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

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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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Barrel - Part 2

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. This is a continuation of Barrel - Part 1, but this puzzle is still self-contained. Continued in Barrel - ...
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Barrel - Part 5

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. This is a continuation of Barrel - Part 1, Barrel - Part 2, Barrel - Part 3, and Barrel - Part 4, but this ...
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Barrel - Part 4

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. This is a continuation of Barrel - Part 1, Barrel - Part 2, and Barrel - Part 3, but this puzzle is still ...
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Do I have an unsolvable 15 puzzle?

I'm not sure how to count permutations in the 15 puzzle. They say that an odd count means it's impossible but not sure how to count this puzzle. How do I count whether this is even or odd? If it is ...
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8 Puzzle Unsolvable Proof?

How do I proof that this 8 puzzle cannot be solved if the final state is ?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Klotski Puzzle 1

Klotski is a sliding-blocks puzzle game very similar in nature to rush-hour/unblock me. In a given puzzle, a certain number of blocks labeled Z, A, B, C, .... are given. The goal is to move the Z ...
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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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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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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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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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Help Black slide the blocks to solve this chess problem

Here's a chess problem which plays very like a sliding-block puzzle, hence the rather unusual tag combo. Ljubomir Ugren 2nd Prize, Mat, 1976; John Nunn, Solving in Style, no. 183 sh#19 To explain ...
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A series of fortunate transpositions

Using only a sequence of transpositions, see if you can take this: to this: while maintaining English words on each of the three horizontals. At each step, you may transpose any two neighboring ...
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Klotski Puzzle 2

Another Klotski puzzle! (rules here) Klotski Puzzle 1
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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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Another series of fortunate (and sideways) transpositions

Using only a sequence of transpositions, see if you can take this: to this: while maintaining English words on each of the three horizontals. At each step, you may transpose any two neighboring ...
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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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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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Strategy for 2x3 Sliding Puzzle

Here's an instance of a $2$x$3$ sliding puzzle: The $2$x$3$ sliding puzzle is just a smaller version of the well-known 15 puzzle. Many guides exist on solving the 15 puzzle, and there are strategies ...
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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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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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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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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: 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: 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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Introducing WorDonimoes$^2$

@Don Kirkby have designed a set of dominoes puzzles that they call Donimoes. You slide the dominoes like the cars in Nob Yoshigahara's Rush Hour puzzle, always along their long axis. I have altered ...
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