|I have to keep them labeled!|
After it was announced, I immediately started watching for them and jumped at the chance to buy one within an hour of them arriving in stock - I really am quite addicted to them!!! Richard gives you the option of paying a few £££ less to get them in the unassembled state and I took the risk of this. Not to save the money! When you tot up the amount I have spent on puzzles in the last year (shudder!!!) then you will realise that a few 'quid' won't really help my finances very much. I chose it unassembled because of the extra challenge this provides. Three of the smaller cubes had been bought this way and I really loved the extra difficulty.
A few days after placing my order, it arrived. There are no instructions, just Richard's business card. Richard has changed the format a bit - the puzzle is bigger than previous ones at 3.5cm cubed but with larger holes. This keeps the cost down, allows you to see inside better to watch the pieces move on each other and also see where the gaps might be.
After being shouted at for not helping with the dinner preparation again and playing with another of those "damned puzzles", I had to stop for something to eat and then the washing up etc. Oh the torture!!! Whilst doing the washing up, I put the partially solved puzzle on the windowsill infront of me and glared at it. I noticed a gap inside that had evaded my attention. Bing! A little lightbulb went on inside my head (I'm not particularly bright - hence the little lightbulb). Rubber gloves off (nice image!), I tried again and with a beautiful series of sliding movements, I had a completed cube. No rotations are required. If you need it the Burrtools will provide you with a solution and if you are too lazy then contact me for a copy of the file - I just lurve Burrtools!
I had to go to the Puzzle will be played website to confirm that there should be 3 gaps in the faces. I just love this one. It is particularly difficult to start with pieces alone having never disassembled the cube, but definitely possible. It probably took me about 1-1½ hours - not bad for £26. I think all the dyed ones are sold out just now but you get them in plain plastic from Shapeways or just look out for the next batch that Richard produces. Definitely worth investing in if you like interlocking cube puzzles.