Questions tagged [polyomino]

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Is this Tetris puzzle solvable?

As a birthday present last year, I received some fridge magnets. They didn't come as a puzzle, so I don't know if they have a solution, but I made a puzzle out of them anyway. The magnets are ...
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Tiling with T-tetrominos in gravity

The goal is to tile all the white squares using T-tetrominos when there is gravity pulling the tetrominos downwards like regular tetris. The black squares are void and the ground is just below the ...
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Dissecting Africa

A straightforward puzzle for the patient. There are no tricks or decryptions needed. The task is 'simple' albeit potentially challenging (and maybe time-consuming). The goal Dissect the Africa-...
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Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle

Let's pack some (one or more) T hexominoes together with some (one or more) small $a\times b$ rectangles into some bigger $m\times n$ rectangle without holes and overlapping pieces. For example, I ...
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Can you put L trominos to fill the figure?

In the above picture, there are 24 squares. Can you only use L trominos to fill the figure? If yes, give an example. Otherwise, please explain why. An L tromino is like this:
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Filling the plane with two colors

In this puzzle you must tile the plane with colored T-tetraminos. I will start by laying down 3 of them for you like so: Your task will be to tile the entire rest of the plane meeting the following ...
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Introducing Tetronogram - Beginner's Version

Introducing Tetronogram! (named by @MrPie) The puzzle is made of a grid like a nonogram. Notations are along the axes like a classic nonogram but numbers are replaced by the names of the ...
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Pairs of Pairs of Pentominoes

Split the 12 pentominoes into three sets of four. Can you pair up pentominoes so that each set makes two of the same shape? For instance, one of your three sets could look like this: That uses the L,...
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Polyominoes to construct alphabet

It is possible, using a set of just 10 polyominoes, to construct any one of the 26 letters below. Can you find such a set? When constructing, polyominoes may be rotated and flipped, but may not ...
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Tetromino Sudoku

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #32: Grid Deduction Hybrids The grid below, when filled in, forms a valid Sudoku grid. It can also be filled in like a LITS (nuruomino) puzzle without the 1x4 ...
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Covering an 8×8 grid with trominoes

I tried to find non-trivial solutions on a deficient 8×8 grid covered with trominoes and I regret to say that after extensive efforts I found only two non-trivial solutions: The conditions of ...
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Covering an 8x8 grid with X pentominoes

What is the minimum number of X pentominoes you need to cover every cell of an 8x8 grid? Pentominoes may overlap each other and sit outside the boundary of the grid. An X pentomino looks like this:
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Hexominoes into 7 simultaneous congruent shapes

I came up with this puzzle 16 years ago, it was on Ed Pegg's Mathpuzzle site but nobody solved it AFAIK. The 35 hexominoes (which look like this): are to be arranged, in groups of five, into seven ...
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ABC - A Blokus Commitment

Welcome to Blokus, a board game where you can place pieces of 1 to 5 blocks on a square board. Each player has at his disposal every piece from monomino to pentomino. A player's inventory is ...
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Tiling rectangles with W pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Find smallest rectangle divided into figures so each figure has 5 neighbours

The following 3x4 rectangle can be cut into pieces along grid lines, so that each piece has exactly three neighbors: Problem: Find the smallest rectangle on the integer grid that can be cut into ...
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Near-fill with 3x1 long triominos, how to do a different void square than the center square?

It's rather easy to fill a $7 \times 7$ board with 16 long triominos, leaving the center square void: see the picture below. But if I want to move the void square in another position, where else could ...
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Four Birds + One

You have a 7x7 tray, and several pieces as shown (the dimensions should be fairly obvious since the picture is to scale, but if not, a yellow bird piece fits snugly in a 4x4 square, the blue piece is ...
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Fewest polyominoes to construct digits

What is the fewest polyominoes you need so that any one of the numbers $0$ to $9$ can be constructed? When constructing, polyominoes may be rotated and flipped, but may not overlap. Bonus: How few ...
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Polyominoes on a checkerboard

Professor Halfbrain has spent his entire weekend by cutting lots of wooden $50\times50$ checkerboards into lots of polyominoes. He looked at various pattern polyominoes with area $49$, and always ...
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Ziggy - Make a square from 8 polyomino pieces

A few years ago I created a small packing puzzle that I'd like to share here today. The puzzle is based on the fact that $1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 6^2$. It consists of 8 zig-zag polyomino pieces, ranging in ...
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Generating all hexominoes by cutting and pasting

Place the 35 hexominoes around a circle in such a way that if two of the hexominoes find themselves next to each other, it is because one of the two can be obtained from the other by cutting out one ...
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What the L are they trying to prove?

Seems some L t rominoes have developed a punk attitude and feel they have something to prove because people always play with dominoes instead.   They are even jealous of I trominoes, who ...
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BOOM! All Clear for Mr. T

In Tetris 99, Mr. T loves performing All Clears, which happen when a piece clears all lines in the playing field. Being a gentleman, he also tries to minimize the total damage he sends to his ...
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Let's Play Tetris!

Fill the whole grid with Tetrominos. Every cell must be part of exactly one Tetromino. Tetrominos can be rotated as necessary. The colored clue cells must be part of the indicated type of ...
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Pentomino solution maximizing straight lines length in rectangle - wood cutter problem

Recently in my free time I cut from wood with my scroll saw two pentomino sets. One set made from 10x6 pattern, and then the other set 20x3 pattern. Think of wood cutter difficulties. I would like to ...
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Dissecting a square

You are asked to dissect an $N \times N$ square into polyomino pieces such that each piece shares portion of its boundary with exactly $D$ other pieces, and no piece has area exceeding $N$. This can ...
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How many colors does it take?

This question is from a popular monthly science magazine in my country: You have an 8x8 square where any 3 squares forming a tromino (including reflections and rotations) must consist of three ...
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Four hand tiled squares demonstrating a Pythagorean Quadruple

Demonstrating the Pythagorean Quadruple $6\times6 + 6\times6 + 7\times7 = 11\times11$ Using the pieces shown in the $11\times11$ square: The objective: Arrange the pink pieces (four enneominoes) ...
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Tiling a rectangle with just the Y pentomino

Inspired by this question series, which was inspired by this question. They give rise to beautiful pictures (at least in the eye of the beholder mathematician) and some nice generalizable solutions. ...
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Pentominoes On the Edge

Source 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 ...
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Tetromi-nuri-doku

Note: This puzzle was inspired by the one here, by Mike Q. Every square in the grid above, when the puzzle is complete, has a number between 1 and 9 in it and either is shaded or is not. Each 3x3 ...
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Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle

See my similar question about T hexomino (Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle) This is exactly same but with other polyomino - Z pentomino. Let's pack some (one or more) Z ...
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Hand tiling puzzle demonstrating Eisenstein triple $c^2 = a^2 -ab + b^2$

An Eisenstein triple is related to 60 degree triangles and a special case of the cosine law. But we need not worry about that except to note that a specific example of an Eisenstein triple is $7^2 = 5^...
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Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Hand tiling puzzle

Here's a set of polyominoes (sizes 4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that you can print and cut out. You can use the two smallest to make a 3x3. Nice easy one to get you started. Add a piece to make a 3x5. Add another ...
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Restoring 3D Tetromino Puzzle

You won't believe this. I worked all night to make a new 3D tetromino puzzle, and just as I was about to save the final version there was a power outage! Now I can't remember what the final clues were ...
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Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...
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What is the minimum-sized Blokus board which can contain all pieces?

Rules: Each player has the twelve pentominoes, five tetrominoes, two trominoes, one domino, and lone square. These may be flipped and rotated in any manner. The board on which these are to be placed ...
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Tiling rectangles with X pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Tiling rectangles with V pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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3D tetromino placement

The following image depicts a $5\times5\times5$ cube. Insert any number of the pictured 3D-tetromino pieces into the cube to satisfy the conditions listed below. Pieces may be rotated in any direction....
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Tiling a rectangle with an odd number of Y pentomoes

Follow-on from Tiling a rectangle with just the Y pentomino Two questions: Find the smallest rectangle that can be tiled with an odd number of Y pentominoes, or prove it impossible Find the smallest ...
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Finding the most flexible of all 35 hexominoes

Of all 35 hexominoes, which is (or are) the most flexible of all, that is, the one (or ones) that can be converted into the most other hexominoes just by cutting out one of its component squares (thus ...
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Four Pieces Polyomino

Goal: Create a symmetric polyomino using: Two pieces Three pieces All four pieces Notes: This is the only set of four different pentominoes which has only one solution with 2, 3 and 4 pieces. ...
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A Blokus Flow problem

When I'm fed up with the usual rules of the boardgame Blokus, I'm making variations of it. Here is one I recently come up with. Provided on a blokus board, each player has at his disposal every ...
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The Pentomino Snake

The premise of the puzzle is quite simple. Here's how to set it up. Draw a 5x5 grid of squares. Write the number 1 in the middle. Make a "snake" of numbers up to 25 so that each number is ...
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Tiling rectangles with Heptomino plus rectangle #6

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 Next ...