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The Clerk of Oxenford

Answer :

The piece of tapestry had to be cut along the lines into three pieces so as to fit together and form a perfect square, with the pattern properly matched. 

It was also stipulated in effect that one of the three pieces must be as small as possible. 

The illustration shows how to make the cuts and how to put the pieces together, while one of the pieces contains only twelve of the little squares.

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