Round peg in square hole or square peg in round hole?

square hole round peg

Which gives a tighter fit: a square peg in a round hole or a round peg in a square hole?

Here is a hint.

This puzzle was contributed by Colm Mulcahy, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. Colm's own puzzles have appeared in Math Horizons and in the New York Times. He is a long-time columnist for the Mathematical Association of America and has his own blog. You can follow Colm on Twitter.


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