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MOVABLE BLOCK PUZZLE.
APPLICATION FILED JUNE 3.1921
Patented May 9, 1922.
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lMovaBLEeBLoQK 1 Application filedJune 1921 serial Nio. 474,745.
To all whom it may Concern.
Be it known that I, MARTIN BULISTEB, a citizen of the United States, residing at Pittsburgh, in the county of Allegheny and State of Pennsylvania, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Movable- Block Puzzles, of which the *followingis [a specification.
This invention relates to .amusementfdevices and more especially to'the ,classglmown as movable block puzzles. The principal objectof this invention is to provide a device of simple construction and oflow cost.
of manufacture allowing the playing of a plurality of games.
The invention consists of the construction and combination of parts to be more fully described hereafter and particularly set forth in the claims. y 1
Reference is to be had to the accompanying drawings forming a part of this specification, and in which the various elements composing the device are indicated in all figures by the same reference numbers.
Referring to the drawings v i Fig. 1 is a plan view of y block puzzle with the cover removed.
Fig. 2 is a plan view of the squareiblocks used inthe device.
Fig. 3 is an end View corresponding to Figure 2. Fig. 4.- is a plan view showing one of the three blocks of intermediate size.
Fig. 5 is an end View corresponding to Figure 4. 1
Fig. 6 is a plan view of the largest block used in my device.
Fig. 7 is an end view thereof.
Fig. 8 is a cross-section through my block puzzle taken along line 88 of Figure 1.
Referring to the above mentioned figures my device consists of a square field 1 sur rounded on all sides with a rim 2 formed to receive a cover 3 of suitable shape and depth. The field confined within the rim Q is provided with fifteen square blocks 4, the sides of which are equal to substantially one-fifth the side of the field, three rectangular blocks 5 of equal width as the squares, but twice the length thereof and one rectangular block 6 also of equal width as the square blocks, but three times as long. A filler block 7 of equal dimensions as the square block 4 is also provided to fill up the remaining space in the field in order to prevent, during transport, the displacement or shifting of the blocks when the nae-r, are dispo ed their r elq r flup cerin t e'fie1 ."'Whenl s arrang 1 the letters printed on the blocks willread wlthifi lth hope and love? and said words sed in "Figur .l.
"Patented May 9, 1922.
ll e ar anged in hemanner tu ly'illu "If so'des'iredthe various blocks may each;
they are supposed to represent when work ing the P1121216; thus, the three square blocks 1n the u c iperv row w ll be made to'repre sentra ,spectively, "England, Germany and France.
Then provided with the arrangement of tt an cQuntrie sh n i gu 1,1 callgthe puzzle the Panamafblockade? and,
as .a matter of additional information, I
have alsp printed on the remaining blocks further mportant points of interest related to the Panama Canal, such as'the Gratun 'Lock, Gratun' Lake, Pedro Miguel Locks and the Atlantic OCQQI The lowerright hand .cornerzof theffield is left open for the purposeof.allowingthe.zshifting of the blocks when';working the puzzle and if. desired may fbe made to represent, the Pacific Ocean.
The puzzleis playedjn the following man- .11 he blocks in he field are arr ng nthemannershbi n in Figu e I as to lrea'd"With faith hope and love. The filler. block 7 is removed from the lower. left hand corner so as to leave a blank space to enable the shifting .of the blocks. The block representing the country which it is proposed to play is now lifted out of its place and inserted in the aforementioned blank space.
lVhen in this positionthe object of the puz-' zle is to return the block representing the country being played in its original or nor mal position byv the shifting, and not lifting,
of the blocks in the minimum number of .be printed withthe names'of the countries right hand field, and by shifting the blocks either singly or in groups, the block W will gradually be advanced until it again reaches its normal position and the letters read again With faith hope and love. The lowest number of moves in which this particular block can be played is sixty-one. In a similar manner the block 0 representing, Norway, can be played in thirty-two moves. Letter N, which stands for Brazil, canbe played in seventy-two moves. Letter L, representing Denmark, can be played in fifty-two moves and so forth. As Will be understood it is possible to return the various blocks being played into their normal position in more moves than stated above, but the Winner of the game is the one Who can do it in the least number of moves.
\Vhen sold the puzzle is also furnished With a table giving the rules of the game and the minimum number of moves corresponding to each block so that the owner may compare the success of. other players with best results obtainable.
Since the game is played only with the square blocks representing the various countries, it will be noted from Figure 1 that the number of puzzles which can so be played will amount to fifteen.
It is obvious that the Wording on-the puzzle may be varied at will Without affecting the principle of the game an'dthat there may be slight changes made in the construction and arrangement of the details of my invention without departing from the field.
and scope of the same and I intend to include all such variations as fall within the sphere of the appended claims'in this application in which the preferredform only of my invention has been disclosed.
What I claim is:
1. A movable block puzzle of the 'charao ter described comprising a square field and nineteen movable blocks; fifteen of said blocks being square and of equal size, three blocks rectangular having'a Width equal to the sides of said square blocks and a length equal to twice the side; and one rectangular block of equal Width asthe aforementioned blocks and. a length equal to three times the Width.
2. A movable block puzzle of the character described, comprising a square field confined Within a raised rim and nineteen movable blocks having characters printed on the upper face thereof; fifteen of said blocks being square and of equal size, three blocks rectangular having a Width equal to the sides of said square blocks and a length equal to twice the side; and one rectangular block of equal Width as the aforementioned blocksand a length equal to three times the Width.
8. A movable block puzzle of the character described, comprising a square field confined Within a raised rim and nineteen movable blocks having characters printed on the upper face thereof; fifteen of said blocks being square and of equal size, three blocks rectangular having a Width equal to the sides of said square blocks and a length equal to twice the side; and one rectangular block of equal Width as the aforementioned blocks and a length equal to three times the Width and one filler-block of equal size as aforementioned square blocks.
Kl. A movable block puzzle of the charac ter described, comprising a square field confined Within a raised rim, nineteen movable blocks; fifteen of said blocks being square and occupying each one-twenty fifth of the area of said field; three blocks of rectangular shape covering each substantially twotWenty fifths of the field and one block of rectangular shape covering substantially three-twenty fifths of said field; and one filler-block covering the remaining onetWenty fifth part of said field.
In testimony whereof I atlix my signature.