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The reviews on the Puzzle Master product page for this are quite mixed with a few complaining that it was actually very easy! But the majority of reviews have been 3 stars and above (with an average of 4) and that was good enough for me to choose it. Plus I got it because this is it is the last one in the group of level 10 puzzles in my collection. Gabriel reviewed it here and really enjoyed it.
This one arrived in the usual immaculate Hanayama box and was nicely wrapped. The instructions are simply to take it apart and put it back together again. The box gives a little spiel from Nob Yashigara who designed it and quite a few other puzzles from Hanayama. Apparently the key word is "Needle"! I have no idea why they put that on the box because no-one pays any attention and it is not in the least bit helpful. There is no solution provided but if you find you need one then it can be downloaded from here.
It's a lovely tactile thing made from a reddish antiqued brass and has a good weight to it. The N E W S is so named because of the points of the compass and looking at it, it is clear that it consists of 2 dumbbell shapes lying one atop the other. Pulling at them is obviously futile but I did it anyway and of course got nowhere! Now if you are relatively new to puzzles then you may well struggle for a while with this one but most experienced puzzlers will have seen something very similar before - or so they think! I rattled it and realised that the contents of the puzzle were a bit more involved than I was expecting - there appeared to be pieces moving around that I would not have expected to hear.
During my induction into the world of the puzzle party I learned several of the tricks that can be used to solve puzzles and one of these tricks is the essential one for this (NO! I did not submerge it in water Allard!!!) But I did this very fancy and highly involved trick and promptly pulled at the pieces expecting them to come apart but it stayed firmly intact! Hmm! Maybe it needed more? So I repeated it several times and nope! No joy. At this point I held it up to the light hoping to see between the pieces and gained absolutely no information whatsoever.
I then actually disproved Einstein's theory of insanity! Yes I did it again and again and again! and...
Bingo! We have 2 pieces!
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When it came to putting it back together, I discovered that there was a certain subtlety to it and then realised that this actually required a set sequence of movements to solve it. This explained the reviews in the website that said that a good number of people had solved it by accident. As I have said with several puzzles, it is not with the first opening or solving that the true understanding occurs. This puzzle is a bit more subtle than that obvious puzzler's trick.
I can separate the pieces of this puzzle in just a few seconds with a specific sequence of moves and can guarantee it will work every time! This only comes from a true understanding.
Do I recommend this puzzle? Yes! It should be part of every serious collection and is a good puzzle for experienced and newbie puzzlers alike. It's only $13 and so well worth an investmnet.