Sam Loyd's Trick Mules
Sam Loyd's "Trick Mules" is one of the most elegant puzzles
ever invented, and if you've never seen it before, I urge you to give it a
shot. Click on the image to the left, print out the page, and cut the
figure into three parts along the solid lines. Now, position the strip
onto the other two pieces so that it looks like each jockey is riding a
mule. Folding is not allowed. If you cant figure it out click here
for the answer (but try it first).
This puzzle was created by one of America's greatest puzzlists, Sam
Lloyd (1844 -1911). Loyd sold his puzzle to P. T. Barnum, who marketed it
as "P. T. Barnum's Trick Mules." It was printed on a card to be
cut into the three pieces. Millions of the cards were sold, and supposedly
Loyd earned a fortune -- $10.000 -- in just a few weeks.