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A sliding blocks puzzle is a puzzle which involves sliding blocks into a desired end configuration.

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Attain a particular configuration from a given initial configuration in a 3x2/2x3 board

The preface is the same as the well known 15 Sliding Puzzle/ 8 Sliding Puzzle. But this one is a miniaturized form of it with a 2x3 board. Given a initial configuration of the board and a final ...
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Spider Solitaire Puzzle - Can You Help Joe Bloggs Achieve His Goal?

It was yet another dreary Friday afternoon. Hardly anybody to talk to and the internet connection was flaky as usual. And the less said about his latest performance review the better. Hardly anything ...
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3 x 3 sliding puzzle

I have a 3x3 sliding puzzle that is currently in this state: 7 2 4 5 6 8 3 1 I want to solve the puzzle, so that it is in the following state: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 How do I do this?
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How to swap position of two elements when you can only rearrange four of them by one-way rotation?

The following puzzle is the final puzzle in the video game "Grim Tales: The Bride". Is there a methodical way of solving this type of puzzle? Can I plan steps to swap the position of the red ...
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Sliding blocks: Ebony and Ivory

Five months ago, I posted a sliding block puzzle: Exchange pawns (sliding block puzzle) That puzzle was inspired by the famous Black and White puzzle invented in the 1970s: ...
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9 digits in vertical arrangement

Here, 9 digits are given vertically on a board with 4 wings: North, West, South, East. Your mission is to arrange them horizontally. Pieces can move any distance in a move. The first move is clearly ...
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Ma Drasi and her kitchen in need of paralyzation

I visited Ma Drasi's kitchen today, and it was a hot mess, both temperamental and situation-wise. The rooks were rattling, cooks were crying, snooks were shattering, and crooks were flying and defying!...
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Wizard of subsets

Can you change this into this in three moves? You are the wizard of subsets. With only your mind, you can grab any subset of the 16 stone blocks and move them one unit in any direction (north, ...
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Yin and Yang pawn swap

I was inspired by this great puzzle. What is the fewest number of moves needed to exchange the position of black and white pawns in the following grid? Pawns can be moved in four orthogonal directions ...
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Exchange pawns (sliding block puzzle)

How many moves are needed to exchange the positions of black and white pawns? That is, all black pawns should be located at the below line and vice versa. But, all black pawns are identical and so are ...
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How do I create a sliding-blocks puzzle (specifically like the "Rush Hour" ones) which requires an "ah-hah!" moment?

Background My grandma gave me a set of Rush Hour puzzles as a small child, ever since I could be trusted to not eat the pieces. I still enjoy playing these today and would like to try my hand at ...
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Possible parity for sliding puzzle

As you can see, I have a sliding 5x5 puzzle, but no matter what way I scramble it and solve it again, I always seem to have two pieces that need to be swapped. Is there a way to swap the two pieces? (...
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Friday's Capturing Donimoes Problem

I just published my Donimoes collection of new games and puzzles as a book, so I'm celebrating by posting a few bonus problems this week. The puzzle is Capturing Donimoes, which I designed to feel ...
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Wednesday's Capturing Donimoes Problem

I just published my Donimoes collection of new games and puzzles as a book, so I'm celebrating by posting a few bonus problems this week. The puzzle is Capturing Donimoes, which I designed to feel ...
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Monday's Capturing Donimoes Problem

I just published my Donimoes collection of new games and puzzles as a book, so I'm celebrating by posting some bonus problems this week. Capturing Donimoes is a puzzle I designed to feel like a safari ...
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Labyrinth of stones

Help Princess PurpleSprite navigate through the labyrinth to retrieve the mystical jewel. She can slide the lettered stones around as needed, but she must not leave any non-words, or the labyrinth ...
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Yet I am lovable

Transpose neighboring letters until the word LOVABLE is formed in the outermost petal of this rosette: The rosette above consists of 13 petals, each containing a word. The words spiral outward from ...
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A Complex Dash To Stalemate

For today's contribution to PSE, I present a sliding block puzzle! I have a series-helpstalemate in 26 for you all with a relevant question attached. The illegal position is intentional. Objective #1: ...
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How to solve the "Lutz" sliding puzzle

How do I solve this "Lutz" sliding puzzle (by Dr. Volker Latussek)? Goal: Push the pieces one-by-one through the "door" into the frame and fit them all, without overlapping, and ...
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16 Step Switchover

The picture above shows two arrangements of four rectangular blocks, each labelled A to D. The arrangement on the left is the starting arrangement, the one on the right is the goal position. To solve ...
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Klotski Puzzle; Solution or Program needed

Since almost two days I am obsessed with this puzzle: Puzzle Picture It is a sliding-block-puzzle, also known as Klotski. The red block has to be moved to where the three red dots are. It says that it ...
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Pool of Pawns (Chess Sliding Puzzle)

The King has tired of watching the Queen swim in the Pool of Pawns. Help him return to his palace on h8 using as few moves as possible. Only legal chess moves are allowed. Pawns are not promoted on ...
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A Stranger (Chess Sliding Puzzle)

A suspicious stranger lurks in the village. Deal with him before escorting the King to the luxurious safety of h8. White is first to move. Only legal chess moves are allowed. Pawns are not promoted ...
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Rook River (Chess Sliding Puzzle)

The absent-minded king has gotten himself lost. Help him return to his palace on h8 using as few moves as possible. Only legal chess moves are allowed. Pawns are not promoted on the final rank. You ...
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What is the superflip on 15-puzzle?

On the 15-puzzle, what (solvable) position takes the most moves to solve if you solve it optimally?
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Lasers: Generalisation of Level 8 (Level 11)

Previous Level:- Lasers: Colour-Converters (Level 10) Also before solving this, you must take a look at this level:- Lasers: Double-Sided Mirrors (Level 8) This will be a more lengthy puzzle, here I ...
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How to think about permutation puzzles?

I know this is a very general question, but these kinds of puzzles are the only ones I can't figure out on my own. Rubik's cube, Twiddle, 16... (the last two are in Simon Tatham's Puzzle collection.) ...
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Lasers: Doubled Bridges (Level 6)

Previous Level:- Lasers: Everything is Switched (Level $5$) Here is my next level for the continuation of this game. And I got some doubled bridges !! Rules : There will be lasers which are shaped ...
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3 x 2 sliding puzzle

Would it be possible to solve a sliding puzzle like this (x is the space)?: 1 3 2 4 5 x I haven't been able to solve this and I don't even know if it's ...
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Lasers: Double-Sided Mirrors (Level 8)

Previous Level:- Lasers: Moving Mirrors (Level 7) Here is another level of the continuation of my game. I have some doubled mirrors as a gift! Rules : There will be lasers that are shaped like an ...
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Lasers: Everything is Switched (Level 5)

Previous Level: Lasers: (Rotation + Movement) (Level 4) Here is another level, this is a bit tough I guess, but enjoy solving using the previous rules! Rules : There will be lasers that are shaped ...
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Lasers: Moving Mirrors (Level 7)

Previous Level:- Lasers: Doubled Bridges (Level 6) Here is another level for the game. I have added nothing new, but the level can be a bit tricky this time. Rules : There will be lasers which are ...
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Lasers: (Rotation + Movement) (Level 4)

Previous Level: Lasers: Cross through the bridges (Level 3) Here's another level for my new puzzle, after a long time. Some new ideas came too: Rules: There will be lasers which are shaped like an ...
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Lasers: Colour-Converters (Level 10)

Previous Level:- Lasers: An Easy Puzzle (Level $9$) Rules : Welcome to the 10th level of my puzzle series, and now we have colour converters! There will be lasers that are shaped like an arrow. The ...
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Lasers: An Easy Puzzle (Level 9)

Previous Level:- Lasers: Double-Sided Mirrors (Level $8$) Rules : There will be lasers that are shaped like an arrow. The arrows pointing in the respective direction shows where the laser goes and ...
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Let's change CORONA!

Here is a sliding puzzle with 6 blocks on a 2x4 grid. You can move each block. But the 8-shaped block with two O's cannot be moved separately. Note that the 8-shaped block can be moved into a vertical ...
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What type of puzzles are the statue puzzles in Super Lucky's Tale, and what method should be used for solving them?

This question is about a set of puzzles in the video game "Super Lucky's Tale" (as well as its Nintendo Switch remake "New Super Lucky's Tale"). They are known as statue puzzles as ...
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What is this puzzle and what is this solving strategy? [duplicate]

This puzzle is a mini game in an app I recently downloaded. In the game it is referred to as a Mobius Puzzle(after some searching I found referenced as a TwoBik Puzzle). But I cant find any other ...
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Friday's Mirror Donimoes Problem

Help four ghosts find each other in a haunted house. I just finished adding a new puzzle to Donimoes, my collection of domino puzzles and games, so I thought I would post a few bonus problems here. ...
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Fridays's Unmatched Donimoes Problem

I've designed a set of dominoes puzzles that I call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. The goal is to slide all the ...
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Thursday's Unmatched Donimoes Problem

I've designed a set of dominoes puzzles that I call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. The goal of Unmatched Donimoes ...
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Wednesday's Unmatched Donimoes Problem

I've designed a set of dominoes puzzles that I call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. The goal of Unmatched Donimoes ...
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Tuesday's Unmatched Donimoes Problem

I've designed a set of dominoes puzzles that I call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. The goal of Unmatched Donimoes ...
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Monday's Unmatched Donimoes Problem

I've designed a set of dominoes puzzles that I call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. Goal Slide all the dominoes into ...
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Wednesday's Mirror Donimoes Problem

Help four ghosts find each other in a haunted house. I just finished adding a new puzzle to Donimoes, my collection of domino puzzles and games, so I thought I would post a few bonus problems here. ...
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Monday's Mirror Donimoes Problem

Help four ghosts find each other in a haunted house. I just finished adding a new puzzle to Donimoes, my collection of domino puzzles and games, so I thought I would post a few bonus problems here. ...
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Who shall be the winner?

There are two questions to answer here: Who will win this game of chess? What were the last 96 individual moves (ply) by both sides? The solution is unique. Gyula Breyer The Chess Amateur 1922, ...
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Sliding Block Puzzle

I am working on these Klotski puzzles which are really hard to solve, and I got stuck at this one: It tells me that the puzzle can be solved in 46 moves. I could show my progress, but since most ...
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Gliding through an ice-maze

Two men are trapped in an icy cave. Nowhere to go, except for two small holes in the ice, heading down. Only by working together, they can get deeper into the cave, hopefully finding a way out. Will ...
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Techniques for solving row & column sliding puzzles

This is a type of puzzle that at first looks like a tile-sliding puzzle, where you have a grid of tiles with 1 missing tile, and you can slide individual tiles into the blank spot, eventually ...