|There might have been a bit of excessive puzzle purchasing here! Whack! Ouch!|
Jakub asked my opinion on some of them (for his site) and so I set to work on them over the subsequent few days. Just in case you cannot be bothered reading the rest of my rubbish here then let me cut to the ending......these are lovely works of art with a nice puzzling element and are perfect for both collectors and beginners alike. There you go! No need to read any further, go and do something more useful than read my blog!
Oh! Still here? You must be a sucker for punishment! Ok, I will continue to wax lyrical on the easier of the 4 puzzles:
|Balls balls balls!|
|8 similar but different pieces|
|Inner Cube 2 - Absolutely irresistible!|
The aim is obviously to disassemble the internal cube and remove it from the frame. This puzzle is gorgeous in contrasting Wenge and Padauk and with a level of 126.96.36.199 should not be particularly difficult. This is a very pleasant challenge with one move really quite well hidden. It took me about 20 minutes to disassemble it and of course I then had to scramble the pieces before attempting a reassembly. There are 31 possible assemblies of the pieces within the frame but only one is actually possible. Having not memorised my disassembly sequence, it took me over an hour to work out the assembly - this was great fun without being infuriatingly tough.
|After a fair few sliding moves you have the pieces all separated|
|Getting this far was a relatively easy challenge and then.....Oh boy!|
|Quad Slideways Ball|
One evening I sat down with this whilst watching TV with the customary cat on my lap. There really is no clue where the puzzle lines slide and it is only just possible to feel the joins if you really concentrate. I spent another ½ hour pushing and squeezing everywhere with no joy. Had a rogue blob of glue gotten out and stuck it firm? Of course not! I was pushing in the wrong place! It was heading towards time to round up the cats before they zoom behind the sofas to avoid being kicked out of the living room (little buggers always know when we are thinking of getting up and they hide out of reach!) and I must have squeezed in just the right spot - all of a sudden this happened:
|OMG! Nearly gave me a heart attack!|
The following day I couldn't find the correct move to get it started but after a little hunt I worked out exactly where the correct pressure points were and in a nice controlled manner took it to bits:
|It's just as stunning in pieces|
|How gorgeous is that?|
Now I need to find some more time to play.....