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The Anchor Puzzle Book

The Anchor Puzzle Book

Jerry Slocum and Dieter Gebhardt have teamed up to produce a book on Anchor puzzles that have entertained and challenged millions of people who love puzzles.  They have spent several decades and travelled countless miles, met with everyone they could find to piece together the complete history of these puzzles.  From their earliest appearance in 1890, these puzzles have a history that is unimaginable , that is until you see what the research and lifelong efforts of these two world famous Puzzlers have learned and put together to produce in this book.  It’s hard to [Read More...]

 
 
 

Centrale

Centrale

In my never-ending quest to acquire all of Jean Claude Constantin‘s designs, I recently got from PuzzleMaster the Centrale puzzle. I was very curious about this design, mainly because I already had two puzzles from Robrecht Louage that have this same concept – Free a coin that’s trapped in a maze.

Centrale is a relatively small puzzle, measuring only 8.9 x 5.7cm (3.5″ x 2.2″) and, just like the designs from Robrecht, there’s a sliding platform with a 5 cent euro coin that needs to be placed under the larger cut-out circle in order to free [Read More...]

 
 
 

Knight Moves

knight moves

Knight Moves comes from Ken Wessen. (Not to be confused with Night Moves, the song by Bob Seger)  If you’re familiar with the famous Knight’s Tour problem, you’ll like this – it’s different.

In the Knight’s Tour, your objective is to move the knight onto each square exactly once.

In this puzzle game app, your objective is to move onto the light squares only!

Hey, this is free!

 
 
 

Cast Rattle

Cast Rattle

Hana Yama make an excellent collection of cast puzzles.  Their puzzles are exceptionally well made, a real challenge to solve, are immediate attention grabbers, beautiful to look at and feel great in the hand.

When you pick it up, it seems so loosely connected together; that one thinks it should fall apart.  As you play with it, it will remind you of a set of dentures rattleing in a blizzard.  I can’t think of any other puzzle like it.  It consists of 4 pieces of chrome metal, quite small, but heavy for its size.  No doubt about it; it well [Read More...]

 
 
 

Square Root or Scrambler Puzzle

Scrambler

The Scrambler puzzle has a long history.  It got started around 1834, traveled around Europe testing people’s skills. It was brought to North America by Pioneers. It was simple to make, even with very basic tools. Today it is made by many companies around the world. There are several different ones here at various prices. Who knows, it may even have been the puzzle that prompted many other “sliding block” puzzles such as the 15 Puzzle or the more recent Rush Hour. There are several sequences whereby the puzzle can be solved, some requiring more moves than [Read More...]

 
 
 

Bandage Cube

Bandage Cube

Can’t believe it’s over a year since I reviewed my last Twisty Puzzle. I guess I neglected this category a bit, and considering it all started with the one and only, the Rubik’s Cube, it definitely deserves a little more attention. Well, what better way to resume the Twisty reviews than a puzzle based on the Rubik’s Cube itself, Meffert’s 3x3x3 Bandage Cube.

The puzzle dates back from 1999, and while it’s produced by Meffert’s, I don’t have any information about its inventor. The mechanism is basically the same as the classic 3x3x3, but has a [Read More...]

 
 
 

Luma Link: puzzle app for iphone, ipad

Luma Link

http://gottasolveit.blogspot.com/

Luma Link is a series of 300 puzzles where the object is to slide the tiles around until the silver ball can go into the red hole. The silver ball can travel to an adjacent tile.

 

Tiles can move horizontally/vertically ONLY IF the selected tile has a matching colored tab with another tile on that same row/column. You’ll notice that some tiles have tabs only at 12 o’clock & 6 o’clock: they can only move up and down, never side to side.

 

I have done all the medium & hard levels.  The presentation is slick. This [Read More...]

 
 
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