Each of the five figures is drawn using a combination of a square, some circles and some sort of shading. I need to draw each of these using a single command so that they can fit and make a rectangle without gap, for example a 7 times 11 one. Even the arcs can be replaced by a zizag so that they make a rectangle when fit together but this means advanced computation and plotting.


\draw[fill=cyan] (4.,4.) -- (0.,4.) -- (0,0) -- (4,0) -- cycle;
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](3.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=white, draw=none](2,3.5) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=cyan] (7,0) -- (11,0) -- (11,4) -- (7,4) -- cycle;
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](10.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](6.5,2) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=cyan, draw=none](9,4.5) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=cyan] (14,0) -- (18,0) -- (18,4) -- (14,4) -- cycle;
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](13.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](18.5,2) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=white, draw=none](16,3.5) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=cyan] (21,0) -- (25,0) -- (25,4) -- (21,4) -- cycle;
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](24.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](21.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](23,.5) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](23,4.5) circle (.8cm);

\draw[fill=cyan] (28,0) -- (32,0) -- (32,4) -- (28,4) -- cycle;
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](30,4.5) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=cyan,  draw=none](32.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](28.5,2) circle (.8cm);
\draw[fill=white,  draw=none](30,.5) circle (.8cm);

\node at (2, -1) {\small type  1};
\node at (9, -1) {\small type  2};
\node at (16, -1) {\small type  3};
\node at (23, -1) {\small type 4};
\node at (30, -1) {\small type 5};

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  • I believe that the legal patterns are not unique. Which one do you like? Exactly the given one? – Symbol 1 Jan 28 '17 at 20:54
  • With only these types there are certain restrictions. There will be one and only one type 3 in each edge. You cannot have two type 3 in any given row or column. There can only be one type 4 in any row or column in the "hole to hole" direction. – John Kormylo Jan 28 '17 at 21:49
  • The 7x11 rectangles has more than one configurations yet all of the configurations have the same number of each type. – Thumbolt Jan 29 '17 at 2:04

I think this is a good chance to practice 's parser module. See the manual for more information.

The foreground layer is actually unnecessary. But since the pocket is drawn by a white circle, I have to draw the tab on a different layer.

The clipping syntax, shift and scale are unnecessary, too. But that means you have to recode your pieces.



\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character 1}{\def\jigsawtype{1}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character 2}{\def\jigsawtype{2}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character 3}{\def\jigsawtype{3}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character 4}{\def\jigsawtype{4}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character 5}{\def\jigsawtype{5}}

\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the letter A}   {\def\jigsawangle{0}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character <}{\def\jigsawangle{90}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the letter V}   {\def\jigsawangle{180}}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character >}{\def\jigsawangle{-90}}

\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{blank space \space}{}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character :}{\jigsawstart}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character ,}{\jigsawdrawone}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character ;}{\jigsawnewline}
\pgfparserdef{jigsaw}{all}{the character .}{\jigsawend}

    \path coordinate(line begin)coordinate(curser);
    \draw(curser)pic[rotate=\jigsawangle]{jigsaw \jigsawtype};
    \path(line begin)++(0,-1)coordinate(line begin)coordinate(curser);


    sq/.style={cyan,draw=white,line width=.05cm},
    jigsaw 1/.pic={
    jigsaw 2/.pic={
    jigsaw 3/.pic={
    jigsaw 4/.pic={
    jigsaw 5/.pic={



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  • Found a overlap on the lower right corner; hope it does not harm. – Symbol 1 Jan 28 '17 at 22:12
  • You could sell this as a game "find the one overlap in this pattern" - it took me quite a bit to find it :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Nov 19 '18 at 17:47
  • Or, put one thousand ducks on a page and find the one with red-white shirt and blue pants. – Symbol 1 Nov 19 '18 at 21:33
  • We could make a whole book with such riddles :) – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Nov 19 '18 at 21:37

Instead of worrying yourself how to puzzle together your jigsaw pieces, you could use the jigsaw package to automatically create a pattern of your desired dimensions:




    \fill[cyan] (0,0) rectangle (11,7);


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(the trick is to not try to puzzle matching pieces together, but to draw only every second line :)

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