|Make Room STC#127-A|
|Make Room - boxed - no clues here!|
As usual, I didn't listen to the little voice in my head that said "go easy this is a tough one". So I just upended it on my desk and admired the lovely colours before working out what to do first. The first challenge is to put the 8 blocks back into the box. How difficult could it be? It did arrive with more than that in place so I must have lots of room. Oh dear!!! Have I told you ever that I'm rubbish at packing puzzles? Apparently there are 30 possible ways to do this simple challenge - it took me 2 hours to find the first solution! Aaaaargh! The next problem is to put all 8 blocks in and put the brass rod in as well - this should have 4 solutions. Whilst trying to do this I have found at least 1 of the other 30 solutions to the first challenge. Eventually, I did manage this by brute force/stupidity and mostly by pure luck - I know for a fact that I cannot remember it and will never manage it again! When I say "eventually" I really mean it! There were pieces strewn all over my study for days! I think it must have taken me 12 hours in total! I am exhausted and seeing blocks of wood in my dreams!
The third challenge is truly amazing - put all 8 blocks into the box with the locking dowel too (i.e. with it not sticking out of the hole as in the picture above. There is only one solution to this and I am ashamed to say that I haven't found it! After another 8-10 hours I gave up. There is an odd set of cutouts on the dowel and obviously this plays a part in getting it to fit.
The final challenge is to put it back in the box with the dowel locking it as it was when it arrived. This shuld have 3 possible solutions. By pure luck one of the solutions I had found in challenge 1 was also the solution to this challenge. I have tried to find another but have had to lie down in a darkened room!!!
In the end, I have created a Burrtools file which gives all the solutions possible and this is the only way that I have been able to see the unique solution. It took Burrtools less than 20 seconds to find all possible solutions! Maybe I am not cut out for packing puzzles???
If anyone wants a copy of the Burrtools file then just contact me and I will email it out.
Should you buy this one? Most definitely! It is a classic coffin design and looks gorgeous with all the different woods and the brass rod. I have had many many many hours of "fun" doing this and it looks great on the shelf. The fact that Brian is not planning on making them again should also convince you to go for it.