Martin’s Menace – Large

Martin's Menace - Large

Martin’s Menace – Large How can a 4 piece puzzle be so difficult?? All you have to do is insert them into the frame…    It is a Stewart Coffin design (#217) originally called “Four Fit” but renamed by Stewart after Martin Gardner’s week long efforts to solve it were in vain.  Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is considered the Father of Recreational Math with perhaps the greatest puzzle mind of the 20th century.  Martin called it “The finest dissection puzzle of all time”. The ¼” thick pieces are precision laser cut from 4 different hardwoods.  The base and cover measure about 6” square.Made in Florida by Creative Crafthouse under license from Stewart Coffin.

Fit all the pieces into the wooden frame.

Trying to see how the pieces fit and re-assessing where they can go if they do not fit is a good exercise to check and re-evaluate the choices. Each piece can only come in one place, so there is no compromise and negotiation that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to continually re-evaluate his decisions and learns to be patient with the process because it is an integral part of the game.

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