Stomachion - The World's Oldest Puzzle - First Puzzle

Product Code: Stomachion

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$ 29.99 $ 27.50 27.50
The Stomachion is the oldest puzzle known to man and quite difficult to solve. It is attributed to Archimedes of Greece (287 BC - 212 BC).  The 14 acrylic precision cut pieces, 1/4" thick, will make a square and also many other interesting shapes, with each shape requiring all the pieces. It comes with 19 other shapes that can be made beyond the square. The square measures 6" x 6" when completed in the frame. The puzzle in the wood frame and cover measures about 7" x 7"
Stomachion is also known as loculus Archimedius and Syntomachion and Ostomachion 
It has been shown that each of the pieces has an area that is a rational fraction (a multiple of 1/48th) of the total area of the dissected parallelogram.  
It is believed that Archimedes anticipated aspects of combinatorics.  Combinatorics  involves finding the number of ways a given problem can be solved, subject to well-defined constraints. 
Mathematician Bill Cutler determined in 2003 that there are 536 unique ways to assemble the square shape.  See how many you can find.  Finding even one beyond the one packaged with the set is a good accomplishment.
There is an amazing story about Archimedes' scrolls, the Palimpsest, which was cut up, written over and eventually recovered through a journey of more than two thousand years. The Stomachion puzzle was found on these scrolls. 
There are many excellent websites containing fascinating historical and mathematical aspects of the Stomachion.  Just do a web search on the name


No matter where you live in the world we can ship our escape room puzzles and props to you at a discounted rate.

Please note international shipping times have been effected by Covid-19. Not all shipments will be impacted; however, there is a chance your order will experience a moderate to significant increase in transit time. If it seems your package is taking longer than normal be sure to check the tracking link and contact your local Post.

Please see below for for a Q&A conducted among me and myself regarding International shipping. If you have any additional questions or need clarification please contact me directly

Q: Do you ship your escape room puzzles internationally?
A: Yes! We should all around the world.

Q: What is the cost of international shipping?
A: Cost will vary depending upon the overall weight of your order. Fortunately, we have a fantastic partnership when it comes to international shipping rates which will save you money.

Q: How do I take advantage of your discounted international shipping rates?
A: It is very easy. Simply select your country from the pop-up window or the dropdown box at the top of the page. This will translate the site to your native language and currency. Not only will this activate the international shipping platform, but allow you to browse our site in your language and currency.

Q: How long does it normally take for international shipments to arrive?
A: Travel time varies country to country. Expect around 15 days.

Q: I can't wait that long is there any option to receive my puzzles faster?
A: Indeed there is. If you do not mind paying more for shipping I can have them sent via DHL. The shipping time for this service is normally 2-5 days. If you would like to use this shipping option please contact me directly as it is not available through the website. 

Q: What about Customs?
A: Each country handles Custom's duties differently. If you are concerned over what the duty may be on your order I suggest checking your Country's rates prior to completing your order. 

Q: How much will Customs cost?
A: This also varies with each Country. It is important to note you as the receiver of the shipment are responsible for paying any and all taxes/duties/fees imposed by your Country. I/Creative Escape Rooms are not responsible for any taxes/duties/fees imposed by your Country.

Q: How long does it take for you to ship an order?
A: This is a tricky one as it really depends upon what you order. Some puzzles (such as mazes) take longer to make than a cipher wheel or lobby puzzle. Often times I can have an order ready to ship within 5 business days. Other factors such as custom requests/engraving will increase lead time.

Q: Why is my order shipping to Folcroft, PA. I do not even live in the United States?!
A: The address shown in Folcroft, PA is an International Shipping Hub. From there your puzzles will be redirected to you. The confirmation Email sent after placing your order contains another link with more detailed shipping/tracking information. 

A lot of our puzzles can be customized with different images, text, symbols and codes.

If you are placing an order for any puzzle which requires a code such as:

  • Magnet Maze
  • Disk Maze
  • Directional Lock Puzzle
  • Grille Cipher
  • Holey Moley
  • Braille Box

Please select "Yes" to customization and Email me the code.

All Magnet Mazes require a code from you, the other puzzles will have a standard code used if a custom code is not selected.

International Orders Please Email me the code at CreativeEscapeRooms@Gmail.com

There is not an additional charge for a custom code on Magnet Mazes. There is a small fee for customizing the puzzles.

It is very important to relay codes for mazes and any custom information to me at the time of your order. I cannot get started until knowing exactly what you want. If I do not have this information it will increase the amount of time it takes for you to have the puzzle in your hands.

If you would like to add images or more extensive customization please contact me prior to placing your order so we can work out the details. 

I can also create custom one off props to fit in with the exact needs of your room. If you have an idea please do not hesitate to contact me. We may just be able to bring it to life.

 

 

Stomachion - The World's Oldest Puzzle - First Puzzle