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 Cross cut (Posted on 2006-03-06)
I have a cross in the form of one square with four identical squares surrounding it
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Cut it into the fewest number of pieces possible such that, when rearranged the pieces form two smaller crosses of identical size.

 No Solution Yet Submitted by Sir Percivale Rating: 3.2500 (4 votes)

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 3 peices??? | Comment 17 of 18 |
Ok, here's another 3 peice solution, based on the authors statement that the crosses have to be similar to the original and identical to eachother.

I'll try to put it into text graphics.

_  _
|a|  |
_ _|_|b|_ _
|_ _ _ _ _ _ |
|_ _       _ _|
|  c |
|_ _|
_
_     |  |
| |    |  |
| |_ _|  | _ _
_  _|  c   | b _ _|
|_a_|  _ _|  |
|  |    |_|
|_|

which, to accentuate the crosses, looks like this:
_
_     | |
| |    | |
| |_ _| |_ _
_ _|  |_ _   _ _|
|_ _    _ _| |
| |     |_|
|_|

the crosses are identical to eachother, and are similar to the original... depending on how you define similar. they have a 1 square center, with 3 2X1 rectangles and 1 3X1 rectangle.

If this isn't an acceptable solution, then I need more clarification on the rules. This method matches all rules that have been stated so far.

 Posted by Stephen on 2006-03-11 18:51:15

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