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Jigmaze Puzzle

When I ran across this Jigmaze Puzzle in a vintage issue of Games & Puzzles Magazine, I knew it was destined to be one of my Puzzles of the Week.

Jigmaze Puzzle

I found the Jigmaze Puzzle in the May 1976 issue of Games & Puzzle Magazine. One of my hobbies is looking through old puzzle books and magazines in search of new (new to me, at least) puzzles that I can use with my students.

My students prefer puzzles with pieces that they can move around as they solve the puzzle, so this jigmaze puzzle was perfect for them.

jigmaze puzzle

The goal of the Jigmaze Puzzle is to arrange the nine cards into a three-by-three square so that a maze is created. The maze will begin in one corner and end in the opposite corner. T

here will be several loose ends, but no part of the line will be completely detached from the rest. Additionally, no line will go off the edge of the large square.

Jigmaze Puzzle

I recreated the Jigmaze puzzle cards in Microsoft Publisher, and I formatted them in two different sizes: nine cards which print on a single page and jumbo sized cards which print on their own individual pages.

Jigmaze Puzzle

I printed the large cards to add to my puzzle of the week board in my classroom.

Jigmaze Puzzle

I printed the jigmaze cards on regular copy paper, laminated them, cut out the squares, and added magnets to the back of each piece. I use ceramic disc magnets with all of my puzzles. I buy the magnets in bulk from Amazon.

They are reasonably priced and strong enough to hold things up without them sliding down the dry erase board. I’ve used almost 400 of these magnets in the past year or so.

Jigmaze Puzzle

The magazine claims that there is only one solution to this puzzle (ignoring rotations of the given solution.) One of my students found what appeared to be another solution, but I’m thinking now that he must have misinterpreted the line of instructions which reads “the maze will begin in one corner and end in the opposite corner.”

To be honest, I’m not even entirely sure what that means. Does opposite refer to diagonally opposite? Or opposite as directly across from?

I’m not too worried about it. I think as long as students can create a valid maze that doesn’t have disconnected pieces/lines going off the edge that I will count it as a solution.

Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not share solutions to the puzzles I feature on my website because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are not google-able. I would like other teachers to be able to use these puzzles in their classrooms as well without the solutions being easily found on the Internet.

However, I do recognize that us teachers are busy people and sometimes need to quickly reference an answer key to see if a student has solved a puzzle correctly or to see if they have interpreted the instructions properly.

If you are a teacher who is using these puzzles in your classroom, please send me an email at sarah@mathequalslove.net with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

Melissa

Wednesday 5th of October 2022

I've had 3 classes working on this. Can I please have a copy of the solution? Thanks so much!

Christine

Monday 15th of August 2022

I am struggling on this one. Can I get the solution?

Audrey

Saturday 13th of August 2022

This is a cool puzzle and I feel like maybe I solved it? I think I for sure know the middle piece but in the end it doesn't seem quite right. Can you send me the answer?

Barbara

Wednesday 18th of May 2022

Would you mind sending me the solution? Thanks!

Sara

Friday 4th of March 2022

My students have been working on this puzzle all week. A few have gotten close but not there yet.