Questions tagged [three-dimensional]

This tag is used for geometric puzzles, if one wants to stress that the setting is not 2-dimensional but 3-dimensional.

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Universal bisectors

A bisector is something that cuts some other thing into two equal pieces. More concretely, assume we are given a reasonably well-behaved (for example, compact) 3D object and we are looking for planes ...
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Bisecting a 3D object into two equal volume objects - 2

Given the following 3D object and means of an unmarked ruler to draw lines on its surface define a straight cut that will split it into two objects with the same volume. Hint: It seems to have at ...
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How to fill 1/3 of the cylinder?

You are given 3 containers - pictured in this order below: a box with side 2, height 1, and a cone with base radius 1 and height 1 in the middle. a box with side 2, height 1, and a half sphere with ...
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Fill big box with smaller boxes

Let's say we have a big box with inner edges with the lengths 2m, 1.5m, 1.4m. Can we fill this with smaller boxes with the edge lengths of 3dm, 5dm and 1m, without any gaps?
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Expanding on a classic

From the simple caesar to the seemingly uncrackable elliptic curve, there are countless ways to obscure - and even hide - a sensitive message. Cryptography is quite interesting in this way. I find the ...
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Bisecting a 3D object into two equal volume objects

Given the following object - box of which a rectangular pyramid is removed. By means of unmarked ruler, draw lines on the surface of the object to guide cuts of the object into two objects with the ...
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Strategy for solving a 3D maze

Given enough time, you can solve a large 2D maze by simply following a wall. Is there any similar strategy for solving a 3D maze that can be used (no marking/memorizing places you've seen in the maze ...
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3D cryptic brain melter

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The seven squares in the picture depict the layers of a 7x7x7 cube. The "away&...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #7 - Maze

This is the seventh Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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Permutation Puzzle Swap Cubies

I've recently launched an online puzzle RAVEL. It's a 3D array of cubes that must be arranged in color-order. A legal move is to slide a row, column, or lane any number of spaces. The cubes that are ...
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Two chunky pixelated X's locked in mortal combat!

In this dramatic image, we witness two rather chunky pixelated letter X's (having recently fattened themselves up for the approaching winter) locked in mortal combat, fighting to the death for the ...
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Wrap a squashed, bullet-riddled lowercase lambda around a cube

The following rather squashed and bullet-riddled lowercase lambda: ...can be wrapped onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube, with no gaps and no overlaps. How can ...
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Building a cube from small bricks such that no lines can be pushed through between the seams

There is a puzzle on fault-free rectangles tiled by dominoes. It is rather known (it is described in Martin Gardner’s “Mathematical puzzles and diversions”, see here) and rather old (it is known at ...
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Concerning Tetrahedra

As a pyramid with a triangular base, the volume of a tetrahedron, like all pyramids, is $(1/3)*BH$, where $B$ is the base area and $H$ is the height. If one had $3$ square $45$ degree pyramids (square ...
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An exam question testing your spatial sense. (Is it worded correctly?)

I recently got the following question from a friend. This kind of question was asked in one of her exams (it really doesn't matter what kind of exam that was). I after trying to solve said question ...
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Balance the nails

Someone I know handed me this puzzle, I have seen a couple of solutions for it that follow the instructions and don’t involve bending the nails, etc. Can you figure out how to balance the 6 nails on ...
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Help! My Ring & Post puzzle is stuck

I have a fairly basic Ring and Wooden Post puzzle that I can usually solve. However, at a recent family gathering (pre-Covid); the ring was tangled into a weird spot and I cannot figure it out. Here ...
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Nurikabe minicubes: the Boondoggle, the Lollygag, the Dillydally

These are three-dimensional Nurikabe puzzles. In each case, the four squares represent the layers of a $4\times4\times4$ cube. The goal is to shade some cells in each layer so that the resulting space ...
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Icosahedron-Wrapping Monstrosity

The following monstrosity of a shape: ... can be wrapped onto the surface of an icosahedron in a way that completely covers the entire icosahedron with no gaps and no overlaps. How can it be done?
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Tri-bladed Boomerang vs. Octahedron!

The following tri-bladed boomerang shape: ... can be folded onto the surface of an octahedron in a way that perfectly covers the entire octahedron with no gaps and no overlaps. How can it be done?
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A Slightly Moth-Eaten Integral Sign

The following slightly moth-eaten integral sign: ... can be folded onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube with no gaps and no overlaps. How can it be done? (You ...
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Wrapping a Galaxy Around a Cube

The following galaxy-like shape: can be folded onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire cube with no gaps and no overlaps. How can it be done?
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3D Slitherlink (Slithersurface)

Here is a 5 x 5 x 5 cube filled with numbers. It's a 3D adaption of standard slitherlink puzzles. You must create a solid 3D object such that the number in each sub-cube matches the number of adjacent ...
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Cube Tubes & Cube Loops

Given a three dimensional n×n×n cube containing n^3 cubes of 1×1×1, Define a cube tube to be a sequence of 1×1×1 cubes from the n×n×n cube such that: 1) No cube appears in the sequence more than ...
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A cube build with cuboids

You are given 27 pieces of 1x2x4 cuboids. Is it possible to build a 6x6x6 cube using those 27 cuboids?
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Say “Herru” to Spatial Golf

Have a try with this 3D Herugolf puzzle! Rules of Herugolf: (Adapted from @Stiv's adaption of Nikoli) Move (hit) all circles (balls) one or more times, and bring them to a cell with a red ...
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Masyu keep making those 3D puzzles?

This is a three-dimensional Masyu puzzle. The five squares depict the layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. The goal is to make a single loop in 3D space which fulfills the following properties: The ...
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Nurikabe minicubes: the Headache, the Panache, the Apache

These are three-dimensional Nurikabe puzzles. In each case, the four squares represent the layers of a $4\times4\times4$ cube. The goal is to shade some cells in each layer so that the resulting space ...
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How many pyramids in a cube?

Knowing that a pyramid volume is computed as 1/3 of base multiplied by the height, how many pyramids may be constructed by connecting the corners of a cube to create pyramids with volume 1/3 of the ...
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Isometric Heyacrazy - Now In 3D!

This is a Heyacrazy puzzle on an isometric grid. Rules of Heyacrazy: Shade some cells of the grid. Shaded cells cannot be orthogonally adjacent; unshaded cells must be orthogonally connected. When ...
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Cut a cube into 5 objects

Cut a cube into 5 3D objects with 6 edges each. Hint:
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Yajilin minicubes: the Poppycock, the Balderdash, the Gobbledygook

These are three-dimensional yajilin puzzles. In each puzzle, the four squares depict the layers of a $4\times4\times4$ cube. Shade some cells on each layer. The numbered cells show how many shaded ...
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3D cryptic featuring Mao, Stalin and Simba's uncle

This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The eleven squares above represent the layers of a $11\times11\times11$ cube. Across 21. Tribunal's way to imprison you in the old days (10) 25. Sir ...
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A Cryptic Not-so-mini Cube

A quick teaser, enjoy! Across 3 Dance bores serious (5) 6 Light angry look (5) 11 Finally asked it to agree (5) 12 Rails - cunning homes of thieves (5) 15 Trap saner design (5) 16 Kingdom with real ...
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Flood on the top floor

There has been a water incident on the top floor of a building, and one apartment has suffered some water damage. As in, a lot of water damage. The entire apartment is filled waist deep with ...
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Yajilin minicubes: the Hullabaloo, the Brouhaha, the Bangarang

These are three-dimensional yajilin puzzles. In each puzzle, the four squares depict the layers of a $4\times4\times4$ cube. Shade some cells on each layer. The numbered cells show how many shaded ...
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Mixed-breeds are puzzles too!

This is a three-dimensional mixed-breed puzzle. The five squares depict the five layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. The goal is to solve the odd-numbered layers as yajilin and even-numbered layers as ...
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Volcanic 3D masyu

This is a three-dimensional masyu puzzle. The six squares depict the layers of a $6\times6\times6$ cube. The goal is to make a single loop in 3D space which fulfills the following properties: The ...
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3D devilry, DIY edition

This is a diagramless three-dimensional cryptic crossword. Solve the clues and then fit the answers into a three-dimensional grid. The numbering of the clues starts from the #1 (nearest) layer. On ...
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A cubeful of three-dimensional devilry

This is a three-dimensional cryptic crossword. The seven squares represent the layers of a $7\times7\times7$ cube. The clues are a mix of Printer's Devilry and normal cryptic clues. Across 13. While ...
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A Difficult Rhombicosidodecahedron Slitherlink

This is the evil older brother of this puzzle. I'm posting it more out of scientific curiosity than because it is a fun puzzle, because it is not a fun puzzle. It's just really hard. I wrote a ...
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3D Statue Park: Daggers and dashes

This is a three-dimensional Statue Park puzzle.1 The five squares in the below image depict the five levels of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. The goal is to fit inside it the eight pieces shown in the ...
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3D Statue Park: U shapes

This is a three-dimensional Statue Park puzzle.1 The five squares in the below image depict the five levels of a $4\times4\times5$ cuboid. The goal is to fit inside it the four three-dimensional ...
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Brain-breaking 3D masyu

This is a three-dimensional masyu puzzle.1 The five squares depict the layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube. The goal is to make a single loop in 3D space which fulfills the following properties: The ...
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Rhombicosidodecahedron Slitherlink

This is a Slitherlink puzzle, being played on the surface of a 3D object, a Rhombicosidodecahedron. If you are not familiar with Slitherlink puzzles, I don't suggest starting on this one. Rules in ...
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The revenge of 3D light bulbs

This is a three-dimensional Akari puzzle (also known as Light Up). The five squares represent the layers of a $5\times5\times5$ cube, top to bottom. The objective is to add light bulbs into any number ...
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Inside Out and Back to Front

Here's a quickie: I own a shirt that has a logo on the chest on my left side. This morning I accidentally put it on inside out and back to front. Where did the logo go? Please explain your answer ...
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3D Nonogram - Spinoff of the Reboot

This puzzle is inspired by recent 3D nonogram puzzles by Jafe and Omega Krypton. Check those out if you want, but they are not required to understand this puzzle. This 3D nonogram has clues with two ...
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Nono-cube - Ultimate Puzzle Giant

Prologue - Instructions Shamelessly copied and pasted the following from @jafe's puzzle :P This is a three-dimensional nonogram. The first square gives the enumerations for the Z-axis, top to ...
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Cover a cube with four-legged walky-squares!

This is a four-legged walky-square: This shape has an interesting property: It is possible to map multiple copies of this shape onto the surface of a cube in a way that perfectly covers the entire ...