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THE LETTER BLOCK PUZZLE.





(Moving Counter Problem)
[Illustration:
+-----+-----+-----+
| | | | |
| G | E | F | |
| | | | |
+-----+-----+-----+|
| | | | |
| H | C | B | |
| | | | |
+-----+-----+-----+|
| |____| | |
| D || | A | |
| || | | |
+-----+-----+-----+ |
_________________|
]
Here is a little reminiscence of our old friend the Fifteen Block
Puzzle. Eight wooden blocks are lettered, and are placed in a box, as
shown in the illustration. It will be seen that you can only move one
block at a time to the place vacant for the time being, as no block may
be lifted out of the box. The puzzle is to shift them about until you
get them in the order--
A B C
D E F
G H
This you will find by no means difficult if you are allowed as many
moves as you like. But the puzzle is to do it in the fewest possible
moves. I will not say what this smallest number of moves is, because the
reader may like to discover it for himself. In writing down your moves
you will find it necessary to record no more than the letters in the
order that they are shifted. Thus, your first five moves might be C, H,
G, E, F; and this notation can have no possible ambiguity. In practice
you only need eight counters and a simple diagram on a sheet of paper.


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