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How to solve any Sliding Puzzle?

Lots of people complaining about the sliding block puzzles, saying how much they hate them and how hard they found them. Maybe you came here and might have the same trouble. From now on, that should belong to the past! Here’s a very simple guide to solving every solvable sliding block puzzle ever.

Solve The First Row And First Column First, Then The Second Row And Second Column, Etc.
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That’s the general strategy. Think about it: if you have a 6x6 puzzle, solving the first row and the first column reduces the problem to a 5x5 puzzle. You will never have to touch that row and column again. Keep doing that, solving smaller and smaller puzzles until you’re done.

Solve the first row, line up all numbers in their proper place except the last two.
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So, in a 6x6 puzzle, put the 1, 2, 3, and 4 blocks in their proper place.
Put the next number in the top right corner, then the next number below it.
This shouldn’t be too difficult. Move the 5 first, then the 6. If you find that they get “tangled up” in each other, move the 6 away a block or two first, so you can properly position the 5.

Rotate in this 2 last numbers to solve the first row.
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Do The Same For The First Column, move the blocks in the first 4 numbers in the first column to their proper position, then put the last two in the bottom left, similar to how you solved the first line. Notice that the 1, 7, ,13, and 19 are in their right spots, and 25 and 31 are positioned in the left bottom corner ready to rotate in.

After rotating in you have a 5x5 puzzle.
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Your first column and first row have been set, you should never touch them again. You don’t need to. Imagine that the first row and first column are just “gone” or something.

Proceed in the same matter.
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Just do the “first line” of this new puzzle (which is the second line of the whole puzzle) in the same way: line up all the numbers except the last two, put them in the corner, and “rotate in”.

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Solve the column (second one of the whole puzzle) in the same way as before, line up all numbers except the last two, then “rotate in” the last two.

Now you have a 4x4 puzzle.
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By now, you should get the idea. Line up the first number in the first row, then rotate in the next two. Do the same for the next column.

Now you have a 3x3 puzzle.
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Proceed like before, line up the first number in the first row, then rotate in the next two. Do the same for the next column.

What left us with a 2x2 puzzle.
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Just rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise enough times, and the puzzle will be solved.

The worst-case scenario happens when the numbers are displayed in the opposite order, or when they are in the right order but in the wrong row. This means that the puzzle is unsolvable!

The good thing is that the personalized Sliding Puzzle always is solvable!

Congrats! You solved the entire puzzle!
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Congrats! You Can Now Solve Every Solvable Sliding Block Puzzle Ever!

You don’t need to follow this guide religiously. If you really want to, you can solve the first two lines before you tackle the columns, for instance. It also won’t give you the optimal solution, but you won’t get that anyway. This way it always works out, if the puzzle is solvable at all.

Once you learn this trick, sliding block puzzles go from incredibly annoying to basically trivial. You can solve every sliding block puzzle like this, and it requires almost no “thinking”, it’s entirely mechanical. If... they are numbered, no sliding block puzzle will ever be “interesting” or “fun to solve”, because you already know the trick to how to do it. Instead, they become incredibly tedious, because you know exactly what you need to do, and now you just have to execute everything, which is incredibly boring.

Luckily, there are sliding puzzles without the numbers and made from an image, Now you must figure out what piece connect where and image the numbers in your head.

Fun guaranteed!


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