The Six Pencils

 

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One of the 6-pencil solutions is shown above.

Actually the 7-pencil solution to this puzzle is possible as well. Itis shown in the illustration.

And if to add two pencils but somewhat shorter (approx half the length of the given pencil) to the existing 6 pencils, then it is still possible to perform the task with these 8 pencils.

The 8-pencil solution is shown in the illustration.

This solution was sent to us by Ed Pegg Jr. who runs
www.mathpuzzle.com.

Last Updated: September 5, 2007  |  Posted: June 23, 2001
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