Pancake Stacks 1 (Piles of Pancakes 1 in the UK version) is a puzzle in Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box.


Now here's a tasty puzzle for you. Your task is to take that big stack of pancakes on the left plate and move them to the plate on the far right. In doing so, however, you need to follow these rules:

  • You can move only one pancake at a time.
  • A pancake can never rest on another pancake smaller than itself.

Feel free to shift things around as much as you like and to use the middle plate in completing the puzzle.


Click a Tab to reveal the Hint.

This puzzle isn't a brain buster, so take a step back for a moment.

One way to solving puzzles like these is just to experiment by moving the pancakes around.

If you can get the biggest pancake over to the red plate, you're within inches of solving the puzzle.

Shift the smallest pancake to the red plate, then place the medium-sized pancake on the middle plate.

Next, place the smallest pancake on top of the medium pancake. This will free up the red plate for the biggest pancake.




The solution can be achieved in as few as seven moves. How many moves did it take you?

This puzzle is actually a variant of the famous Tower of Hanoi puzzle, a brainteaser invented by a French mathematician over 100 years ago.

  • Initial Position
  • Move the small pancake to the red plate
  • Move the medium pancake to the middle plate
  • Move the small pancake on the medium pancake and the large pancake to the red plate
  • Move the small pancake to the left plate
  • Move the medium pancake on the large pancake
  • Move the small pancake on the medium pancake

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