|City Trip - aka Return of Tricky Dick|
This time I intend to review another of the puzzles that I got from my recent order from Tomas Linden’s Sloyd based in Finland - his store has a huge selection of puzzles from all over the world including some of the greatest designers of all time. The prices are good and the service from Tomas is superb. The puzzle I am reviewing today is the City Trip in the Eureka puzzles Bon Voyage range. These are also available from Puzzle Master but must be bought as a whole set.
|A pair of trippers or a pair of Dicks? Whack Ouch! Sorry dear!|
Having failed to finish the Grid, I moved on to the City Trip and couldn’t seem to make any headway with it at all. None of the moves I was trying seemed to get me anywhere nearer to the solution. I got knotted a couple of times but luckily, it doesn’t seem to get badly or irrevocably tangled. I had to stop because the case came to an end as it was time to go back up to the operating theatre and start another more complex case. Damn! I hate it when the job gets in the way of my puzzling (unfortunately this is most of the time as I specialise in the more complex stuff).
|Phew! That was a hell of a challenge - even if everything was visible!|
This is a very clever puzzle and interestingly is totally different to the original. Just for fun I put it together into each form in turn to check it was possible and it certainly is. However, assembling something from scratch is much harder than a disassembly (as I discovered with Dick Hess’ 4 keys recently) - so I would definitely suggest you go to Sloyd and buy both puzzles - they are REALLY cheap at €4.90 each!
I still have a few more Disentanglements from Tomas and am looking forward to playing with them and reviewing them for you over the next few weeks.
I have also finally solved a disentanglement that I'm afraid is not routinely available! I bought the Crossed strings puzzle from a friend at the MPP who seems to have a knack of designing some awfully tough disentanglements. It looks horrendously complex and for a month, I tried all sorts of complex moves with no luck but eventually tried something ridiculously simple and suddenly the exit path was clear - The ring came off and it was solved - Ta daa! I love it!
In the meantime - please have a look at my New additions page to see something new and rather fun from my great friend Shane - yes he has been at it again - I don’t know how he finds the time to run his huge business, keep a family happy and make all these wonderful toys for us! I am glad, however, that he does!