Sunday, 29 May 2022

I Don't Know Why I Keep Buying These!

I don't know whether I can ever solve these
I haven't bought any twisty puzzles in many months and decided to catch up with a few that had gone by. I have bought these:

Gemini 4-Corner Magic Cube
Lanlan X Cube
Clover Pyraminx Cube
Fission Skewb Cube
DodeRhombus
Crazy DodeRhombus 

The two at the back scare me to death! First I need to sticker them and then I really doubt I can solve any of them.


Sunday, 22 May 2022

Pelikan Do it Again!

Gorgeous stuff coming very soon from Pelikan
I have received the upcoming puzzles from Jakub and Jaroslav and they are simply incredible.
We have (from back left):
Hippo designed by James Fortune
Stir the coffee designed by Dan Fast
Boo Burr designed by James Fortune
Four Mirror One designed by Osanori Yamamoto
Fermat meets Fuller designed by Dr Volker Latussek
One Flower designed by Osanori Yamamoto
Time - 4 - T designed by Alexander Magyarics

I hope to solve them and have my reviews ready by 29/05/2022 for them to go on sale.

Sunday, 15 May 2022

A Few New Arrivals in the Last Couple of Weeks

 Not posted here in a while - really not had much time. But this week's blog was quick leaving me a little time.

The Hanayama Cast Planet arrived from Nic Picot's Hanayama Uk site:


Looks like a fairly complex maze for a level 4 puzzle

I backed the PuzzleMaster kickstarter a looong time ago and was aghast when my puzzles crossed the Atlantic to France for some reason, got lost for several weeks before being returned to Canada. Paul from PuzzleMaster was good enough to repackage them and send them back to me. This time they arrived quite quickly.

Quintus extreme

Total Eclipse

The Skull
A design by Jerry Loo - looks wonderful and intimidatingly tough

Sunday, 19 September 2021

A Beautiful Gift From Casey

Twistytex's 3x5x7
This week I received a new copy of one of the seminal cuboids ever produced. SuperAntonioVivaldi encouraged the production (by 3D printing at Shapeways) of the original 3x5x7 and I got a copy from my friend Rline who had the Ultimate solution YouTube channel. 

The original
I adored this puzzle but after the first few solves, I had to put in down out of fear! It continually dropped black powder and this drove Mrs S wild! I now have a version made by Casey Weaver that I can play with. I just have to hope that I can solve it as it has been a VERY long time!


 


Sunday, 12 September 2021

Jakub and Jaroslav do it Again

Yes, it's that time already! Pelikan puzzles have produced another wonderful batch of puzzles for us to drool over and for me to fail to solve!

Play-girl 2
Yes Alexander Magyarics has been working with funny grids again! Another wonderful packing puzzle with two holes to cover. Made from Pink oak and Wenge, this should be a fun challenge.

Get Trunk 1
Another hangable tray packing puzzle designed by Alex, this will be very special for me - my family connections with elephants makes anything like this very poignant for me. This looks really tough!

Half soma
No Pelikan release is complete without something from Dr Volker Latussek. This is another of his anti-slide puzzles based on the soma cube pieces (this time they have been sliced in half. The aim to fit them into the box so that they hold up and fill the top layer and do not fall down inside. This will be VERY tough as I cannot even put the pieces neatly back in the box again!

Hidden curry no 90
Another by Dr latussek - a packing puzzle with pieces in a tray - tip them out, turn the tray over and start packing - slightly harder that way around!

I suspect I will not break my failing streak on this!

Octopus 33
Another puzzle by Osanori Yamamoto - remove the pieces from the frame - the movement is heavily constrained though!

Turtle
Turtle is a burr designed by Alfons Eyckmans and, I think, it contains a captive centre piece shaped like a...turtle! This might be rather difficult!

Dragster
Another fabulous design by Stephan Baumegger - there is a small dragster racer inside which considerably hinder the movement of the pieces. This will be a huge challenge as I have tried the original from Stephan himself and singularly failed to solve it.


Sunday, 5 September 2021

Save Me From Mrs S! I Have More Jingly Puzzles

I bought another batch of puzzles from Aaron!

An embarrassment of complex toys!

Inside the boxes were a nice amount of protective padding and some of the most wonderfully complex N-ary puzzles:







Sunday, 8 August 2021

She Might Just Murder Me Soon

 

Delivery from Mine
Mrs S gave a gasp of horror when we emptied one box out - Mine has been toiling away for weeks assembling his latest batch of delights and I ordered erm....quite a few!

Delivery from Eric
Then just a few days later she opened a box from Eric. So far she hasn't shouted at me too much or threatened to chuck me out but she certainly is starting to mutter evil imprecations whenever she sees me.

Maybe I should tidy up my study?

It has been months since I put anything away



Saturday, 31 July 2021

Derek Gets Dastardly

Polar Burr
Named because of the ice cap on the end, this is the most challenging helical type burr yet from the evil genius brain of the doctor of twist, Derek Bosch. Printed by Big Steve (one of the two brass monkeys), this will prove to be a huge challenge I think. Ali has solved it but that doesn't mean much because Ali solves everything!!!


Sunday, 25 July 2021

Mrs S SaysIt's Never Ending!

Free Me 7
Joe Turner has released his long awaited Free me 7 puzzle and it looks lovely. Hopefully I am up to the task.

Mrs S has seen me receive rather a lot of new toys recently and she is hoping it will end soon. Do I dare tell her about the one coming from Juno?

Sunday, 18 July 2021

Something Really Special from MrPuzzle

Abraham's Well
The puzzle community have been waiting for a new sequential discovery delight from the warped mind and brilliant hands of Mr Puzzle himself, Brian Young. To try and stop the massive increases in price that occur after a new puzzle release, Brian has made a LOT of these and will be releasing them in phases. I was lucky enough to get in there as soon as the first batch was made available and it arrived really fast!

It is incredibly beautifully made and the instructions look really intriguing:




 


Sunday, 11 July 2021

Obscure Burr

 

Obscure burr
Yes I know you all recognise the craftsman immediately! Apparently this puzzle solution is based on an obscure mathematical theorem. I need to avoid using the usual lock picking method of solving it and work out the solution from the theorem. Not managed it in the last 4 days!

Sunday, 4 July 2021

Jakub Goes Into Overdrive!

Upcoming puzzles from the New Pelikan Workshop
Luckily for me I am about to start a week of annual leave. Jakub has just sent me 9 (yes NINE!) puzzles to play with. The pressure is on to solve them and get some words for him and you (so that you can decide what is worth your cash).

We have (from the back Left to Right):

Camel Ride by Stephan Baumegger (a 12 piece burr with a character inside)
Colliding Galaxies by Alexander Magyarics (a packing puzzle through an odd shaped hole)
Fermat by Dr Volker Latussek (a packing puzzle with prism shapes and the usual box)
All tetra pod by Osanori Yamamoto (a new shaped packing puzzle)
Palace by Oasnori Yamamoto (a new variant of packing puzzle)
Play-boy 2 by Alexander Magyarics (a packing puzzle based on a triangular grid)
Lutz by Dr Volker Latussek (a sliding piece puzzle)
Waffle by Osanori Yamamoto (a take apart puzzle with rotations)
Web 3 by Dan Fast (a grid assembly puzzle)

All these are gorgeous and beautifully made - I have had time to only photograph and have a little fiddle so far!

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Aaron Produces Something Challenging

Axes and Hammer and Three Bodies
These puzzles have been stuck in limbo in a Chinese airport for 3 months! Finally they arrive and boy, they are worth the wait. 2 challenges that are beautifully made and both based on very old ideas - they have been made MUCH more difficult! I cannot wait to have time to play!

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Pelikans coming soon!

Jakub and Jaroslav do it again!
I have received a batch of new toys from Pelikan puzzles again - they look incredible! I will power my way through them as fast as I can so that you can get your copies.

I have already received a trio of others which they are holding back for the same release in the next week or so.

Samba
Sudachi
Dozer
Yay! Fun times ahead!

Sunday, 11 April 2021

I Don't Collect Boxes Except...

 For the occasional Stickman!

Stickman #35 The Onehanded Puzzlebox
My friend Asher Simon designed this and collaborated with Rob Yarger to create something amazing and really very tough. The original copy that Asher sent me got badly damaged by the Customs officers and I got a cardboard box of bits (several of which were broken). This time he left a stern letter to the customs officers and they left it alone. So far I have only looked inside and taken the pieces out.


I now have this and am not sure what  to do next:

What have I done?


Sunday, 7 March 2021

More Pelikans a'Coming

 

These are stunning!
I might just have received a few new toys from Jakub this week. The pressure is on - I need to solve them extra fast and write something for him to put on his site.

From back left:
Akku by Dr Volker Latussek
Rattlesnake by Alexander Magyarics
Sliders by Alexander Magyarics
Chamburr by Christoph Lohe and Andrew Crowell
Fake Cube by Dr Volker Latussek
Pepper Castor by Alexander Magyarics
Cyburr by Christoph Lohe and Andrew Crowell

I hope that I can find some time soon!

Sunday, 6 September 2020

He Just Keeps getting Better and Better

My Friend Brian is just amazing! Shut away in his little corner of America, he slowly and carefully produces some of the most beautiful puzzles I have ever seen. In the most recent release, I nabbed 5 new designs from Andrew Crowell, Alexander Magyarics and Haym Hirsh:

TwisTIC
N-Closed
TriumviraTIC
Shuttle

Opposite 1&2
The wood choices are fabulous and the finish is amazing! I have some annual leave coming up in a week and, with the pandemic, nowhere to go. I have a whole lot of chores to do but hope to have plenty of time to devote to these beauties!

Thank you Brian, I greatly appreciate your skills.

Sunday, 23 August 2020

Aaron is Going to Keep me Occupied a Long Time

Over the last month or so, Aaron Wang has been showing off his upcoming puzzles (some designed by him and others by friends). He is a disentanglement genius and always produces absolutely stunning and incredibly difficult puzzles. After receiving them yesterday, I have had almost no success even on the "easy" ones!

The latest production run
They come with no real instructions as it is all fairly self evident but there is a little paper insert in the  bag with them:

Basic instructions but absolutely no solution!
If you fancy buying any of these then contact Aaron using the email address in the photo above

Not routinely available but I was able to get a couple of extras to add to my N-ary puzzle collection:

They look horrific! Rainbow and Piano
I can’t wait to try them all even if I do expect to fail!

Sunday, 5 July 2020

A New Puzzle Lock Maker is in Town



Andrew Coles showed off a puzzle lock he had designed and made at the last MPP (Wow! That seems such a long time ago now). Those who played with it were wildly enthusiastic and encouraged him to make it generally available. Andrew has been a busy man - he's produced a bunch and set up a web store and they are available to order now. I've not yet had time to play with mine but what I can tell is that the quality is superb!

Go and buy one to encourage him to keep this up!!