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I can't solve the big sheep puzzle there are only 2 solutions do you know them 16 cards two of which are identical

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This same puzzle was copied and handed out at a Mensa meeting according to this link:
http://www.cs.utsa.edu/~wagner/sheep/index.html
I have verified that the Mensa puzzle and the "Big Sheep Puzzle" at www.thebigsheep.co.uk are identical. The spotted sheep are replaced by the brown sheep in the Mensa puzzle. The instructions on the box claim 2 identical tiles, but there are really 2 sets of identical tiles in the puzzle. The author of the link above found 55 distinct solutions.

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