This time, I wanted to showcase the rest of the puzzles I bought in that series. The picture at the top is Box Packing designed by William Hu and it initially confused me because I thought that was the wrong name. I actually thought that the All tetra stick was the Box Packing but Jakub's pictures put me right as did Ishino's site. As soon as I saw the picture I knew I had to have it - it is so different to everything I have seen before.
It is sort of a mixture of a burr and a packing puzzle. Beautifully made from Cherry and Wenge, it quickly becomes apparent that a fun little sequence is required to dismantle this one. It doesn't take long to have it in pieces (level 22.214.171.124) and of course take the obligatory photo for blog and database.
|Not really a packing puzzle but great fun!|
|I love these exotic woods!|
|Crystal Lattice 1|
I played with this every evening for nearly 2 weeks and got absolutely nowhere. I seemed to be wandering round and round in circles and because of the complexity of the pieces I was unable to get anywhere. One evening I found somewhere new and locked it up! I panicked for a short while as I was unable even to get back to the beginning! Finally at the end of last week, I got somewhere new and miraculously a piece soon came out! After that it was fairly easy. I was left with these:
|4 rather complex pieces!|
|Warped Board Burr - still can't do it!|
In Europe they are available at good prices from Bernhard Schweitzer at his Puzzlewood site, in N America they all seem to be stocked by Puzzle Master here and Brian & Sue Young stock them at MrPuzzle for those of you in Australasia.
Just a reminder - recently I have posted a few updates on my New additions page that you may want to check out. Not in depth reviews but just quick notices of purchases and achievements.