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Friday, July 30, 2010

3 Musketeers Puzzle

All Four One & One Four All is the real title.

The puzzle is to stack the three Musketeers, Athos, Porthos & Aramis, joined by d'Artagnan so they are self supporting in the frame; ie: no loose parts. You must be able to pickup the frame without touching the Musketeers, so that the Musketeers do not fall out.

The puzzle was designed in 2010 by Acady Dyskin & Pantazis Houlis, both University lecturers with Engineering backgrounds from Western Australia.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Puzzle Furniture

Hannah Avery informed us of her Burr puzzle stand for her tables. Nice!

Monday, July 26, 2010

The Oskar van Deventer Puzzle Fan Club

For many years, puzzle aficionados have had trouble keeping up with the numerous design inventions of Oskar van Deventer. Now you can keep abreast by joining his official fan club on Facebook.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Minoru Abe puzzle

Remove the center piece. Note the red piece on the left - it doesn't move. The object is to switch the animals. The tail of the green crocodile is wider than the other pieces.

This took me about 2 hours to solve. The first time. The second time: only 40 minutes.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Lexomino Puzzles - Custom made for your name!

My puzzle friend Eric Harshbarger has produced some very interesting packing puzzles. Check out his Lexomino puzzles!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Minoru Abe Egg puzzle

Years ago I solved the Egg Puzzle online. At the IPP in Japan, I was fortunate to find somebody selling the real McCoy. Pay attention to the notches - some moves cannot be made with simple square pieces.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Back from the IPP

Katsuhiko Okamoto is the inventor of the Void Cube. A brilliant design. At the IPP in Osaka, Okamoto declared that his designs are being stolen by Chinese manufacturers. He has since closed his webpage. At the IPP, he brought some prototypes of a handful of fantastic designs. Fortunately, I was able to play with one of them for a solid 45 minutes. I would show a picture of it......but cannot do so.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Heading to the International Puzzle Party

This Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent is preparing for a long distance trip to the annual International Puzzle Party. Soon thereafter, we'll write up some knew physical puzzles! Some of our followers think we've spent too much time on the iphone puzzle apps. Perhaps.

Back in 2 weeks.