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 da Vinci's Square Puzzle

 Subj:     The Square Puzzle - Free Give Away Item (S407)           Made by Bits and Pieces                   575 Boylston Street                   Boston MA 02116 A young Italian Woman by the name of Mona Lisa one day visited an old acquaintance of hers, to tell him about her troubles. She was very beautiful and rather well-to-do, so she could hardly ward off her many suitors.  The acquaintance, Leonardo da Vinci, had an idea: they should submit the youths to a test and only those who passed would be admitted to the shorter list of eligible suitors. Leonardo constructed a jigsaw puzzle of four equal parts, which, when correctly assembled, produced a square.  Mona Lisa was delighted and to show her graditude, consented to sit as a model for a portrait by da Vinci. While posing, she also received her suitors and watched in amusement as they desperately tried to solve the puzzle.  Mona Lisa, all the while, had to make great effort to keep herself from laughing, and da Vinci rendered her expression sp well on the canvas, that to this day, in Paris, we can marvel at the famous "Mona Lisa smile."  If you don't want to be laughed at, try solving this puzzle at first alone and unobserved. Instructions: 1. Print these four pieces on page two 2. Cut them out, and form a square. Solution: I've been told by some of you anonymous mathematicians  that you don't bother with these puzzles if I include the  solution.  So, no solution was included.

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at
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