|Slide Packing - It was "Big in Japan"|
Did you watch it? Did it bring back memories? Yes, I know, Mrs S and I are completely crackers!
The Slide Packing puzzle was designed by Hajime Katsumoto and produced by Mineyuki Uyematsu and I think has been made from Redheart and Yellowheart woods. It is a "simple" packing puzzle but was so clever that it won the Puzzler's award in the design competition. How could I possibly decline the opportunity to own and solve such a brilliant challenge. The cleverness in the design is that the 4 pieces consist of 3 C shapes and a single crooked S shape. They are to be fitted into a 3x3x3 space within the box - the twist in the tale is that the lid of the box slides in place and would be blocked by anything more than 2 units high. There are several ways to make the pieces fit into a 3x3x3 cube but not starting with a shape that is only 2 units high!
|See how the 2 unit high pieces fill the bottom half?|
|A closed box - I can assure you that the pieces are inside|
No - I won't show you the solution!
|Penta in a Box|
|Plenty of room to put that 5th piece inside?|
|Damn! It won't close!|
Again, a few good thoughts are required and not just random rummaging about. I solved this one a good bit faster than the Slide Packing but the Aha! moment was just as beautiful! I will be taking these to work for the next few weeks to torture my friends and colleagues. If you do manage to get the chance to buy these two fabulously clever puzzles then don't hesitate - they are simply wonderful and just the right difficulty level.
|Is it solved? Or just an empty box?|
|4 L's and an L-shaped hole - how hard can it be?|