Notes from Puzzle Palace

Friday, December 30, 2011

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me
Six Stars-a-shining

Five Puzzle Rings
Four Revo Mazes
Three Diamond Puzzles
Two Crystal Dolphins
And a Santa on a tree.

A tree is not a tree unless it has an angel on the top. But in this day and age, even a blog with signs of religion in it would be bashed so a star will have to do...But then I could argue that there was a star guiding a certain my house on Christmas Eve.  And that is why he sits on the bottom of the tree :-)

In this photo there are three Crystal puzzles and three 3^3 stars.  The yellow and blue crystal puzzles are once again made by Beverley and the other four are made once again by Yong Jin.  You see, that copy company can make puzzles that are different, innovative, all their own.  They just choose not to. Lazy people that they are.  I guess it is easier to make a mold from a mold.  But that doesn't explain the smaller sized puzzles.  Well, easy enough to do.  There is this machine that takes a 3D photo of something.  After that, it turns it into computer language and the operator simply inputs a number and a new size is born.  OK, maybe not that easy, but essentially that's it.

Back to YJ.  They made these stars.  Earlier they made a set of hearts that were released for Valentines day.  That same heart was later copied by Dian Sheng.  Do we see a pattern here?

Bram's puzzle rings from yesterday.  Wow!  They are not the easiest of puzzles to solve that's for sure.  I now have 3 of them and one of these years I'll get around to grabbing up the others.  I have sixth sense, weave five, and Take five. They don't solve at all in the same way a traditional puzzle ring does.  Bram talks a bit about it here.  And no, I still haven't taken it apart fully!

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