|Axis from Rademic Puzzles|
The puzzle is 50 x 75 mm in size and weighs 340g. The cage is beautiful having been made from brushed stainless steel and it certainly feels a solid puzzle - drop it on a kitchen tile and you're in trouble with the wife. The hedgehog itself is 6 spined and stunningly made from a vibrant red anodised aluminium with the spines being varying lengths but each is at 90º to the others. It is really beautiful and a great price at 599 Czech Koruna (approx £18.50 or $24.50)
Looking at photos the obvious thought is that they work like other Hedgehogs and the hog needs to be rotated through the bars of the cage but on picking it up one quickly notices that this is impossible - this is no normal hedgehog puzzle:
|The top and bottom disks rotate and swivel|
The website states that there is a "Surprising solution" and both Oli and Allard were delighted with how it functioned so I was obviously missing something vital. Obviously if the usual thing doesn't work with a puzzle then you need to try something unusual and I tried lots of unusual things and got nowhere at all! I put it down for a while and focussed on other toys that had arrived recently but Oli's words kept nagging at me. I tried something very unusual and solved the puzzle! Yay! I had this:
|Solved it! Or had I?|
After contacting Oli for advice he said that my method was categorically wrong and I should focus on alternative techniques but it might be really stiff. On Thursday I tried again and focussed on another aspect of the puzzle. It was very stiff but suddenly I had that sought after Aha! moment:
|A legitimate solution!|
Now, ahem!!! I have to admit that this puzzle is not the only one I have cheated at recently:
|50 Cent Labyrinth|
This puzzle has been sitting in halfway back from the solved position on my tray of puzzles to finish (or start) ever since that initial blog post. This had annoyed both me and Mrs S and I was on the verge of delivering a Whack! Ouch! to myself for being so useless! Over the last 10 months I have not once managed to solve it despite trying many many times. This morning I decided to......
|Cheated yet again!!|
The 50 Cent Labyrinth was a wonderful gift from David but had I bought it then this would have been fantastic value for money! Even having cheated, the difficulty working out the sequence even with it open still provided me with a very nice Aha! moment.
I hope that you can forgive me for cheating? The Aha! moment was still great fun but I will try not to do it again! Enjoy the rest of your weekend and wish me luck with my on-call!