|Jerry's Ball in Cylinder II|
A few days before the IPP was held, I received an email from Jerry Loo informing me that he had version 2 of his ball in cylinder finished and would appreciate my opinion of it. To save on postage across the world he proposed giving it to Allard who he would be meeting at the IPP so Allard could bring it back in his luggage. After a short humorous exchange about luggage allowance during which it would appear that either he had paid for many Kg of extra weight or, more likely, he had forgone any change of clothing and just taken empty suitcases! Can anyone report on how Allard smelled after several days of puzzling?
I was expecting to just pick up the Ball in Cylinder at the next MPP (unfortunately for me it will have to be the next but one) and was surprised and pleased when Mrs S grumpily informed me that I had received yet another package! Please note I was not pleased that she was grumpy - I was pleased at receiving yet another package! Tearing it open, my delight increased even further to see that Allard had included his exchange puzzle too!
|Conjuring Conundrum from Allard|
The suitcase is very similar to many other puzzles I have tried but has a completely new mechanism to the solution and is much more attractive in the anodised black colour. It is called the Conjuring Conundrum and on the label the instructions are:
"open the case with a little magic, then use the contents to make something magical appear"Obviously magic is the theme. This fits with Allard's general approach to many puzzles - many times when I have wondered aloud how a puzzle works he has shouted out, very helpfully, "Pixies"! Thanks Allard, that's always appreciated!
|Only opens this much! Anything useful inside?|
|Got it open using magic - of course I'm not going to show you the mechanism!|
|A bag of tricks - make something magical with it|
Thanks Allard, Louis and Jerry for making my day! I have had a very pleasant time playing with two totally unique puzzles and have not actually managed yet to completely solve any of them!