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

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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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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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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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The Amazing Sliding Crossword

Solve the crossword then slide the blocks to create another configuration with eight new words. Across 1. Lure 5. Before long 6. Frosted 7. Permit Down 1. Scold 2. Formerly 3. Frost, for ...
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Santa's Sacks and the Puzzling Presents

It's that time of the year*, and Santa is delivering presents to all the good children of the world. *Almost, since the fortnightly challenge is a tad late :) Informed by his elves that his sacks ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Puzzle similar to 15-puzzle but more moveable pieces?

In the name of Science!™, I'm trying to look for (or, in the worst case, create) a puzzle/game similar to the n-puzzle whereby a player or player(s) have to put some pieces in a particular order (e.g. ...
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A Very Dizzy Puzzle

Here's an odd little sliding puzzle: As you can see, there is currently one free space, in the centre circle. That circle can spin freely, even when it is holding a piece in its 'holder'. Note, ...
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Escape the Klotski dungeon!

Help! I am trapped in a dungeon with multiple rooms full of sliding tiles! I need to find a way of sliding the tiles such that the 2x2 tile can be freed, by sliding it out of the exit on the North ...
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(Im)Possible 8-Puzzle

Can you solve this 8-puzzle in 16 moves or less?
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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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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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Is there a configuration of the 8-puzzle where locking a tile makes it harder?

I am trying to find a starting configuration of the standard 3×3 8-tile sliding block puzzle that is harder to solve (i.e. takes more moves, but is still solvable) when one of the blocks is locked in ...
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Does the last row of a N x N sliding puzzle need to be solved?

If I successfully arrange all the blocks of every row of a sliding puzzle except the last row in proper order, will the n-th row be automatically resolved? (Assuming that the puzzle is solvable in the ...
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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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8 Puzzle Unsolvable Proof?

How do I proof that this 8 puzzle cannot be solved if the final state is ?
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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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SwapTiles World Challenge

My world record for this level is 17 can you beat or equal my record? The aim is to switch the positions of the two asterisk tiles in the least amount of moves possible, you do this by swapping ...
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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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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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Klotski Puzzle 2

Another Klotski puzzle! (rules here) Klotski Puzzle 1
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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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What's the maximum required amount of moves to solve the 15 puzzle?

You know, that puzzle where 1 slot in a four-by-four square is open and you slide the fifteen remaining blocks around to make a picture. What's the maximum amount of moves required to complete it, if ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Hearty Warm-up

Sliding-block chess puzzles have gone a little cold, so here be a hearty warm-up! ;D In the below position that I created, it Black to move, but there is a twist: the stipulation is that it is a ...
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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: 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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Help solving Sliding Tiles Puzzle 2x3

So, I'm playing a game (The Da Vinci Code) and are really stuck on a 2x3 tile sliding puzzle. It looks something like this 1 - 5 - 4 2 - x - 3 and it has to look like this: 1 - 4 - 5 2 - 3 - x ...
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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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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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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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Is this two-sliding-block overlapped puzzle equivalent to the 8-puzzle?

I'm creating a new puzzle: two sliding blocks 8-puzzle, one on top of the other. Several pieces are covered and cannot be moved until the covering piece moves away. The objective is to pair colors, no ...
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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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Klotski Puzzle 3

Another Klotski Puzzle, "The Great D-vide": Rules Here Klotski Puzzle 1 Klotski Puzzle 2