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Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

This Zigzag Overlap Puzzle was a fun addition to my puzzle of the week collection! The challenge is to arrange the eight strips into the five-by-five grid so that you will see the continuous black band running diagonally across the board as shown.

Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

I found this zigzag overlap puzzle in Ivan Moscovich’s The Big Book of Brain Games. This book weighs several pounds and is chock-full of SO many puzzles that can be used with students! Used copies are available from Amazon for relatively cheap. I highly recommend any puzzles from Ivan Moscovich!

The Big Book of Brain Games by Ivan Moscovich

Since I no longer have room in my classroom for a flat puzzle table, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to make this puzzle work. Then, I remembered I bought a set of magnetic pockets this summer. These magnetic pockets made it easy to put the puzzle up on the board, but students are still able to easily pull it down and work on it at their desks.

Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

I printed an extra blank square for students to put their strips on top of while solving the puzzle. I was afraid that them put the strips on top of the original image that they would get confused and lose sight of what the goal of the puzzle was.

Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

I really enjoyed working through this puzzle on my own before putting it out for students to work on.

Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

I believe that there are numerous different ways to solve the puzzle, but don’t quote me on that!

Zigzag Overlap Puzzle

Happy Puzzling!

zig zag overlap puzzle

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Want more puzzles? Check out my puzzles page for more free printable puzzles!

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 with information about what you teach and where you teach. I will be happy to forward an answer key to you.

john oberman

Sunday 14th of November 2021

Enjoyed this activities Johnny

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