Consider an sliding jigsaw (SJ) with an empty block and numbered blocks from to (see the attachment for a configuration of a SJ, where blocks or can move to the empty block, leaving their blocks empty, which any of their adjacent neighbors can in turn move to, ect.)
Definition 1: A configuration is standard, if the empty block is at the northwest corner of the board.
Definition 2: A configuration is ordered, if every block is greater than the block to its left (the first block of a row is greater than the last block of the previous row), ignoring the empty block.
Question 1: Starting from a standard configuration of an SJ, how many different standard configurations can we reach?
Question 2: Starting from an arbitary configuration, can we reach an ordered SJ?