Manifold is a brilliant puzzle invented by Jerome Morin-Drouin. Based on the origami principle, the goal of Manifold is to fold the printed paper several times, so that eventually you will end up with a 4 × 4 square which is white on one side and black on the other. The Manifolds here are provided by The Incredible Company and are part of their Manifold game which contains a total of 100 puzzles. Click the images, download them, print them, and solve the puzzles.
Prepare a piece of paper with dimensions 2×4, then fold it four times to form 8 squares. Write on the squares in the top row the numbers 1, 8, 7, 4, and write on the squares in the bottom row the numbers 2, 3, 6, 5.
Now your task is to fold the piece of paper several times, so that the squares end up on top of each other, with the numbers appearing in ascending order top to bottom, and 1 face up.
Once you do this, try again with numbers 1, 8, 2, 7 on the top row, and 4, 5, 3, 6 on the bottom row.
Take six coins and arrange them in a triangle as shown in the image. Your goal is to rearrange the coins into a hexagon with only four moves. Every move consists of sliding one coin to a new location where it touches at least two other coins.
The solution is shown below.
First, get a completely untangled rope. Now, your task is to grab its two ends, and without letting it go, tie this knot in the middle.
In order to do this, first cross your arms, and from this position, grab the two ends of the rope. Once you untangle your arms, the knot will appear on the rope.
Print the image below, cut out the six parts of the pony, and then rearrange them so that a picture of a horse (not a pony) appears.
The horse is formed in the empty space between the pony parts.
Get a stripe of paper, then cut two holes and two slits in it, as shown on the image below. Then try to attach two large cherries to paper, without tearing it apart.
Pull the handle in the paper through the holes, attach the cherries, then pull it back up.
Get 2 ropes and tie them up around the hands of 2 of your friends, as shown on the picture. Then, let your friends separate from each other, without untying the knots or cutting the ropes.
The solution is shown below.
This puzzle/game is played with groups of people, in which some of the participants know the rules, and others are trying to figure them out.
All players must sit in a circle, facing each other. Then one person who is familiar with the rules starts by pointing at another and saying “cross-cross”, “cross-parallel”, “parallel-cross”, or “parallel-parallel”. After that, the person who got picked must choose another one and guess which one of the four expressions above he must say. If he gets it wrong, he gets corrected, and then the next person continues. The game ends when everyone finds out what the secret is.
To play this puzzle game with your friends, at least one of you must know the secret rules and solution, which are explained below. Just keep in mind that whoever learns the rules, will lose the enjoyment of figuring them out by himself.
When you point at somebody, you say “cross-cross”, if yours and the other person’s legs are crossed, “cross-parallel”, if yours are crossed and the other person’s are parallel, etc.