Sunday, 3 April 2011
Hanayama cast spiral
I bought this a few weeks ago, as part of my "I've run out of revomazes and need something else to do" crisis. I bought them from Puzzleguru who provided great service - the puzzles I ordered arrived within 48 hours and because I had spent quite a bit they sent me a freebie! Their site is pretty extensive and includes the Hanyama cast puzzles, all the Professor Puzzle series (wire, wooden etc.) and quite a lot of others. Prices are pretty competitive - especially as postage is free for purchases above £25 (very easy to achieve!).
I decided to try a couple of Hanayama puzzles and picked the cast spiral because it looked good and was stated to be pretty tough to solve (level 5 out of 6). I hadn't read any previous reviews!
When it arrived it was in the usual Hanayama packaging which is quite attractive and well protected.
Forgive me, my wife does say I am fairly stupid!
The reassembly is a swine! I dismantled it fairly early on in my puzzling career and had not worked out that I should pay attention to what came from where. She reiterates that I am fairly stupid!! It took me the best part of 2 hours to put it back together - during this I realised that the parts are all subtly different! This means that my disassembly was a bit of a fluke - I had the right idea but was lucky it happened first attempt! In the end, I remembered the sort of shape I was trying to make and ended up systematically trying different combinations of pieces until it worked. There was a fair bit of effing and blinding after the first hour of trying!!
When I finally got it back together I tried to dismantle it again and confirmed that it only works in ONE way. Again, to my embarrassment, I struggled to reassemble it! The pieces all look practically identical and I couldn't, for the life of me, tell which should go in each position. I downloaded the solution from PuzzleMaster and had a look. Even after reading the instructions it is a bit of a challenge - it now takes me a few minutes only but I still have to think. I have given it to quite a few people to try - several have opened it but so far no-one has managed to put it back together!
All in all a very satisfying puzzle to own - I can recommend buying it from PuzzleGuru (I am not affiliated with them!)