|Help me! I'm trapped in this prison.|
I look forward to meeting Wil at the Midlands puzzle parties that he occasionally attends and unfortunately I missed out on meeting him at the recent Dutch Cube day! Most of all, however, I love it when he sends me his emails! Every 2-4 months a note drops into my Inbox telling me of his upcoming designs and what he has newly available - and he knows full well that I cannot resist his wares! In fact an email arrived this weekend and he has separated me from yet another large chunk of my money!
Back at the end of August one of these emails arrived with news of something we all knew he had been working on for a considerable time. He finally had it finished and was ready to take orders for the first 27 that were available. We all read with great eagerness about it and all of us then took a huge GULP! when we saw that it was to be €390 plus P&P. But did this faze us at all? Heck no! Within 5 minutes I had responded with a resounding YES and apparently within a few hours another 26
Those of us who bought it then received an email with basic instructions - the aims and then the do's and don'ts. Basically it is like most "sequential discovery" puzzles - you need to discover what is possible and find tools along the way that can be used at later times in various places. As with many others the important rules are "NO Banging, No Shaking/spinning, No external tools". The aim in the very first email was:
Mine arrived just a few days later and the excitement was palpable in the puzzle world as we all scrabbled to open them at the same time - emails were shooting back and forth like wildfire! Wil always packs things very well and this time was no exception - it requires good knife skills to get into the cardboard box and then through the lovely gift box it had been sent in. Lifting the puzzle out came as a bit of a shock and did explain why the price was so high - it is HUGE and VERY heavy!!! Dimensions are 16 x 7.5 x 11 cm and the weight a staggering 1.89Kg (that's 4lb 2.25oz for you Americans!) - even just picking it up now to weigh it I get a shock. This huge weight plus the fact that it is all metal (steel and aluminium) means that you do NOT want to drop it - if it lands on a foot then you will be needing an operation (trust me! I have seen lots of these operations and they are not very nice!) If it lands on your wooden desk then you are going to have a very big dent - the puzzle, on the other hand, will be fine!Challenge: Take my HEART
I was delighted to see that Wil has signed it and that it has a serial number on it - mine is number 21. The poor little angel is clearly visible peaking out from the window and you can almost hear her calling to you - hence the immediate urge to get started on it despite the fact that you have been told by the present wife to help fix dinner! Ouch!!!!
|It even gives the combination!|
n! / ((n - m)! x m!) where n is the number to choose from and m is the number to chooseFrom this I concluded that even by brute force there are only 70 possible codes to try! I did feel rather sorry for Louis when I heard that his puzzle was unique in that it required a 5 digit code and had 10 to choose from (252 possible codes)! But he is a superb puzzler and it only took him an hour!! After this there's a whole lot of discovery to do - the first thing to do is poke at everything to see what happens - not much! I was sitting in my living room in the evening with the present Mrs S and watching TV at the same time with the cats (one of which was soundly asleep on my lap). It only took a few moments before the first of the tools became visible - I'm happy to show a picture of these because if you can't find them then you have no business reading my blog!!!
|She has balls!|
Obviously Wil is aware of my propensity for having X-rays taken of some of his puzzles!! I have done it for the Cylinders, the Lotus and even a bottle! So I just had to continue with 2 balls and hope that was enough ;-) The next step took me a very very long time - Quite a few people had used the open padlock as a tool during the solve and were firmly told off for it by Wil - so I had to think a bit. I didn't get any further that night but restarted the following day.Hi Kevin - Always nice to hear from you :)Please make a Röntgen picture from your cat to be sure, because I don't know how many balls where inside in your Angel Box.You also will discover it when you need the third ball. Otherwise you can follow your way with 2 balls.
This puzzle just leads you on and on and on - I can't really give any more information about what I did as I don't want to spoil it for anyone. It showed us all as a community because we were all emailing back and forth when things were going wrong but not actually telling each other what to do. Occasionally a little hint was required (even recently I have been able to help a fellow suffer by just nudging the thought processes!) Every step peels away another layer of the onion and lets you discover something new and then stop there whilst you have to think a bit more. It took me a whole weekend and a bit more to solve it and the cats zoomed away in fright when I shouted aloud having finally freed the angel!!!
The attention to detail and the sheer craftsmanship in this puzzle is staggering - it is just beautifully put together and is a real epic challenge to solve. You literally need to dismantle the prison walls to finally get the to the angel out:
|I broke her out of her prison!|
Once you have freed the angel remember that the initial aim was stated at the beginning - first find her heart! Unfortunately might need to hurt her to get to it - this is far to gory to show in the public domain but the true attention to detail shows in that she has a perfectly shaped wooden heart! After that you need to find who has got your lock plate - we are doing this via the Puzzle-Place forum. As yet I have not found anyone who has the lock corresponding to my plate and also no-one yet has admitted to having the correct plate for my lock. But I think the general consensus is that we will be keeping our own locks/plates.
This was an amazing journey and I loved every moment of it - I still open it every now and again to marvel at how well made it is and what a genius Wil is! It was a hell of a lot of money but I am very pleased to have it in my collection! Thank you Wil - I am looking forward to the next amazing design and giving you yet more of my hard earned cash!! Ouch!!!! Mrs S just hit me!! She was reading over my shoulder and has seen what this one cost!!!
|5 Platonic Solids|
|Aaaargh! Help meeeeeee!|