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Another Tetris spinoff that didn't quite set the world alight

Another Tetris spinoff that didn’t quite set the world alight

Dur duh duh DUR duh duh DUR duh duh DURRR duh duh DUR duh duh DUR dur dur DUR is the soundtrack to this email from Steve from Southampton:

I was listening to the question about Tetris when Olly talked about Tetrominoes and wondered why not do it with 5 or 6 squared shapes.

When I was in primary school in the mid-1980s, our teacher Mrs Doubleday taught us a game called Pentominoes, where you had 12 shapes cut from squared paper (all the possible combinations of 5 squares) and you had to make a larger shape – usually just rectangles of varying dimensions (if 4 lines is a “Tetris” would 5 be a “Penis”?) from the pentominoes as quickly as possible. It was actually quite a lot of fun, and even subliminally educational.

I guess she didn’t jump on the bandwagon and try to licence it to the Soviet government because a) she was about 70, and b) one of the pentominoes was called “The Stinker” and was invariably the piece that was hardest to fit in – it would have been the cause of millions of smashed gameboys had she ever taken it public.

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That’s the shape of The Stinker.

What a shame Mrs Doubleday wasn’t commercially minded, because there must have been scores of Tetris addicts wanting to move onto the harder stuff, stinky or not.

Here are the rest of the Pentomino shapes, in case you had a hankering to make your own cut-out-and-keep Penises (?):

pentominoes

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