Yesterday’s experiments with creative apple slicing reminded me of the puzzle apples my parents used to cut for us:
They’re not hard to do — here’s how, with step-by-step photos and one illustration:
1. Cut one slice from the top of the apple, halfway through. The red lines on Figure 1 (below) show this cut.
2. Turn the apple upside down, rotate it 1/4 turn, and make another cut halfway through the apple, perpendicular to the first cut. The two cuts will only touch at the very center point of the apple. This cut is shown in blue in Figure 1.
3. Make a wedge-shaped horizontal cut across the center of the apple, connecting the bottom edge of one side of cut #1 and the top edge of the other side of cut #2, as shown. Leave an uncut space, then repeat this cut on the other side of the apple between the other two sides of cuts 1 and 2. These cuts are shown in green on Figure 1.
Slide the two pieces apart by pulling on them horizontally. Ta-da!
Or, you could just watch this YouTube video. (And the moral of the story is: always Google first. Oh, well.)