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Sliding Blocks of Huarong

Professor Puzzle

Sliding Blocks of Huarong

  • Can you move the largest block (Cao Cao) from the top centre out through the hole at the bottom of the board by sliding the other blocks out the way?
  • It can't be done in less than 84 moves!
  • This puzzle will test your patience and lateral thinking whilst helping you to develop great mental discipline.


This puzzle will test your patience and lateral thinking while helping you develop great mental discipline. The characters on the blocks are from one of the most legendary battles in Chinese history, the Battle of the Red Cliffs. The biggest block in the top center represents the Chinese warlord Cao Cao who fled through The Huarong pass after he was defeated. Can you help Cao Cao escape through the hole at the bottom of the board by sliding the other blocks out of the way? The minimum number of moves needed to solve this puzzle is 84. Can you help Cao Cao with that level of efficiency?