I can dismantle puzzles but really struggle to assemble the buggers!
I insisted that I wanted to be able to give an honest review including a negative one if necessary and he had such confidence in his wares that he immediately said yes. After pointing me to a few links of some of the tougher puzzles on his site, I suggested he pick one that he thought I might enjoy. A week later a box arrived with a copy of Labyrinth in it. You have probably noticed that I have had quite a few deliveries recently and couldn’t possibly solve them all in one go and write reviews. This one went on the shelf next to me until I had time to play and then it was time to write an “affordable puzzle” review - that time is now.
The puzzle arrived in a small plastic box (not a finger-murdering clamshell) and the aim on the paper insert said:
“Are you brave enough to pull apart this labyrinth and put it back together again?”So during a few days off and due to the incessant rain preventing any gardening or outdoor DIY I picked it up and had a play. Whack! Ouch! Sorry dear - I really had to! I actually expected from the picture that it was going to be an interlocking cube type puzzle and got a bit of a shock when in the process of taking it out of the box it fell apart into these pieces:
|Quite a lot of interesting pieces! Nice grain on the wood|
I was quite flushed with success after spending an hour on Steve’s Tripod puzzle which had vexed me since IPP last year. He had given me some clues after my exasperated article a few weeks ago and I needed every single one of those clues to finally assemble the Tripod. It is a wonderful design and I think that it will stay assembled forevermore:
|FINALLY! An assembled Tripod puzzle!|
I am now even more convinced than ever that I am a disassembler of puzzles more than an assembler - please note that I maintain that I am NOT a puzzle breaker! I have even had a discussion with Derek about it and he certainly agrees that it requires a very different set of mental muscles to put things together rather than take apart. He, of course, is an absolute genius and particularly good at designing interlocking puzzles - it hadn’t taken him long to assemble his copy of the Tripod.
As absolute proof of how much better I am at disassembling than assembling - I give you the 4 Keys puzzle:
|4 Keys - how hard can it be?|
|4 separated keys - how hard can assembly be? Sob!|
I maintain that I am definitely a disassembler and not an assembler. Maybe Sean, can write an article on the skills required for each type and how I can enhance my sadly missing skills? So if you are an assembler or want to be one and would like to try a very nice and very tough puzzle from Thailand then I can wholeheartedly recommend the Labyrinth as a really good challenge for a reasonable price.