I had received a few wire puzzles (blogged here and here) at about the same time and was working through them so only had a quick look at the Bebox. By the way if you are interested in those wire puzzles mentioned in the blog posts then they are available just now from Wil Strijbos and it would seem that most are unique to him and will not be available through other stores - so go get them now!
When I did get around to investigating I had a lovely little time with the puzzle. Like most N-ary puzzles there is only one path to follow and no blind ends but a whole lot of chance to accidentally lose track and end up back at the beginning. This particular N-ary puzzle requires 135 moves to release the first piece and I am a little ashamed to admit that it took me quite a while to work out the full sequence. Eric and the designer (Pit Khiam Goh) had managed to add some extra and unexpected moves to the final part of the sequence which fooled me for a bit. After a very nice evening in front of the TV and to great relief for Mrs S with no jingling going on, I had the Bebox open:
Eventually after a chat with Derek, he suggested that I was trying to go about it in entirely the wrong way.....Doh! Yep, it's not one of the plates that is extracted next. He also suggested that maybe it wouldn't be a good idea to completely disassemble it for fear of having yet another big pile of sticks that I couldn't get back together again. After chatting with him, I spent a rather happy 10 minutes exploring to see where the next piece could be removed from and how I could make that possible. I had a nice Aha! moment and some bits came off. With his warning ringing in my mind, I proceeded to carefully remove a few more bits and then more. When I reached the critical collapsing point I stopped and backtracked. Again, being a Bear of very little brain, I kept heading back and forth to that collapsing point and, you guessed it, dropped a pile of sticks on my very unimpressed cat's head! Gulp!
|How stunning is that?|
|Reactor box with metal rod|
Again Derek came to the rescue and suggested that I look very closely at it - pretty much simultaneously with his suggestion, I made a new discovery. It would appear that as a man of a certain age, I needed better light and a pair of reading glasses before I could see well enough to make the new discovery. At this point it was just a few minutes until I discovered the source of the rattling inside:
|Eric had put a diamond inside!|
I am hoping to have some more twisty puzzle stories for you soon.....as soon as I can properly solve the Bagua cube that has kept me going for more than 3 weeks so far! Plus I might just have received a couple of new cuboids to play with.