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Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

Edison from Shatin School included some edited versions of the diagram given in the hints to support his argument:

The most is 41 blocks, as is the picture in hints. Every block you try and add will change of of the faces. So the maximum is,


Then you can take away blocks, checking each face projection so its unchanged.
On the far E, you can take away 4 on the top prong, 4 on the bottom prong, and the 1 back block on the middle prong. The middle of the S cannot be removed as it is needed for the S face. The on the close E you can take 4 from the middle prong, and then the back block on the top and bottom prong.
So we have removed $15$ blocks, and you cannot remove any more. So the minimum total is $41-15=26$

Well done Edison, can anyone think of any other interesting projections to aim for?