We will suppose
that he has a piece of cardboard
measuring 8 in. by 2½ in., though the dimensions are of no
Yet if you want a long chain you must, of course, take a long strip of
First rule pencil lines B B and C C, half an inch from the edges, and
also the short perpendicular lines half an inch apart.
Rule lines on the other side in just the same way, and in order that
they shall coincide it is well to prick through the card with a needle
the points where the short lines end.
Now take your penknife and split the card from A A down to B B, and
from D D up to C C.
Then cut right through the card along all the short perpendicular
lines, and half through the card along the short portions of B B and C
C that are not dotted.
Next turn the card over and cut half through along the short lines on B
B and C C at the places that are immediately beneath the dotted lines
on the upper side.
With a little careful separation of the parts with the penknife, the
cardboard may now be divided into two interlacing ladder-like portions,
as shown in Fig. 2; and if you cut away all the shaded parts you will
get the chain, cut solidly out of the cardboard, without any join, as
shown in the illustrations on page 40.
It is an
interesting variant of the puzzle to cut
out two keys on a ring—in the same manner without join.