1 Nine Stars Puzzle (logo of the Global Ivory Tower and the Mosul Vilayet Council)
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Solution: Draw the first - diagonal - straight line from any corner to its opposite corner of the square which is outlined by the 9 stars, continue from that opposite corner towards either of the remaining corners but continue this second straight line beyond the limits of the square for a distance measuring half a square side, turn around at that point and draw the third straight line in such a way that it covers two of the remaining stars but, by a distance of half diagonal line, again ventures beyond the square, turn again around at that point and draw the fourth straight line towards the fourth corner and beyond, thus covering the last remaining stars.
in most daily problems, looking for a solution within the problem's apparent
confines is unnecessarily limitative, confines one-self to worn-out tracks
and often gets you nowhere. Freeing one-self of artificial limitations
is often the first order of business for creative and helpful thinking
and actions. And though it amounts to an intellectual quantum jump
to dare venturing, in the given problem, beyond the square's limits, it
is in this case at least the only way to solve the problem. Remembering
that may often be helpful - as may be training one-self in this challenging
art and eventually adopting this discerning mindset.
Games (New York Times, 6 July 2003; Acrobat needed:
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