|The Pendulum puzzle|
The pendulum is graded as a level 9 out of 10 (gruelling) so I knew I had to have one! I actually think that it is ever so slightly easier than that but not by much. It arrived in a clamshell package with instructions on the card telling me to remove the golden diamond from the puzzle. The dimensions are 12.4 cm x 15.8 cm and has 2 golden diamond shapes on it - only one of which obviously comes off. There is no solution included but if you need one (I don't think you will!) then it can be downloaded from here.
It looks fairly straightforward but believe me when I say that it is pretty tough! It requires a real stroke of realisation to get it. The aha moment is wonderful!! The first thing that everyone tries is to remove the diamond over each of the 2 large rings - obviously impossible but everyone tries it. If you are an orthopaedic surgeon you try it with some considerable force before being told off for being stupid, at which point they ask for the bolt cutters and require a slap!!! There can only be one exit point and everyone realises this very quickly but then discover that the pendulum itself gets in the way. This is then followed by 15 to 20 minutes of moving it all round and round and round the frame in a vain hope of reversing the positions. I spent one whole evening annoying my wife with the jingling and swearing as I consistently failed to solve it - I gave up in disgust!
The following day I remembered something that the great Brian Pletcher said about the Chain Gang puzzle. He had been struggling for a long time with it when his fiancée pointed out that something must have been made in a certain way for a reason (he's a very lucky man - my wife won't even look at a puzzle!) With this in mind I had a closer look at the Pendulum and a lightbulb went on and stayed on (flickering dimly - like me). About 2 minutes later, it was apart! This is brilliant!
|See! It is possible!|