# Pyramid Solitaire Puzzle

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I ran across this Pyramid Solitaire Puzzle in The Diagram Group’s Little Giant Encyclopedia of Puzzles. The goal is to pace the 16 markers in a pyramid pattern. Then, jump the markers horizontally and vertically so that a single marker remains in the center of the board.

Each jump moves a marker over any adjacent marker into an empty space. Markers that have been jumped are removed from the board. Jumps may be horizontal or vertical, but never diagonal.

I used bingo chips for my markers, but the original book suggests using beads, pennies, or buttons. When I shared this puzzle on instagram, Try-Angle Math suggested using fruit loops or some other sort of cereal. I thought that was a super fun idea!

I think this could make a fun puzzle for early finishers! It reminds me of those peg jumping puzzles that used to be on the tables at Cracker Barrel!

## Digital Version of Pyramid Solitaire Puzzle

Kathy Henderson has created a Desmos Activity Builder version of the Pyramid Solitaire Puzzle.

## Puzzle Solutions

I intentionally do not make answers to the printable math puzzles I share on my blog available online because I strive to provide learning experiences for my students that are non-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.

## More Puzzles with Movable Pieces

Linda Gerhard

Friday 21st of May 2021

So fun! When I saw this, it reminded me of my old Hi-Q puzzle from my Jr high days roughly 50 years ago and I had to give it a try to see if my solution to the original puzzle would come to play here as well. Sure enough in one try my brain went into auto pilot and I was able to solve it with one "peg" left in the middle hole. I have several "peg style puzzles for my math students on math game/puzzle days. Thanks Sarah for all you do to make math education fun for others! You are a wonderful resource for teaching ideas! I still want to meet up and buy you lunch next time I visit my friend in Oklahoma.

Sarah Carter

Wednesday 26th of May 2021

Awww...thanks! And, I'd love to have lunch someday if our paths ever cross!