Wood Cutouts is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Curious Village.


You have a single sheet of balsa wood, as shown in the diagram below. Your job is to cut the wood along the dotted lines so that you end up with four identical pieces.

US Version

The pieces may face different directions, but they must not be mirrored versions of each other.

Go on and get chopping!

UK Version

You can rotate the pieces after cutting, but you can't flip them over.

Go on and get chopping!


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

This puzzle would be a lot easier if you were allowed to use mirror versions of the shape as well. Since you can't, though, here's a hint to get you started on the right track.

Don't start off by dividing the wood into two pieces straight through the middle.

Have you ever seen a standard office staple? Well, that's the shape you are looking to cut out here, except it'll be a bit longer in the middle than your standard staple.

The board is shaped like a large H.

First, cut a staple-shaped piece out of both of the vertical lines that make up the sides of the H. Then, draw a line through the middle of the horizontal line that remains to separate the last two pieces.



Give it another try!

This puzzle would be a piece of cake if you could use mirrored versions of the shape, but you'll just have to try and solve it as is.


That's right!

Once you got the shape of the pieces, it wasn't so difficult. But it wasn't all that easy to find them within the wood, was it?


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