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The Big Totem Pole Puzzle


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The Totem Pole shape consists of pink, green, and brown blocks. Which two color groups have the same total volumes of their respective blocks:

  • Pink and Green?
  • Pink and Brown?
  • or Green and Brown?

This is the 2nd in our “Totem Pole” series. The first visual-spatial brain exerciser can be found here!

If you can solve, submit your answer below- will reveal on Friday.

The Totem Pole puzzle series was made especially for Smartkit by Peter Grabarchuk (co-creator Strimko, as well as a bunch of other neat puzzles found here!)

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9 Comments to “The Big Totem Pole Puzzle”

  1. Shawn | PUZZLE GRANDMASTER | Profile

    It looks to me as if there is far less pink than there is of the other two colors, so I will say brown=green.

  2. michaelc | Profile

    Well, if you let the green and brown square cubes in the middle have an area of 16, that means they have sides length 4. Going from there, you can see the pink and the green have an area equal to 68 + 10pi. The brown has an area 64 + 11pi, so it’s slightly smaller by the differenc of (4-pi)*depth in volume.

    So pink and green.

  3. bizarette18 | PUZZLE MASTER | Profile

    pink and green?

  4. tad | Profile

    Pink is equal to Green.

    If the boxes each have an area of 4 (2×2)and ignoring depth:

    G = 17 + 5pi/2 = 24.85
    P = 17 + 5pi/2 = 24.85
    B = 16 + 11pi/4 = 24.635

  5. brianu | Profile

    green and pink are the same

  6. RK | Founder | Profile

    Here’s the solution Peter gave me:

  7. | Profile

    what do you people say abt
    Pink and brown?

  8. Tsopi | Profile

    pink and green..actually i just saw the brown ones are obviously less than pink and i didn’t messure anything…

  9. DorianGrey123 | Profile

    Brown and Green

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