there. The "n" is gone. Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:54
• @FrodCube yeah, but the "a" is now an "e" .. ^^' Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 12:56
• @lois6b Even if you count the "a" as gone, the "n" is gone even more and not mentioned in your solution. Apart from this you convinced me :) Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:13
• Nice try, but no cookie for you :-) Commented Nov 14, 2016 at 13:23

Solution:

A hut

Why?

Take outline of regular huts in a corner view and it gives you a hexagon.

e.g. here and here

Throw the plastic letters in the trash.

Take the note and use scissors to cut the words "a hexagon" out. Throw the rest of the paper in the trash.

Now all of the letters present have been arranged to make "a hexagon".