renegade puzzler, Peter Wiltshire, found The Stanley Puzzle in Hoffman's Puzzles Old And New, a book published in 1893 that catalogues most of the puzzles available in the 1890's in London. Peter made himself a copy, which he brought to IPP29, and at the urging of a few interested collectors, decided to make a few more. In all, he made 7, one of which I purchased from him on PuzzleParadise.
Sir Henry Morton Stanley, known for his exploration of Africa. He also supposedly uttered the famous phrase "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" during an expedition aimed at finding the Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone.
Peter's version of The Stanley Puzzle is made out of aluminum using a jigsaw and a file. It has been polished to a good shine and looks quite nice!
Upon receiving the puzzle, I started working on it right away. The purpose, of course, is to remove the ring. At first, it appears impossible, since both of the flat pieces are too large. With a bit of fiddling, I was able to figure it out without too much difficulty.
I brought it over to a friend's house yesterday, curious to see how difficult they would find it, and both of the folks who tried it were able to solve it without much trouble.
I think the only downside is that the solution is a bit simple for my taste, but I still found it enjoyable. This will be a good one to show to people who get frustrated easily, since it isn't too tough. Overall, a nice little puzzle!
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