It arrived in the usual plastic clamshell package with very little written apart from a pair of diagrams showing that the aim is to remove the red loop with the ball on it. The black string and large ring stay attached to the figure 4! In terms of size - it is 9.1 cm square and 2.9 cm deep, made of good quality anodised wire and the string ends have been heat fused - so they won't pull apart. Puzzle Master rate it as 9 in their 5 to 10 range (Gruelling). I personally would put it at 8 but no-one else I have given it to has managed to solve it so I bow to their superior knowledge.
Gabriel reviewed it on his blog in January 2011 and had little trouble with it but did think he may have gotten lucky. No solution is provided - most experienced puzzlers won't need one but if you do then download it from here.
When I took it out of the package it was configured like my photo above and this very successfully hides the exit point. The picture on the Puzzle Master site has the red string looped over the black which, to me at least, potentially allows you to visualise the exit. Luckily, I hadn't looked at the picture for a while. So I started out with no idea where to aim for but quickly discovered how such a short piece of string could get pretty well wound up! Fear began to assail me again! The first thing to try is to take it over the large ring - well you've got to try haven't you? When that doesn't work then maybe take it off and all the way around the other end - Oh dear! Don't go there!
Before I got too hopelessly tangled, I put it back to the beginning and just looked at it and turned it over a few times in my hands - this didn't help me find an exit but as I always say with these puzzles, if there is something unusual about the configuration then it is almost certainly there for a reason - you may need to use it in the solution. There is a very glaring possibility with this puzzle and once I had used it the loop came off within another minute. All in all this only took me 5 minutes - very lucky or a true professional? I'll leave it to you to decide.
|The Destroyer - destroyed|
As the last line on Gabriel's review says:
I recommend it for anyone that likes to think outside of the box.
I totally agree - this is a nice compact puzzle that doesn't knot up too much without really trying. Well worth $12!