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Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball Archive

This puzzle was made by Binary Arts in 1998. The objective is to arrange the balls in numerical order with the cue ball in the center. It is a permutation puzzle. You can rotate the nine balls around the ball in the center. The track down the middle of the puzzle allows you to permute six balls while the other four stay in the same order. The two images of the loose puzzle show balls five through nine being permuted, while the order of balls one through four are not changed.






9 Ball Puzzle in Package
Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle moc

Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle back of card



9 Ball Puzzle Loose
Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle loose

Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle getting scrambled



9 Ball Puzzle Solved
Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle Solved



9 Ball Puzzle Reversed
Diamond Bob's Billiards 9 Ball puzzle reversed



For a hint to solve the puzzle scroll to the bottom of the page.







The key in solving puzzles such as this one, is finding a sequence of moves that switches the position of two balls while leaving the order of the other balls the same. The following is a set of instructions to switch the center ball with the ball in the third position. Rotate the given section of the puzzle counterclockwise by one ball unless otherwise noted.




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