Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Try this online sample before tackling the big puzzle.
Historical note: about 1989 Rubik came out with 4 different edge matching Tangle puzzles. Each had 25 pieces. After solving each one, you had to assemble all 100 pieces to form a square. I confess quietly: I was not able to solve the 25 piece version. And I spent a lot of time on it.
Ladies & Gentlemen, please go out and buy the current (September issue) of Games Magazine. Or better yet, get a subscription! My 2-page article on the puzzle sculptures of George Hart is now on the newsstands.
Games Magazine has an online presence, but in a minimal way. http://www.gamesmagazine-online.com/
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
We are always skeptical of the claim "hardest puzzle in the world". Nevertheless, this reporter always investigates. Clifford Pickover and Cam Mckechnie have come up with this colorful puzzle Alien Tiles. I solved the First Goal in about 5 minutes using 147 moves. It may not be the least number of moves. The Second Goal is harder. In trying to solve it, I got some interesting patterns - similar to goals 3 & 4. Definitely worth playing!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We are hoping that this is a trend: puzzlers will be as celebrated in our society as pop stars. I've met Will Shortz several times at mechanical puzzle parties (including the New York Puzzle party which I host). He's a bona fide puzzle expert & a good guy!