At the recent Midlands puzzle party, I discovered that the puzzling community seem to think of me as a bit of a wire puzzle specialist! This has never been my aim - I lurve ALL puzzles! But I do keep coming back to them!! They are so simple and yet can be such a tremendous challenge - real value for your puzzling money.
So this time I am going to describe the Mosquito wire puzzle. This one looks like a nice simple construction with a short length of string (meaning it is less likely to cause that horrible knotted feeling!) and a nicely made yet simple looking set of wire rings etc. This is a very reasonable $10 and is rated by Puzzle Master as 8 out of 10 (Demanding) on their difficulty scale - the only user review on the site states that it is "very difficult!", so I couldn't resist it could I? It comes in the usual nice clamshell package and has only the instructions to remove the string. Dimensions are 10.6 x 13.2cm. There are no instructions included but if you need help then get them from here.
Now, many many times on this blog, I have stated that I am "not very bright" and often also stated that I have almost no memory at all! In fact I regularly cannot remember whether I am going up or down the stairs if I stop half way! And almost every day I wake up next to the present Mrs S and wonder who she is - apparently I am married to her even if I have no recollection of that! I certainly hope so because she has cost me a fortune in shoes and handbags!!!
So why mention that here? After I solved the Mosquito puzzle, I took it to one of the private hospitals I work in and handed to one of my assistants whom I have infected with the puzzle habit (Sorry Neil!!!) He then reminded me that he had showed it to me about 3 months earlier!! I suddenly recalled it when he reminded me that I had upset him greatly when I solved it in under 2 minutes when he had been struggling for several weeks!
Is this puzzle difficult then? I would say that the 8 out of 10 is about right. It is moderately tough! The second time that I had solved this one, it took me about 5 minutes (I'm obviously getting older!). When I did Neil's version I was really careful to ensure that I memorised the exact positions needed to put it back together (it is not puzzle etiquette to open someone else's puzzle and leave it in the solved position with no-one able to reset it). This time, with my own puzzle I was not so careful and having gotten the pieces to look like this:
|Solved with a smile!!!|
I really like this one - it is quite tough to do and undo, it is really tough for newbie puzzlers and it doesn't knot up at all. Plus it looks nice! For $10 you can't go wrong - go on you know you want one!