Da Vinci Days
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The Deceptive Cube
The devious secret lies under this photo.

This is not one  puzzle with six pieces.  It's actually a pair of related puzzle pieces that make up twelve different puzzles.  Those six pieces in the far box are the mirror images of the pieces in the near box.  We can switch any pair of equivalent mirror-image pieces between the two boxes and we have a new puzzle.

Of the twelve puzzles, one is rather easy: it has seven different solutions.  One of the twelve has no solution.

The puzzle is much harder than its cousin, the Soma cube.  When you manage a solution, it's a little difficult to remember it.  Substituting a mirror image for any of the pieces usually goes unnoticed.  So if a switch results in the puzzle with no solution, the solution has mysteriously disappeared!

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