This is the Arrow dynamics puzzle from Puzzle Master's own range of wire disentanglements. I have almost the entire set now and I think this must be the last of the high level ones for me to try. It is a good price at $18 and is level 10 (Mind Boggling) at the top of their difficulty scale. It is clamshell packaged and the simple instructions are just to remove the arrow (inside it reminds you that no force or bending is necessary). It is made of beautifully anodised thick wire and is good and strong - dimensions are 35.6 x 10.2 x 2.5cm. No solution is provided but it can be obtained on request at this link.
This puzzle reminded me a lot of the now discontinued Centipede puzzle which I obtained from Livewire puzzles several years ago and reviewed here. The Centipede was a refreshingly pleasant disentanglement with N-ary aspects to the solve and I really enjoyed it. The Arrow dynamics did not have quite so many pieces and would not require quite so many moves but the N-ary aspect would still be there and you know how much I lurve N-ary puzzles!
Looking at it, I immediately knew the sequence that was required and quickly attempted to embark upon it. Any of you who have done any N-ary puzzles or a lot of other wire puzzles (it is even similar to the classic G factor or Have a Heart puzzles) will know what the basic set of moves should be. The difficulty with this one is the shape of the arrow makes actually achieving the correct moves a good bit trickier. I found on several occasions that the move that I wanted to do was blocked and would require force/bending to achieve. This meant that I needed to backtrack and try the move from a different angle or aim for a different side of the puzzle. After about 20 minutes of fiddling (with no laser burns!) I finally had the arrow removed:
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This one is a great one for those of you who have a bit of disentanglement experience and want a nice challenge. I plan on carrying this around at work for a while for my colleagues - it's a great size and will provide a good bit of fun watching them work on it! I won't take into the Orthopaedic operating theatres as the "thugs" will attempt to use the bolt cutters again!!!
Having managed to finish the blog post in such a short time, I couldn't resist showing off another N-ary puzzle I managed to obtain at the recent IPP. I had noticed some time ago that my good friend Goetz had shown off a whole lot of really special N-ary puzzles in his amazing compendium. Quite a few of them had been made by the rather reclusive puzzling genius, Namick Salakhov. Goetz put me in touch with him and after a few emails I was hoping to get 1 or 2 from him whenever they were made. After nearly a year, I had still not managed to obtain any! I was delighted at the IPP when I saw a couple of N-ary designs entered into the design competition which were so characteristic that they had to be from Namick. I fiddled with the simpler of the designs, Digi Fork-Lock and got absolutely nowhere - brilliant! The more complex design (Complementary P-arity) I didn't even attempt as I knew it would take me months!
It is a rather confusing solve - a few people who tried it at IPP were unable to manipulate the 4th key and I quickly hit the same wall. It really took a fair bit of thought as well as trial & error to find the required sequence. I think that after about 2 hours of play I had released the slider:
I am delighted to finally have obtained a Salakhov puzzle and really hope to get some more in the future! Thanks for the opportunity Goetz and Namick.