|Object||Take apart and reassemble the metal pieces.|
|Difficulty||Level 10 - Mind Boggling|
|Types||Oskar van Deventer, Puzzle Master Metal Puzzles|
|Dimensions||2.75 in x 2.75 in x 0.125 in / 7 cm x 7 cm x 0.3 cm|
This intriguing interlocking metal puzzle consists of 5 rings that combine to make a flat trivet-style coaster. The easy part is taking them apart. Give it a shake and it falls apart in your hand. A quick inspection reveals that each of the rings is connected and also marked with a unique arrangement of grooves. The difficult part is to figure out how the 5 loops reassemble into the elegant braided presentation that you started with! Be warned that this is extremely difficult!!
This puzzle was designed by Oskar van Deventer and features a weave pattern invented by Bram Cohen. The wrapping-around concept is similar to Carl Hoff's award winning WOW5 puzzle. Finally, the idea to turn a puzzle ring into a coaster comes from Serhiy Grabarchuk's who created the Cast Coaster puzzle produced by Hanayama.
Materials - Brass Plated Metal
Part of the Puzzle Master Metal Collection.
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Tried solving it for 5 hours and still couldn’t, and I KNOW I will get angry issues with this puzzle
an addendum to my review of a moment ago: if my life depended on solving this puzzle, I would take a cell phone picture of the puzzle in its completed form, use different colored markers to highlight each of the 5 rings, start from the biggest/outer ring and progress inward, backtracking as necessary to get the following rings in a position to progress into place.
I agree with the previous reviewer. This puzzle is frustrating to put back into its interlinked coaster form. I do not expect to solve it by any sort of logical process, likely never at all. Taking a hidden prod from the previous reviewer, I have adopted some sort of Zen attitude (my apologies to any real Zen masters), just playing with the disassembled rings in a distracted but conscious way, with a detached expectation that over time it will bring itself into solution. Very meditative!
This is an act in futility. The puzzle isn't hard to understand, the logic isn't what makes it "challenging" it's just a jumbled mess that is frustrating to maneuver and is essentially just pure trial and error. The welds are also janky, and came apart while simply maneuvering the rings. For $20 I guess it's alright, but don't expect to enjoy this puzzle, it is just annoying.