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Recently on a local fair (mela) I bought this puzzle from a magic-stall. It contains the following parts (each part is rigid, inflexible)

dismantled

Fig- 1 : Dismantled pieces in 1 set.

It contains :

  • rod like piece, containing 4 balls in a straight line: such set 2 pieces.

  • Rectangular piece with 6 (= 3 X 2 ) balls, The arrangement of balls is square type : Such set 2 pieces.

  • a triangular tray.

All balls are equal in diameter. The balls of a single piece could not be detached or bent.

The whole thing is to be assembled into a pyramid (more specifically regular tetrahedron) , as follows:

Assembled

Fig- 2: What to attain. The regular tetrahedron shown from different viewpoints.

Assembled piece shows 4 balls at each edge.

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Hints:

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  1. completely geometric puzzle.

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  1. No lateral thinking required.

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3. The completed piece would look like a stack of marbles or oranges.

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4. the model on hand will make the game much easier.

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The way to assemble this is in the following order :

- take one of the long 1x4 pieces.

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- take one of the 2x3 pieces, and sit it on top of the first piece so that 3 balls appear on each side of the single rod.

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- take the 2nd 2x3 piece, rotate 90 degrees from the other one, and place on the top of the prior 2x3.

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- Place the last 1x4 on top of the contraption. This structure, when tilted to any side 45 degrees, will give you the final product.

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Picture to follow

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    $\begingroup$ Upvote! Excellent answer! It would be great if you could hide parts of your answer until hovered over, so that readers don't see the solution before having a chance to try it themselves. $\endgroup$ – BrettFromLA Feb 28 '17 at 0:50
  • $\begingroup$ ya this is correct solution. $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Feb 28 '17 at 4:13
  • $\begingroup$ @BrettFromLA hmm it is called spoiler. Okay I'm editing answer; which may be approved/ improved/ disapproved as per moderators' discretion. $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Feb 28 '17 at 4:15

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