|Hanayama Cast Coaster - hard to photograph!|
I am finally coming to the end of my last Puzzle Master delivery and I have to say it has really been fun. I got a whole load of toys that have been marvelous fun to solve and have kept me in torture equipment for my friends and work colleagues for ages! In fact seeing the bottom of my Puzzle Master stash is a bit depressing and I think I might have to order a whole lot more - I will explain to the present Mrs S that I have to get more for the sake of my loyal readers! OUCH! My that burns!
As you all know, I am a big fan of shiny things and that very very mad bad girl, Roxanne, has been trying to entice me into buying some Berrocal puzzle statues. She's even gone so far as to give me some links of auctions that are starting soon! Help me - they are soooo shiny and soooooo gorgeous!! I really would love to get some but unfortunately my budget is blown just now! In the absence of being able to own any Berrocals I will have to limit myself to slightly more affordable shiny things. This time I am discussing the Hanayama Cast Coaster and it definitely is very nice and shiny.
It was designed originally by a member of one the very famous puzzling families, Serhiy Grabarchuk. As a little aside, the Grabarchuk family have been trying to set up a Puzzle social network based around one of their apps, Puzzlium, which may be worth a look if you are that way inclined.
Hanayama have packaged it beautifully and decided that it is a level 4 on their 6 point scale or level 8 (Demanding) on Puzzle Master's 6-10 scale. I personally think that it may be slightly easier than that but Gabriel thought slightly higher in his review. Brian reviewed it here and enjoyed it - he certainly thought it is unlikely to be solved by chance. Jerry's review found it extremely challenging and required him to find a solution after a couple of hours of fiddling! On the Puzzle Master item page the user reviews are all 4 or 5 stars and very positive descriptions.
It is flat and looks very like a cup coaster and a very nice weight to it. Dimensions 6.4cm diameter and 0.5cm thick and have I said that it is very shiny? There is a blurb on the box about coiffure which can be completely ignored and all you need to know is that you need to take it apart and put it back together again! No solution is provided but it is easily available from here.
Taking it apart is very simple - just pushing on the outer loops will cause it to click apart (it really does fit together beautifully) and pieces will start to move away from each other. At a certain point the whole thing comes unlooped and leaves you with three interlocked rings rather resembling the unsolved state of the Cast Ring. When it fully separated, I realised that I had only been holding 2 of the rings and the other had just dropped down. The upshot of this is that straight away I had lost my visuospatial knowledge of the orientation of the pieces and knew that it was going to be a bit of a struggle!
|3 Shiny triangles - it might be like this a while!|
Over the next 10 minutes of investigating I found a part way point:
|Does this help? Only a bit|
At $13, this is a really nice puzzle - its lovely to look at, could actually be used as a coaster, and a nice challenge without being too horrendous. I intend to carry this with me at work for a few weeks and torment my colleagues - yes that would be you Steve!!! He's quite bright but don't tell him that!!
|Spot the guilty puzzler!!!|