The Ultimate Puzzle

 

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The Ultimate Puzzle – YMIR – 16 pieces – This is the easiest solution

This is very interesting puzzle – it’s both a jigsaw and a logic puzzle. Mom purchased it at a thrift store, and we both found it very intriguing. The box says it suits all ages from 4 to 104, and it also says there are 250,000 incorrect solutions!

The Ultimate Puzzle contains 16 heavy plastic pieces that have both a smooth and a rough side; the box says they’re virtually unbreakable. This sort of puzzle is great for all ages and is great for teaching combinations, symbol recognition, manipulative skills, probabilities and critical thinking. It would be an excellent teaching tool for a classroom.

There are 16 unique pieces and the challenge is to build squares. The easiest puzzle to assemble is a square of just 4 pieces (my solution is shown above); the next level is a square 3 x 3 using 9 pieces. This is a little more difficult and took me a little more time and thought.

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Mid-level solution

Next is to try to make a 4 x 4 square using all 16 pieces using both smooth and rough sides facing up. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to finish that one yet. I’m blaming the new pain medication that’s been added to my regimen. I tried for a while, but gave up when I started feeling stupid. I’ll solve it eventually, I’m determined to figure out both this and the ultimate challenge – and I’m pretty darned stubborn.

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All 16 pieces

The ultimate challenge for this Ultimate Puzzle is to complete a 4 x 4 square all smooth or rough surfaces facing up. I’m sure I’ll get there someday, perhaps when I don’t have to be on pain meds daily and can think clearly. Until then, it’ll be pretty darned fun to try!

4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Puzzle

  1. Wow! This is a really neat puzzle. I would lose my mind trying to get each one done though I think. LOL

    How are you feeling? If you’re on a new pain med I’m guessing you must not be feeling great. Is it your back or neck that causes you so much pain? Have they tried the surgery route to see if that would make a big difference for you? I feel bad knowing your in so much pain. It’s got to be miserable, but I applaud you for having such a great attitude about everything. 🙂

    Penny

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    1. It is a pretty neat puzzle, I struggled with the 3×3 for quite a few minutes, but it was an interesting challenge.

      Not feeling great, new med and another procedure this week that had me spending about 8 hours in the car to and from. I already had surgery for it several years ago, all they’re trying to do now is manage the pain.

      Even when my attitude sucks I try to keep that off the blog and at least sound as if I have a positive attitude – both for myself and for the reader. 🙂

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  2. Sam Sattler

    Let’s just say you have more patience than me. I like a challenge sometimes, but I want to have a fighting chances, and I’m not sure I would with that little guy.

    Wow…eight hours in the car in one day would MAKE my back hurt if it already didn’t. That’s tough…hang in there, we’re pulling for a complete recovery.

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