Added 1976-08-31 23:29:29
App Freshness



Martin Sandman, Inc.
Five Squares Into Four
Post Date:
2017-10-22 23:29:29

Download Five Squares Into Four »

The Five Squares Into Four puzzle is a “bar-bet” challenge to change a configuration of five squares into configuration of four squares by moving two sides. The two sides remain in play. Originally, the puzzle was done with matchsticks. There are no tricks to this puzzle. The five squares are laid out as 16 sides on a 5 x 7 grid of playing space. The player selects an occupied side to move and then selects an unoccupied side to move to. The side moves as ordered. Then a second side is selected and moved. If the new configuration has four squares, the player has successfully solved the puzzle.

There are three control buttons: Restart, Demo, and Info. Restart restores the view to the starting position of the Five Squares. Demo demonstrates how to solve the puzzle. Info contains the rules, a hint, background information and the support website url.

I became acquainted with the Five Squares Into Four puzzle in the early 1980’s but I believe it is much older than that. It was a popular bar bet and usually done with matchsticks, preferably the old wooden ones. A rumor at the time was that the puzzle was presented to a graduating class at West Point Military Academy. The puzzle was given to several hundred cadets in an auditorium with viewgraph projector. All graduating cadets receive a bachelor of Science degree. At the end of 20 minutes about half of the class had solved the puzzle of Five Squares Into Four. At the end of an hour 15 cadets were still struggling. Apparently, there was no relationship between class standing and success at solving the puzzle. What I have found in my own experience is that a few women have solved the puzzle immediately. They solved it in 20 seconds or less. I do not remember a man solving it in less than five minutes.


  • Five Squares Into Four Screenshot
  • Five Squares Into Four Screenshot

Stats for Five Squares Into Four

Users that made this app Fresh

Freshness Badge

To add a FreshApps Badge for Five Squares Into Four to your site:

1) Copy the HTML code snippet and paste it into your site.
2) The badge will automatically display on your web page with the Five Squares Into Four iPhone App's current data.

Featured iPhone App

About Fresh Apps

iPhone icon - Fresh AppFresh Apps is all about finding the best iPhone Apps. The idea is really simple:
- If you like the app
- if you use the app
- if it makes you smile
Then + Make it fresh!

Advertise on Fresh Apps...

New to Fresh Apps?

iTunes App Store, Fresh Apps is betterThere are a couple of things you need to see! So grab a cup of coffee and sit back and enjoy finding a few new iPhone Apps.
- Most Fresh iPhone Apps
- Most Fresh FREE iPhone Apps
- Newest iPhone Apps


Fresh Apps Stats

Total iPhone Apps:
Free iPhone Apps:
Total Users:
Total Comments:
Total Freshness:
Avg # of Apps Added Daily:

XHTML | CSS | © 2008-2009 Fresh Apps. All Rights Reserved

Fresh Apps Grass... Ahhh, picturesque.