IPP32WDC - Ken Irvine
I've had the pleasure of trying a number of Ken's new 4x4x4 interlocking cube designs, and have had a great time with those! Hopefully he'll submit one of those next year.
J Loops - Camille Xu
Just One More - Tom Lock
Little Game Hunter - Robert Yarger
previously written about this puzzle box, since I purchased it last year. It is a cute puzzle, with the second move being a pretty good challenge to find. Once you get going, it isn't too bad, but keep good track of the pieces when things start to come apart!
In the competition room, I had a good time going over to put this one back together whenever a frustrated puzzler left it half-apart. At least I got plenty of practice! The sequence to put it back together is pretty tricky, even if you have the pieces in the correct place. You need to put things back in the right order too!
Little Window - Tom Jolly
Lock Device - Hiroshi Yamamoto
This one was fairly difficult, since there are so many ways to arrange the five pieces, but gradually you start to figure out how they fit relative to one another. An interesting challenge!
Lucy - Kelly Snache
Fellow blogger, Neil Hutchison, set himself to the task of taking this one apart during one of the last nights at IPP, and eventually managed to solve it. The insides looked quite complicated, with bits shifting around and whatnot. I'm not a big fan of these puzzles with intricate hidden locks.
Match the Eight Cubes - Gregory Benedetti
It seemed pretty easy to start linking the pieces together in a way that formed a cube, and I started to figure out the different ways they could go together. I was getting close, but that last piece would need a whole lot more than a little flex to fit in, so I took a different approach. That ended up working, and resulted in an interesting little assembly.
The Matrix - Pantazis Houlis
It was a neat idea for a puzzle, but I found it quite annoying that you couldn't see which ball was in which tube, particularly since it is possible to accidentally get two balls in the same tube. To really solve this one properly, you'd be best off diagramming the different possible permutations on paper, which would allow you to work out the way to the correct solution. I didn't have the time to do that, unfortunately, but it probably would have been fun!
Mechanical Rings - Yuta Akira
Cast Coil. Despite only being two pieces, it is a good challenge getting them apart and putting them back together. I think it took me about 5-10 minutes, but it could definitely take longer if you're not accustomed to this type of puzzle. I'd say it would be a perfect one for Hanayama, but I'm afraid it is too similar to Cast Coil for them to produce it.
Well that's all for today! Hope you're enjoying it! Stay tuned for Part 5 tomorrow!