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Blocking Polyominoes
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Unrestricted Problem: by Rodolfo Kurchan
In my bulletin of Los Acertijeros 74 of December 1995 I asked which is the smallest polyomino that can block itself using 2 replicas, and then the same for 3,4,5 and N replicas.
The only condition is that if we take out 1 piece there could not be part of the figure still blocked. The solutions are:

N = 2: an Octomino:

N = 3: a 10-omino:

N = 4: an hexomino (I think there are 3 different):

N = 5: a 9-omino: by Erich Friedman

N = 6: a 9-omino:

N = 7: a 7-omino: by Erich Friedman

N = 8: a 6-omino: by Erich Friedman

N = 9: a 7-omino: by Erich Friedman

N >= 10: a 6-omino: by Erich Friedman:
Example, N = 11:

The best solution we have are:
N 2345678 9>
Pieces 81069976 76

New Pentomino Problem: by Rodolfo Kurchan
It is impossible to block a pentomino using replicas of itself. Find a solution using the least quantity of pentominoes (of course you have to use at least 1 pentomino different).

Restricted Problem: by Junk Kato and Patrick Hamlyn
In this variation we look for the least number of replicas that we need to block each polyomino.
The hexominoes of N=4 would not be solution because we can move together the 2 blue pieces to the left:

So to be a good solution to this puzzle we cannot move 1 or more pieces of the figure.
The best solutions for this problem are:
N = 2: an Octomino:

N = 3: a 10-omino:

N = 4: a 11-omino:

N = 5: a 12-omino: by Junk Kato

N = 6: a 11-omino:

N = 7: a 11-omino: by Junk Kato

N = 8: a 10-omino:

N = 9: a 11-omino:

N = 10: a 21-omino: by Erich Friedman

Erich found a generalization from his solution by fitting in more stacked vertical polyominoes on the right side.
The best solution we have are:
N 2345678 9>
Pieces 8101112111110 113n-9

Please any comment or improvement write me to:

Rodolfo Marcelo Kurchan / Lavalle 3340 21"3" / (1190) Buenos Aires - Argentina
eMail: rodolfo@kurchan.com.ar

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