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The Christmas Slide*

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by Peter Grabarchuk

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This puzzle is featured at Puzzles.COM.
The green Christmas-tree is depicted on the surface of nine square pieces. Also there are four fragments of another, blue Christmas-tree. Every piece can slide to an adjacent free space. To move pieces simply click them.

Your holiday challenge is to assemble the whole, blue Christmas-tree which will look exactly like the green one, except of its color and orientation.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The Christmas Slide puzzle uses the same 3x4 grid (with nine 1x1 blocks in a 3x3 pattern, and a 1x2 "shuttle" block) which was used in the sliding block puzzles by Serhiy Grabarchuk shown below. Also, a similar "shuttle" piece was used in
Card Suits Suite - 2 by Serhiy Grabarchuk. Using of this "shuttle" piece which can move just by only one cell back and forth makes these puzzles especially tricky.
 
The Correct Order Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The Correct Order Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk.
The Correct Order Puzzle**
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
It is a basic puzzle for this type of sliding block puzzles in a 3x4 tray with nine square blocks which make a 3x3 pattern, and a 1x2 "shuttle" block. The goal is to restore the correct order of the numbers on the square blocks...
 
The Correct Order Puzzle - R by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The Correct Order Puzzle - R by Serhiy Grabarchuk.
The Correct Order Puzzle - R**
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
This puzzle is a hard version of the Correct Order Puzzle. Every piece but one can slide to an adjacent free space. The goal is to change the correct order of the numbers on the square blocks to opposite...
 
Slide Fir by Peter Grabarchuk
The Slide Fir Puzzle by Peter Grabarchuk.
Slide Fir***
by Peter Grabarchuk
In this puzzle its 3x4 tray is covered with a transparent cover which has an opening in the shape of a Fir-tree. In the Start position all blue stars decorate the Fir-tree, while all orange bulbs are scattered around it. Your challenge is to swap stars and bulbs...
 
The Super Fan Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk
The Super Fan Puzzle by Serhiy Grabarchuk.
The Super Fan Puzzle**
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
One more variation in a 3x4 tray with a "shuttle" block. Besides the "shuttle" block the puzzle has nine blocks: eight identically shaped blocks with one corner cut in two colors, and one central 1x1 block. The object is to reverse the whole fan. This puzzle has two different challenges -- easy and hard.
 
*) Puzzle concept: Copyright 2005 Peter Grabarchuk. All Rights Reserved.
**) These puzzles were published in the Neo Sliding Block Puzzles book, Part 2, by Serhiy Grabarchuk in 1999.
***) Puzzle concept: Copyright 2006 Peter Grabarchuk. All Rights Reserved.
 
Last Updated: October 14, 2008
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