Introducing Pentominoes!

It's the same concept as tetrominoes except they use 5 tiles instead of 4. Discounting rotations and reflections, there are 12 different free pentominoes. (If you include reflections, there are 18 but we're going to assume our pieces are all vampires and, thus, don't have reflections.) You can one of each pentomino to form a 6x10 rectangle without any overlap or gaps. You can also do this for 5x12, 4x15, and 3x30 rectangles. (Incidentally, 60 is an anti-prime (or highly composite) number and those are neat.)

Here's an example of a $6\times10$ pentomino puzzle:

enter image description here

There are 2,339 unique solutions for the $6\times10$ puzzle. Here's the tricky part, though:

Can you arrange each of the 12 free pentominoes in a $6\times10$ rectangle such that each piece touches the edge of the rectangle?

You can find the answer online if you search a bit and nobody here will be able to tell. You will know, though, and the remorse shall haunt you the rest of your days.

Update: One solution has been found. There is exactly one more possible configuration that meets the requirement.


I found these solutions while playing around on https://www.scholastic.com/blueballiett/games/pentominoes_game.htm.

First arrangement Second arrangement

  • $\begingroup$ That's one solution. There is exactly one more. I'll leave it open for a bit to see if someone finds it. $\endgroup$ – Engineer Toast Dec 23 '16 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ There's another one? Cool!!!! Back to work... $\endgroup$ – wildBillMunson Dec 23 '16 at 2:07
  • $\begingroup$ Found it! Thanks for the excellent puzzle!! :) $\endgroup$ – wildBillMunson Dec 23 '16 at 3:24

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy, and that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.