Martin’s Menace – Small

Martin's Menace - Small

Martin’s Menace – Small 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 and set unsolved into a floorboard base.  The base measures 5.8” x 3.8” Made in USA by Creative Crafthouse under license from Stewart Coffin.

Trying to see how pieces fit and re-assessing where they might go when they don’t fit is a good exercise in checking and re-evaluating choices. Each piece can only go in to one place so there is none of the compromising and trading-off that takes place in so many other aspects of modern life. This forces the player to constantly re-evaluate their decisions, and teaches patience with the process as it is an integral part of the game.

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