|My last 2 cubic lovelies!|
But having watched the last auction at which quite a few of his older puzzles were sold from his own personal collection for absolutely staggering sums of money, I am beginning to wonder whether I should just buy everything that comes for sale straight away as an investment! The increase in value on most of his puzzles has been amazing and certainly would have made better returns than almost all of my other savings! The only problem with that approach (pointed out by my wife, I might add) is that in order to cash in on my collection, I'd need to actually sell something! This is a something that leaves me in a cold sweat at just the mere thought of it!
|2 Accordion puzzles stretched out|
It reminded me very much of a previous interlocking puzzle which caused controversy a couple of years ago - the Accordion cube by Kevin Irvine. Another reason I had to have this one was because of the comment by Eric on the description page:
This seemingly simple puzzle uses a very interesting and difficult type of rotation. Ultra tricky and not like anything I've tried before. Level nine and fun...watch out, this one will have you pulling your hair out! Construction was tricky...the solid side spine and endgrain key pieces were fun to make, but very labor intensive.He made 42 made and I'm afraid they are all sold out now so if you want one then it will need to wait for an auction! Good luck with that!
There is a lot of movement possible in this puzzle and there appears to be at least 1 dead end. I was stumped by this for quite some time and thought I had found the point where the rotational move was supposed to occur but could not make it happen. I put it down for a while and moved on to the next one I received for a quick play but inexorably was drawn back! Eventually I found a new rotation and was a tiny bit disappointed that I needed to use a little smidge of force to get the 2 pieces of wood to slide over each other. I ended up asking Jerry (who had also reviewed it) how he had done it and whether he needed any force. I was surprised that I had had to yet he in his high humidity home had not. But I was very pleased to manage to dismantle it and had an even nicer challenge with the reassembly after I had left it in pieces for a few hours! In fact my final photo was taken just before writing this post and I fear that I might not be able to reassemble the damn thing again!!! Jerry!!!!
|Signed and dated as always - hopefully I can reassemble it now|
The acrylic maze piece is sandwiched inside the frame and there are three key pieces which must be simultaneously manipulated to allow the maze to be moved up and down and eventually out of the puzzle. Eric said that it begs to be solved and he is quite right - everyone that sees it cannot resist picking it up and fiddling! It does take a little while to understand the process required and having watched a few other people try, it seems to be quite a challenge to the non puzzler.
I had a very pleasant Aha! moment after about 10 minutes of fiddling with it and once you have made that little spark go off in your head then the actual solution is pretty easy. If you cannot make that leap of knowledge then it will prove quite tough. I managed to solve it within about 15 minutes but others have worked on it for much longer without success. I am particularly happy to have gotten this one and am looking forward to the next one in the series from Eric, hopefully quite soon.
|Even more stunning in pieces!|