Gordian’s Knot Puzzle

By |2018-02-11T04:13:59+00:00May 15th, 2008|All Puzzles|3 Comments

Finally I was able to add the Gordian’s Knot Puzzle to my puzzle collection.

According to Wikipedia The Gordian Knot is a legend associated with Alexander the Great. It is often used as a metaphor for an intractable problem, solved by a bold stroke (“cutting the Gordian knot”).

The Gordian’s Knot puzzle consist of six colored interlocking puzzle pieces which must be taken apart (it takes minimum 69 moves) and assemble again (also a minimum of 69 moves).

Thinkfun, manufacturer of Gordian’s Knot describes the puzzle as follows: People with a passion for patterns and riddles will fall in love with Gordian’s Knot, a take- apart brainteaser for die-hard puzzle enthusiasts. Players will marvel at their brilliance (and determination!) by unraveling the mystery of Gordian’s Knot. It takes 69 different moves to dismantle the puzzle.

The puzzle from Thinkfun comes with a handy forty page booklet with all 69 moves explained with text and pictures showing how to take the Gordian’s Knot apart and how to assemble the puzzle again (by turning the booklet over and read the booklet backwards with a slightly different description).

Buy Gordian’s Knot from Amazon.com or buy Gordian’s Knot from Puzzle Master Inc. Happy Puzzling!

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  1. Anonymous July 31, 2008 at 05:08

    I can take the puzzle apart in 49 moves, using some moves that rotate the pieces (then I need only 49 moves to assemble it again). The solution is somewhat different from the official one, only the first 8 moves coincide. I take out first the green piece, whereas the official solution takes first the yellow (or maybe orange) one out. Anyone else found this solution?

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  2. passionforpuzzles November 13, 2008 at 19:37

    Is there any chance you can publish your solution in 49 steps?. If you like we can also publish it for you!

  3. Anonymous January 2, 2009 at 07:42

    Hi again,

    I still am puzzling my Knot. I have found a couple of places on the web. YouTube has a couple bits showing people solving the puzzle. Search Gordians Knot Puzzle. Also here is a link to a solution. http://www.geocities.com/abcmcfarren/math/gordian.htm
    The solutions are mostly different from each other, at least they appear to be.


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