How to Solve a Wooden Snake Puzzle

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How to Solve a Wooden Snake Puzzle
Snake puzzles are also known as snake cubes. (puzzle image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

The wooden snake cube is a popular brain teaser. The puzzle requires you to assemble a long wooden snake, formed out of 27 blocks connected by a cord with groups of two to three squares each, into a 3-inch cube. These squares and groups must be manipulated in order to correctly form the pieces into a cube.

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  1. 1

    Lay your wooden snake puzzle on your table. Adjust it so that its first group of squares is pointed toward the left side of your table. The group would come in pairs or triplets of cubes, while working your way down the snake.

  2. 2

    Label each group from 1 through 17 using your sticky notes. Place the labels on the cubes right next to each group that they represent.

  3. 3

    Draw axis X, Y and Z on each of your sticky notes to remind you of all three directions that you may move your groups or squares toward. X refers to the horizontal axis, while Z is for your vertical axis, and Y is for the diagonal axis. Your Y-axis should move up and to the right of the puzzle. The axis notes will help you systematically move each group of cubes to slowly build the puzzle.

  4. 4

    Hold the snake from one of its ends to start forming the puzzle. Move the first group of squares into the direction of your X-axis, your second group to its Y-axis, the third group to your X-axis, and your fourth group to the direction of your Z-axis.

  5. 5

    Direct the fifth group to the Y-axis, while you move the sixth group to its Z-axis.

  6. 6

    Move the seventh group to its X-axis, the eight group to your Z-axis, and the ninth group going to the Y-axis.

  7. 7

    Direct the tenth group to its X-axis, the 11th group to your Y-axis, and your twelfth group to the Z-axis.

  8. 8

    Move the thirteenth group to your Y-axis, the fourteenth group to the Z-axis, and the fifteenth group in the direction of the Y-axis.

  9. 9

    Direct your sixteenth group of squares to the X-axis, and finally move the last group to its Y-axis to complete the wooden snake puzzle.

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