Too Many Queens 1 is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village.


In chess, the queen can move the full length of the board diagonally, vertically, and horizontally.

See if you can place four queens on this 4x4 chessboard. There's a catch though! You must arrange the pieces so that no queen blocks another's line of movement.

Good luck!


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

It's not like you have to solve the puzzle in a limited number of moves, so go ahead and check out all the possibilities.

Here's a tip: try arranging the pieces in a way that allows for a line of symmetry between them.

The four corner spaces on the board should be left unoccupied.

The four pieces will form a perfectly symmetrical shape.

You don't need to place any pieces in the four center squares of the board either.

Now that you've eliminated those spaces and the corner spaces, you should have a pretty good idea about where your pieces should go.



Nicely played!

Chess queen problems like this one have been around for over a century. This is a relatively simple variation of this type of puzzle. Consider it an introduction to the genre.


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