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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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Is this Tetris puzzle solvable?

As a birthday present last year, I received some fridge magnets. They didn't come as a puzzle, so I don't know if they have a solution, but I made a puzzle out of them anyway. The magnets are ...
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Tiling with T-tetrominos in gravity

The goal is to tile all the white squares using T-tetrominos when there is gravity pulling the tetrominos downwards like regular tetris. The black squares are void and the ground is just below the ...
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One rectangle, indivisible

Here is a rectangle made out of 2x1 dominoes: It can be divided along a line into two smaller rectangles: What is the smallest (in area) rectangle of (edit) multiple 2x1 dominoes that cannot be ...
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Rebuilding the Rio 2016 Olympics logo

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art It is also an entry to the 13th fortnightly challenge You two friends are still venturing through the endless halls of the gallery of hyper-...
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A rectangular room has a floor tiled with tiles of two shapes: 1×4 and 2×2

A rectangular room has a floor tiled with tiles of two shapes: 1×4 and 2×2. The tiles completely cover the floor of the room, and no tile has been damaged, or cut in half. One day, a heavy object is ...
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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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Mutilated chessboard

Remove the square in the top-left corner of a $2015 \times2015$ chessboard. Can the remaining mutilated chessboard be tiled with $1\times4$ and $4\times1$ rectangles?
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Mosaic with tetris blocks

Create the pattern shown in the picture below using the set of standard tetris blocks. This is a rectangular arrangement of 6×5 squares where the first and third squares have been removed from the ...
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Occupy a field with tetrominos

You have a square 8x8 board, and tetrominoes of all possible shapes. Each individual square on a tetromino is the same size as one square on the board (i.e. any given tetromino will cover exactly 4 ...
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Tiling a Hexagon with Diamonds

A regular hexagon is divided into a triangular grid, and completely tiled with diamonds (two triangles glued together). Diamonds can be placed in one of three orientations. Prove that, no matter how ...
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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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The Rectangle Puzzle

A solution to the Rectangle Puzzle of size n is an arrangement of n rectangles into a larger rectangle, such that no smaller rectangle is formed by outlining 2 or more of the placed pieces. For ...
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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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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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Find a heptagon with mirror symmetry that can tile a flat plane

A seven-sided flat shape of fixed size in which all angles are equal and all sides of the same length, called a regular heptagon, cannot tile a flat plane. The only regular shapes that can are the ...
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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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Hexominoes into 7 simultaneous congruent shapes

I came up with this puzzle 16 years ago, it was on Ed Pegg's Mathpuzzle site but nobody solved it AFAIK. The 35 hexominoes (which look like this): are to be arranged, in groups of five, into seven ...
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Tiling rectangles with W pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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The $1 question: Tiling a triangle with trapezoids (the hard way)

Take a triangular grid consisting of 64 equilateral triangular cells in the shape of a larger triangle, and remove a single triangle at one of the tips. Can you tile this shape with 21 trapezoidal ...
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Near-fill with 3x1 long triominos, how to do a different void square than the center square?

It's rather easy to fill a $7 \times 7$ board with 16 long triominos, leaving the center square void: see the picture below. But if I want to move the void square in another position, where else could ...
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Placing 2x1 dominoes on a chessboard with two corners removed

Suppose you have a checkerboard with two opposite corner squares removed, like this: Is it possible to place 31 dominoes of size 2x1 so as to cover all of these squares?
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Symmetrical hexiamond figure problem

Objective is to make as much symmetrical figures as plausible using one of each L (red/pink), E(green/lime), H(blue) hexiomond. You can rotate, translate, flip them as you please. My work so far.. 2 ...
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How to ship the new Slurm 7-pack efficiently

The six-pack is a thing of the past. Beverages of the future will use the seven-pack format. But how will the mighty spacemen of the future manage to ship the Slurm seven-pack efficiently in ...
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Unlucky tiling: Arrange thirteen right isosceles triangles into a square

Link to next puzzle in this series:Five graded difficulty isosceles right triangle into square tilings Two difficult "Seventeen right isosceles triangles into a square" tilings V.hard ...
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Tiling a hexagonal chessboard with “tribones”

A tribone is a tile made of three hexagons in a line. A hexagonal chessboard is a hexagonal grid of 91 cells in the shape of a larger hexagon. When 30 tribones are placed on a hexagonal chessboard ...
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Hexomino Puzzle

First, draw out a 10x10 grid. Take the shape below and see how many you can fit in the 10x10 grid. It should take up 6 grid squares. Also, it can be rotated. 1) How many can you fit in the grid? 2) ...
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Combinatorial Agriculture

You have just acquired a $64$ acre farm, in the shape of a square, and divided into an eight by eight array of one acre subplots. You have $21$ crops to plant. Each crop requires its own $3$ acre plot ...
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Occupy a field with your choice of tetromino

You have an 8x8 board, and you must partially cover it with a single kind of tetromino in such a way that it is impossible to place any additional tetrominoes of that kind in the empty spaces. ...
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Pentomino solution maximizing straight lines length in rectangle - wood cutter problem

Recently in my free time I cut from wood with my scroll saw two pentomino sets. One set made from 10x6 pattern, and then the other set 20x3 pattern. Think of wood cutter difficulties. I would like to ...
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The Erasmus isosceles triangle

Professor Erasmus has constructed a special isosceles triangle that he modestly calls the "Professor-Erasmus-triangle". The professor claims that he can cut his triangle into three smaller triangles, ...
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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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Combinatorial Agriculture, part 2

Your 64 acre square farm has been doing well and you decide to expand with an orchard. The orchard is also in the form of an 8-by-8 square of subplots, each of which can hold one tree. You have 3 each ...
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Tiling a Chessboard with tetrominos

Is it possible to tile a $10\times10$ chessboard with (non-overlapping) T-tetrominos? If so, how? If not, prove it's impossible. Bonus: Which Tetris pieces can used to tile a 10$\times$10 ...
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Tiling by trapezoids

An equilateral triangle with sidelength $L$ can be tiled by trapezoids with sidelengths $2,1,1,1$. What are the possible values for $L$?
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Tiling a rectangle with just the Y pentomino

Inspired by this question series, which was inspired by this question. They give rise to beautiful pictures (at least in the eye of the beholder mathematician) and some nice generalizable solutions. ...
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Cover the terrace with “slashed” tiles

Peter has a rectangular terrace with integer sides. He plans to tile this terrace, with the ultra-modern 'slashed tiles". Each tile is a $2\times 1$ rectangle, with a diagonal, called its "slash". A ...
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Jigsaw Logic: Opheodrys Vernalis

Challenge: Given unlimited copies of each of the above type of puzzle piece, create a $9\times 9$ square which features a picture of snake. Rules: There must be only one snake, with a head at one ...
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Tiling a diamond-shaped grid with tetrominoes

You have a grid like this: (The entire grid isn't shown as it would be too large, but the number of squares in each row are as follows: $2, 4, 6, \ldots, 96, 98, 100, 100, 98, 96, \ldots, 6, 4, 2$.) ...
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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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Dominoes on a chessboard

Mary has a box with special $2\times1$ dominoes. Each dominoe has two red corners and two blue corners, and these dominoes come in two different types: The first type has the lower left and the upper ...
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Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Covering a chessboard with L-tetrominoes

We all know the classic puzzle of trying to tile a mutilated chessboard with $2\times1$ dominoes. Let's imagine that, instead of dominoes, we have $n^2$ L-shaped tetrominoes and we want to tile a $2n\...
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Tiling an Odd Polygon with Dominoes

There is a polygon whose edge lengths are all odd integers. Prove that this polygon's interior cannot be tiled by dominoes whose dimensions are $1\times 2$. An example of such a polygon is a "...
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Cutting a 7-by-9 rectangle

Is it possible to dissect a $7\times9$ rectangle into $21$ pieces that are $L$-shaped and that consist of three little squares?
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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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Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles ...
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Jepetto's punctured chessboard [duplicate]

Jepetto the toymaker was thinking about a new toy to add to his tiling product line. His new design involved a punctured chessboard: an ordinary $8 \times 8$ chessboard, except with a single square ...
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Hand tiling puzzle

Here's a set of polyominoes (sizes 4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that you can print and cut out. You can use the two smallest to make a 3x3. Nice easy one to get you started. Add a piece to make a 3x5. Add another ...
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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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Tiling rectangles with N pentomino plus rectangles

Inspired by Polyomino Z pentomino and rectangle packing into rectangle Also in this series: Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles Tiling rectangles with T pentomino plus rectangles ...