|Cast Galaxy - my goodness it's a tough one to photograph!|
|Big box from Puzzle Master|
One of the first that I couldn't resist ordering is one that I have "sort" of solved before! I have absolutely no recollection of how I solved it and, until now, have not actually owned a copy myself. The Cast Galaxy was designed by Bram Cohen (yes, the same brilliant man who produced Bit-torrent) and was entered into the IPP Design competition in 2013 where it received a Jury honourable mention (there are quite a lot of prizes in the competition and I really don't understand what they all are for). Shortly after the competition, it was announced that Hanayama had done a deal to have it mass produced as one of their wonderful Cast puzzles. Congratulations Bram! It seemed to take ages after the announcement to reach the market and when it did, it sold out really really quickly and so I had to wait a while to actually obtain a copy.
|Asian packaging only|
So how have I come to solve this before? Well Rox had managed to get an early copy of the puzzle (before it had even been released - 'cos she's special that way). She had had a great time playing with it and managed the disassembly in about 15 minutes but there she got stuck! She posted about it on her blog here and then also posted a fair bit on Facebook about it too - she got teased quite a lot about her failure but took the ribbing very well. She maintains that she is a rubbish solver and for her, the puzzles are all about the boyz that go with the toys! Having met the voracious vixen I can only attest that she really does love the puzzle boyz.... but she is a much better solver than she makes out. She attended the Midlands Puzzle Party that had been arranged for the week before last year's London IPP and whilst there had given the puzzle pieces to a few people to attempt a reassembly. Each time she received it back in pieces and then it was my turn! I got a bit side tracked chatting to Ken Irvine and left the pieces in my pocket. Only at the end of the day did I remember it and have a play. Imagine my shock when I reassembled the pieces in just 5 minutes! Rox had left so I couldn't gloat just then but of course, when we reconvened for the Brai at Allard's house I couldn't resist rubbing her nose in it! Jerry has enjoyed it and reviewed it here.
|Boy! It wriggles about!|
|4 "identical" pieces?|
This is a brilliant design - well worthy of the prize in the design competition and will be accompanying me to work for a while to torture my colleagues. I agree with Jerry that it should be rated a half point harder than the 3/6 but don't let that put you off. If you need a solution to the Cast Galaxy then it can be obtained from Puzzle Master here.
In the meantime - I'm working on something that really is giving me a bit of a headache! Meet the scrambled Dayan Gem VI:
|Ouch! My head and my hands hurt!|