Interestingly the Paperclip is rated as level 5 (Easy) on the Puzzle Master 5-10 point scale and yet the Cast Devil is a level 8. My own experience would say that they both should be a level 6 (Tricky). Whilst the Cast Devil comes in the nice Hanayama box, the Paperclip simply arrives shrink wrapped with a tiny label that my aging eyes struggled to read! It is a nice chunky metal puzzle at 13 x 7.5 x 4 cm - even my orthopaedic colleagues aren't going to be able to cut it or bend it without using serious hardware! It makes a nice clanging sound as you play. It comes without instructions - but it is obvious that you need to separate the 2 pieces and there is no solution supplied. I doubt that you will need it but it can be downloaded from here.
It is quite clear where the exit points are (although if you have never done the Cast Devil or Menace then there may seem to be 2 possible exits) but due to the shape it seems to be very hard to actually get the pieces to reach it. I was very surprised that a level 5 puzzle actually kept me occupied clanging away for about 15 minutes before I managed to get the pieces lined up properly to disentangle them. The curves and distances on this are absolutely spot on! There is no way to force it and no way to find it by accident - everything must be lined perfectly. With a sigh of relief I separated the 2 halves! After all, I would be very embarrassed if I got stuck on a level 5 wire puzzle!!! I'm supposed to be "Mr Disentanglement!!"
|Two stunning identical pieces|
This is definitely a great challenge which is very tactile and perfect for handing around to your non-puzzling friends! Well worth the cost at $12. I have put it in my bag to take to work to annoy those orthopaedic surgeons with. At least you don't need to worry about knots or damage!
What about that extra goodie? Well recently I got some more Twisty puzzles - yes I am addicted to them too and have found one that might appeal to your sense of fun!
Down Down Up UpThere you are! You can now solve a skewb! So what about the Squished Skewb? It was designed late last year by John Lin from Taiwan and also on the Twisty Puzzle Forum. It is a VERY big skewb which someone has sat on and squashed it down. Dimensions are 11.8 x 13.7 x 11.8 cm so nearly twice the size of a skewb but still has the nice clicking mechanism of the original skewb. The squishing has a very interesting effect - it means that the centres are not square and the corners are all different shapes - therefore it becomes a complete shapeshifted monstrosity when scrambled and also it behaves as a supercube because the centres have orientation. This adds a nice twist (pardon the pun) to the solution process and plays with your brain!
Down Down Up UpYet again you have shown your genius and solved it! Well done. So if you are out and about buying puzzles then treat yourselves to a Skewb and a Squished skewb - they're cheap and not too difficult!