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How to cut a pizza into 7 slices as Google's Doodle game puzzles players?

Molly Young December 6, 2021

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Google is celebrating pizza today with a dough-slicing game that’s making people scratch their heads – how do you cut a pizza into 7 slices? And why is Google celebrating pizza when it’s not even National Pizza Day?

We explore the history behind the culinary art of Neapolitan “Pizzaiuolo” and discover how to master the Google Doodle interactive pizza puzzle game.

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Google’s Doodle game puzzles players

While National Pizza Day is held on 9 February, Google’s interactive Doodle is celebrating the Italian dish on 6 December 2021. Why?

The culinary art of Neapolitan “Pizzaiuolo” was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on this exact day in 2007.

In celebration, Google’s pizza puzzle game features a few of the most beloved pizza toppings from across the world and challenges players to slice based on the type of pizza ordered.

You’ll need to keep a close eye on the requested toppings and number of slices as, the more accurate the order, the more stars you earn!

According to Google, the dish made from dough layered with tomatoes and cheese has been around since the late 1700s. So, no matter how you slice it, pizza is here to stay!

How to cut a pizza into 7 slices?

After asking players to slice pizzas into even numbers and equal parts, the interactive pizza puzzle game soon kicks its difficulty up a notch.

Game players are then requested to slice the cartoon pizza into seven pieces using only three slices. How is this possible?

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First, you’ll need to take your pizza slicer and cut directly through the centre of the dough. This will leave you with two slices.

Now, chop the opposite way. For example, if your first cut was horizontal, you now need to cut vertically. You should now have four triangular-shaped pizza slices.

Here’s the tricky part, drag your slicing line diagonally across just three of the pizza triangles. By doing so, you are chopping three parts to eventually equal six.

Add it up and your pizza is now cut into a total of seven slices.

Screenshot via Google Doodle

Master more dough-slicing challenges

Once you’ve mastered the art of seven slices, the game will get harder. Don’t panic – here’s how to master more pizza puzzles.

When asked to slice your pizza into nine, simply cut the digital dough into seven and add an additional slice through two of the parts.

What if you’re asked to chop the pizza into ten parts? Again, slice the dough into seven and cut an extra diagonal line through the opposite three sections.

Don’t forget Google Doodle can even ask you to section the pizza into particular toppings – so watch out for the dough’s decor!

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Molly Young is a Journalism with Public Relations student at Leeds Beckett University. Boasting a creative background through her studies and on her personal social media channels, Molly loves creating content and providing entertainment analysis through her writing.