|I just cannot resist wood!|
So before I'm either killed or cured, I thought I would review something for you to prove I'm actually still alive and before Mrs S puts me out of her misery. Some time ago, my friend Jakub at the New Pelikan Workshop emailed me to say that the puzzles he had been working on were about to go on sale. Now, as you've seen over the last few months, I seem to have sold off my organs and bought puzzles instead (maybe that's why I got sick?) so I couldn't afford to buy the whole lot he had and so chose the 3 that looked most interesting to me. Pictured above we have from the left: Space Axis, Tall Joe and Orion.
|Orion designed by Osanori Yamamoto|
I quickly found the first sliding move and the 4 pieces separated into 2 pairs and then one separated further. At this point I became convinced that this would be similar to others by Mr Yamamoto and started looking for rotations. Once the pieces are separated, there is a lot of room in that ring to allow all sorts of different movements of the pieces and I went around a few times rotating here and there trying to make a space that would allow a piece to fit through. After about 15 minutes of getting absolutely nowhere, I had a really close look at the pieces and saw that there were some subtle differences between them. Maybe I had been trying the wrong one? I knew that the solution was level 184.108.40.206. Around and around and around I went for quite an embarrassing length of time! I was sure that I had done quite a lot more than the 14 starting moves and not found anywhere that a piece might come out. Posting my frustration on Facebook, someone suggested that maybe rotations weren't allowed! Doh!!! I went back to it and looked with fresh eyes and finally saw what I had been missing for hours!
|It really looks easy but kept me going for ages!|
|Tall Joe - for "obvious" reasons|
This puzzle is a lowish level at 220.127.116.11.18.104.22.168 and after just a few minutes of fiddling I had it in pieces. I was rather surprised to see that all the burr pieces were identical:
|All the burrs are identical!|
|Only 3 pieces!|
I am looking forward to the next batch from Jakub - hopefully it won't be too long a wait! If you get the opportunity to obtain some of his (and Jaroslav's) work then don't hesitate; it is beautiful, clever and challenging!
But now I think it's time for some more drugs and a little lie down again - Hopefully I'll live long enough to solve a few more puzzles and maybe even get to write some more adventures for you! Cough! Splutter! Hack! Wheeze! Just shoot me now please?