|Involute ball and Brian Menold's wonderful cube version|
|Involute ball pieces - they are still recognisable from the original cube pieces.|
The real challenge is the reassembly after scrambling. All in all this puzzle is a wonderful twist on one of the classic designs and is a delight to play with. It makes a perfect addition to any collection. It is also on display in my living room - Mrs S is complaining about my balls now!
|What do you think about my balls? Too large........a collection?|
Next is the Two Tone Zero - another brilliant idea by the incredibly prolific and talented Osanori Yamamoto.
|Two Tone Zero|
After a morning of play it hit me – I was looking for the wrong type of rotation - there was no way I was going to get that to work. The Aha! moment was a joy! Once I had realised what I was doing wrong, I made 2 very clever rotational moves with some linear moves to follow and I had thes beautifully made pieces:
|Notice how they are mirrored in colour?|
It is just a simple 4 board burr so how hard can it be? Well, with a level of 32.2.5 I have to report that it is really hard! There are lots of movements and they all seem to lead to blind endings or round in circles. I've spent several weeks on it so far and have gotten nowhere at all - I am obviously missing a critical move which I may have to find by making a Burrtools file using the photo of the pieces on the Pelikan site. It's a delight to explore and obviously has something hidden in plain sight which I hope to find soon. Probably best for serious burr freaks like me! Unless of course I am just not being terribly bright again.
|It's a 3D jigsaw!|
I did this and am now wishing that I hadn't done it!