Extremely Puzzling - Goetz Schwandtner's Puzzles

On this page some extremely puzzling objects are displayed: My private puzzle collection consisting of a wide range of three-dimensional puzzles, from industrial produced Rubik's Cube like puzzles to my custom builds, from production range Pihilos wood puzzles to rare and special puzzles from various excellent craftsmen, and not to forget the Japanese Himitsu Bakos, including some equisite works of the Karakuri Creation Group. Please note that you won't find any (standard) jigsaw puzzles on these pages, may they be two or three dimensional.


Added on 2024-06-09
The Python puzzle was as easy as expected from the first few moves (even though it is listed with a level 10 difficulty on the instructions) and could be solved quickly. The results are now in a Compendium entry, and an entry on the n-ary puzzle group page has been added as well.
Added on 2024-06-08
This weekend we had a small puzzle party at my place and had a truly great time when some puzzle friends (Oskar, José, Rox, and George) came for a visit. During that, also the mailman appeared and brought some new puzzles, from Aaron's latest release: Python, Pipe, and Rippl. They are larger than I expected and handmade in a nice fashion. I expect some or all of them to become part of the Compendium, but for that I will have to solve them first to understand how they really work. I have started with the first one already, and it looks like it may not be too difficult after all, easier than the level 10 from the description. Famous last words!
Added on 2024-05-31
Sometimes there are some cash back offers for advertising, and today I received such an offer, but in a completely different manner: Cash Back is actually the name of the puzzle, and being a non-US customer I am probably only going to get some 3D printed token back, no cash. But getting this coin out is the fun of it, isn't it? This is the fourth in the excellent series of small cubic puzzles by Alan, and I really enjoyed all the previous ones. Let's see how long it will take to get the coin out of this one. Meanwhile I have already managed to remove the first two coins from Free Me 9, a great puzzle so far, but still not solved either.
Added on 2024-05-30
The latest puzzle by Juno is a classic puzzle box, or is it? It is cute and shaped like a hippo, and that is also the theme of this puzzle box: Hugo the Hippo. Solving wise it is on the easier side, but features a complex central mechanism involving some classic Japanese puzzle box elements as well. This mechanism is very well designed and crafted, and it will take around 20 steps for reaching the compartment, and it will involve steps you would never do to a real hippo unless you are really tired of life. Operating this mechanism involves some fun little surprises, and I had a lot of fun playing with it again and again. A fun puzzle!
Added on 2024-05-28
Having solved the excellent Twinkle by hand (for the first piece removal and reset), only using some hints for the last 10 moves, which was only possible that quickly because the move sequence is a very nice variation of the Phoenix Family / Supernova sequences I know so well, now it is time for a different type of challenge. Joe Turner advertised that his latest Free Me creation was available, and today a parcel with this puzzle arrived: Free Me 9. It looks a bit like the puzzles 7 and before from the series, just that it is around double the size and triple the number of coins. 3 coins to be released for solving this puzzle, two of them the typical Kennedy half dollars, the third one featuring the statue of liberty. It feels very well made as usual, and I have already found what may be the first few steps. Looking forward to solve this beauty and retrieve the money!
Added on 2024-05-12
Twinkle Coming back from a short vacation, a parcel from Alfons waited for me for pick-up. And it is world record time! Jack has done it again and designed a standard 18 pieces burr with the highest level known so far, congratulations to Jack! After Supernova at level 166, there is now a standard 18 pieces burr with a whopping level 188, a total of 22 moves more for the first piece, and 11 years after Supernova. Not sure why all these numbers contain double digits, but maybe that is a hint for how a future record may look like, if one will ever be found? The record puzzle is named Twinkle, and another astronomy themed puzzle. After solving the mysteries of the Supernova years ago, we can now watch the sky of 18 pieces burrs again, and maybe hum: "Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are!"
On this group page you can now locate this "star": 18 pieces burrs group. There are two more additions to this page, and the first one seems to be related to the record puzzle, even though the level is much lower: Troulle and Helicon.
The good news don't end here yet, as this update also brings a jubilee and anniversary update of the Burr Zoo. 10 years ago, I started this page, and recently at GCD I gave a talk about this part of my collection to celebrate, and had 49 entries to show. Today, we are adding another one for a nice round number of puzzles, and puzzle 50 is a 12 pieces burr, in a frame, and with a wooden spider trapped inside: Black Widdow, and if you take a look at the page, you will see that the zoo contains a whole family of spiders now.
The last one of the beautiful wooden puzzles also adds to a part of my collection which started with the school bus puzzle many years ago, then saw some shape variants, a Grey Hound themed bus puzzle, and now finally an old Double Decker, like it used to be on the streets of Berlin nearly a century ago. And it even features some advertisements on the side to make it more realistic, but aside from that it is just a framed burr.
I have not added the overall level of the puzzles arriving today, but it would surely be a large sum, hinting the huge endeavour to solve them all. Looking forward to this, and to see how it goes, and of course adding a little "Wink" to this solving experience.
Added on 2024-04-30
Last weekend we discussed the wonders of 3D printing and how this positively influenced the puzzle community (and the pioneer in this topic was involved in this discussion), and today I received a parcel that fits into this category. The parcel was lightweight and felt empty, but had a cute puzzle inside: BOLT the Bot. The name of the puzzle seems to have an obvious relation to the looks, and it looks gorgeous. The puzzle itself has a nice size (not too large) and when shaking it a bit, a lot of rattling can be heard from the inside. There cannot only be 3D printed parts inside, but there must be others — and I have already found some of the other parts. Looking forward to solve this little guy, and I am curious when I will find more than the first step.
Added on 2024-04-29
Yesterday we had a great King's Day Puzzle party at Wil's place, and it seems that there were not only new puzzle people present this time, but Wil must have accumulated more fascinating puzzles. With all these puzzles and the puzzle friends we had a great time, and as a special guest Wil's cat joined us and did not mind all of us visitors being in the house and garden. Oskar had some of his latest puzzle creations on display, and also brought more of the Ziggu-* puzzles we were chatting about in recent months and which had I immediately ordered for me. They of course go into Compendium and n-ary puzzle group page, but it will take a bit until all the complete details have been added. Basically, they are all the same puzzle, and all like the Ziggurat puzzle. However, they differ in implementation and looks. Ziggutwist Too looks like the Ziggutwist (hence the same name), but this one here does not have the pieces screwed onto a board. Instead, they are within a tray and can be extracted one by one, once the sequence has been completed. The Zigguhooked is a 2D puzzle again -- if you ignore the tray and slider, that is. Quite a different in the movement between this one and the Ziggutwists, but the overall sequence is the same. Ziggutrees looks quite different from the others, and while the basic idea is the same, this one uses a different arrangement of the "trees" and each tree has direct interactions with 4 trees, 2 on each side. This will be a bit more challenging to fully analyze. The last one is an older design that was made possible by today's 3D printing and looks like two cubes intersected: Kubusmix. Thanks Allard for this nice little challenge.
Added on 2024-04-25
After yesterday's parcel from Pelikanpuzzles and after heving solved one of these puzzles already, there is another surprise package from this manufacturer. It contains a pre-ordered puzzle which sold out quickly in the previous release and was then offered in a second edition as pre-order. MRI looks like a small MRI indeed, and the goal is to remove the patient from the instrument. A magnetic ball is provided, and this will be the tool to support the solution. Yesterday also saw some new world record among the 18 pieces burrs, an amazing achievement with level 188, related to the Wink puzzle added recently, but not yet available as a puzzle to collect or solve.
Added on 2024-04-24
After solving the excellent Piano puzzle (both disassembly and assembly enjoyed a couple of times) until the final little extra reward, today puzzles from a differnt genre arrived, all in beautiful woods. They are all about packing pieces into a box/frame, but they all come in an arrangement that one first has to take apart as an initial warm-up challenge. They are all from experts on this subject, and the first two enhance a whole series of puzzles — each! I heard of the first one when Volker and Bernhard were having a quick discussion, and now here is another "Euklid for" puzzle: Euklid for Bernhard. Will it be easier or more difficult than the others? In any case they are all quite different one from another. This one has six similar blocks, but lining them up in a row, there is something odd about them, and something else! The next one follows a regular grid again, and is from the high jumper's Flop series: Stefka-Flop. And, yes, that additional 1x3 block also belongs into the box which looks already completely packed, nothing rattling inside. Those shipping configurations seem to have reached a new level! The smallest one from this parcel may by a bit off in terms of the season, but looks nice also today: Xmas Stocking. How hard can it be to put five identical tetrominos into the box? Have I mentioned the lid with the restricted opening? That is going to lead to the main challenge, I am sure. The last one looks beautiful in a mix of various woods, and some acrylic: Airlock. That acrylic cover has holes to allow easier manipulation of the pieces, and it is good that all pieces are already inside, as the challenge requires. However, the holes do not allow any piece to enter or exit, and there is a small entrance in the side of the frame that needs to be used instead — and has to be completely free in the solved configuration. So that is asking for a different arrangement of the pieces inside the box, and also for the development of a method to get the larger pieces out via that tiny opening. A lot of puzzling fun adding to my backlog, and I am sure it is going to take a while. Let's take it easy and solve the challenge of only extracting the pieces first, two puzzles already solved! Now for the more difficult part ...
Added on 2024-04-22
More puzzles! After the large haul yesterday, and after having solved a handful of them already, I picked up a parcel with the next puzzle. I have bought myself a piano! Not a full sized one, and not one you can play on to make music (that is what the large one is good for!), but a small one with just short of a whole octave of keys. It is 3D printed, came in a nicely decorated custom packaging, and looks beautiful: Piano. It is a puzzle box that can be disassembled into many pieces and requires similarly many steps to achieve this goal. I have not tried this (only found a couple of steps and they work nicely and made me smile), and I am looking forward to the fun of solving this puzzle. I bought this from the recently created Mowens995 shop web site, and as of writing these lines, there is actually one copy left for sale. This is the first puzzle I have bought from the designer himself, but already have a few of his designs in my collection and they are fun to play with. Now I get to play the piano!
Added on 2024-04-21
Yesterday the next iteration of our largest German puzzle meeting took place, with some international participants as well. I met many puzzle friends there and we had a lot of fun, and of course there were loads of fascinating puzzles to be seen. Each participant would receive one of Frank's own designs, a packing puzzle with some extra twist: A-Void (the) Center. I have seen some people trying to assemble it on site, but don't remember seeing the completed result anywhere. In the afternoon, I gave a short talk about one special page of this web site, taking everyone onto a visit to the Burr Zoo. The presentation slides are available here for download: Visit to the Zoo of Burrs.
Returning home, I arrived with more puzzles than I had expected before the event, many of them bought, others nice presents from friends. The first one had quite a journey with some unexpected and sad turns behind it, and arrived to be added to my collection: Six Blocks Away. Has the typical looks of one designer, but is actually from another well known designer! The Wink burr is a new and unexpected discovery and addition to the 18 pieces burrs group, and I had a chat with the designer where I heard something interesting about the background, stay tuned! Looking forward to try and solve this one. I just managed to solve for the first piece out on a level 101 burr from that group, but needed two hints. An older design, and only 4 pieces in a frame is Twister 3x2, yet a very high level for that few pieces! The Brick Block Puzzle Box V2 looks a bit like a Twisty Puzzle, but is really a box with more than a handful of steps to open. The next few puzzles are all nicely printed by one Designer and several of them were seen an IPP recently. Dinilock No. 2 and Dinilock No. 3 extend the series and have completely different solutions, and also completely different from the first one! The next few look a bit like oversized Hanayama Cast puzzles, and that is also the idea behind them, but they are new designs, of course: A ring's secret and FreeMySphere. The remaining puzzles of this update are mass produced puzzles I have seen before and found on offer yesterday: A bead sliding puzzle with 8 circles of beads, hence the name: Eight-Sided UFO. And then the complete The Legend of Zelda puzzle series by Hanayama/Nintendo: Cast Master Sword, Cast Triforce, and Hyrule Crest. Can you find some really old puzzle manufactured by Nintendo in my collection?
Thank you to Frank for organizing GCD again, and a big thanks to Volker, Jack, and Diniar for the fascinating puzzles!
Added on 2024-04-02
Today the mail man brought two parcels from Switzerland, and all with 3D printed puzzles. However, the first one originated from the US and etsy global shipping took this interesting route. In it, the latest and brand new release from the Pocket Change series: Pocket Change blue. It is cylindrical and looks quite different from the others, but on the bottom there is a square hole with a coin visible behind the opening, quite a teaser of the goal. With it, I ordered a second puzzle which may very well be from the series, but apparently is a bit easier: Wedding Puzzle. A heart shaped puzzle with a coin behind a square window, and then some rattling sounds when you pick it up. I am guessing gravity will be part of the solution. The other parcel is an original Swiss package from the capital Bern, containing two sequential discovery puzzles. Keebox blue is an easy entry level one (but I still need to solve it!), and Keebox yellow is the more difficult one. I see they imprinted some digits onto the box, and this seems to hint in which order to solve the puzzles of this box. Quite a lot of 3D printed puzzles (with additional materials) have found their way into my collection recently, and while I have not yet solved them all, I was generally impressed by the high quality and liked the experience playing with them. I am sure this will continue with the new ones.
Added on 2024-03-23
Last weekend, I managed to solve the Mailcall! puzzle box and had a lot of fun with it. Many nice steps and mechanisms and some of them keep you wondering until the end. The instructions say that this should be solved over a tray, and I can strongly recommend this as well. Overall it is a great tribute to Cubicdissection, not only with the look of the cardboard box with orange tape, but more! Today two much easier puzzles are being added here: Funny Gear Labyrinth Disk is a new Chinese puzzle that can now be bought via puzzle shops or large retailers and has several names, and is for the age of 3 and up, but that would be a very puzzle enthousiastic and patient 3 year old! There is a tiny steel ball inside and this has to be entered into the maze and then run through the numbers 1 to 24. It has some holes in the bottom like some other ball mazes, that make the ball disappear to start over again, and then there are obviously some gears. These gears and also some gravity operated switch change the maze while playing, a nice new concept. Not really difficult, have already solved it the correct way (not the shortcut from entry to 24). The other one is a very old one and a true vintage attic find! I remember playing with it when I was much younger, must have been in the 1980s, so this would have been one of the first puzzles in my collection — but I just found it again. It is a typical 15 puzzle variant: Flower 15 puzzle*. Or is it? Well, there is actually a set of numbers from 1 to 15 on it, but they cannot be solved in the regular way. 14 and 15 will appear swapped, like in that original hoax from over a century ago. So this one here has to be solved differently, e.g. with a gap in the top right corner, which also gives the picture on the other side.
Added on 2024-03-15
Many moves this week! Some of them occurred in the solution of a nice level 97 standard 18 pieces burr with excellent move sequences. It is on the 18 pieces burr page if you would like to know which one that is, and maybe to get one for yourself as a challenge, just reach out to Alfons for ordering this and many others! That puzzle gave me quite a Kick (sic!) and it was fun to figure out the sequences and see how they interact. As usual, I stopped when the first piece was out, the second and third piece were removed later. But the main puzzle amounting in a huge number of moves required a lot more concentration and playing every day to progress through a whopping 16365 move sequence (have not actually counted these), and in reality there were many more due to lack of concentration. That is the monster arriving last week in pieces to be assembled: Zigguchain 12 links. It is a Zigguchain, but you actually have to order two sets to get the full 12 ring experience. I don't recommend trying to assemble more than those, unless you have a very good understanding how to determine the next move once you put the puzzle down for a break. In fact, maybe even 12 rings is only a challenge for people who are really up to the task. While it was sometimes difficult to find out the exact current configuration with all these angles, it was a joy to see one piece after another click into the goal position in the last phase of the solution. And if you wondered how good the durability of 3D printed pieces for long term use is, there you have it! Works fine, even though there are some only slightly visible marks on the right red piece (the one moving the most). An experiment? A fidget toy? A puzzle? In any case, it has been concluded today! And was fun to run through. Of course has been added to the Compendium entry, and an entry on the n-ary puzzle group page.
Added on 2024-03-08
The mailman brought a little parcel from PuzzleGuy today, with some of his latest offerings. The first one is a remake of the classic Key puzzle by Oskar which has not been available for a long time. This one is 3D printed in nice (Dutch) colors and comes with 3 keys, not 2: Oskar Key. There is an additional frame so you can build the original challenge with only the red and blue key. However, for that, you have to solve the 3 key challenge first. A nicely made puzzle and I like the zig-zag motion with the keys going into different directions simultaneously at times. The other one is a bit deceiving: Stuck in the Middle. A frame with a maze structure and 5 sticks with plates through it. However, only one of them can be removed, and indeed it is the goal to remove the pink piece only (and then get everything back together again). That one looks like a nice challenge and with the maze uncovering more and more when moving the purple blocks. There is actually another puzzle which arrived today, but that one came in pieces (by design) and I am only somewhere in the middle of assembling it and would only like to present it here after that task has been completed. Care for a guess?
Added on 2024-03-05
Today a well packaged and pocket sized puzzle arrived, and not only the name convinced me to buy it: Pick me. It is beautifully 3D printed and has some special texture structure around the borders making it nice to touch, and when you don't want to handle it, it sits on a stand provided, all the time seemingly teasing you: "Pick me!" I just wanted to fiddle a bit with it to get some idea how how well it works, and it seems it works well, but I may already have found some first moves and a few tools.. This is going to be fun to solve! On the puzzle it reads "20min" and I wonder if that should be the solving time, and the instruction card says that a 5-year-old can solve it (with some assistance). So let's see if I can solve it! Meanwhile I have made some progress on the Mailcall! and this seems to be more complicated. Have found some nice tools and mechanisms there, and I wonder how this will continue and whether I will ever be able to reset that one (which is the last part of the objective). So much puzzling fun with all these puzzles!
Added on 2024-03-01
I could have left the update as this one word, as this is somewhat self-explanatory. It is a beautifully 3D printed puzzle box that looks like one of those cardboard boxes with the orange tape used by Cubicdissection. However, the tape, the stamps, and even the post icon all seem to be movable components, hinting that there are quite some elements to be played with to solve the puzzle. The puzzle came with a nice packing slip listing ... all the instructions for solving, not the components as usual. Picking it up and shaking it slightly, it makes some sounds like it could be filled with a pound of rice or similar. Maybe the packing material used inside a shipping box, modelled in this puzzle? I surely need to be careful when finally opening the lid, but I am looking forward to that!
Added on 2024-02-23
More from recent escape room in a box Kickstarter campaigns arriving today: The Maya's Myths is the third of the Inscape puzzle boxes, looks nice and seems to have a lot of loose pieces inside. I am assuming this may be some kind of jigsaw puzzle generating a hint? Looking at the box, there is an interesting maze right at the beginning (where it says "start") and then some sides that may lead to clues for a door with 3 number dials. On this box, I have also found some symbols I have seen on pictures of Mayan architecture before, quite fitting. I wonder how long this one will take to solve, and I am looking forward to this.
Added on 2024-02-17
In the Escapewelt campaign, there was also a small puzzle box kit included which I have finally assembled: Pirate's Chest. Assembly works well without issues within 20 minutes, and the result looks like a nice little chest. There is a combination lock on the front, and the bottom shows a map with clues. I have been able to solve several much more complex puzzles in the past days, including the Blackbeard's Compass (which included some nice new elements as well) and compared to these, this one looks rather simple. Still some challenge to work out the combination to open the lock.
Added on 2024-02-13
The latest lock from the Feldmans arrived today: Loco. This is a bit larger than the Picolock, and there are no immediate visible marks that this lock could have been modified. The key fits and turns, and then nothing happens. This one seems to be one of the more difficult locks recently, with a hidden solution, so it remains to be seen whether I will be able to solve it. So far, I like the decoration with the smileyface making fun of the solver — that's quite something!
Added on 2024-02-12
Pirates seem to be a popular theme, sometimes also for puzzles, and today the latest Escapewelt puzzle box / escape room in a box arrived with this theme and beautifully decorated: Blackbeard's Compass. This features a new component for such boxes, a disentanglement puzzle, very visible at the front side (but not the first puzzlebox with such a puzzle, though). On the nicely decorated box, I can see many markings, there seem to be several places with sliders to set a combination, and the bottom may be a map. On the side, there is some curled up paper locked into place — another secret map? Some clues? This will become visible during the solve (I hope!). The box is a bit smaller than expected and comes in a very nice size. With it, a Pirate's Chest box kit arrived, which is yet to be assembled. Looking forward to both!
Added on 2024-02-07
Today the next one in the Demonticons series arrived, the brand new Scarlett puzzle. The look is a bit fierce, but it may only be an interpretatoin of "stylish", as the theme is "fashion designer". Unlike the last one, this one has some large knob as one of the eyes, and a nose that looks like it could be screwed out. So far, these puzzles had quite different solutions one from another, and I am looking forward to find out what makes Scarlett special.
Added on 2024-02-05
Some puzzles pre-ordered from Rex arrived today, one available exclusively via Team JB Hobbies: Mean & Extreme is a double six piece burr in a frame, a very unusual configuration. I have already found some moves, and I like them a lot. I wonder whether it will be possible to remove the burr from the frame without removing any of the sticks first. The other three are nice pocket sized sequential discovery puzzles, and they all look beautiful and yellow: Spade is the smallest of the 3 and I have already found the first move. Of course, that does not mean I know the subsequent ones! The largest and most massive one is Prada. It comes with a little bone with a magnet I have already inserted into the obvious space. However, I don't see the dog in this one, where might it be? There could be a lot of space inside! And sometimes there are extra challenges for Rex' puzzles, a nice touch, when you think you are done, but there is more. The third one features some stylized branches and a monkey crying for help: Monkey Maze. Does not look too sad, this monkey, but let's free him anyway. Attached to the back, there is a banana piece I have put next to the puzzle for the picture (Spoiler alert?) and it looks like this may be an interesting part of the puzzle. Looking forward to solve these, while I am still trying to solve several (much) heavier puzzles.
Added on 2024-02-04
Today Zigguchain, the latest puzzle in the Ziggu-* series received it's Compendium entry including an explanation, and an entry on the n-ary puzzle group page. Of course, the general solution is quite similar to the others from the series, but they are basically shape variations. This one is a chain that can be quite wobbly at first, but becomes more stable when assembling the chain and locking the link rings in place. This puzzle works without a frame any may very well be the most minimalistic such puzzle, all rings are identical and you could link as many as you have, but be aware of the wobblyness and the number of moves then! The formula on the compendium page will give you an idea. The solve is fun and if you like one, they are available via Puzzleguy's shop online already. This is the last of this series I have right now, but there will be more in the future, something to look forward to!
Added on 2024-02-02
Recently I received a some new puzzles that extended the Ziggu-* series, that started off with the "Ziggurat" puzzle. While most of them are interlocking puzzles without a frame or synchronizing piece, the Ziggutwist is a twisty puzzle with a board and rotating disks. Finally, today there is a Compendium entry including an explanation, and an entry on the n-ary puzzle group page. There is also another compendium entry that was updated with a picture, can you spot it?
Added on 2024-01-30
Today a new entry for the MiBinity puzzle in the respective groups. It is a cute little puzzle and fun to play with, and nicely designed and crafted. However, the exact parameter set for the Compendium caused some head scratching, but is now documented in the Compendium including an explanation, and n-ary puzzle group page. I hope this will not require a spoiler warning, because there is also a picture of the partially disassembled puzzle shown. It is great to see these maze structures still being used for new designs. The previous one was in Jack's puzzle box and offered a nice playing experience as can be seen on YouTube (on the "What did I get myself into?" channel).
Added on 2024-01-28
Even on a Sunday there is a new puzzle added today: Zigguchain. This is Oskar's latest puzzle design, and a chain variant of the Ziggurat puzzle. It arrived in my mailbox yesterday, as 6 identical ring pieces of rainbow colours, and today I managed to assemble the chain. Like for some of the other new recent puzzles, this is an n-ary puzzle to be included in the Compendium, but with the correct parameter set, pictures and comments yet to be determined and created, look for an update here soon.
Added on 2024-01-27
After the first puzzle yesterday, I have managed to solve the second one today, after playing with it a bit in the last days. Jellyfish is a more confusing one than O.M.G and while the move count is well below 1000, the solution will take longer, as there are irregular parts of the mazes/grooves to be explored. A lot of fun sliding these panels of a very well made puzzle, working out the correct sequence, and then experiencing some change in the sequence every now and then. While this may not be a pure n-ary puzzle, it is even more interesting because of these changes in the sequence occuring. More details to be viewed here, but will definitely contain spoilers: Compendium and n-ary puzzle group page.
Added on 2024-01-26
No new puzzles today, but the first results. I have started with the puzzle with the longest solution sequence, the O.M.G, which is a larger version of the Devil puzzle by the same designer with more moves, and also some other similarities in the solution. This one even works a bit better and it is fun to use gravity to run through some solution sequence parts with some quick clacky sounds. Of course, that only works one way, the way up needs to be assisted — or the puzzle turned around which could confuse the solver. More details to be viewed here, but may contain spoilers: Compendium and n-ary puzzle group page. A nice puzzle and fun to run through such a long sequence quickly.
Added on 2024-01-25
Today two parcels arrived from different continents, but some puzzles in both parcels from the same designer! The first from Michel from the Netherlands, in it a beautifully made interlocking puzzle of his own design and made by Jack in a small series: MiBinity I. Not very difficult, but very nice and non-trivial to play with, and excellent build quality. Inside are some shapes that will definitely lead to a certain puzzle group, but more later. With it, came another brand new puzzle acquired from Oskar, the Ziggutwist. Looks a bit like a Spin-Out or Crazy Elephant dance, and it is, but ... where is the sliding frame? This one does not have any and yet is an n-ary puzzle where you have to bring the arrows from the linear arrangement into a quarter turned arrangement, or even further as the additional last moves. Like most of yesterday's additions, these two puzzles are clearly in the n-ary puzzle category and new entries for the Compendium, but I will have to play with all a bit more to determine the correct parameter set und provide interesting (I hope!) insights from solving, more to follow soon on this page! With the others came a little metal disentanglement puzzle in a sturdy build: 4 Ring Metal Disentanglement Puzzle* — would anyone know more details? Do let me know if you should! Two of the rings look like the ones of Chinese Soft Rings, and one of them should be removed from the puzzle and re-assembled to the configuration shown in the picture. Thanks for this extra challenge, Michel! The other parcel arrived from Puzzlemaster and one of their recent Kickstarter campaigns: Honeycomb is a beautifully made metal version of the Screw Pack by Oskar I already have as 3D print, but this one comes assembled and one does not need to go through the assembly task first. However, I am sure I will assemble this puzzle later on, after taking it apart. It came with two more metal puzzles, one an older shiny cast puzzle I did not have: Cast Dolce. This looks like a maze puzzle in disguise. The last one has a very organic look, or one like the makers used molten metal and just let it spread and cool down in the way it preferred, or like a drop of lava frozen instantly: Cast Ripple. Quite an unusual shape, and the initial arrangement is more stable than I expected. A lot more puzzling going on with all these new ones now. Of course this adds to the backlog, but I managed to solve some puzzles already and had a lot of fun.
Added on 2024-01-24
Just a quick update today, with more details to be added later, and when you look at the new addition entries you will know why! Three beautiful puzzles from Stephan arrived from Austria today: O.M.G is basically a higher level version of his Devil puzzle, and has taken the level up a lot, nearly triple as many moves. Look at the level for the 2nd and 3rd piece to come out! Many other interlocking puzzles don't even have that as a total level. The next one has level below 1000, but still extremely high: Jellyfish. This one has maze plates in a more irregular layout than O.M.G, but the great thing is their arrangement. The mazes can actually be seen during the solve. I have played with both puzzles a bit, but will need to progress further until I will put them into the group of n-ary puzzles and the Compendium. Considering the number of moves, this may take a while, so look out for future updates on them! The third one is a small interlocking puzzles with just a few pieces in a cubic frame: IT. In the lighter wood, the letters I and T are visible in the solved configuration, and the level should be a nice and yet still not trivial solve. Looking forward to play with all 3 of them, and they are very well crafted and have nice engravings on them.
Added on 2024-01-22
While I don't have any of the previous 5 Brass Monkeys (the brass burrs with this name), today the latest release arrived, number 6 in the series: Brass Monkey Sixential Discovery. It is a beautiful and heavy puzzle and it seems that it is not a standard brass burr, but a sequential discovery puzzle instead. I am curious to see what I will find, probably something small inside. With the puzzle came a nice leather mat which can be folded up at the edges to form some form of bowl. My guess is that this is to prevent you from losing some small parts when solving this puzzle. Let's see if that is correct and if there are really small parts. I am looking forward to solve this brass beauty.
Added on 2024-01-03
End of last year, a day before Christmas, Juno released two new puzzles, and my order with one of them arrived quickly today: Gravitational Burr. It looks like a regular six piece burr, and is only level 2. However, Juno added a 7th piece in the form of a small steel ball, and now it is level 56 and gravity is required to help solving this puzzle. It is beautifully crafted, and I have already started playing with it a bit. I found some of the mazes for the steel ball, the steel ball itself, and after a few moves now I seem unable to reset the puzzle to the initial configuration. Two of the sticks are in a slightly shifted position, and this can only mean that the ball is now in a different place than initially. Looks like this is at least a half-blind maze solve, no ordinary six pieces burr. After solving yesterday's lock already this is now a nice new puzzling challenge added to my backlog.
Added on 2024-01-02
The first puzzle parcel of the year arrived from California with two nice 3D printed puzzles inside. The Combo Breaker is the second in the series of padlock style puzzles and has a ring with numbers up to 39 on it, and initially turned to the 0 position. Trying to turn it a bit and observing something else happening, I am under the impression that I may have to navigate a maze to solve this puzzle. I wonder if the numbers will help to create a map (like people do for Revomazes), or if that maze is simple enogh to solve it without a map. The instructions don't say anything about tools, but I am guessing I should not use a map (i.e. tool) here, for more fun. The other does not have any markings on the surface at all: Screwball. A beautiful 3D printed and shiny ball puzzle consisting of two hemispheres. Following the name, one may be tempted to just try and unscrew the halves, but of course that does not work. Instead some other steps seem to be required, and maybe a little help of gravity? This would be a typical feature for such ball puzzles consisting of two halves. Let's see how this one will work and come apart (and then be reassembled again)! While the old year ended, the puzzle solving backlog did not vanish, and there are still many puzzles of varying types and sizes to be solved. Probably enough to fill the rest of this year, but then there are also interesting new puzzles showing up every now and then, and hard to resist. Maybe something for solving in 2025 then? I am sure that the two puzzles of today will be solved well within 2024. Happy puzzling 2024 to you all!
Note:Please don't worry that this page is so short now. All the entries from last year have already been moved to the history page linked below, they are not lost!
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