|Funnzle puzzle - Beta|
|Permission was given for this!|
The Beta is rated by Puzzle Master as the highest difficulty level 10 (Mind Boggling) and the So with trepidation I took this one out of the packaging (which is beautifully done) and took my initial photos. It is a nice size 8 x 8 x 4 cm and feels nice to touch. The puzzle is made from Bamboo and has nice shading of the wood. The start position is laser etched onto the wood and the stated aim is to remove the pieces and then put them back together again i.e. it is a boxed burr puzzle. No solution is provided and unusually it cannot be downloaded from their solution page - if you are not an experienced burr solver then you might actually need the solution and I think that for reassembly you almost certainly will unless you are a Burr genius.
The Puzzle Master page attributes the initial idea to Stéphan Chomine as based upon his Flat Quadrix but it could easily be closer to the Quadripole puzzle. To be honest these didn't look too difficult and so I was wondering why this had received such a high difficulty rating. There is a hole in the bottom of the cage to allow you to see the shape of the pieces inside but the main reason is to allow you to push the pieces upwards from beneath so they can be moved around.
|A hole for fingers|
My initial exploration and solution probably took me about 45 minutes! The pieces move in a very complex dance around and about & over and under each other. It was with some relief that I managed to get the first piece out - I actually had thought I was lost and couldn't backtrack! Removing the remaining 3 is quite easy but not trivial after that. Only at that point did I realise the cleverness of the design and also realised that there was no way I was going to reassemble it myself! That was the real moment when I saw the half voxel pieces and saw that making a Burrtools solution was going to be more of a challenge than usual. It required a 16 x 16 x 8 grid for the main puzzle and the calculated solution was a level 126.96.36.199 - I was actually staggered at that level that I actually managed to solve such a high level in such a short time! There are definitely a good few false pathways during the solve too making it even tougher.
|4 pieces and the box|
Mr Strijbos causes pleasure and pain
|Butterfly Lock Box - the same serial number as my angel box|
- Pleasure that a new Strijbos masterpiece is released
- Pain that it is a considerable sum of cash - It is NOT expensive, it just costs a lot!
- Pleasure in the early exploration
- Pain, pain, pain after your early findings. Oh Lord, the pain!!!! That's as far as I got so far!