Eighteen is the maximum number of pieces. I give two solutions. The numbered diagram is so cut that the eighteenth piece has the largest area—eight squares—that is possible under the conditions. The second diagram was prepared under the added condition that no piece should contain more than five squares.

No. 74 in The Canterbury Puzzles shows how to cut the board into twelve pieces, all different, each containing five squares, with one square piece of four squares.


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