My torturous adventure with wire puzzles continues this week with another fiendish puzzle, the Sidewinder. This is made by PuzzleMaster and it’s one of the hardest puzzles that I’ve tried so far. The goal is to remove the red string.
On top of being a very difficult puzzle to solve, the Sidewinder is a mixture of wire and string. If that’s not enough to scare you off, you’re one brave puzzler. Many of my previous attempts with string based puzzles have ended in complete disaster with some hard to disentangle knots. Because of this, whenever I face a [Read More...]
Oskar van Deventer has invented so many puzzles over the last thirty years that he could fill up a museum with all of his creations. The one that I’m reviewing today is another great design by him, which consists of four mazes that need to be solved simultaneously.
The Medallion (originally called Four D), was initially made by George Miller in acrylic and was Oskar’s exchange puzzle at the 23rd annual IPP (International Puzzle Party). It was later picked by Hanayama for mass-production and is now sold at PuzzleMaster.
The puzzle bears a slight resemblance to [Read More...]
Welcome back puzzle fans! Today I have the Cast Starfish designed by a famed Japanese puzzle designer by the name of Akio Yamamoto and manufactured by Hanayama. This is only one of several sea life puzzles that Mr. Yamamoto has made over the years. The goal of the puzzle is to free the ring (which is two mackerel fish) from the starfish. I picked this one first because it reminded me of the time I visited Monterey Bay in California. The main reason I took a trip to that town was for the aquarium. If you have not been there, [Read More...]
As of now, this is my favorite Wire/String Puzzle. The design concept and theme is so original and funny, it captures a puzzler’s attention right away. The wire frame in the shape of a light bulb is perfectly achieved. In fact, it’s just about the same size as a standard light bulb and the goal is to remove the wooden plug and rope from its wire frame.
The puzzle itself is not very difficult [Read More...]
Today I’m going to talk about a puzzle that in my opinion is very difficult. It is rated a 10 out of 10 in difficulty. This puzzle is called the Cast Quartet and is designed by Mineyuki Uyematsu. He entered this puzzle in the 27th International Puzzle Party competition. The objective of this puzzle is to take the four pieces apart and then put them back together. The black metal finish looks cool and the puzzle has a solid construction. This puzzle chewed me up and spit me out. This puzzle is very hard. I know this puzzle is solvable [Read More...]