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Stamp Stumper is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

Puzzle

US Version

Your friend just got back from the post office where she purchased a sheet of stamps with values ranging from $.10 to $1.00.

First, your friend cut out the $1.00 stamp and set it aside. Then she divided the remaining stamps into seven uniquely shaped bunches, each with a total value of $1.00.

Can you divide this sheet of stamps the same way your friend did?

UK Version

You just got back from the post office, where you bought a sheet of stamps with values ranging from 10p to £1.00.

First, you detach the £1.00 stamp and set it aside. Now, can you divide the remaining stamps up so that you make seven differently-shaped groups of stamps, each with a total value of £1.00?

Hints




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There's no trick to solving this one. You just need to try working things out dollar by dollar. You'll have an easier time of things if you start from the stamps with higher values, like $.80 or $.90.
Just remember that each group of stamps must take a different shape.

Even if you've successfully divided the stamps into $1.00 groups, the answer won't count unless each group has a different shape.
Here's one combination to get you started. The four stamps in the upper-left square of the sheet should be cut away to form a group.

The $.90 stamp in the sheet forms a group with the $.10 stamp to its right.
Also, the three $.30 stamps form a group with the $.10 stamp located between them.


Solution

Incorrect

Don't give up!

It's not enough just to divide the stamps into $1.00 groups. Each of the seven groups must be a different shape.

The diagram here shows the stamps divided into $1.00 segments. However, the green sections are the same shape, so it's clear that this particular configuration isn't a valid solution.

Correct

Well done!

US Version

There are several ways to divide all the stamps into $1.00 groups, but this is the only way where the groups all form different shapes.

UK Version

There are several ways to divide all the stamps into £1.00 groups, but this is the only way where the groups all form different shapes.

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