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The riddle of the red pica

The riddle of the red pica

During a recent visit to the Whist and Chess Club of Crescent City, I was struck by the curious design of a red pike that adorned one of the windows of the main meeting room. The design came from Dresden and, in the manner of the stained glass windows of the cathedrals, is made with numerous pieces of colored glass, skillfully assembled to achieve the desired figure.

No one ever asked for any explanation about the color inconsistency. At first it was taken as a terrible mistake, but later it came to be regarded with pleasure, not only because of the novelty that a red pike can mean, but also because a black pike would have darkened the room too much.

Upon learning, however, that the manufacturer had made a mistake, since the ace of hearts must have been the club's badge, I dedicated myself to carefully examine the window. The pica is composed of three pieces, and I quickly discovered that by rearranging the pieces, they could be assembled to form the ace of hearts, which was what was desired in principle.

The partners had become so accustomed to their peculiar emblem, not to mention that they already revered it, that they did not consent to its change. However, this alteration gives rise to a singular but simple puzzle.

Show how you can turn the pica into a heart by cutting it into three parts.

Extracted from the page www.librosmaravillosos.com.

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