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November 1999

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Ponder This Challenge:

Background and notation: It's Thanksgiving, and time to stuff the turkey. But we've got a problem. The stuffing came in a cube measuring 12cm on a side. The hole in the turkey, however, will accommodate a rectangular block measuring 8cm by 8cm by 27cm. Due to time constraints (we can't miss the parade on TV) we only want to cut the stuffing into four pieces.

The question:
How can we cut the 12cm cube into four pieces which will reassemble into an 8cm by 8cm by 27cm block?

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Challenge: 11/01/99 @ 12:00 AM EST
Solution: 12/01/99 @ 12:00 AM EST
List Updated: 12/01/99 @ 12:00 AM EST

People who answered correctly:

Andrew Bayly (11.01.1999 @ 8:36 PM EST)
H.P. Ravikiran (11.01.1999 @ 7:48 PM EST)
Simon Plantinga (11.02.1999 @ 4:07 AM EST)
Francesco Loffredo (11.04.1999 @ 4:02 PM EST)
Michael Moyer (11.06.1999 @ 6:40 AM EST)
Andrew Jones (11.08.1999 @ 4:39 PM EST)
Youngchul Park (11.08.1999 @ 12:32 PM EST)
Joseph DeVincentis (11.12.1999 @ 7:43 PM EST)
Ibrahim Okuyucu (11.14.1999 @ 4:56 PM EST)
Philippe Fondanaiche (11.21.1999 @ 6:35 AM EST)
Dieter Verhofstadt (11.22.1999 @ 3:57 AM EST)
Sergio de Melo Daher (11.22.1999 @ 5:55 PM EST)
Andy Lowry (11.22.1999 @ 4:48 PM EST)
Robert Galejs (11.23.1999 @ 10:30 AM EST)
John Feiler (11.29.1999 @ 8:51 AM EST)
Antoni & Tomek Tomaszewicz (11.29.1999 @ 10:30 AM EST)

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