Magic square puzzle

Author: Rea Gibson
Published: June July 2003
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The Magic Square puzzle originated in China more than 3,000 years ago.

The object of this puzzle is to arrange the nine tiles (numbered 1 through 9) so that each row, column and diagonal adds up to 15.

These tiles are made of ¼” cherry and cut into 1 ½” squares. The tray is ½” x 6″ x 6″.



The tray can be made in a number of ways. This one was routed out with a straight bit.

The squares can also be numbered in various ways. These numbers are stick-ons from Letraset, but you could also burn in, or paint on the numbers.

For those people who would like to try a more challenging puzzle, try a 16 tile puzzle with 4 tiles in each direction. The tiles would then be numbered 1 through 16 and should add up to 34 in all directions.

Solutions to these puzzles will appear in the next issue.


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