Puzzles & Quizzes

Can You Solve the Wood in the Hole Puzzle?

The wood in the rectangular hole math puzzle is not super difficult, but it could stump you at first. The problem is from Chris Seber, the math tutor behind the Math Meeting YouTube channel that offers brain teasers and handy tricks for mastering mathematics skills.

Here's the Puzzle

The puzzle we're talking about goes as follows: You have an 8-meter by 3-meter slab of wood, and a 12-meter by 2-meter hole. You need to cut the piece of wood into two pieces that will fit perfectly into the hole at the same time.

Is it possible? How do you cut up that piece of wood? To hear and see how to solve this brain teaser, check out the video below. To read the answer, scroll down.

Can You Solve the Rectangle Hole Puzzle?

It's simple, but it could stump you.


It is possible to cut the piece of wood so that both pieces perfectly fit in the hole together. You can start cutting at the 2-meter mark on the 3-meter edge, and cut straight up 1 meter halfway through your first cut. Then, cut straight horizontally to the other edge. The result will be two identical L-shaped pieces. Watch the video above to see how it works.

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Written by Curiosity Staff October 4, 2016

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