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Patented Dec. 4, 1928.
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UNITED STATES EMIL FRIEDERICH LEWIS FRITZ, F CHICAGO, ILLINOIS.
Application led July 18,
square, said blocks being provided with num- I bers and with alphabets of a plurality of languages and with certain words'relating particularly to the universe, and with certain p pictures vof an educational character.
For the purpose of illustration I have shown in the accompanying drawings the ypreferred embodiment of my invention in which Figure 1 represents a container having blocks positioned therein and numbers and letters thereon, as incorporated in my invention.
Figure 2 shows the container disclosed in' Figure 1 with the blocks removed.
Figure 3 is a perspective view of that dis- Figure 4 is a View of the six sides of each of four of the blocks shown in the container in Figure 1.
Figure 5 is a similar view of a modified form of blocks.
Figures 6 to 17, inclusive, are similar views, of that disclosed in Figure 1 and showing the manner of sliding and rearranging the blocks for the purpose of solving the puzzle.
In the accompanying drawings, numeral 10 represents a container of rectangular form, having thirty squares marked 0H on the inner surface thereof and having the letters of the English alphabet marked in part of said sguares and having numbers in the remainder o said squares. The container 10 is preferably made of a single piece of metal and being provided with a relatively wide margin 11, on which the hands of the operator may be rested while solving the puzzle. As shown in Figure 1the container 10is adapted to receive plurality of blocks 12, each positioned over one of the squares 13 and leaving one vacant square. For the use of beginners, it may be desirable to leave more than one vacant square and thereby make it easier to solve the puzzle.
1927. Serial No. 206,442.
Each block 12 in the container 10 is substantially a cube and therefore has six square faces 14, as shown in Figures 4 and 5, and each face of each block is provided with letters and numbersand with equivalent letters of different languages or with pictures cast integral with the face of the block, as may be desired. Some of the blocks may have words, numbers and pictures thereonA instead of single letters.
It isobvious that a person knowing the alphabet of one language will readily become acquainted with the equivalent letters in alphabets of other languages and thereby becomeeducated to that extent simply by the association of the letters on the various faces of each of the blocks used in solvingthe puzzle. The alphabets of any langaugesma be used on these blocks, as may be desire so long as there are not more thanfthirty letters to the alphabet.
For the purpose of illustrating-the operat1on of this puzzle, I have shown in Figures 6 to .17, inclusive, views of m invention showing only a portion of the etters from which a word may be formed and showing oneblank space into which the blocks may be moyed for the purpose of rearranging the blocks to get them in the proper order for making the desired Word. For this purpose I have shQwn only the letters from which the word garden may be spelled andthe )blank space 15, as shown in Figure 6. Figure 7 is like Figure 6, with the exception that they blocks 16, and 17 have been moved downwardly, leaving the blank space 15 above them. In Figure 8 other blocks have been moved, bringing the blank space 15 above the g and in Figure 9 the g has been moved upwardly, as shown. In Figure 10 other blocks have been shifted, thereby leaving the blank space 15 in such a place that by the downward movement of block 18, space is provided for the movement of a, r and g into the positions shown in Figure 11. From this position, the blocks 18 and 19 are moved to the position shown in Figure 12 and 'block a is moved upwardly, as shown.
In order to write the word garden, it is necessary to get the a in the position in which r is in Figure 12, and to do this the block 18 and the letters a and r must be rotated into the position shown in Figure 13, and then the ay may be moved upwardly to the position shown in Figure 14, which leaves the blank space to the left of the r., In order to get the r into the position shown in Figure 14, the blocks 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 18 must be rotated around the r for making Vthe space above and permitting the r to be den has been completedsimply bythe sliding movement of one block at a time into the vacant space and by this method it is possible y to make various arrangements .of the letters and numbers as the operator of the puzzle may choose. l
Having described my invention 1n lts preferred form, it will be obvious to those skilled in the art that variations may be made herein without departing from the spirit of the invention. I do not, therefore, wish to be limited to the precise details of construe tion illustrated and described, but desire to avail myself of such variations and modifications as come within the scope of the appended claims. A
I claim as invention:
1. A' devicef the class described, comprisinga rectangular container having the inner surface thereof marked oil' in squares; a plurality of cubical blocks, each of a size adapted to cover one said squares;there being less blocks than squares for permitting relative slidingmovement of said blocks; letters and numbers in said'squares; letters and numbers on one face of said blocks and corresponding letters of a plurality of languages on t e other faces of said blocks.
2. A device of the class described, comprising a rectangular container having the inner surface thereof marked off in squares;
lof arrangement to be attained by said sliding movement; said means comprising letters and numbers on one face of said blocks and different but related and corresponding char acters on the other faces of said blocks; letters in some of said squares and numbers in other of said squares. y
3. A device of the class described, comprising a container having the inner surface` thereof marked off in squares; part of said squares having letters therein and other of said squares having numbers therein; a plurality of blocks having each face thereof of a size adapted to fit over said squares; letters and numbers on one face of said blocks and corresponding letters of a plurality of languages on the other faces of said blocks, there being one more s uare than blocks and the number of squares eing such as to per- Amit six moves in onedirection and five moves at right angles to said direction.
4. A device of the' class described, com prising a container having the inner surface thereofmarked oil in squares; part of said squares having letters therein and` other of said squares having numbers therein; a plurality lof blocks having each face thereof of a size adapted to fit over said squares; letters and numberson one face of said blocks and-` `dilterent but related and corres onding char-` acters on the other faces of said) blocks; there being one-more square than blocks, and the e number of squares being such asV to permit six possible moves 1n one direction and five moves in a direction at right angles to the first said direction.
In testimonyfwliereof I have signed my -y name to this specification.
EMIL FRIEDERICH LEWIS FRITZ.