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A geometric packing puzzle in which a number of shapes have to be assembled into a larger shape, generally without overlaps or gaps.

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Tiling twelve 5 x 10 rectangles with ten sets of the twelve pentominoes

I have ten copies of each of the twelve pentominoes. Can I use all of them to completely tile twelve 5 x 10 rectangles?
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What size square grid can you tile?

A tiling of an n × n square grid is formed using 4 × 1 tiles. What are the possible values of n? A tiling has no gaps or overlaps, and no tile goes outside the region being tiled.
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Which country flags can you make in Tetris?

Your friend is playing Tetris. In her version of the game, the pieces use the standard colors and can drop in any possible order without restrictions. In the order shown below, the colors are light ...
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Progressive Daedalian Opus

The 1990 Game Boy game Daedalian Opus is essentially a series of 36 pentomino puzzles. In the first level, however, you only have three pentominos; the rest are introduced in the levels after that, ...
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Five 3:1 rectangles tiling a square

Can you fully tile a square with 5 rectangles such that: Every rectangle has 3:1 ratio, ie., their length is triple their width. No part of any rectangle is outside the square. No two rectangles ...
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Seven 2:1 rectangles covering a square

Can you fully cover a square with 7 rectangles such that: Every rectangle has 2:1 ratio, ie., length double its width. No part of any rectangle is outside the square. No two rectangles overlap. Note ...
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A new way to cut a pizza

Can you cut a pizza (circle) into 12 congruent pieces, such that half of them have crust (circle boundary), while the other half do not? The pieces must have the same shape and area, but can be ...
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Match the colors on the edges of the rectangles - is it possible?

In April 1971 (it says so on the back of the cards) I made the following puzzle which requires one to form a square with adjacent colours being the same. Can this puzzle be solved and, if yes, what ...
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Seven-Segment Telephone

The ideas and concocted tools I used to solve these two puzzles allowed me to make this puzzle. Credit to TSLF for the inspiration! Light up some of the edges in the grid on the left such that the ...
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Tiling three pears with three-pair hexominos

The 21 hexominos below are all those that can be made by joining three dominos together (i.e. they have a perfect matching with respect to the graph of their squares) and are not rectangles. The ...
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Number Box Puzzle

All digits from 0-9 as shown are 1 in. thick and within 3x5 in.dimesion except number 1. The task is to put all the numbers inside the square box with smallest dimension nxn without overlapping of ...
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Tiling with Js and Ls

In this puzzle you must tile the plane with identically sized colored L and J tetraminos. To start I will place two of them like so: Your task will be to tile the entire rest of the plane meeting ...
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Rectangles and squares of trominoes filling a grid

Let's have a board 24 squares by 24 squares. This board is to be filled with trominoes of three different colors. There are equal numbers of trominoes of each color. The board is to be filled with ...
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Tessellation with nonagons and equilateral triangles

What type of convex nonagon is required to tesselate a plane with equilateral triangles and nonagons? All sides of the nonagons are equal. NOTE: Partial tessellation of a plane should accompany your ...
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Manual tiling with 8 dodecadudes

Here are 8 dodecadudes. (Drawn from the very numerous dodecadrafters, made from 12 half equilateral triangles, dodecadudes are a subset of 770 pieces with sharp points and narrow necks excluded). ...
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Minimize 1×3 tiles on a 5×5 table to block any more 1×3 tiles

What is the minimum number of 1×3 tiles that can be put on a 5×5 table so that no more 1×3 tiles can be put on it? Borders of a tiles are parallel to sides of the table. It is 5 but I can not prove ...
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Polly O'Mino's Hexcellent Adventure

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #52: Polyominoes. I had heard that my good friend Ingrid Deduction was back in town, so I popped round to her apartment today, only to find she'd got herself a ...
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Surrounding an L-shaped tromino

You are given an L-shaped tromino, shown below. Can you surround it by 10 more L-shaped trominoes? The new trominoes can be rotated and must touch the original tromino at an edge or a corner. This ...
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Ammann chair tiling puzzle

The Amman chair is an interesting shape that can be dissected in two pieces that are smaller copies of the original. The sizes of the two pieces are different. The ratio between the areas of the ...
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What is the perimeter of a pentomino which can tile this heart-shaped board?

The puzzle is as follows: The figure from below shows a board that is made up of 30 squares whose sides are of 2 centimeters each. Such board must be split in six congruent pieces. These must be made ...
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Filling a 26x36 grid with trominoes

Let's have 312 L-trominoes of three different colors, 104 trominoes of each color. Can you fill a 26x36 grid with these trominoes without two of the same colors touching side-to-side anywhere? In ...
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Covering a 15x15 grid with rectangles

You are given a 15x15 grid and asked to cover it with rectangles whose dimensions are a power of 2. For example you can use rectangles 8x1 and 4x4, but not 2x3. The rectangles must cover every cell of ...
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Domino tiling on 8x8 checkerboard with four squares removed

I once posted this problem on the (now deleted) Area 51 Math Puzzles proposal. It was well-received there, but obviously I didn't get an answer. I still don't know the answer, and I'm not even sure if ...
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Generalized rectangular tilings with no "fault lines"

I recently came across this question: One rectangle, indivisible The goal is, by tiling 2x1 rectangles, to create a larger rectangle that cannot be split into 2 smaller rectangles. But my question is ...
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a 17X17 grid filled with trominoes of three different colors

Let's have an 17x17 grid. We can fill this grid with 96 trominoes of three different colors, 32 trominoes of each color. On this particular grid the empty single square is the position A1. By visual ...
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A flag-packing problem

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags You are provided with a 9x9 grid of squares and 21 minimalistic flags (pictured below, all shown to scale). TASK: Assign a colour (Black, Blue, ...
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Pentomino tiling on wrap-around 5x5 grids

It is known that P pentominoes cannot tile a 5x5 square board. Q1: If the east and west edges of the 5x5 square board are "wrapping around" (if you move a piece through one of the edges, the ...
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Grids with trominoes

Let's have two 8x8 grids. By visual inspection we see they are filled with trominoes of three different colors. There are 7 trominoes of each color. On the grids the trominoes are not allowed to touch ...
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Forming pairs of trominoes on an 8X8 grid

On an 8x8 grid I put 21 trominoes of thee different colors. Each group of 7 trominoes has one color. By visual inspection we see the trominoes cover the whole surface except the single empty square ...
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Elections in the United States of Alfagonia

Elections were held in the 45 electoral districts of the United States of Alfagonia. The Green Party won the election in 23 of the 45 districts. Alfagonia is made up of nine states of five districts, ...
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The art of computer programming

EDIT: I know we are not supposed to edit in new requirements after first posting but as far as I understand it this requirement is implicit in all questions here: Explain your answer! At least a ...
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Any comparison between some variations of T puzzles? [closed]

I spent time to experience some variations of the classical T puzzles in here - a kind of dissection/tiling puzzle (Gardner's T, Nob's T, and Asymmetric T). They are 4-piece tangrams. They all give ...
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A chessboard tiling with corners removed in 3D

A famous problem asks whether an 8x8 chessboard with two opposite corners deleted can be tiled with dominoes, where a domino is a rectangle congruent to two adjacent squares of the board. Now, let C ...
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Double tiling congruent triangles with little else in common

When you really want to tile more than one layer but triple tiling is just too much of a good thing, surely the happy medium is double tiling. How may a mosaic of more than 900 sections be double ...
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L-tromino pair!

Amy is playing with different polyominoes. She suddenly thinks of a problem as follows. Choose two positive integers $m,n$. If we can use only L-trominos to tessellate a $m\times n$ rectangle with no ...
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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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Hand tiling - 4x inflated pentominoes with pentominoes and tetrominos

This is a manual tiling puzzle. Difficulty level always hard to estimate, but I would say a few minutes per solution for an accomplished solver, all the way to just about impossible for someone like ...
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Fillomino Tiling...how many 1's?

Suppose a 'Fillomino tiling', much like a completed Fillomino puzzle, consists of a set of polyominoes covering a region without gaps nor overlaps, with no two n-ominoes of the same size touching ...
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Sliced sudoku: rearrange the tiles and then solve it

Rearrange the tiles without rotating nor flipping them to form a $9 \times 9$ sudoku. Then solve the sudoku according to the standard rules. Credits: the sudoku is one of the twelve schemas freely ...
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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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Make a hexiamond star by hand

Using some or all of the hexiamonds (pictured), make a star. You may flip pieces. The usual tiling rules apply, no overlaps, no gaps. Use only one or none of each piece. Answer is unique. Target shape ...
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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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Tile-laying for beginners

Coldport is celebrating having a new town hall by laying a tiled design in the public square in front of the building. The design is also square: $5\times 5$ tiles square, in fact, and features three ...
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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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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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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 square with rectangles

Tile completely this 47 x 47 square with 52 rectangles. Each rectangle must contain precisely one numbered cell, and that number must be the area or perimeter of the rectangle it finds itself in. ...
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Surely they can fit?

Suppose you have a grid of squares that has even dimensions, with at least one dimension greater than or equal to 4 squares, and from one corner you remove a 1x4 rectangle of those squares for ...
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Fit as many overlapping generators as possible

Rimworld is a tile-based videogame. One of its constructibles in the wind generator: The wind generator itself occupies a space of 7x2 and can be placed facing the 4 cardinal directions. In order ...
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Geometry haberdasher problem - square to equilateral triangle variation

Let me remind the haberdasher's problem, proposed in 1907 by the puzzle composer Henry Dudeney. Dissect an equilateral triangle to a square, with only three cuts. I would like to propose the ...
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