"Solving Mousetrap over and over again remains fun and challenging."
I did struggle for a short while to disentangle this one. It is fairly straight-forward to move the tail off the body of the cat and onto the head portion, the difficulty comes when working out how to extract the tail from the body. Reversing the process is also particularly difficult because the challenging part is not the exit point, it is halfway through puzzle when you are not really trying to memorise it. The statement about it remaining challenging to repeat over and over again is true. I have done it many times now and always struggle to work out the exact position for the extraction. Another excellent puzzle in the line up.
Of course, this leads to rather a restless night's sleep! The following morning I still can't remember what I did to get to that position! It took me another hour to find the solution - it is actually pretty simple to do but not at all obvious from looking at the puzzle. This one really tested me, I hesitate to give this to friends because I am aways scared they will hand me back a complete knot but I think the construction of this one is simple enough to lend out without fear.
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"the solver is presented with a limited number of options. This should make the puzzle easier to solve, however, most people will find the opposite to be true"
So, it turns out that I had been fooled into a false sense of security!! The aim is to remove the ring-ended cord from the heart shape. It doesn't look too bad because it is so symmetrical. It took me nearly 2 hours in total to solve this one. Initially you try the usual looping tricks but they end in a knot or, more frequently, it just ends up mysteriously back at the starting position. After this you try some more complex loops using as much rope to hang yourself as possible.
There does appear to be 2 exits on each side but no way to use them because each end of the cord is locked - if there was only one locked end the solution would be trivial. Once this problem is investigated further then a number of possibilities present themselves and the cord is off first one then the other side. Reassmebly is not too hard - but care must be taken with the direction of the loops - the first time I ended up with it looped through in opposite directions on each side and had to back-track. This is the first to really challenge me and worth buying for its' deceptive simplicity and unusual solution.