|Oskar's Crazy Comet|
So having realised that the puzzle was neither Bermuda like or Megaminx like, I was a bit stumped. After that I was tempted to just scramble it and throw caution to the wind but after reading on Facebook that someone had tried a simple block building approach which was what I would have to do and had failed when they got to the top half. It was time to THINK© which was not something I am particularly good at. It took a while but I had an epiphany quite early on....the temptation with this puzzle is to orient it like the picture above BUT that's not the best way to look at it:
|Looking at the comet each face on the top is equivalent to an edge of the copter|
|It's a curvy copter - how hard can it be?|
|A double jumble|
Top right partial turn, front left partial turn then top front swaps pieces from each
|On the right the CC has had the top right edge turned partially and then the top front too.|
Note the right edge cannot turn back because the green petal is in the way
|On the right is the CC Plus notice that the petal has a split in it? This is now unbandaged|
|The end result is that the corners and centre pieces can be swapped over (they also have orientation)|
Now did this revelation help me? Not really! Being a "bear of very little brain", I continued with my original approach and worked on it by intuition. I had built blocks for the bottom ⅔ and positioned everything nicely. At least I now knew what my problem was and realised what I needed to do to progress. Derek and I had been chatting about his approach and he sort of confirmed what was required (he reduced the edges first). I started to reduce those edges and stored them in empty slots where I could but reached a point where I still had the corners in the edge positions and so every move would break the edges I had reduced apart. I needed a method. Think© damn you!
Thinking doesn't come naturally for me! I am a proper bloke and it hurts! But I was forced to work on it - I had a particularly bad night's sleep last week and in the morning I awoke with the knowledge.....I knew how to proceed. At the end of the fourth day of working on it I played and bingo! The reduction was done. It took a bit of doing and fiddling but still no special algorithms.
The final corners were still needing to be fixed and that should have been easy:
|Cycling 3 corners is exactly the same in both puzzles!|
Not a difficult algorithm at just a simple sequence that anyone could find
|Aaaaargh! Just 2 corners to swap!|
That AHA! moment is what all us puzzlers are after and it is fabulous.
I can heartily recommend this puzzle for your collection - it is one that can be pretty much solved by intuition and thought and only the very simple sequences are needed to adjust the corners. It is just like the Curvy Copter Plus but much more fun and no blocking positions. I would even say that it might be a suitable puzzle for the non-twisty puzzle solver as there are no real algorithms required and only thought/planning!
Go buy it - you won't regret it!
Also you might want to have a look at my New Additions page to see why Mrs S is a little pissed off with me!
Are you interested in the cuboid twisty puzzles? I was asked for help by a correspondent of this site. He was struggling with the Witeden 3x3x9 cubic cuboid which is a really fun puzzle. In the end I had to create a pair of videos to help him on his way. If you are interested than have a look at these below. I am not very good at videos and have no idea how to edit them on my 10 year old iMac so these videos were each made as a single "take". I hope they are understandable.
First is the cubic reduction:
Then the top half of the cuboid solve (the bottom is very easy)