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SOMA News 14 Oct 1999
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The PYRAMYSTERY puzzle

Piet also created other games and puzzles, and among these we find 'Pyramystery'.
The puzzle consist of 20 rosewood balls each measuring 3cm in diameter. These balls are combined into 6 pieces, using 3,3,3,3,4,4 balls. The question is, Can you construct a Pyramid by stacking the 6 pieces in the right way.? This is the game of Pyramystery. Pyramystery
To make the basic puzzle a little easier to construct, it is supplied with a triangular rosewood base measuring 14.5cm x 1.8cm high. This base has a triangular pattern of 10 round indentations.
These are the 6 pieces you need to play.

1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Note that we number the two first pieces as #1 because they are identical.
The Pyramystery game also comes with a booklet, written in several languages.
Here is the Pyramystery booklet (PDF)


These are the figures 02, 08
This is figure 12.

Here is how to assemble the first three figures.

Many figures are possible using just these 6 pieces. Here I show 33 figures, and at the END of this newsletter, you may find the solutions to all these.




- submitted by Thorleif Bundgård.


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Pyramystery Solutions
PYRA01
/   .   /   .   /   .   /   5
/  . .  /  . .  /  .2.  /  5 5
/ . . . / . 1 . / .2.1. / 4 4 5
/. .1. ./. 1 1 ./.2.3.1./4 4 3 3

PYRA02A                    PYRA02B
/  .  /  .  /  5           /  .  /  .  /  3
/ . . / .1. / 5 5          / . . / .3. / 4 4
/. 1 ./.1.1./5 1 1         /. 2 ./.3.2./4 4 2

PYRA03                 PYRA04                 PYRA05
   5         4              1
  5 5       4 4            1 1                    3 3
 5 3 3     1 4 1          5   2                  1 2 3
2 2 2 3   1 1 1 1        5 5 5 2                1 1 2 5
                        1 4 4 3 2              4 4 1 2 5
                       1 1 4 4 3 3            4 4 1 1 5 5

PYRA06                 PYRA07                 PYRA08
     1                      2                    1 1 5 5 5
    1 1                    2                    2 1 1 1 5
   3 4 4                  2 4 4                2 4 4 1 3
  3 4 4 2                1 1 4 4              2 4 4 3 3
 5 3   1 2              1 1 3 3 5
5 5 5 1 1 2            1 1 3 5 5 5

PYRA09                 PYRA10                 PYRA11
 4 4 1 1 1 3 3 5 5 5    1 5 5 5 2             /   .5.   /   5 2
4 4 1 1 1 3 2 2 2 5    1 1 4 5 2              /  . . .  /  4 5 2
                        1 4 4 2 3             / . . . . / 4 4 5 2
                       1 1 4 3 3              /. . . . ./3 4 1 1 1
                                              / . .1. . / 3 3 1 1

PYRA12                                        PYRA13
/  .   .  /  .   .  /  5   1                  5 5 5 1
/ . .1. . / . 1 3 . / 5 5 1 1                  1 5 1 1
/. . . . ./. . 1 . ./5 4 4 3 3                1 1 4 4
/   . .   /   . .   /   4 4                    3 3 4 4
/  . . .  /  . . .  /  2 2 2                  3 2 2 2

PYRA14                 PYRA15                 PYRA16
  1 2                   4 4 1 5 5               2 2 2 1 1 5
 1 1 2                 4 4 1 1 5               4 4 1   1 3 5
5 3 3 2                       5 3 3 1 1       4 4 1 1 3 3 5 5
 5   3                       2 2 2 3 1
5 5 1 1
 4 4 1
  4 4

PYRA17                 PYRA18                 PYRA19
  1       1              2       5              4 4 3 3
 1 1     1 1            2 1 1 3 5 5            4 4 1 1 3
3 5 5 5 2 4 4          2 4 1   3 3 5          5 5 5 1 1 1
 3 3 5 2 4 4            4 4     1 1            5 2 2 2 1
      2                  4       1

PYRA20                 PYRA21                 PYRA22
  5 3 3 1 1 4 4            1 5 5                5
 5 3 1   1 4 4            1 1 5 3              5 5
5 5 1 1 2 2 2          2 2 2   5 3 3          4 4 5
                          4 4 1 1              4 4
                           4 4 1                3 3
                                                   3 1
                                                    1 1
                                                   2 1 1
                                                    2 1
                                                     2

PYRA23                 PYRA24                 PYRA25
4 4 1 1                  2 3 3                        2 1 1
 4 4 1                  2 1 1 3                      2 1 1
  5 5                  2 4 1 1 1                5 4 2 1 1
   5                    4 4 5 1                5 4 4 3 3
  1 5                    4 5 5                5 5 4 3
 1 1 3                        5
2 2 2 3 3

PYRA26                 PYRA27                 PYRA28 By Thorleif
    4                      1                        3 3
   4 4                    1 1                      2 5 3
  2 4 3                  1 4 4                1 1 2 5 4 4 1 1
   2 3                  1 1 4 4                1 2 5 5 4 4 1
  5 2 3                3 3 5 5 5
 5 1 1 1                  3 5
5 5 1 1 1                2 2 2

PYRA29 By Thorleif     PYRA30 By Thorleif     PYRA31 By Thorleif
   1   5                   4 4 1                5 5 5
  1 1 5 5                 4 4 1 1              4 5 2 3
 1 4 4 3 5             2 2 2 3 3 5 5          4 4 2 3
1 1 4 4 3 3             1 1     3 5            4 2 1 3
   2 2 2                 1       5                1 1
                                                       1 1
                                                        1

PYRA32 By Thorleif     PYRA33 By Thorleif
  1 1 1                1 1   1 1 2
 1 1 1 2                1 3 3 1 2
4 4 3 3 2                3 4 4 2
 4 4 5 3 2                4 4 5
  5 5                      5 5
   5                        5


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