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Rubik's Rainbow
Special prismatic paper ( a metallised paper/film that displays a three-dimentional effect when exposed to light ) is used for the color squares on each cube face .   The top viewed here is the actual effect ;   the sides look different only because of the angle of the camera shot and lighting .

The next four Tavern puzzles are from  Tucker-Jones House , Inc. out of East Setauket, NY . . . given to me as a gift set for Christmas .   All are very difficult !

Self Restraint
This one is the same as your Horseshoe puzzle .

Wise Guy
Almost the same as the Self Restraint puzzle above, except for the pivoting Triad horseshoe rings that connect the two triangle handles .   There is a tricky 'shift-to-the-side' move that has to take place first .


Long Island Catch
An added level of difficulty is presented by the placement of the chain .   There has to be a constantly correct orientation of the chain at all times, or else a false sequence of moves is unnecessarily blended into the solution .

One of several in the MindBenders' series -- one of two in a package given to me by a fellow worker at my place of employment .

HollowBox Burr
The second in the MindBenders' series -- as a duo-combo package -- given to me by a fellow worker, Peter, at my place of employment .

Orbik . . . . . Given by a fellow collector, Patti Smith

A fairly rare puzzle (some estimates put the number at around 200).
The Orbik was invented by Shih-Hung Juang, and has patent US 4,752,074 filed 25 September 1986, granted 21 June 1988 (also European patent EP 262,251).
Introduced to the puzzle community by the late Edward Hordern
at IPP 1992 as an exchange gift.

A clockwise twist of the front face changes the 3 colours at the marked windows
(at 12, 3, 7 o'clock).
Anti-clockwise twists change nothing, except reposition the marked windows for the next move .

You can view a solution to this puzzle on  Jaap's Puzzle Page

Icosahedron 92 . . . . . 43 pcs
level 4 difficulty rating (rating: 1 - 5)

A very beautiful gift from my good friend in the Czech Republic,  Vaclac Obsivac

                                                                       . . . . . a partial look inside >>>

It's hard to realize and appreciate the craftsmanship that is incorporated into such an item as this until you see it close up .

Rob's Pyraminx

Received this from my collector friend Rob Stegmann .

Thanks Rob !    Greatly appreciated .

According to the fine folks at Shapeways, "Rob's Pyraminx was suggested at Rob Stegmann's puzzle  website.    . . . (according to Rob, "The illustration below is my attempt to provide a fun "map" of the Twisty Polyhedra puzzle landscape" )  When analyzing all twisty puzzles with a tetrahedral geometry, Rob found an edge-less pyraminx design that has not yet been implemented. Here it is. It has a Skewb* mechanism inside, so the puzzle is a shape mod* of the Skewb*."

This puzzle is now mass-produced as 'Pyraminx Duo' by Mefferts.

* SKEWB : The Skewb is a combination puzzle and a mechanical puzzle in the style of Rubik's Cube. It was invented by Tony Durham and marketed by Uwe Mèffert. Although it is cubical in shape, it differs from Rubik's construction in that its axes of rotation pass through the corners of the cube rather than the centres of the faces. There are four such axes, one for each space diagonal of the cube. As a result, it is a deep-cut puzzle in which each twist affects all six faces.

* SHAPE MOD : Non-doctrinaire puzzle which can be shape modded to a doctrinaire * puzzle. The Fisher Cube is a shape mod, as is the Mixup Cube.

* DOCTRINAIRE : A puzzle where if you were to remove all the coloration, then every single position would look exactly the same. The Rubik's Cube is a doctrinaire puzzle, as is the Skewb and Megaminx

4 U Tray Puzzle . . . origami version of a wooden puzzle by Khofuh Satoh

Designer: Francesco Mancini . . . Fold #13

A very nice Christmas present from my 11-year-old nephew, Travis -- a local award winner for his amazing paper-folding techniques -- who has his own  website displaying many of his origami creations. There are 2 short videos there also one can view showing the action of the items being shown.

His acclaim was acknowledged in an Origami competition in New York City winning several awards.

The OBJECT is to place all four pieces -- flat -- within the tray. Try it.

The schematic at right shows the width of the tray as five units on all sides.
The length of each piece is four units. The width is two units.
As you can see, if you try to align the legs of three pieces -- side by side -- the total length would end up as six units . . . much too large to set within the tray.

If you've given it a good try, and you still have no success, then you may delve into sneaking a peak into the  solution

inside backside Non-Convex Bi-Half-Hexes wooden BOOK
<<< inside trays . . . . .
. . . from my good collector friend from Connecticut,
 Rob Stegmann . . . Thanks Rob !

                           . . . . . BOOK's backside >>>

For more info about this unique puzzle, click on the above link (Rob Stegmann) and scroll down to the September section.

closed BOOK of wood dovetailed front edge <<< The closed BOOK as seen from the front.

One has to push the top half backwards towards the binder until the dovetail separates >>>

binder is laser cut 7 pieces <<< The binder is laser cut to an ultimate precision

                                                                                                                                                  Seven pieces >>>

C & U wire puzzle

. . . A very nice 'hefty' gift from my good friend -- and Connecticut's only seriously avid puzzle collector --
 Rob Stegmann  .

Thanks Rob.

Here is what I call a simply, tricky puzzle :  simple, once you know how it works. But tricky in its simplicity.
The 'key' maneuver is hidden in plain sight.

The wire is a whopping 1/4" thick. Set flat on a table surface (free of tension), it measures 5 + 7/8" long. Under tension, you could pull it another 3/8" (for a total of 6 + 1/4" in length)

For all of you who get easily frustrated, you can view the solution  here