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Puzzle, Magic Die

Puzzle, Magic Die

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This puzzle consists of twenty-seven die arranged so that the sum of any row, column, main diagonal (upper left to lower right), or off-diagonal around all four lateral faces is always 42. The die are glued together to form one 1 x 1 x 1 cube, one 2 x 2 x 2 cube, three 2 x 2 x 1 blocks, and three 2 x 1 x 1 blocks.
Jeremiah P. Farrell, "Cube Puzzles," The Mathemagician and the Pied Puzzler: A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner, ed. Elwyn Berlekamp and Tom Rodgers, Natick, MA: A. K. Peters,1999, 145-149.
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Object Name
Date made
Farrell, Jeremiah P.
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
overall: 4.8 cm x 4.8 cm x 4.8 cm; 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in x 1 7/8 in
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Credit Line
Gift of Jeremiah P. Farrell
Mathematical Recreations
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National Museum of American History
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