|Und plus Kugel|
Most of them are very challenging and hard to solve. But you can "Try when you fly" on your way back home ;)There were 10 new designs available and I had already obtained 2 of them. One was the U-Twins which had been inside Allard's Loopy box exchange last year. I wrote about that one at the beginning of this month when I called it Allard's Evil Puzzle. From my experience with this puzzle alone, I knew that I just HAD to have the rest in the series! The U-Twins/Evil puzzle had taken me months and months to solve and even then I had needed a clue from Joe at the last MPP. If that was anything to go by then the other new ones were essential buys!
I placed my order last Sunday for all the ones I didn't have already and was hoping that they'd arrive whilst I was home on a Thursday afternoon and "she" was out. They did arrive on Thursday but unfortunately whilst I was out at work.
|U-Loop - Derek's current nemesis|
So after dinner had been cooked, consumed and the washing up and other chores done, I brought my new toys and added them to the pile of "to be done" puzzles on the tray next to my armchair. Mrs S turned on the laser and looked at me significantly which hurt quite a bit. I promised to be as quiet as possible and also promised to clear up the increasingly large pile of unsolved puzzles that was now on that tray. Johan's beauties are truly gorgeous but they are also truly gigantic and the tray really was piled quite high. I put a few away so as to try and avoid another Whack! Ouch! but after another delivery yesterday the pile is again at unruly, violence inducing levels!
|Solved it quite quickly|
Usually my Friday afternoons are non-clinical and I spend the time in my office sorting my paperwork and emails, but last Friday I had been asked if I could rearrange my week and work all day in the emergency theatre (OR). The 'Friday club' of surgeons, anaesthetists and nursing staff are a great bunch and always looking for some distraction as it's miserable working on a Friday afternoon when everyone else is heading off for a weekend of fun. Let's just say that I had a lovely afternoon torturing quite a number of my colleagues and the Und plus Kugel played centre stage. I had an absolute ball watching people try to solve it - most people fell right into JCC's trap and really struggled - it took them 15-30 minutes before they got it whilst I taunted them! That was the best Friday afternoon I have spent at work in a long time! If you get a chance to buy this one then do so...not for you but for your colleagues. Of course, one of the other puzzles to make an appearance is my trusty Symmetrik - this keeps people occupied for hours and I love watching people solve it but not realise they've done it and then move past the solution.
Oh boy! I found out pretty quickly why Wil favoured it! There is MUCH more to it than the standard wire puzzle moves. It requires 3 distinct sequences of movements and they MUST be carried out with extremely accurate positioning! If you are a fraction of a mm out then it will not go. It is a particularly beautiful set of moves and a real eye-opener to find that so much more is needed just by adding the extra circle and the U. After about 15-20 minutes I had the 2 pieces:
|Klein version solved|
I then moved on to the Groß version and was stunned when I picked it up and had it apart in my hands with no effort at all! I looked at it closely and realised that my copy has a very slight problem with the tolerances - the U will just slip through the large 8 piece (this will not happen with the Klein version).
|Shortcut - it just comes off like this|
but you KNOW that's not the solution!
These puzzles were not as "basic" as I thought when I ordered them but they are just what I needed to break up the challenge of the incredibly complex puzzles that I had been working on recently. Simple designs do not necessarily mean simple puzzles - I am pacing myself so as not to solve them all too quickly and am really enjoying going back to some "basic" puzzle ideas.
When you see Wil at IPP, buy this set of puzzles...you won't be disappointed.