A while ago I had a go at this puzzle:
- The fig shows 4 squares-A,B,C&D.
- 1/4th of squares A,B&C is shaded.
Question 1. Divide unshaded portion of ‘A’ into TWO equal & identical parts.
Someone actually calls this a puzzle!!!. Voila la solution:
Question 2. Divide unshaded portion of ‘B’ into THREE equal & identical parts.
Hahaha, you gotta be kidding me. Am I the only genius in this world? 😀
Question 3. Divide unshaded portion of ‘C’ into FOUR equal & identical parts.
The solution is not in the form of triangles.
The solution lies in the problem itself.
Okay, now it’s beginning to get a bit tough. Hmmmm. 4 equal parts, hmmmm….ok hold on there are 2 clues:
Nope, nope. Come on think, think….not in the form of triangle huh?….come on, think, think…..come on cheat, cheat…Ok, so I gotta cheat.
Question 4. Divide ‘D’ into SEVEN equal & identical parts.
The solution is not in the form of triangles
Ok, this time I was determined not to cheat. I put my gray brain cells to work. 10 secs…no answer…20 secs…30 secs…no answer…phone rang…had to go.
I had completely forgotten about this puzzle. A few days later, I came across it again and I went straight to the last puzzle.
I read the question again. OMG, I couldn’t answer this question before!!! I couldn’t divide an empty square into 7 equal parts!!!
Had I understood the question before? Was that why I couldn’t answer it?
Nope, I had understood it quite perfectly. The problem was that one minute I had spent answering the previous 3 questions was enough to program my mind into one line of thinking.
I can’t believe only 1 minute was enough to change my mindset!!!!
I wonder how else and to what extent my environment has influenced my reality?
oh and here’s the answer 😀