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Puzzle #5: Move 3 Planks to Create 3 Squares

 wooden plank puzzle 5

By moving only 3 planks, can you turn this # symbol into 3 squares?  #brainpuzzle!

Build it First

Brain teasers like this are even more fun when you can test out your ideas by moving actual wooden blocks around.  So grab 12 Brain Blox wooden planks for this puzzle.  (If you don't have Brain Blox, try using something with a similar shape)

Once you build the # symbol using 12 planks, you can begin testing different solution ideas to see what works!

Want a Hint?

Don't read any further unless you want some help solving this puzzle!

Hint #1: This puzzle uses 12 planks and the solution has 3 squares.  Since squares have 4 sides, this means the 3 squares should each use exactly 4 planks.  (Because 4 + 4 + 4 = 12)

In other words, no 2 squares will share a plank.  Also, each square will be the same size.

Hint #2: Although no 2 squares will share a side, the corners will still touch.

Hint #3: There is more than one way to solve this puzzle, but try moving the 3 planks on the far right that make a sort of "C" shape.


Ready for the solution?  Here you go!

wood plank solution 5

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