The name of the puzzle comes from the resemblance, in shape, to the Jewish symbol, known in Hebrew as the “Shield of David”, which is a hexagram composed by two equilateral triangles.
The design is cleverly done with the use of two different wood colors, enhancing the beautiful contrast seen in the middle of both sides. This easy technique of using two or more colors of wood can maximize the elegance of an otherwise simplistic design.
The object of the puzzle is to separate all of the six interlocking pieces, but it’s not actually as easy as it looks. PuzzleMaster has its level of difficulty rated as an 8 out of 10, so it does need some thinking in order to successfully solve it.
If you’re familiar with the technique known as “coordinated motions”, then you’re half way there… This solving method requires a simultaneous manipulation of the puzzle’s pieces instead of a simple sequence of movements. You do need a careful maneuvering of the puzzle, because its pieces are fragile and easily breakable, especially the internal parts, which are cut in a way that may come apart with excessive force. Spoiler alert: The secret in this puzzle is to separate the puzzle in two parts of three pieces each, and then separate the remaining ones, one by one.
One thing I’ve noticed after solving the puzzle was that, the parts where the pieces fit into one another had spots of the opposite color marked on them. I suppose this was due to the fact that the colored pieces weren’t completely dry when the puzzle was assembled. A proof of that is that I was unable to separate the final two pieces, because they were actually glued together, and with the fear of breaking them, I just photographed the pieces like this and assembled them back together.
Despite the fact of the undried paint, it doesn’t throw you off on the solving experience and the challenge it provides. If you don’t have a clue about the solution, you may require several tries before being able to solve it. It does look great on a desk or shelf, for its attractive design though…