# How to create a 34x87 rectangle with Octominoes

## (a handy guide)

1 February 2020

**Step 1:** Solve 90% of a *37x84* rectangle, then wonder why there's so much space left over and not enough pieces to fill it (37x84 = **3108**, which is slightly overshooting the octominoes' 2952+6 total area.)

**Step 2:** Despair for a little bit. Even with a physical set of pieces I find ways to screw things up.

**Step 3:** Salvage a nice big chunk from the starting corner of the failed solution (the corner where all the scariest, hardest to work with pieces live), and use this as the basis for a new rectangle *with the correct dimensions this time...*

Fig. 1: Success!

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Lewis Patterson. Last updated 02/12/21.