STU'S SUPER PUZZLE CHALLENGE
As a prelude to a forthcoming
feature/review, World Of Stuart is proud to offer its readers an
exciting puzzle challenge for the whole family to enjoy. Assuming,
of course, your family enjoys sitting around the PC doing stupid
The object of the game is to fill in
all the blocks on a grid using six types of puzzle piece.
You can use the pieces as you like,
except for the following rules:
1. You can only make a
limited number of moves (a "move" is placing one puzzle piece).
2. You can only use a
limited total number of "blocks" (the number of squares in a piece).
3. The pieces can be
rotated Tetris-style (but NOT "mirrored") and with the exception of the Special piece,
you can use each one multiple times, or just once, or not at all.
4. You must use the
Special puzzle piece once, and once only.
There's one other factor to consider.
When you place a puzzle piece, any single squares which are
"sandwiched" vertically between the placed piece and already-filled
squares are also filled in. This effect only works vertically (for complicated
scientific reasons) and applies only to filled squares, not to the
edges of the puzzle. See below for an example.
This picture shows how the "sandwich" effect
works. Only single blocks can be "sandwiched".
So, those are the rules. Below is the
puzzle itself, in which you must fill in the entire grid using no
more than FOUR moves, and in which you must employ a total of no
more than FIFTEEN blocks (For example, the Special piece consists of
six blocks, leaving you only nine more with which to solve the
Good luck, viewers!
Rather than have WoS's beloved viewers
attempt to solve this tricky puzzle in their heads, of course,
challengers can download this file,
which contains the puzzle board and all the pieces required in PNG
format. Unzip the file and open all the pieces in your favourite
paint program, and then you can experiment as much as you like (use
the paint program's "fill" command to fill in "sandwiched" squares).
Remember, the pieces can also be rotated through 90, 180 or 270
degrees, and you can use any piece more than once if you want
(except the Special). If you think you've got the solution, or you
just want to swear a bit, then
this is the place to go.
The feature will follow when someone's
solved the puzzle. Have fun.