The Battle of the Four Oaks


by Sam Loyd

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One man left to his four sons a square field with four ancient oak trees served as landmarks. This tract of land is shown in the figures above. The sons were instructed to divide the field into four pieces of the same size and shape, and so that each piece of land contains one of the oak trees. 

The sons were unable to divide the land properly, and finally squandered the estate. It's a very old story known as the "battle of the four oaks". 

But the task still remains: how can it be done? Try to find the right solution for this classic puzzle. If you want, you may print out the field from the special
PDF Print 'n' Play version for more convenient solving.

Last Updated: October 19, 2005
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