How to cut a pizza into 9 slices as Google's game continues to confuse?

Molly Young December 6, 2021
How to cut a pizza into 9 slices as Google's game continues to confuse?


Google is celebrating one of the world’s most popular Italian dishes today – pizza! Their dough-slicing online game is continuing to make players scratch their heads as they wonder how to cut a pizza into 9 slices. Howcome Google is 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 continues to confuse players

While National Pizza Day is held annually on 9 February, Google’s interactive Doodle is now 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 the digital dough based on the type of pizza ordered.

It gets harder! 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 can 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 9 slices

The Google Doodle game begins by asking players to slice the pizzas into even numbers and equal parts. Easy, right?

Well, the interactive pizza puzzle game soon kicks its difficulty up a notch as players are then requested to slice the animated pizza into nine pieces using only three slices. How is this possible?

First, you’ll need to take your online 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 where it starts to get slightly tricky. Drag your slicing line diagonally across just three of the pizza triangles. By doing so, you are chopping three parts to eventually equal six.

So far you should have cut a total of seven slices and will need two more to make nine.

Simply dice two more slices by dragging the slicer across two of the other pieces. Add up the slices and you’ve chopped a total of nine digital delicious pizza parts.

Screenshot via Google Doodle

Master more pizza puzzles

Once you’ve mastered the art of nine slices, the game will get gradually become harder. Don’t panic – here’s how to master more dough-dicing challenges.

If you are asked to chop the pizza into ten parts, simply slice the dough into seven using the instructions above and then 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!

Let’s use a Hawaiin pizza as an example. If the game requires you to section the slices into individual toppings of ham, pineapple and a mixture of both, be careful with your cursor and divide the diced segments.

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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.