|It's "Odd" how you can be good at some puzzles and bad at other similar ones!|
Now first I should say that I am really BAD at packing puzzles - so bad that I barely ever buy them anymore. The only time I will add one to my collection is if they fulfil one or more of the following criteria....
- they are designed by a friend or made by a friend
- have an extra something to them
- provide a lot of puzzling for the price
- they're beautiful!
|CamelPak by Jerry Loo|
|Twiddle dum and dee|
The instructions on the back are: 1st challenge - pack all the 5 camels into the tray. 2nd challenge - pack 4 camels, the dog and snake into the tray. Now this has 5 deca-ominos, a heptomino and a pentomino. I usually find that the higher the number in the 'omino the tougher the puzzle but, in retrospect, I guess it should also depend on the size and shape of the tray. I played with this during an episode of "The Strain" and by the end of it, I had solved both challenges. Mrs S only gave me one dirty look when I shouted "Yessss!" after the second challenge and I am pleased to say that this is a really nice fun little challenge - it is absolutely perfect for an exchange puzzle. This is one that I now bring to work to torture people with along with his exchange from last year.
|Triple Play from Jerry - it's just heptominoes|
|Sooo many puzzles!|
My real problem with packing puzzles came when I bought the Unhappy Childhood puzzle. It is "just a pentomino packing puzzle with 10 pieces to fit in the tray and it meets criterion 1, 2 & 4 being made by Neil again, with the "extra something" being that it is 3D and also has a chequerboard pattern requirement and as you can see is absolutely stunningly gorgeous! I have tried to solve it on and off for a few years and have NEVER managed it! But it remains on display amongst the most beautiful of my toys. Certainly NOT suitable for a beginner or non-puzzler!
|That's quite a selection! All symmetrical hexacubes to fit in the frame|
- it is made by a friend
- have an extra something - packing puzzle and interlocking solid
- provide a lot of puzzling for the price - there are up to 148 possible challenges here!
- it is not just beautiful - it is gorgeous! Made from Holly, Wenge and Redheart.
|Lots of challenges|
So far, I have not yet worked out what makes a packing puzzle of interest to a non-puzzler. All I know is what 4 criteria make it suitable for me! If you have any thoughts then leave a comment below.
Over the next few weeks, watch out for some very special updates from me - those dastardly puzzle craftsmen have all conspired to relieve me of my pay cheque all at the same time!