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Pento

Pento

Pento This challenging puzzle designed by Siebenstein-Spiele founder Jürgen Reiche requires a bit of thinking just to wrap one’s head around how it works. The individual pieces consist of two layers, which can counter-rotate by means of a stainless-steel hinge. Thus, each piece can actually change shape. In order to solve the puzzle, both layers must be arranged into the 5×6 rectangle shown. Made in laser-cut wood and stainless steel by Siebenstein-Spiele. Based in Munster, Germany, Siebenstein-Spiele was founded in 1992. Although the company is mainly known for board games, Siebenstein-Spiele also makes many wooden puzzles, several of which have been designed by company founder Jürgen Reiche.

The simplicity of jigsaw puzzles is deceptive. While the concept is very straightforward – find the pieces and fix them together – there is a surprising level of mental activity required to carry out the steps needed to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are required to undertake what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to an overall pattern. More importantly, solving jigsaw puzzles is a great work out for the brain and can actually have therapeutic benefits.

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