Last week, we posted a square puzzle on our Facebook page. The image was originally posted by Artify It and spread over George Takei’s wall where I spotted it and shared it with our Facebook friends. In the comments that ensued, we got answers ranging from 16 to 50+ as to how many squares are contained in this drawing. I promised I would post the solution that I came up with and so, here it is. Now, keep in mind that my solution may not be the most correct solution. If anyone can demonstrate a way to find more squares than I found, then I will include that information in an update. That said, let’s get cracking on the solution I came up with.
First, the original puzzle in its monochromatic glory:
Counting the large outer square and the two internal squares gives us three squares.
Finding four of these 3×3 squares brings our total to 40 squares.
Now, after doing a bit of research on this puzzle, I have found that there are, supposedly, 42 squares. I have wracked my brains and strained my eyes looking for the last two squares. If anyone can present a solution to these two missing squares, I will buy that person a round of drink of their choice as well as giving them props and kudos for finding them!