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For the 37th International Puzzle Party, held in Paris, France, in August 2017, Kate designed a puzzle with a Marie Antoinette theme, Let them eat cake. It's a cross between Sudoku and Latin Squares. Here are its three challenges, using these 5 pentominoes and 25 disks with images of "cakes":
The puzzle included the five lasercut acrylic pentominoes, each with one cake attached, and 25 acrylic disks, with five of each for the five different cakes. They were supplied in a beautiful royal-blue velvet drawstring pouch.
Here is Kate at the Puzzle Party festivities, with a richly bedecked display table of puzzles for sale to the attending puzzle lovers and collectors.
For the Gathering4Gardner Foundation's 2019 Celebration of Mind, we reproduced a special souvenir edition of this 25 Cakes puzzle on paper. You can print it out, cut out the pieces, and try to solve it yourself.
The limited-edition, historical Paris version is sold out. A new, permanent edition of Let them eat cake, celebrating several historical occasions, started in 2021, complete with the original 5 acrylic pentominoes and 25 acrylic "cake" disks. It also makes a great birthday gift. $25
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