|Object||Unlock the padlock|
|Difficulty||Level 9 - Gruelling|
|Types||Hanayama Metal Puzzles, Jin-Hoo Ahn|
|Dimensions||4.3cm x 3.3cm x 2.3cm / 1.7in x 1.3in x 0.9in|
Note: Our level rating system is different than Hanayama's. Hanayama's level 1 is equivalent to our level 5.... level 6 is equivalent to our level 10.
The design is evocative of a study padlock. Just pick it up and you’ll quickly gain an appreciation for the challenge that lies ahead - this puzzle will not open easily!
The interior is comprised of two elliptical pieces, locked together tightly around the circular pieces and obstinately refusing to be released. But don’t give up! Repeatedly separate and then put them back together and prove you have what it takes to unlock this riddle.
The theme is “obstinacy.”
Designed by Korean designer JinHoo Ahn.
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5 out of 5 stars
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If you like a puzzle with a complex solution, this one will leave you with a "Is that it?" feeling. If you want a moderate challenge with a quick and direct answer, this is probably the one for you. Has a nice weight, look, and feel. I think the difficulty rating should be at least one level lower, maybe two.
This puzzle is much trickier than it appears! It took me ~5 hours to get it apart, but I honestly had no idea how I did it. Putting it back together is incredibly easy and smooth, but even though I was able to solve it and put it back together fairly easily after that I really didn't understand the movements involved at all! I would keep getting stuck in a loop until the pieces mysteriously went to the next step. From there I had to open it 4-5 more times before I really understood what I needed to be doing to get the pieces where I wanted. Let me finish by saying this puzzle is amazing! The movements are so subtle and slick its very possible to solve it by chance as I did; but understanding how the puzzle truly works is another puzzle in and of itself!