|The Silent E|
Tonight I am going to review the Silent E puzzle from Puzzle Master's Wire puzzle collection. This is one of the few of their collection remaining that is a reasonable difficulty level and does not have string. It is a level 8 (Demanding) on their 5 - 10 scale. I initially thought that this rating was a little high but having watched others try it, I suspect it is correct. It arrived in the usual very nice clamshell packaging with the card insert saying just that the aim is to remove the brass ring from the puzzle. The actual description says:
"Are you going to spin or show some spine and solve this puzzle? Use the "E" to get it done. Easy for some; not for others. Where do you fit?"his, as usual, is not in the least bit helpful! The picture says it all - remove the brass ring!! This is a pretty decent size of puzzle - 17.1 x 8 x 5.1 cm depending on which way you arrange the pieces. It is well anodised and very nicely made. All of these seem to have the same problem that the brass ring gets quite discoloured but that doesn't interfere with the puzzling. Gabriel enjoyed it, having reviewed it here. No solution is provided and if you need one it can be downloaded from here.
Now, I was immediately drawn to this one because half of it looked very like the classic horseshoe puzzle that we all remember from our childhood. I found this one very easy and sort of wondered whether a similar technique would be needed for the Silent E. Be reassured that it has a totally different solution and may keep you busy for a while.
Picking it up, whilst I was staying at my mother's house in London, I very quickly picked up a double sided burn from both wife and mother at the same time. Damn! I didn't know that they could coordinate their attacks! I put it down for a while and picked it up again when they had both gone to bed. Having worked out that the Horseshoe techniques were not going to work, I had a look to find the exit point. This one has very limited movements of the brass ring and it quickly became clear where the exit had to be. But it is blocked - so how to get passed, around or over the blockage? It actually only took me about 10 minutes to work it out - probably because I had seen something similar elsewhere. I very quickly had the puzzle in pieces:
|Brass ring removed|
Is it worth buying? For a collector it has something unusual in its' mechanism, for an expert it might be a bit too easy but is a good one to hand out to friends. If you are a puzzler who enjoys wire puzzles but doesn't have a huge experience yet then this is perfect. At $11, you really cannot go wrong.