|Double lock puzzle - looks horrendous|
This is another of my beloved disentanglement puzzles from Tomas Linden's Sloyd store. I had basically chosen a whole bunch of the toughest ones I could find on his site and intended to work my way through them. This one is the Double Lock puzzle which is available in the Eureka Mini-string series. They are beautifully made, well packaged and an absolute bargain at €5.04 each. You cannot go wrong with these puzzles. I have also realised since I got them both that the Summer Holiday puzzle in the Bon Voyage series is the same puzzle and a bit cheaper at €4.90! It serves me right for not looking at the puzzle itself before buying and just looking at the difficulty level!
I was initially absolutely petrified of getting this one really badly knotted - there are very few limits to how foolish you can be with this - the only limit is how much string you can wiggle through to wind in and out of the knots! In the picture at the top of the blog post it looks horrific but the first thing anyone would do is spread it out so the full extent of the madness can be properly explored.
|Much easier to understand now? Maybe not!!|
This really did take me quite a long time to solve! I must have worked on it for nearly 4 evenings before I had a breakthrough that didn't end in a heart attack. I really did upset the cat on my lap (who lurves string puzzles) when I let out a big shout for this result:
I'm not sure I am confident enough to hand this to anyone else to play with as it may end up in an awful state - especially if that someone else is a newbie. I reckon I could give it to an advanced puzzler without fear. But then I do have 2 copies by accident and so can afford to lose one. Plus at €5 it is really very cheap. Get one - you won't be disappointed!
Just a couple of pictures to pad out my blog post. It is a running joke amongst the members of the Puzzle Photography Facebook Group that a few of us, when we post our pictures, call them "Spam" - so today, when I link this post I will inform them of my "stringy spam" for them to peruse. The joke started when I was accused of spamming the group after I got a whole load of new puzzles and enthusiastically showed them off. The accuser was banned for being mean and argumentative (I am an admin of the group) and from then on any new puzzles or reviews are titled with spam. My good friend Steve Miller (the man responsible for Pyro puzzles and the incredible Fire puzzle - which is still available if you don't have one yet). Sent me a nice little gift! He told me he had some spam for me and it arrived yesterday whilst I was at my mum's house.
|spam spam spam spam spammity spam - do visit that link!!!|
Talking of the study/shithole - things are just a "bit" out of control at the moment and it is only because of the concerns for my mum that I have not been nagged Whack! Ouch! to tidy it up! What do you think? I can still see a few bits of desk so things are fine for the moment!
|Doesn't need to be tidied yet, does it?|