|How gorgeous are these?|
Well this week, Mrs S was off up to Edinburgh to visit the "outlaws" and I was hoping for a little time to play whilst all by myself. This would give me a chance to solve some of these beauties and write something for Jakub too. Despite "she who must be flinched from" being away, I still had little time! She had given me strict instructions and a rather large list of chores to do!! She even left a passing comment that I must not indulge too much in the unhealthy grub that I love and must continue to go to the gym because "if you get fat....then you're out". Gulp! You will be pleased to know that as she is driving back just now, I have done all the chores, tidied the house, cleaned the cat litter tray (Yuk!) and ticked off all items on her list. I have even been to the gym twice to achieve a body "less horrific" because, let's face it, I'll never have a body beautiful!
I now can write reviews of all 7 puzzles - that should shortly be up for sale on Pelikan puzzles' site. To make up for some relatively short blogs recently, this one is rather large...I hope you enjoy it.
I started on the egg the evening that I received the puzzles because I just couldn't resist it. I wanted to put it on display in the living room (Mrs S actually tends to allow the nicely turned puzzles on display outside of my study) and so I needed to solve it first. Beautifully made with it's own stand, it is a wonderfully tactile thing to hold and caress. Like a few of the other coordinate motion puzzles (the egg is NOT coordinate motion), when it comes to solving, the puzzle is not particularly difficult - it is just a matter of finding the correct places to put your fingers to hold it and and push/pull in the right directions. If you have it just right then you are rewarded with a beautiful sliding motion as it smoothly separates. After a few minutes you have 4 pieces which look nearly identical and which will only fit back together in one way. I've hidden the pieces behind a 'show/hide' button because some of you will see where to push/pull to solve:
All in all the Egg is a lovely satisfying puzzle suitable for beginners and will be appreciated by all puzzlers who adore fine craftsmanship and beautiful wood.
Trirods Ball Extra
|Even Mrs S exclaimed how gorgeous this was when it came out of the box|
|Even the stand is gorgeous!|
|Pontoon - looks simple? It took your 'not very bright' puzzle quite a while!|
and at first I couldn't solve it without using rotations of the burr pieces. This is rather uncharacteristic of Pelikan's work and I suspected I had cheated... a quick look at the Burrtools file revealed that the puzzle was solvable using linear moves only and they are very well hidden. I tried again (I had only used the BT file to confirm that it was possible without rotations) and after a fascinating dance of 22 moves I had the first piece out. This is a great puzzle to be solved both with rotations and with just linear moves, well worth space in your collection and on your shelf. I do think that the ability to solve it both with rotations and without has actually added to the puzzling pleasure for me. Neither are particularly easy to find and there's a great sense of achievement when it's done. I The dance in the linear solution is particularly special and I have been playing with this one whilst watching TV for the last few evenings.
For me it adds to the puzzling delight that it can be solved with rotations as well as using linear moves. The level 31 seems intimidating but it really is not too difficult as everything can be seen and it is a great exercise in planning what you want to achieve. Pontoon and Aqueduc make a perfect pair for the collection. As with all of the Pelikan puzzles the craftsmanship is second to none - everything moves beautifully!
Once the 2 H shapes are removed then it is obvious that the rings can only be removed after a rotation. Very clever and stunning for the shelf.
|Etrier pieces revealed - the BT file is fun to make|
|I love this puzzle - it might be my favourite of the bunch|
|Wide Portico - probably the most beautiful of the bunch|
|Wide Portico pieces|
Overall, this bunch of puzzles is just fantastic - it was worth the laser burning stare and the grievous bodily harm visited upon my person by Mrs S and I have had a very happy few days puzzling away in the evenings whilst she has been away. As always the workmanship by Jakub and Jaroslav is as close to perfection as is possible. The puzzles all look fabulous and at least 2 are on display outside of my study. The puzzling level is just right. They should be available to buy very soon! There still are copies of Canal House available to buy here - this is stunning and also well worth adding to your collection. The Gravity puzzle is also available - it is a wonderful design I reviewed on the same page here - be sure to pick up a copy whilst you are at Jakub's site.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend guys and feel free to leave a comment below or Contact me with any suggestions or questions.