|Lox in Box II|
|4 pairs of Lox|
Now, as you all know by now, I consider myself quite poor at packing puzzles (rubbish in fact) but I am determined to improve, hence my recent flurry of packing puzzle purchases. I looked at this and actually thought that it shouldn't be too hard!!! How $%£*!€&@# stupid am I? I started on this one afternoon after getting home from London and after a couple of hours I gave up in disgust!! This clearly deserves it's 4 out of 5 score! It looks so deceptively simple but really is a very tough puzzle. I am sure that it is not just me being rubbish because I took it to work one day and let quite a number of people spend most of a day with it. Not one of them could do it - which made me feel alot better!!! I even gave this to an orthopaedic surgeon colleague of mine (he should have a tremendous visio-spatial ability) and after several hours he gave up in disgust. I had to restrain him from attempting the usual orthopaedic approach and using a hammer and saw!!! So far despite many many hours of trying not a single other person has succeeded to solve this one!
Over the next few days I must have spent 4 or 5 hours on it - I tried everything I could think of to no avail and then left it for a few days. Later on, I tried again and had a small brainwave. I redid some of my previous ideas but was more systematic in analysing the various possibilities. Eureka! Suddenly they all fitted in. When solved there is absolutely no extra space at all, the pieces fit together VERY tightly (this may be part of the reason why I struggled) and the solution is quite beautiful! I then contacted Sloyd for the solution and it was correct. I will not post it here but if you do want to see my solution then contact me and I will send you a picture.
This is a really great packing puzzle - it is beautifully simple in design, yet very difficult in execution. It would be really lovely in a fancy wood (maybe one day I will try to make one for myself). For the money (£15.95) it is well worthwhile!