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Cups and peas puzzles

This variation on the tilt theme requires you to capture all the peas in cups of matching colour. An empty cup will always rotate to catch a pea, but will also drop it again, at the first opportunity. So re-arranging the peas is one half of the challenge and synchronising their capture is the other. Original applet by Graham, making use of the same generic class files as the magnetic block puzzles.

Your challenge is to fill all the cups simultaneously with peas of their respective colour. Unoccupied cups will always rotate to catch a pea if possible, but will also drop a pea if the path is clear. Black cups are spare, thay do not have matching peas.

Sample puzzle
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Fill all the cups simultaneously with peas of their respective colour.


Use the Menu drop-list to select a puzzle.
Use Actions/Save to record a move sequence.


Use the cursor keys or tilt buttons to tilt the tray.
Use space to restart the current puzzle.

Puzzle index

No.1: 3x3 maze: A simple exercise in pea management.
No.2: The spiral: Use the black cup to fill the spiral. Tricky to finish.
No.3: No walls: No walls and no black cups to help you.
No.4: The big L: Harder than it looks.
No.5: Catherine wheel: As hard as it looks.

concept - © Andy Williams & Graham Rogers
puzzle designs - © Andrea Gilbert - 2001-2002
magblocks applet - © Graham Rogers - 2001
applet hosted with permission from Graham Rogers
applet JS conversion - cheerpj transpiler from Leaning Technologies - 2020