post about Danlock, I traveled to Costa Rica for spring break, which was a lot of fun. I actually have a travel blog here (March 2009), so check out that if you're interested, but I'll skip straight to the good bits: I encountered a street vendor in the town of Puntarenas selling a variety of wire puzzles that he had made!
Needless to say, I was quite excited: I was abroad and going through puzzle withdrawal (I think I had solved Danlock by this point). I walked over, and saw that he was showing the classic ring-and-spring puzzle to curious onlookers. He would demonstrate how he could easily remove the ring from the spring, then he would hand it to an onlooker who couldn't do it.
I guess I should mention now that he only spoke Spanish, and I speak very little Spanish, but I could get the gist of what he was saying. Fortunately the word difficult sounds the same in Spanish. Hooray for cognates!
Rat Race. I couldn't quite make out what he was saying, but it had something to do with a labyrinth and the fact that this was a difficult puzzle. Enough said! I'll take it! I think I paid him something like $1 for both of the puzzles: in hindsight I should have bought a bunch, since this was a great deal. Oh well, next time!
The second puzzle I played around with for a bit, but didn't have much luck with. I set that one aside and worked on it again on the bus ride back to the capital city, San Jose. Fortunately, the bus ride was quite long, I think about four hours. I worked on damn puzzle nonstop for about an hour and a half before I finally figured it out. This one is tricky, but quite enjoyable!
Tomorrow, another ridiculously hard Hanayama that took me forever to solve.
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