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Triangle Peg Board Puzzle
Triangle Peg Game
Forget video games! Sit down with a triangle peg game and try to puzzle it out. The puzzle board consists of a triangle with fifteen holes and fourteen pegs. The object is to remove the pegs by jumping one peg over another peg into an empty hole until you are left with only one peg. You can only jump over one peg into an adjacent hole that is set in a straight line.
The game is also often called peg solitaire or less commonly Solo Noble. Makers of the game often replace the pegs with marbles. If you don't have any luck, head back here and take a look at a solution.
The solution given below covers the easiest board shape: the triangle. Once you've mastered the triangle you can go on to master the other forms like the diamond, French, English or German styles.
(intro photo by author)
Simple Triangle Peg Game Solution
In order to discuss a solution, we'll need a common language to describe the board and peg positions. With one of the triangle points facing up, we will number the holes in order from the top row with a single hole to the bottom row with five holes. The first row hole is #1. The second row has holes #2 and #3 and so forth until the last row which has holes #11 through #15. The pattern looks as follows (I show leading zeros and dashes to keep the format looking nice):
----04 05 06
--07 08 09 10
11 12 13 14 15
To start the game the board looks as follows (with a filled circle indicating a peg and an open circle indicating a hole):
We first create a diamond at the top with the following moves: 4-1, 6-4, 1-6. We end up with the board looking as such:
The next set of moves are 7-2, 13-4, 2-7. Now the board should look like the little diamond with a channel of three holes on its side:
We are getting close now. The moves 10-8, 7-9, 11-13 leads us to a little v shape laying on it's side:
14-12, 6-13 and we are oh so close we can almost taste it:
12-14 and finally 15-13! Solved!
Of course there are many other solutions as well as starting positions but I leave those to you so you can still have some fun and say you were able to solve it on your own.
A Brief Peg Solitaire History
A french engraving from 1697 showing the Princess of Soubise with a peg solitaire board next to her is the first reliable evidence that the game existed. Such an engraving also meant that the game was already popular by the time of Louis XIV.
Herbert M. Smith of Rome, New York was issued patent 462,170 in 1891 which involved a peg solitaire game similar to the triangle peg game but the board looked like three merged triangles. In 1892, Charles H. Rickert of Reading, Pennsylvania was issued patent 484,882 which concerned a peg solitaire game in the form of a star.
The Cracker Barrel restaurant has for many years featured this puzzle as a distraction for customers while they wait for their food. You might ask what does "eg-no-ra-moose" mean on the game? You'd be an ignoramus and purdy dumb not to figure it out.
Are You a Genius?
Were you able to solve the triangular peg puzzle on your own?
More Difficult Solution
To make the game even harder, you can opt to try to place the final peg into the original starting hole.
Peg Games on Amazon
This is the classic triangle peg game using golf tees as pegs.
Has the rules printed on the front. Though the board isn't triangular, the layout is. Nicely made with a cup to hold the pegs.
If you have a baseball fan in the house, this version of the triangle peg game has a baseball theme.
The classic triangle peg game makes a great party favor for schools, birthday parties and more.
For those of you who have mastered the triangle peg game and wish to have a new more complex challenge.
Peg Solitaire Apps!
I'm sure some people carry around a peg solitaire board wherever they go but most people carry around a smart phone, so use an app to play the game!
- Peg Solitaire on AppBrain
Play Peg Solitaire on your Android phone!
Marble solitaire on your Android. Play the more difficult versions of peg solitaire.
- Peg Solver
Another Android version of peg solitaire. It also has many different versions of the game that you can play.
- Peg Solitaire!
The iPhone needs some love so here is a link to a peg solitaire app.
Where did you first encounter the triangle peg game? Did you ever prove yourself smarter than a sibling by solving it when they couldn't? Don't be a pointy head, leave a comment!