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THE POTATO PUZZLE.
(Various Dissection Puzzles
Take a circular slice of potato, place it on the table, and see into how
large a number of pieces you can divide it with six cuts of a knife. Of
course you must not readjust the pieces or pile them after a cut. What
is the greatest number of pieces you can make?
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The illustration shows how to make sixteen pieces. This can, of course,
be easily beaten.