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.

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

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