|I seem to have an awful lot to go!|
Luckily a few days ago, Steve sent me a copy of his IPP exchange puzzle - It is called the Pole dancers and was designed by the helical genius, Derek Bosch. I have reviewed every single one of these puzzles so far and could not resist playing with this as soon as it arrived. Unlike all the others in the series, this consists of 3 pieces instead of 4 and the core is a solid stick - hence the name as the other 2 helical pieces seem to dance around the central pole. Steve printed it himself on one of his Threedy printers and used a pair of beautiful vibrant colours. The layers have been beautifully smoothed so I assume that he also used an acetone vapour chamber to produce such a spectacular finish.
There are a couple of possible moves at the beginning and then I got stuck - unlike a real pole dancer (Whack! Ouch! - sorry dear! No I haven't been to one of those establishments!) the pole itself has to turn too. There is a really beautiful sequence of turns back and forth of the various pieces as one of them winds itself towards coming off. At the last moment just a move away, it stops and the pieces need to wind back together again before final separation occurs.
|Very clever piece design|
I would say that this is more of an interesting challenge than a tough one. As an exchange puzzle, it is a perfect difficulty level - someone who has had no experience of these designs can safely explore it and will be able to solve it without getting lost. This does mean that for those of you who have solved the earlier ones in the series then you will find this one a breeze to disassemble. It is still enjoyable and is an essential addition to anyone's Bosch collection! I am told by Steve that he will be making a few more and will be putting them up for sale on Puzzle paradise in the near future. I'll be sure to let you all know when that happens.
|I have a lovely Bosch collection (not powertools)|
|Do I dare??|