|Positively devilish - the HELLical Burr|
Derek Bosch - you are a genius! This HELLical burr is phenomenal - it took me quite a few hours to dismantle it! Lots of blind ends and even a loop and a hidden exit! Steve Nicholls - your 3D printing of this puzzle is nothing short of stunning! Everyone should go to http://threedyprinters.com/ to see the machine you use - I WANT one!!!In part of the subsequent conversation that follows, Derek actually said that I was a genius too!
Kevin, you are the genius, for solving it (and remembering how it goes back together!) Even I need my cheat sheet!This came as a bit of a shock to me because I remain convinced that I am a puzzling amateur. Yep! I still think of myself as a newbie to this game with a bit of a fetish for burrs, twisties, disentanglements, N-ary puzzles, sequential discovery puzzles and assorted wooden interlocking puzzles. Oh dear! That’s quite a list isn’t it? BLUSH!! The present Mrs S would definitely say that I am no genius as I barely remember my own name some days and have much more purchasing power than sense!
|It's Helical - such fun!|
I was stunned and grateful to arrive home on Friday evening to find a lovely box from postie and inside was the HELLical burr and another secret project which I cannot say anything more about apart from to say that it is GREAT! After dinner, I began to play for a bit and simultaneously chatted with Steve on FaceBook. Even finding the first move took me a while! The fact that this had been made with an FDM printer to such accuracy amazed me; Steve had even smoothed off the surfaces using an acetone vapour bath and this produced an absolutely glorious shiny puzzle in royal blue and bright orange. It measures 63mm in diameter and 82mm high making it ever so slightly bigger than the original:
|A beautiful pair! One is helical and the other HELLical!|
|Sooo close! But sooo far!|
Having got home after a long day, I sat down to play whilst the cats chased things around my ankles. Even with the distraction of sharp claws sinking into my ankles, I managed a eureka moment! Yesssssss! I had gotten into a new configuration which meant that I must have found another hidden pathway. As I always do, I backtracked to the beginning to ensure I could remember what I had done and to help lay down the memory for the reassembly. Unfortunately, having returned to the beginning, I could not find the new pathway again! Damn! I’m really not very bright! I think Derek was very wrong calling me a genius.
Finally after another hour of fiddling after dinner and some very nice wine (which always helps), I found the pathway and had a lovely time exploring a new part of the puzzle. Shortly afterwards I had this:
|Now THAT is one HELL of a challenge! Sheer genius!|
The HELLical burrs are available just now in several colour combinations on Puzzle Paradise for a very reasonable £45, so buy them now whilst they are still available!
|The shitlhole gets even worse!!!|
I am going to have to tidy up soon before Mrs S just starts chucking things out and also because I ordered a couple more lovelies from Brian Menold - I need to make some room for them all! Have a look at Brian's site - Woodwonders - there’s still quite a lot available. His workmanship is awesome, you won't regret it!