An extremely clever puzzle that at first glance might not seem to fit in an Escape Room. Once you start to understand it a little more; however, you will see it has a lot of Escape Room potential.
For each solution there is a unique combination of numbers which occupy the corner positions. These numbers can then be used for a code or to help solve another part of your Escape Room.
The Fable: In the old west, the 78 soldiers manning the parapets at Ft. Fearless were surrounded by 119 Indians. Their only hope was in making the Indians think there were more soldiers in the fort. Major Burns reasoned the Indians might count the men in corner parapets twice as they could be seen from two adjacent sides.
He arranged the men so there were 22 men visible from each side; thus seemingly 88 men. Not enough... he repositioned them such that 23 were visible on each side… still not enough…
Before long he found he could position his men such that from 22 to 30 were visible on each side. When he finally put 30 on each side the Indians thought left as they thought they were outmanned with 120 men in the fort. How did he do each combination of 23 to 30 men per side?
Your goal: Position the blocks numbered 1 thru 12 such that 22 men appear on each side; then reposition them for 23 men on each side, then 24 etc… up to 30 on each side.
This is a puzzle of moderate degree of difficulty; appropriate for ages 10 and up.
Achieving the 22 or the 30 men per side challenge are the easiest to accomplish and may be very appropriate for Escape Rooms. When solved, the 4 numbers in the corners are unique and could be used as part of a clue or combination.
This is an old puzzle, to the best of our knowledge last seen from Peterson Mfg from 1975. We have reproduced this in a particularly nice format . It is an all wood construction with a base and cover. All text and numbers are deeply laser engraved. Playing instructions are also laser engraved on the frame. Measures about 7” square in the frame.
Comes with written solutions for all 9 puzzles.
Made in our Hudson, FL shop.
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 Phil@CreativeEscapeRooms.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.
CreativeEscapeRooms.com Ships Worldwide
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.