tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-26855517433494111272021-01-16T07:00:04.192-05:00Ecorider I started this blog in 2010 to make an accounting of my collecting and puzzling travels. Since 2017 that collection has more than doubled and the travels have subsided. I am joined by my husband and puzzle prototyper George Miller. We shall endeavor to entertain the random reader with highlights from Puzzle Palace. Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.comBlogger355125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-58508930812348267872021-01-16T07:00:00.000-05:002021-01-16T07:00:04.099-05:00Heptagonal Star<p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><br /></p><div style="text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C8g2hzMZxpk/X_gsRjjV1BI/AAAAAAAAb6c/VaOQRLCSMPYTKnq7Ew4LmQ_dZPsEASgPACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/George.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1360" height="157" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C8g2hzMZxpk/X_gsRjjV1BI/AAAAAAAAb6c/VaOQRLCSMPYTKnq7Ew4LmQ_dZPsEASgPACLcBGAsYHQ/w104-h157/George.jpg" width="104" /></a></div><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-size: large;">This article was published in CFF #113. &nbsp;We've attached it here with the Burr Tools files accessible to anyone. &nbsp;Please enjoy the read. &nbsp;<br /></span></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div style="font-weight: bold; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><p></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: medium;">Solving Heptagonal Star Using BurrTools</span></b></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: center;"><i><span style="font-size: medium;">by George Miller, Aug. 2020</span></i></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-size: 11px; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; min-height: 12px;"><strike><br /></strike></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">Heptagonal Star was exchanged at IPP-18 in Tokyo by Yoshiyuki Kotani.&nbsp; I was able to purchase a copy recently and it arrived as 7 flat pieces.&nbsp; I wanted to display it as part of my IPP exchange puzzles collection, but did not know the exchange year, the designer or even the shape it was supposed to take.&nbsp; By looking through the IPP-18 book I discovered the designer and the date of the exchange.&nbsp; Sadly, Kotani san’s page neglected a solution or even a picture of the puzzle.&nbsp; I was able to deduce the final structure of the assembled puzzle by its name, Heptagonal Star.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7o5yzwyi9EU/X3H1B4ju6xI/AAAAAAAAbZ0/EQO-ANJfe5c3bM5JdXfCCi3B-orBA51ugCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/photo.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7o5yzwyi9EU/X3H1B4ju6xI/AAAAAAAAbZ0/EQO-ANJfe5c3bM5JdXfCCi3B-orBA51ugCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/photo.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9zi-LXx-BDQ/X3H1PfjbtiI/AAAAAAAAbaI/NZkzD2G11Mki0bKjD6pc7TY5QfEFx_xiQCLcBGAsYHQ/image.jpeg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" data-original-height="320" data-original-width="320" height="240" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9zi-LXx-BDQ/X3H1PfjbtiI/AAAAAAAAbaI/NZkzD2G11Mki0bKjD6pc7TY5QfEFx_xiQCLcBGAsYHQ/image.jpeg" width="240" /></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j1AI1l39Xe8/X3H1ky9XnaI/AAAAAAAAbao/amy-QntDrhECluChlMLMsTOVo3HYXgCZACLcBGAsYHQ/image.jpeg" style="clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img alt="" data-original-height="133" data-original-width="320" height="75" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-j1AI1l39Xe8/X3H1ky9XnaI/AAAAAAAAbao/amy-QntDrhECluChlMLMsTOVo3HYXgCZACLcBGAsYHQ/w181-h75/image.jpeg" width="181" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: center;">I quickly managed to piece together 6 of the 7 pieces, alas, the 7th piece stubbornly remained allows for man-insertable.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: center;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: center;">I decided to move on to the other puzzles that had come in the mail, but, decided to “cheat” by programming the solution using BurrTools.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: center;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: center;">After all, this is an interlocking combinatorial puzzle.</span></div><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; min-height: 12px;"><br /></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: left;">BurrTools allows for many different grids, but certainly not one with seven fold rotational symmetry.&nbsp; I tried to simplify the programming effort by imagining this puzzle as a ring that has been cut vertically and spread out flat.&nbsp; Each piece could be rendered rectangular by cutting the top and bottom of each hexagon.&nbsp; Each piece had blockage at the top and/or the bottom in four places.&nbsp; I chose a 5x3 rectangle to represent each piece. The first two blockages of each piece are represented by voxels in the first two columns.&nbsp; The last two blockages are represented by voxels in columns 4 and 5.&nbsp; The middle column is left empty as part of the weaving.</p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; min-height: 12px; text-align: left;"><br /></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: left;">The resulting shape will be a flat 14x3 rectangle assuming I could connect the end of the rectangle with the beginning.&nbsp; But, Burrtools has no such notion so I had to “fake” it by adding 3 variable voxels on both ends of the rectangle as such:</p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; text-align: left;"><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bw_niOYC19A/X3H1g92dx-I/AAAAAAAAbac/SJfROeveQCUNDsUkyQJa0jKIiUt137OAACLcBGAsYHQ/s951/solution.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Bw_niOYC19A/X3H1g92dx-I/AAAAAAAAbac/SJfROeveQCUNDsUkyQJa0jKIiUt137OAACLcBGAsYHQ/s951/solution.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></a><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-347jsdN3QZQ/X3H3_dQi9JI/AAAAAAAAbbA/2eKvy9qcUlUEaChaZDkQu3rIzFLDeVyxACLcBGAsYHQ/image.jpeg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><br /></a></div><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cEyvTpfRIPI/X3H1gxXh94I/AAAAAAAAbak/Wlj9nlgmHDkZOPyabMItDfZTPpdtPd4DgCLcBGAsYHQ/s936/pieces.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="652" data-original-width="936" height="363" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cEyvTpfRIPI/X3H1gxXh94I/AAAAAAAAbak/Wlj9nlgmHDkZOPyabMItDfZTPpdtPd4DgCLcBGAsYHQ/w521-h363/pieces.jpg" width="521" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">I know this will produce too many “solutions”, but I can go through the results by hand and pick out the real ones.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">BurrTools gave 13 “solutions”.</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">I picked this one as the best one to try:</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; text-align: left;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><div><br /></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nRTFiwCm_rg/X3H4B4ppb7I/AAAAAAAAbbE/miq8AhA1144jGktojYYLQmE4l_6tMmyBACLcBGAsYHQ/image.jpeg" style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img alt="" data-original-height="129" data-original-width="320" height="252" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nRTFiwCm_rg/X3H4B4ppb7I/AAAAAAAAbbE/miq8AhA1144jGktojYYLQmE4l_6tMmyBACLcBGAsYHQ/w624-h252/image.jpeg" width="624" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">As you can envision,&nbsp; the rectangle can be bent in a ring with the blue end fitting neatly under the yellow end.&nbsp; Both the blue piece and the yellow piece have their blockages on just one side and thus could be dropped in as the last piece.&nbsp; I started with the blue end and moved towards the yellow end by putting the blue into the red piece, the two green pieces together before putting the pair on top of the red and blue pair next the cyan and then the pink before dropping in the final yellow piece.</p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; min-height: 12px;"><br /></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">Realize that BurrTools is an advanced programming language which is “coded” in BurrGui, a graphical interface.&nbsp; BurrTools solves the problem.&nbsp; BurrGui describes the problem. The trick to coding this program lies in transforming the physical puzzle into the BurrGui language.&nbsp; The language allows for disjoint pieces and variable voxels which used wisely can transform most any combinatorial problem into a BurrGui program which can be solved the companion BurrTools engine.</p><div><br /></div><div><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;;">Below is the .xmpuzzle file.&nbsp; This is a text file.&nbsp; BurrTools can read both the text version or the binary version.&nbsp; To get a text version, I opened the .xmpuzzle file in the BBedit application.&nbsp; After loading it into BurrTools, go to the START tab and press the START button.&nbsp; You should see 13 </span><span style="font-family: helvetica;">solutions</span><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue;">.&nbsp; Move to the 10th to see the above mentioned solution.</span></p><p style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px; min-height: 12px;"><br /></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&lt;puzzle version="2"&gt;&lt;gridType type="0"/&gt;&lt;colors/&gt;&lt;shapes&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="17" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;+++###########++++++###########++++++###########+++&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;#_____#__#_#_##&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;#__###__#__#___&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;_#_##___###____&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;##_###__#______&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;##_#_##_##____#&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;##_##_#________&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;voxel x="5" y="3" z="1" type="0"&gt;_#_#_#____#___#&lt;/voxel&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&lt;/shapes&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&lt;problems&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &lt;problem state="2" assemblies="13" solutions="13" time="0"&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &lt;shapes&gt;&lt;shape id="1" count="1"/&gt;&lt;shape id="2" count="1"/&gt;&lt;shape id="3" count="1"/&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &lt;shape id="4" count="1"/&gt;&lt;shape id="5" count="1"/&gt;&lt;shape id="6" count="1"/&gt;&lt;shape id="7" count="1"/&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &lt;/shapes&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &lt;result id="0"/&gt;&lt;bitmap/&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &lt;/problem&gt;</span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: courier;">&nbsp;&lt;/problem</span><span style="font-family: Courier;">s&gt;</span></p><p style="font-family: Courier; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;">&lt;/puzzle&gt;</p><p style="font-family: Courier; font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span face="-webkit-standard"><br /></span></p><p style="font-stretch: normal; line-height: normal; margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: arial;">Since you are viewing this article online you can download the Heptagon Star.xmpuzzle file directly by <a href="https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1cAUdsX67xPCCN1KSsGOEXC9ufKETDSYX" target="_blank">clicking here</a>.</span></p></div></div></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-76169689624839667982021-01-09T07:00:00.001-05:002021-01-09T07:00:02.484-05:00A year in the life of a puzzler. Looking back on 2020<p>&nbsp;2020 has been a bittersweet year. &nbsp;</p><p>In January our IPP puzzles finally arrived and we had Nick Baxter over for an afternoon and a dinner. &nbsp;Little did we know this would be the last of the world as we know it. &nbsp;Our daughter was sicker than she has ever been but we forced her to continue to attend classes. &nbsp;Thankfully she was at university and we didn't get sick. I ordered our tickets to IPP and began looking forward to a year of travel and puzzling.&nbsp;</p><p>In February the world started to slowly learn about COVID-19. &nbsp;Our president said it was under control and would not effect us here in the USA. It was a China problem. &nbsp;We were making plans for yet another three month cruise. &nbsp;George's workshop was finished and the cleaning and organizing was to begin.</p><p>March saw increased concern over this virus. &nbsp;People around the country started hoarding of all things TOILET PAPER. &nbsp;What is happening! &nbsp;Our golf course closed and we decided to throw ourselves full tilt into fixing up Puzzle Palace. &nbsp;George kitted out his workshop and I began working on cataloguing our collection. &nbsp;We had plans for the first Boca Bash, but sadly it was cancelled due to Covid. &nbsp;</p><p>The summer saw us continue with our work on the garage and the house. &nbsp;I discovered a new 'room' in one of our attics and decided that I didn't want any more bare floor joists showing at all in any the attics. &nbsp;George put down plywood flooring in two of them and I hired contractors to make the newly discovered area into a room. &nbsp;We later had this painted and carpeted so George could have a new 3D printer room and storage area.&nbsp;</p><p>Golf opened up again with tee-times. &nbsp;Something we have never had before. &nbsp;We met our dear friends the Bookatz's and have been playing together ever since. &nbsp;</p><p>The kid was sent home from uni in late spring because of COVID-19 and began photographing our puzzle collection.</p><p>Then disaster struck. &nbsp;IPP was cancelled! &nbsp;Our main puzzle party of the year was not to happen. &nbsp;We along with many other puzzlers around the world were devastated. &nbsp;The organizing committee put together a few zoom meetings at odd hours of the day for those of us in the west. &nbsp;I think we were still asleep for the first one. &nbsp;The Midlands group put together a number of zoom parties and staggered them into three 2 hour sessions so as many people as possible could participate.&nbsp;</p><p>By the end of September the bridge to link George's new workshop and the garage attic was completed. &nbsp;I began populating the bridge with puzzle games. &nbsp;After a talk with Rob Stegmann, I devised a way to display paper puzzles. &nbsp;Our crystal puzzle collection is almost complete and almost completely assembled. &nbsp;George's workshop is finished and is being used. &nbsp;We have built at least 2 years worth of IPP exchanges and have ideas for another two or three. &nbsp;</p><p>I managed in October to get George to blog with me. &nbsp;He's posted a few times and will in future load his CFF articles that need burrtools files. &nbsp;Dutch Cube day was cancelled as was our circumnavigation of Africa. &nbsp;Another puzzle party bites the dust.&nbsp;</p><p>In November we voted! &nbsp;Thank heavens the tRump reign of terror is over. &nbsp;We continued to work on a variety of puzzles in the house. George got fixated on doing a puzzle analysis for Oskar and we finalized the design for our new driveway and ordered the pavers from Canada. &nbsp;Thanksgiving was a rather casual affair. &nbsp;We brought it down to Miami and had an outdoor picnic with the kid. &nbsp;Sadly, all too many in America did not stay at home, or follow social distancing protocols. &nbsp;The airlines saw an increase in travel again and the US saw another surge in the number of confirmed cases.</p><p>Early in December we picked up the kid from Uni and the poor thing has been stuck with old boring parents ever since. &nbsp;Although, I'm pretty sure it is us who is suffering more at this point. &nbsp;The driveway was dug up mid-month and the pavers came in. &nbsp;The good folks at Genesis Alliance Group and Balderez Construction worked full out to get it in a useable condition before the holiday. &nbsp;Carl Hoff came out for a rather short visit and left with a CNC machine.&nbsp;</p><p>George built me an Advent PuzzleTree and he was a lucky man. &nbsp; I gifted him 25 puzzles via the tree and a couple more on Christmas morning. &nbsp;He gave me the wonderful gift of 3D printer lessons just as soon as the kid goes back to Uni. &nbsp;</p><p>The year ended with my version of the 12 days of Christmas. &nbsp;I wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year. &nbsp;I hope 2021 is better for one and all. &nbsp;And as my dad always says upon hanging up the phone, "Stay away from the virus!"</p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-77001155650138030952021-01-06T07:00:00.630-05:002021-01-06T07:00:00.125-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. <p>&nbsp;On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me</p><p><b>12 Burr Puzzle Sets</b></p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here we have 12 burr sets. &nbsp;Starting left to right. &nbsp;The white box was made by George when he was in college. &nbsp;He found a book that listed a set of burrs and he set about making his own. &nbsp;This set is not pristine, there are many perfect imperfections in each of the pieces, but given that it is one of his first puzzles, it deserves a place of honor in our collection. &nbsp;He tells me the book was written by Anthony Filipiak but I couldn't find it in the book he has. &nbsp;Having said that, he's the one who built the puzzle, who am I to argue.*</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">In front of that piece is Boite 13 by Jean Claude Constantin. &nbsp;I got this set from <a href="https://www.puzzlemaster.ca/browse/inventors/constantin/6569-boite-13" target="_blank">PuzzleMaster.ca</a>. &nbsp;It is said to make 40 six-piece burr puzzles.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Next in the back row is the Chinese Cross made by Pentangle. &nbsp;This puzzle I won on auction earlier in the year. This set can make 314 puzzles.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">In front of this is a "Professor" burr set from the Yamanaka Kumiki Works Japan. George got this set as a Christmas gift when he was around 13. &nbsp;He promptly wrote to the company to tell then there were more solutions than listed on the box. &nbsp;He got no response.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Next to this is a burr set listed on Thingiverse. &nbsp;We have here the <a href="https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4387531" target="_blank">starter burr set</a> and the <a href="https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3370714" target="_blank">extensible burr set</a>. After seeing them on FaceBook, I pointed George in the right direction and he immediately printed a set. &nbsp;Too bad he didn't print the box...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">In front of this we have the Darryl's Dense Dozen designed by Darryl Adams, machined in Brass by<a href="https://graveraven.com" target="_blank"> Bryan Turner </a>and purchased through <a href="https://cubicdissection.com/collections/discontinued-work/products/ddd-burr-set-interlocking-puzzle" target="_blank">CubicDissection</a>. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The final two in the back row are the <a href="https://cubicdissection.com/collections/discontinued-work/products/penultimate-burr-box-set-cherry-ash-box" target="_blank">Pentultimate Burr</a> from Cubic Dissection and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/The-Sherlock-Limited-Edition-Puzzle/dp/B01GEM23X4/ref=sr_1_12?dchild=1&amp;keywords=sherlock+burr+puzzle+set&amp;qid=1609814895&amp;sr=8-12" target="_blank">Sherlock</a> from Marbles the brain store.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The next row holds the <a href="https://allardspuzzlingtimes.blogspot.com/2020/05/another-mini-masterpiece.html?fbclid=IwAR3R2CTxhOwtfJDUKrDcwXn7Qz1aad9HY0_2xvdDoz0iFNgCcibdz0yd7cA" target="_blank">Phoenix Family burr set</a>&nbsp;(Allard writes about it here) by Jack Krijnen&nbsp;and Rombol's <a href="https://www.rombol.de/denk-und-knobelspiele/kreuzknoten/schwierigkeitsstufe-3-8-von-12/151er-teufel-teufelsknoten-ohne-grenzen_6025_1347" target="_blank">151er Teufel</a>. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The final two are a <a href="https://ecorider.us/2012/10/a-box-of-burr-bits.html" target="_blank">Level-5 burr set</a> by Jack Krinjnen and a simple burr set we picked up when we visited <a href="https://www.dilemma-games.com" target="_blank">Dilemma</a> games in Cheng Mai Thailand.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This will not be the end of our burr collecting. &nbsp;My beautiful lover really likes burrs and he enjoys sets even more. &nbsp;I'm looking for a Jack Krinjnen copy of the Ultimate Burr set and would be over the moon if I could find a copy of Wayne Daniels 42 piece Interlocking set or Kamei's set of 52 pieces.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPVTBlUaKEQ/X_PJFgO74YI/AAAAAAAAb54/idbJjG7goMIr4uvQ-5Cgri_kZiHi8pUPQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2716/IMG_7572.heic" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1158" data-original-width="2716" height="272" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZPVTBlUaKEQ/X_PJFgO74YI/AAAAAAAAb54/idbJjG7goMIr4uvQ-5Cgri_kZiHi8pUPQCLcBGAsYHQ/w640-h272/IMG_7572.heic" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br />We hope you enjoyed this years version of the 12 Days of Christmas and had an enjoyable holiday season.<div>*I just found reference to <a href="https://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~storer/JimPuzzles/indexBOOK.html" target="_blank">this book</a>&nbsp;published in 1942. Looks like he really was right. &nbsp;<br /><p></p><p><b>11 Workshop Machines&nbsp;</b></p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gJ7rsTRtFAY/X_O3dPZ9qHI/AAAAAAAAb5s/zCmxHwM1xeANemkkOoO62lY0G9xF8Z0-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/George.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1360" height="123" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gJ7rsTRtFAY/X_O3dPZ9qHI/AAAAAAAAb5s/zCmxHwM1xeANemkkOoO62lY0G9xF8Z0-wCLcBGAsYHQ/w81-h123/George.jpg" width="81" /></a></div>Today’s Christmas post is brought to you by George. &nbsp;As many may know, we built an addition to our garage so that George could have a nice workshop. &nbsp;Today we bring you 11 of the many machines he has in there. &nbsp;I hope you enjoy his contribution to this year's song.<div><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span>&nbsp;<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8dWWIvizNu4/X_Oz_ln-ZaI/AAAAAAAAb4k/KDSNyBsLdYsol9FyKsE4CE6w-a9bx5SLACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7559.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8dWWIvizNu4/X_Oz_ln-ZaI/AAAAAAAAb4k/KDSNyBsLdYsol9FyKsE4CE6w-a9bx5SLACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7559.HEIC" width="320" /></a><p></p>The first up is the laser cutter. &nbsp;I got rid of my old Epilog and purchased a new Flux Beambox Pro. &nbsp;Unlike my old one, I can now use wifi to send projects to the cutter. &nbsp;I purchased this one after moving to Florida because it works with Macs and has a built in camera that allows me to see the work going on. &nbsp;It has a water cooled laser and is just more modern. &nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3qFdOXM1G8/X_Oz_oN0qFI/AAAAAAAAb4o/AlPDu7jg7DstTaauZUa0gPK0wY3u9W7AgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7560.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3qFdOXM1G8/X_Oz_oN0qFI/AAAAAAAAb4o/AlPDu7jg7DstTaauZUa0gPK0wY3u9W7AgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7560.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Again, out with the old, in with the new. &nbsp;I gave a way my 3 axis Roland Modela MDX500 and purchased a new Roland 4 axis Modela pro II MDX-540. &nbsp;This milling machine was too good to pass up. &nbsp;It has a full enclosure and all the additional bells and whistles. &nbsp;Add the fact that it only had 60 hours on it and this baby had my name written all over it.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2V3SQDqXt4/X_Oz_SuzCsI/AAAAAAAAb4g/FeUVut3JIX06pXZasvju4N_mhu-WSQcJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7561.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2V3SQDqXt4/X_Oz_SuzCsI/AAAAAAAAb4g/FeUVut3JIX06pXZasvju4N_mhu-WSQcJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7561.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This machine is a vacuum forming machine that I made in 1998. &nbsp;I purchased a kit and set to work. &nbsp;It has seen many projects and will see many more once Roxanne learns how to use it.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yt3FYNQWHBw/X_O0ADKbkdI/AAAAAAAAb4s/3hPqofDM4_U4cxK1ITuyeTg-iQyrbjG2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7562.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yt3FYNQWHBw/X_O0ADKbkdI/AAAAAAAAb4s/3hPqofDM4_U4cxK1ITuyeTg-iQyrbjG2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7562.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Up next we have a drill press. &nbsp;I have added a small XY vise to the base so that I can easily align the bits. &nbsp;Also added is a laser crosshair that spots the place on the work piece which will receive the drill bit.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2-leEI7iNE/X_O0AqxjxcI/AAAAAAAAb40/asFnuk15wSABJdQCJDU2Afz6jD0qt6YaACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7564.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2-leEI7iNE/X_O0AqxjxcI/AAAAAAAAb40/asFnuk15wSABJdQCJDU2Afz6jD0qt6YaACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7564.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This bandsaw was purchased at Harbor Freight. &nbsp;I left the old one in California and this was the perfect size for the bench top. &nbsp;It is a nice little machine for the price. &nbsp;We even used it to cut frozen pork ribs one day. &nbsp;DO NOT try that at home. It's an absolute mess to clean! (I had to take apart the entire machine).</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XSBdII6Xdg/X_O0Ao_gCCI/AAAAAAAAb4w/3cGgBG5KOMkZvPp2ItDZSphFH3bwK8XYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7565.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XSBdII6Xdg/X_O0Ao_gCCI/AAAAAAAAb4w/3cGgBG5KOMkZvPp2ItDZSphFH3bwK8XYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7565.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here we have a jigsaw also probably purchased at Harbor Freight. &nbsp;Again, the old one was left behind because it was broken. &nbsp;I really like the idea of having all of these machines on the bench top and this is no exception.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KjrtAvolWDU/X_O0AwUudHI/AAAAAAAAb44/iotDjVbAIVcQTwZd9dqbjLLOJ7nMiI-hgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7566.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KjrtAvolWDU/X_O0AwUudHI/AAAAAAAAb44/iotDjVbAIVcQTwZd9dqbjLLOJ7nMiI-hgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7566.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here we have a mini sander. &nbsp;I've had this one for years. &nbsp;It is super thin allowing me to sand small parts.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o97Xhogoeok/X_O0BPErcOI/AAAAAAAAb48/MvjvRGG6Aeo5t-2UbWkQpuPC16jJLa7KgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7567.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o97Xhogoeok/X_O0BPErcOI/AAAAAAAAb48/MvjvRGG6Aeo5t-2UbWkQpuPC16jJLa7KgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7567.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This belt sander is much larger than the previous one. As you can see, it also has a disk sander on the side. The attachment allows for different angles to be sanded.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IvNtgqKy2zs/X_O0BJeZy9I/AAAAAAAAb5A/KmJvrxTyg0sFIvNJ3swjRjHFfWA2Xy48gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7568.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IvNtgqKy2zs/X_O0BJeZy9I/AAAAAAAAb5A/KmJvrxTyg0sFIvNJ3swjRjHFfWA2Xy48gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7568.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Here we have my Saw Stop. &nbsp;There was no question of leaving this one behind. &nbsp;It takes up the majority of one garage, but is worth it in that since we have been here, it has saved my fingers once, and the fingers of a construction worker once as well. &nbsp;This has a rather large bench attached to it and a router as well. &nbsp;It's a very handy machine.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NNnN0Ir8f70/X_O0BUlAYjI/AAAAAAAAb5E/RbiJIB4FsX4Y3ut8yTbST_V69VDivmiQwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7569.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NNnN0Ir8f70/X_O0BUlAYjI/AAAAAAAAb5E/RbiJIB4FsX4Y3ut8yTbST_V69VDivmiQwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7569.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This little machine is a Hegner MK4. &nbsp;This is a German machine that was discontinued in 2010. &nbsp;They are difficult to find now. &nbsp;It was originally advertised as a toy makers saw. &nbsp;This seems to fit with what I do. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95Tp7OulvEo/X_O0BhKVcPI/AAAAAAAAb5I/b6JlXwJrRaorTEYCtYWZAYFVIa2qZBuMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7570.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95Tp7OulvEo/X_O0BhKVcPI/AAAAAAAAb5I/b6JlXwJrRaorTEYCtYWZAYFVIa2qZBuMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7570.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This final machine is a DeWalt planer. It is used to flatten wood. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of the machines I have in my workshop. &nbsp;</div><p><b>10 Spanish Anvils</b></p><p>You knew we couldn't get through this without a Berrocal reference. &nbsp;Puzzle Palace has one of the largest Berrocal collections to be found. &nbsp;I know there are some who scoff at the quality and durability of the pieces, but to me they are just beautiful. &nbsp;I remember &nbsp;an art exhibition in HK called "Naked Art". &nbsp;We had to take off all jewelry and be blindfolded. Upon entering a room, we were encouraged to touch the art on display. &nbsp;I loved the sensation and perhaps that is why I love the Berrocals. &nbsp;They just feel nice. &nbsp;</p><p>This set is called Desperta Ferro (Opus 240-249). They were made between 1979 and 1982. &nbsp;Each piece has been built around an anvil and has a number of different pieces. &nbsp;Our set is quite unique in that each one has the same serial number: 41/200. Having had many conversations with the members of the Berrocal foundation, I've come to realize that these are much more unique than I expected. While it says this was a run of 200 it may not have necessarily been so. &nbsp;Usually when I see these pieces come up for auction it is one piece at a time. &nbsp;I have never seen a full set for sale. &nbsp;</p><p>These were made as part of his multiples that were produced. The original sculptures were a set of 20 - ten were the Desperta Ferro and ten were the&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Almogávares. &nbsp;The latter are a rather large set of torsos that can often be found on display in different museums around the world. &nbsp;These were</span></span><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;inspired by the warriors sent to Constantinople by the King of Aragon between the 13th and 14th centuries. Each anvil has the name of a member of these warriors. &nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;If I understand correctly, the original Desperta Ferro were made of wooden pieces shaped around the anvils and are no longer in&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">existence. Later the Desperato Ferro series were made into the smaller brass versions you see here.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;">Pictured below are our set. &nbsp;As you can see, only one is polished. &nbsp;We have chosen (for now) to leave the rest with their natural patina. Each piece is rather heavy as they are built around an actual anvil. I'd guess they come in between 10 and 15 pounds. &nbsp;Should you ever visit PuzzlePalace, the pieces are available for disassembly as are all the other Berrocal's in our collection. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3739/IMG_7550.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="758" data-original-width="3739" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7550.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3553/IMG_7551.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="885" data-original-width="3553" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7551.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">An even better idea would be to visit the <a href="http://www.berrocal.net/index_eng.html" target="_blank">Berrocal Foundation</a> where you can learn a great deal about the sculptor himself. &nbsp;We had the pleasure of visiting in <a href="https://ecorider.us/2019/11/day-1-part-1-of-berrocal-foundation.html" target="_blank">November of 2019</a>. &nbsp;Click the link to go back in time for a few blog posts about this trip. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">Almogávares were on display in 2020 at a museum in Malaga and a nice write up of the exibit can be found <a href="http://demuseospormalaga.com/almogavares-de-miguel-berrocal-guerreros-con-corazon-de-yunque/#" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;</span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div>Finally, on The Epiphany (6th of January) the Berrocal Foundation will be holding a zoom journey through the foundation. &nbsp;We participated in the last one and it was well worth the ten euro cover charge. &nbsp;Sign up <a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/103-a-journey-into-the-creative-process-through-the-amazing-disassembling-sculptures-of-berrocal" target="_blank">here</a> and tell them Roxanne sent you. I get no kickbacks. Just continued friendship. &nbsp;If you miss that date, click <a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/94-universo-creativo-berrocal-proximas-visitas-next-visits" target="_blank">this link</a> to see more upcoming dates.&nbsp;<br /></span><p></p><p><b>9 golfing clubs</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Pool? &nbsp;Who cares about pool? &nbsp;Golf is the way to go. &nbsp;I started playing to get into George's good graces (read pants) and have loved it ever since. &nbsp;We play at least 3 times a week. &nbsp;George more than that because he plays with the ancients twice weekly. &nbsp;These sticks? &nbsp;They are the main clubs my beautiful lover uses. &nbsp;me? &nbsp;Not so much on the woods I like the irons myself. &nbsp;I myself am a dæmon with the 4 iron! And heaven forbid you cross me while I've a driver in my hand. &nbsp;The last time someone did that, his bedroom door window was smashed. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7546.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7546.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Should you make a trip to PuzzlePalace, we've plenty of extra sets for your pleasure. &nbsp;Come for the puzzles, enjoy the food, stay for a round of golf. &nbsp;</div><p><b>8 pool table balls</b></p><p>Ok. So as it turns out, puzzles are not the only thing in our lives. &nbsp;We've a beautiful rainbow pool table in the billiards room and we have been known to shoot a game or two. &nbsp;Although, I must admit, My beautiful lover is much much better at the game than I am. Come on over and challenge him to a game or two. &nbsp;He'll love it. &nbsp;This table was shipped over from China and installed while we were on the container ship heading home. &nbsp;It's a 9 foot professional table. &nbsp;Much harder to play on than the ones we find in the local pool halls.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7521.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7521.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Of course, the 8 balls in the middle go with the table, but the other items you see here are all puzzles of sorts. &nbsp;I mean a magic 8 ball is a puzzle isn't it? &nbsp;How does it give such good answers?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The second row holds a 'world's smallest' 8 ball and a plastic burr picked up from a gumball machine.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">On the bottom are three old Binary Art's puzzles called Diamond Bob's Billiard Puzzles. &nbsp;All were made in 1998.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7522.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7522.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from <a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a> and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at <a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from <a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a> was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a> 1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available <a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w269-h400/IMG_7530.heic" width="269" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at <a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at <a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his <a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a> shop or on <a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's <a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a> shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by <a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his <a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a> page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-18614568962250987362021-01-05T07:00:00.001-05:002021-01-05T07:00:04.193-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Day 11.<p>&nbsp;<b>11 Workshop Machines&nbsp;</b></p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gJ7rsTRtFAY/X_O3dPZ9qHI/AAAAAAAAb5s/zCmxHwM1xeANemkkOoO62lY0G9xF8Z0-wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/George.jpg" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1360" height="123" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gJ7rsTRtFAY/X_O3dPZ9qHI/AAAAAAAAb5s/zCmxHwM1xeANemkkOoO62lY0G9xF8Z0-wCLcBGAsYHQ/w81-h123/George.jpg" width="81" /></a></div>Today’s Christmas post is brought to you by George. &nbsp;As many may know, we built an addition to our garage so that George could have a nice workshop. &nbsp;Today we bring you 11 of the many machines he has in there. &nbsp;I hope you enjoy his contribution to this year's song.<div><span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span>&nbsp;<a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8dWWIvizNu4/X_Oz_ln-ZaI/AAAAAAAAb4k/KDSNyBsLdYsol9FyKsE4CE6w-a9bx5SLACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7559.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8dWWIvizNu4/X_Oz_ln-ZaI/AAAAAAAAb4k/KDSNyBsLdYsol9FyKsE4CE6w-a9bx5SLACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7559.HEIC" width="320" /></a><p></p>The first up is the laser cutter. &nbsp;I got rid of my old Epilog and purchased a new Flux Beambox Pro. &nbsp;Unlike my old one, I can now use wifi to send projects to the cutter. &nbsp;I purchased this one after moving to Florida because it works with Macs and has a built in camera that allows me to see the work going on. &nbsp;It has a water cooled laser and is just more modern. &nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3qFdOXM1G8/X_Oz_oN0qFI/AAAAAAAAb4o/AlPDu7jg7DstTaauZUa0gPK0wY3u9W7AgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7560.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P3qFdOXM1G8/X_Oz_oN0qFI/AAAAAAAAb4o/AlPDu7jg7DstTaauZUa0gPK0wY3u9W7AgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7560.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Again, out with the old, in with the new. &nbsp;I gave a way my 3 axis Roland Modela MDX500 and purchased a new Roland 4 axis Modela pro II MDX-540. &nbsp;This milling machine was too good to pass up. &nbsp;It has a full enclosure and all the additional bells and whistles. &nbsp;Add the fact that it only had 60 hours on it and this baby had my name written all over it.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2V3SQDqXt4/X_Oz_SuzCsI/AAAAAAAAb4g/FeUVut3JIX06pXZasvju4N_mhu-WSQcJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7561.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v2V3SQDqXt4/X_Oz_SuzCsI/AAAAAAAAb4g/FeUVut3JIX06pXZasvju4N_mhu-WSQcJgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7561.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This machine is a vacuum forming machine that I made in 1998. &nbsp;I purchased a kit and set to work. &nbsp;It has seen many projects and will see many more once Roxanne learns how to use it. She's promised not to use it to make drawer dividers.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yt3FYNQWHBw/X_O0ADKbkdI/AAAAAAAAb4s/3hPqofDM4_U4cxK1ITuyeTg-iQyrbjG2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7562.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yt3FYNQWHBw/X_O0ADKbkdI/AAAAAAAAb4s/3hPqofDM4_U4cxK1ITuyeTg-iQyrbjG2gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7562.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Up next we have a drill press. &nbsp;I have added a small XY vise to the base so that I can easily align the bits. &nbsp;Also added is a laser crosshair that spots the place on the work piece which will receive the drill bit.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2-leEI7iNE/X_O0AqxjxcI/AAAAAAAAb40/asFnuk15wSABJdQCJDU2Afz6jD0qt6YaACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7564.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g2-leEI7iNE/X_O0AqxjxcI/AAAAAAAAb40/asFnuk15wSABJdQCJDU2Afz6jD0qt6YaACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7564.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This bandsaw was purchased at Harbor Freight. &nbsp;I left the old one in California and this was the perfect size for the bench top. &nbsp;It is a nice little machine for the price. &nbsp;We even used it to cut frozen pork ribs one day. &nbsp;DO NOT try that at home. It's an absolute mess to clean! (I had to take apart the entire machine).</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XSBdII6Xdg/X_O0Ao_gCCI/AAAAAAAAb4w/3cGgBG5KOMkZvPp2ItDZSphFH3bwK8XYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7565.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7XSBdII6Xdg/X_O0Ao_gCCI/AAAAAAAAb4w/3cGgBG5KOMkZvPp2ItDZSphFH3bwK8XYQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7565.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Here we have a jigsaw also probably purchased at Harbor Freight. &nbsp;Again, the old one was left behind because it was broken. &nbsp;I really like the idea of having all of these machines on the bench top and this is no exception.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KjrtAvolWDU/X_O0AwUudHI/AAAAAAAAb44/iotDjVbAIVcQTwZd9dqbjLLOJ7nMiI-hgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7566.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KjrtAvolWDU/X_O0AwUudHI/AAAAAAAAb44/iotDjVbAIVcQTwZd9dqbjLLOJ7nMiI-hgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7566.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Here we have a mini sander. &nbsp;I've had this one for years. &nbsp;It is super thin allowing me to sand small parts.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o97Xhogoeok/X_O0BPErcOI/AAAAAAAAb48/MvjvRGG6Aeo5t-2UbWkQpuPC16jJLa7KgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7567.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-o97Xhogoeok/X_O0BPErcOI/AAAAAAAAb48/MvjvRGG6Aeo5t-2UbWkQpuPC16jJLa7KgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7567.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This belt sander is much larger than the previous one. As you can see, it also has a disk sander on the side. The attachment allows for different angles to be sanded.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IvNtgqKy2zs/X_O0BJeZy9I/AAAAAAAAb5A/KmJvrxTyg0sFIvNJ3swjRjHFfWA2Xy48gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7568.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IvNtgqKy2zs/X_O0BJeZy9I/AAAAAAAAb5A/KmJvrxTyg0sFIvNJ3swjRjHFfWA2Xy48gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7568.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Here we have my Saw Stop. &nbsp;There was no question of leaving this one behind. &nbsp;It takes up the majority of one garage, but is worth it in that since we have been here, it has saved my fingers once, and the fingers of a construction worker once as well. &nbsp;This has a rather large bench attached to it and a router as well. &nbsp;It's a very handy machine.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NNnN0Ir8f70/X_O0BUlAYjI/AAAAAAAAb5E/RbiJIB4FsX4Y3ut8yTbST_V69VDivmiQwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7569.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NNnN0Ir8f70/X_O0BUlAYjI/AAAAAAAAb5E/RbiJIB4FsX4Y3ut8yTbST_V69VDivmiQwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7569.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This little machine is a Hegner MK4. &nbsp;This is a German machine that was discontinued in 2010. &nbsp;They are difficult to find now. &nbsp;It was originally advertised as a toy makers saw. &nbsp;This seems to fit with what I do. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95Tp7OulvEo/X_O0BhKVcPI/AAAAAAAAb5I/b6JlXwJrRaorTEYCtYWZAYFVIa2qZBuMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7570.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95Tp7OulvEo/X_O0BhKVcPI/AAAAAAAAb5I/b6JlXwJrRaorTEYCtYWZAYFVIa2qZBuMQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7570.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">This final machine is a DeWalt planer. It is used to flatten wood. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I hope you enjoyed reading about a few of the machines I have in my workshop. &nbsp;</div><p><b>10 Spanish Anvils</b></p><p>You knew we couldn't get through this without a Berrocal reference. &nbsp;Puzzle Palace has one of the largest Berrocal collections to be found. &nbsp;I know there are some who scoff at the quality and durability of the pieces, but to me they are just beautiful. &nbsp;I remember &nbsp;an art exhibition in HK called "Naked Art". &nbsp;We had to take off all jewelry and be blindfolded. Upon entering a room, we were encouraged to touch the art on display. &nbsp;I loved the sensation and perhaps that is why I love the Berrocals. &nbsp;They just feel nice. &nbsp;</p><p>This set is called Desperta Ferro (Opus 240-249). They were made between 1979 and 1982. &nbsp;Each piece has been built around an anvil and has a number of different pieces. &nbsp;Our set is quite unique in that each one has the same serial number: 41/200. Having had many conversations with the members of the Berrocal foundation, I've come to realize that these are much more unique than I expected. While it says this was a run of 200 it may not have necessarily been so. &nbsp;Usually when I see these pieces come up for auction it is one piece at a time. &nbsp;I have never seen a full set for sale. &nbsp;</p><p>These were made as part of his multiples that were produced. The original sculptures were a set of 20 - ten were the Desperta Ferro and ten were the&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Almogávares. &nbsp;The latter are a rather large set of torsos that can often be found on display in different museums around the world. &nbsp;These were</span></span><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;inspired by the warriors sent to Constantinople by the King of Aragon between the 13th and 14th centuries. Each anvil has the name of a member of these warriors. &nbsp;</span></span><span style="background-color: white;">&nbsp;If I understand correctly, the original Desperta Ferro were made of wooden pieces shaped around the anvils and are no longer in&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">existence. Later the Desperato Ferro series were made into the smaller brass versions you see here.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;">Pictured below are our set. &nbsp;As you can see, only one is polished. &nbsp;We have chosen (for now) to leave the rest with their natural patina. Each piece is rather heavy as they are built around an actual anvil. I'd guess they come in between 10 and 15 pounds. &nbsp;Should you ever visit PuzzlePalace, the pieces are available for disassembly as are all the other Berrocal's in our collection. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3739/IMG_7550.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="758" data-original-width="3739" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7550.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3553/IMG_7551.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="885" data-original-width="3553" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7551.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">An even better idea would be to visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.berrocal.net/index_eng.html" target="_blank">Berrocal Foundation</a>&nbsp;where you can learn a great deal about the sculptor himself. &nbsp;We had the pleasure of visiting in&nbsp;<a href="https://ecorider.us/2019/11/day-1-part-1-of-berrocal-foundation.html" target="_blank">November of 2019</a>. &nbsp;Click the link to go back in time for a few blog posts about this trip. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">Almogávares were on display in 2020 at a museum in Malaga and a nice write up of the exibit can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://demuseospormalaga.com/almogavares-de-miguel-berrocal-guerreros-con-corazon-de-yunque/#" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;</span></div><span><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div>Finally, on The Epiphany (6th of January) the Berrocal Foundation will be holding a zoom journey through the foundation. &nbsp;We participated in the last one and it was well worth the ten euro cover charge. &nbsp;Sign up&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/103-a-journey-into-the-creative-process-through-the-amazing-disassembling-sculptures-of-berrocal" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and tell them Roxanne sent you. I get no kickbacks. Just continued friendship. &nbsp;If you miss that date, click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/94-universo-creativo-berrocal-proximas-visitas-next-visits" target="_blank">this link</a>&nbsp;to see more upcoming dates.&nbsp;<br /></span><p></p><p><b>9 golfing clubs</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Pool? &nbsp;Who cares about pool? &nbsp;Golf is the way to go. &nbsp;I started playing to get into George's good graces (read pants) and have loved it ever since. &nbsp;We play at least 3 times a week. &nbsp;George more than that because he plays with the ancients twice weekly. &nbsp;These sticks? &nbsp;They are the main clubs my beautiful lover uses. &nbsp;me? &nbsp;Not so much on the woods I like the irons myself. &nbsp;I myself am a dæmon with the 4 iron! And heaven forbid you cross me while I've a driver in my hand. &nbsp;The last time someone did that, his bedroom door window was smashed. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7546.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7546.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Should you make a trip to PuzzlePalace, we've plenty of extra sets for your pleasure. &nbsp;Come for the puzzles, enjoy the food, stay for a round of golf. &nbsp;</div><p><b>8 pool table balls</b></p><p>Ok. So as it turns out, puzzles are not the only thing in our lives. &nbsp;We've a beautiful rainbow pool table in the billiards room and we have been known to shoot a game or two. &nbsp;Although, I must admit, My beautiful lover is much much better at the game than I am. Come on over and challenge him to a game or two. &nbsp;He'll love it. &nbsp;This table was shipped over from China and installed while we were on the container ship heading home. &nbsp;It's a 9 foot professional table. &nbsp;Much harder to play on than the ones we find in the local pool halls.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7521.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7521.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Of course, the 8 balls in the middle go with the table, but the other items you see here are all puzzles of sorts. &nbsp;I mean a magic 8 ball is a puzzle isn't it? &nbsp;How does it give such good answers?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The second row holds a 'world's smallest' 8 ball and a plastic burr picked up from a gumball machine.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">On the bottom are three old Binary Art's puzzles called Diamond Bob's Billiard Puzzles. &nbsp;All were made in 1998.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7522.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7522.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a>&nbsp;and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from&nbsp;<a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a>&nbsp;was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a>&nbsp;1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available&nbsp;<a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w269-h400/IMG_7530.heic" width="269" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-29210530434771336392021-01-04T09:29:00.003-05:002021-01-04T09:52:44.480-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Day 10.<p>&nbsp;<b>10 Spanish Anvils</b></p><p>You knew we couldn't get through this without a Berrocal reference. &nbsp;Puzzle Palace has one of the largest Berrocal collections to be found. &nbsp;I know there are some who scoff at the quality and durability of the pieces, but to me they are just beautiful. &nbsp;I remember &nbsp;an art exhibition in HK called "Naked Art". &nbsp;We had to take off all jewelry and be blindfolded. Upon entering a room, we were encouraged to touch the art on display. &nbsp;I loved the sensation and perhaps that is why I love the Berrocals. &nbsp;They just feel nice. &nbsp;</p><p>This set is called Desperta Ferro (Opus 240-249). They were made between 1979 and 1982. &nbsp;Each piece has been built around an anvil and has a number of different pieces. &nbsp;Our set is quite unique in that each one has the same serial number: 41/200. Having had many conversations with the members of the Berrocal foundation, I've come to realize that these are much more unique than I expected. While it says this was a run of 200 it may not have necessarily been so. &nbsp;Usually when I see these pieces come up for auction it is one piece at a time. &nbsp;I have never seen a full set for sale. &nbsp;</p><p>These were made as part of his multiples that were produced. The original sculptures were a set of 20 - ten were the Desperta Ferro and ten were the&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Almogávares. &nbsp;The latter are a rather large set of torsos that can often be found on display in different museums around the world. &nbsp;These were</span></span><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">&nbsp;inspired by the warriors sent to Constantinople by the King of Aragon between the 13th and 14th centuries. Each anvil has the name of a member of these warriors. &nbsp;If I understand correctly, the original Desperta Ferro were made of wooden pieces shaped around the anvils and are no longer in&nbsp;</span>existence. Later the Desperato Ferro series were made into the smaller brass versions you see here.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;">Pictured below are our set. &nbsp;As you can see, only one is polished. &nbsp;We have chosen (for now) to leave the rest with their natural patina. Each piece is rather heavy as they are built around an actual anvil. I'd guess they come in between 10 and 15 pounds. &nbsp;Should you ever visit PuzzlePalace, the pieces are available for disassembly as are all the other Berrocal's in our collection. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="background-color: white;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3739/IMG_7550.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="758" data-original-width="3739" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IpAVFgbgizo/X_Mf-A944LI/AAAAAAAAb4M/FOe_FZxKOoEg4qgdRQz8fGGBfhyWrx0SQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7550.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3553/IMG_7551.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="885" data-original-width="3553" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5fT-b3oggA/X_Mf-J7BVOI/AAAAAAAAb4Q/V3kQU46ao5ED_QNEsg5eqsoPF7Iqr23eQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7551.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">An even better idea would be to visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.berrocal.net/index_eng.html" target="_blank">Berrocal Foundation</a>&nbsp;where you can learn a great deal about the sculptor himself. &nbsp;We had the pleasure of visiting in&nbsp;<a href="https://ecorider.us/2019/11/day-1-part-1-of-berrocal-foundation.html" target="_blank">November of 2019</a>. &nbsp;Click the link to go back in time for a few blog posts about this trip. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">Almogávares were on display in 2020 at a museum in Malaga and a nice write up of the exibit can be found&nbsp;<a href="http://demuseospormalaga.com/almogavares-de-miguel-berrocal-guerreros-con-corazon-de-yunque/#" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div>Finally, on Epiphany (6th of January) the Berrocal Foundation will be holding a zoom journey through the foundation. &nbsp;We participated in the last one and it was well worth the ten euro cover charge. &nbsp;Sign up&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/103-a-journey-into-the-creative-process-through-the-amazing-disassembling-sculptures-of-berrocal" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and tell them Roxanne sent you. I get no kickbacks. Just continued friendship. &nbsp;If you miss that date, click&nbsp;<a href="https://www.nearness.life/en/experiences/94-universo-creativo-berrocal-proximas-visitas-next-visits" target="_blank">this link</a>&nbsp;to see more upcoming dates.&nbsp;<br /><p></p><p><b>9 golfing clubs</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Pool? &nbsp;Who cares about pool? &nbsp;Golf is the way to go. &nbsp;I started playing to get into George's good graces (read pants) and have loved it ever since. &nbsp;We play at least 3 times a week. &nbsp;George more than that because he plays with the ancients twice weekly. &nbsp;These sticks? &nbsp;They are the main clubs my beautiful lover uses. &nbsp;me? &nbsp;Not so much on the woods I like the irons myself. &nbsp;I myself am a dæmon with the 4 iron! And heaven forbid you cross me while I've a driver in my hand. &nbsp;The last time someone did that, his bedroom door window was smashed. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7546.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7546.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Should you make a trip to PuzzlePalace, we've plenty of extra sets for your pleasure. &nbsp;Come for the puzzles, enjoy the food, stay for a round of golf. &nbsp;</div><p><b>8 pool table balls</b></p><p>Ok. So as it turns out, puzzles are not the only thing in our lives. &nbsp;We've a beautiful rainbow pool table in the billiards room and we have been known to shoot a game or two. &nbsp;Although, I must admit, My beautiful lover is much much better at the game than I am. Come on over and challenge him to a game or two. &nbsp;He'll love it. &nbsp;This table was shipped over from China and installed while we were on the container ship heading home. &nbsp;It's a 9 foot professional table. &nbsp;Much harder to play on than the ones we find in the local pool halls.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7521.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7521.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Of course, the 8 balls in the middle go with the table, but the other items you see here are all puzzles of sorts. &nbsp;I mean a magic 8 ball is a puzzle isn't it? &nbsp;How does it give such good answers?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The second row holds a 'world's smallest' 8 ball and a plastic burr picked up from a gumball machine.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">On the bottom are three old Binary Art's puzzles called Diamond Bob's Billiard Puzzles. &nbsp;All were made in 1998.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7522.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7522.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a>&nbsp;and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from&nbsp;<a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a>&nbsp;was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a>&nbsp;1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available&nbsp;<a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w269-h400/IMG_7530.heic" width="269" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-41041687527010561942021-01-03T07:00:00.001-05:002021-01-03T07:00:08.044-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace Style. Day 9. <p>&nbsp;<b>9 golfing clubs</b>&nbsp;</p><p>Pool? &nbsp;Who cares about pool? &nbsp;Golf is the way to go. &nbsp;I started playing to get into George's good graces (read pants) and have loved it ever since. &nbsp;We play at least 3 times a week. &nbsp;George more than that because he plays with the ancients twice weekly. &nbsp;These sticks? &nbsp;They are the main clubs my beautiful lover uses. &nbsp;me? &nbsp;Not so much on the woods I like the irons myself. &nbsp;I myself am a dæmon with the 4 iron! And heaven forbid you cross me while I've a driver in my hand. &nbsp;The last time someone did that, his bedroom door window was smashed. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7546.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wgEhcvZ1Bgo/X_F3AHCARqI/AAAAAAAAb34/3amBZb0xntYf0S44aFCgAR99FGQI5CnFQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7546.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Should you make a trip to PuzzlePalace, we've plenty of extra sets for your pleasure. &nbsp;Come for the puzzles, enjoy the food, stay for a round of golf. &nbsp;</div><p><b>8 pool table balls</b></p><p>Ok. So as it turns out, puzzles are not the only thing in our lives. &nbsp;We've a beautiful rainbow pool table in the billiards room and we have been known to shoot a game or two. &nbsp;Although, I must admit, My beautiful lover is much much better at the game than I am. Come on over and challenge him to a game or two. &nbsp;He'll love it. &nbsp;This table was shipped over from China and installed while we were on the container ship heading home. &nbsp;It's a 9 foot professional table. &nbsp;Much harder to play on than the ones we find in the local pool halls.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7521.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7521.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Of course, the 8 balls in the middle go with the table, but the other items you see here are all puzzles of sorts. &nbsp;I mean a magic 8 ball is a puzzle isn't it? &nbsp;How does it give such good answers?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The second row holds a 'world's smallest' 8 ball and a plastic burr picked up from a gumball machine.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">On the bottom are three old Binary Art's puzzles called Diamond Bob's Billiard Puzzles. &nbsp;All were made in 1998.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7522.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7522.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a>&nbsp;and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from&nbsp;<a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a>&nbsp;was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a>&nbsp;1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available&nbsp;<a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w269-h400/IMG_7530.heic" width="269" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-82843340008731761792021-01-02T07:00:00.003-05:002021-01-02T07:00:01.353-05:0012 days of Christmas PuzzlePalace Style 2020. Day 8.<p>&nbsp;<b>8 pool table balls</b></p><p>Ok. So as it turns out, puzzles are not the only thing in our lives. &nbsp;We've a beautiful rainbow pool table in the billiards room and we have been known to shoot a game or two. &nbsp;Although, I must admit, My beautiful lover is much much better at the game than I am. Come on over and challenge him to a game or two. &nbsp;He'll love it. &nbsp;This table was shipped over from China and installed while we were on the container ship heading home. &nbsp;It's a 9 foot professional table. &nbsp;Much harder to play on than the ones we find in the local pool halls.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7521.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-BmFkfru0bRc/X-3JRDgTyAI/AAAAAAAAb20/kRYhvNtfrVkzskQohfasRoiAgm2lB2MkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7521.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Of course, the 8 balls in the middle go with the table, but the other items you see here are all puzzles of sorts. &nbsp;I mean a magic 8 ball is a puzzle isn't it? &nbsp;How does it give such good answers?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">The second row holds a 'world's smallest' 8 ball and a plastic burr picked up from a gumball machine.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">On the bottom are three old Binary Art's puzzles called Diamond Bob's Billiard Puzzles. &nbsp;All were made in 1998.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7522.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-a_w02Vroz8g/X-3JRdS-_nI/AAAAAAAAb24/GTA7DooY3MAMyz4wjN2dOg5HECQsNXvMACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7522.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a>&nbsp;and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from&nbsp;<a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a>&nbsp;was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a>&nbsp;1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available&nbsp;<a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="400" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w269-h400/IMG_7530.heic" width="269" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-9301787626272270912021-01-01T08:49:00.001-05:002021-01-01T08:49:12.967-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Day 7.<p>&nbsp;<b>7 Christmas puzzles</b></p><p>Now I know most of you are thinking these are puzzles I was gifted for Christmas, but they are not. &nbsp;Each of these puzzles was a part of my Christmas decorations this year. &nbsp;The large Christmas tree in the background is called "Around the Christmas Tree". &nbsp;It is from&nbsp;<a href="https://www.bitsandpieces.com" target="_blank">Bits and Pieces</a>&nbsp;and was produced in 1997. &nbsp;This 750 piece Jigsaw puzzle when assembled can be glued and stood up as you can see here. &nbsp;</p><p>Under the tree from Left to right is a snowman jigsaw ball by Ravensburger. &nbsp;It has 77 pieces and was produced in 2007. &nbsp; You might be able to find it on eBay, or at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ravensburger.de/entdecken/ravensburger-marken/gravitrax/index.html" target="_blank">Ravensburger</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Next up we have a hand carved and painted Santa that I got off eBay many many years ago. &nbsp;His sack is a disentanglement puzzle, and inside he holds yet another disentanglement.&nbsp;</p><p>Next to him is a gingerbread man cube from&nbsp;<a href="https://professorpuzzle.com" target="_blank">Professor Puzzle</a>. &nbsp;It's been out of stock for a few years and I was lucky to find this on eBay. &nbsp;There is also a Santa, and an Elf in this collection.</p><p><a href="https://3dcrystalpuzzle.com/collections/all-puzzles?page=5" target="_blank">The Christmas tree</a>&nbsp;was produced by Jeruel in 2016. &nbsp;It has 69 pieces and comes in both green and white. &nbsp;As far as crystal puzzles go, this is an easy solve. &nbsp;Too bad there are no ornaments to go on it.</p><p>In the front row we have a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-Rubiks-Christmas/dp/B08F8LTCK3/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&amp;keywords=rubik%27s+christmas+tree&amp;qid=1609507719&amp;sr=8-1" target="_blank">Rubik's brand</a>&nbsp;1x2x3 shapemod m<span style="font-family: inherit;">ade by PolyTwist Designs. &nbsp;Somewhere along the way Winning Moves picked it up and branded it. &nbsp;There is a much cheaper version available&nbsp;<a href="https://cubezz.com/Buy-5529-Zcube+1x2x3+Christmas+Tree+Magic+Cube+Puzzle+Green.html" target="_blank">elsewhere</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final puzzle in this photo was made by yours truly. &nbsp;I was upset last year because there are very few Christmas puzzles outside of sticker variations on Rubik's cubes. &nbsp;I went to TJMaxx and bought a box set of these Chinese made burr puzzles and a few eyes, pipe cleaners and baubles. &nbsp;An afternoon with the hot glue gun and a bit of creativity later and I made 8 different Christmas puzzles. &nbsp;All are still fully functional as a puzzle.&nbsp;</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7530.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1374" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-1kNNuNarTMY/X-8Xpy37oTI/AAAAAAAAb3c/5kb1qXhaB88Hq_CMCimqRx5fmmiisEcygCLcBGAsYHQ/w430-h640/IMG_7530.heic" width="430" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Without realizing it, when I took the photo there was one more puzzle in there. &nbsp;If you look carefully, you can find a U-Gears Christmas stocking hanging off the tree. &nbsp;</div><br /><p><br /></p><p><b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A standard puzzle hamster in an advent puzzle tree</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit; margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"></span></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-63541506049453603352020-12-31T08:24:00.002-05:002020-12-31T08:24:36.742-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Day 6.<p>&nbsp;<b>6 New Brass Monkeys</b></p><p>We all know them. Those two gents from the UK who seriously must be over compensating for something with all this heavy metal hanging around. Really, these puzzles could have been made of plastic or wood and people would have been satisfied. &nbsp;But noooo, they had to go the extra mile and make everyone who doesn't have these get brass envy. &nbsp;I can't wait to see them come out with a set of brass (puzzle) balls.</p><p>First up we have the trio of Brass Monkey's: the classic one, two, and three. &nbsp;These are tough little buggers. The first step is of course to work out how to get the protection off without breaking it. &nbsp;The last thing anyone wants is broken protection. Then, there are these dumb buttons you have to push. &nbsp;I broke a nail trying to solve one of these things. &nbsp;George had much more luck than I did with them.</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7517.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IKa9cVq_XtI/X-3JJKS6ptI/AAAAAAAAb2k/gpuVDi6TJlECOITYRdYNH-CR0hRBusmWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7517.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Next up we have the hyperboloid burr designed by Oskar. &nbsp;This was an IPP exchange given out in wood. &nbsp;As expected, these two had to go one better and Brass it up. &nbsp;George played with this one at a DCD and when it became available we just had to grab it.&nbsp;<p></p><p><br /></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7518.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/--oj6sinTCIg/X-3JJGYBdXI/AAAAAAAAb2g/pFz8MjCQVRQ8_dMpd0qXNiEGFeALS6IhACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7518.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Feed the monkey is yet a heavier puzzle from this duo. To keep this blog Rated G, I removed the rather large banana that Mrs. Monkey is eating. &nbsp;This one is a packing puzzle in the extreme. This poor girl has to have 16 varying sizes of shaft inserted into her. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7519.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ko_LBKJhmy0/X-3JI3X7gZI/AAAAAAAAb2c/OQLfYo44UbIHicHNMQide3Kpd1j3wRDbwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7519.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">With a grin like that, what's not to love. &nbsp;Nova Plexus sounds like it could be &nbsp;a good puzzle, but I've no idea because it came in and went right up to the metal room. &nbsp;George was unimpressed that I had once again brought in shiny puzzles for him. &nbsp;This pair comes in brass and stainless steel and will probably remain unfinished on the shelf until we get a real monkey over here to put it together. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7520.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pcgNGT2TASQ/X-3JJYazUhI/AAAAAAAAb2o/O46CDpXw-KoCWqcfqrCplDLhfTTS8Uq6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7520.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Kong. &nbsp;Who doesn't want big brass rods? &nbsp;I purchased this one from their Kickstarter campaign knowing it would be hidden away until Christmas. &nbsp;Well, Christmas came and with it, 4 pounds of rock solid rods. &nbsp;It now sits on the master bathroom counter waiting it's turn in the queue.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7523.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-53_RYpVTEjA/X-3JJ3uHYYI/AAAAAAAAb2s/XkPFqoyN-uE-oHnpkYUc674sa-9NJenKwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7523.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">And here it is. &nbsp;The one we've all been waiting for. &nbsp;The Joy of Hex. &nbsp;Yes, you see that right, this set has 4! boxes of hex pieces, it's very own manual of different positions and a hex aid for when you need a little extra help. &nbsp;</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7524.heic" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1061" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbfp0Sj_Y4U/X-3JJ7eIwVI/AAAAAAAAb2w/zlBA_vMNbBYXDFzaHLazlZkg77LXW80lwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7524.heic" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">All of these puzzles and more can be found at&nbsp;<a href="https://twobrassmonkeys.com" target="_blank">Two Brass Monkeys</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And yes, I have the Monkey's nuts.</div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></span></a></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-2129590528164042162020-12-30T06:32:00.003-05:002020-12-30T07:09:08.320-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Day 5.<p>&nbsp;<b>5 Puzzle Rings</b></p><p>The colorful one on the left was made by Carl Hoff. &nbsp;I believe it is called Wasp. &nbsp;It can be purchased in a much smaller version at&nbsp;<a href="https://www.puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=336" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker.</a>&nbsp;This particular version was sold to me at an IPP a few years back. &nbsp;It's much to large even as a bracelet. &nbsp;I can wear it around my &nbsp;upper arm.</p><p>The large yellow one was made by Oskar and I'm sure you can still find it on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/product/75XKFBCY2/sixth-sense?optionId=42298134&amp;li=shops" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop or on&nbsp;<a href="https://puzzleringmaker.com/index.php?ref=item&amp;id=65" target="_blank">Puzzleringmaker</a>. &nbsp;Again, I bought this at an IPP many years ago. &nbsp;At the time, it was raining and the dye had not quite set yet. &nbsp;I looked like I had urine running down my arm from the dye. The green ring is also made by Oskar. &nbsp;This one can be unwound and worn like a necklace. &nbsp;This and other variations of it can be found on Oskar's&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;shop.</p><p>The grey ring was made for me by George. &nbsp;I wanted a puzzle ring that was attributed to Miguel Berrocal but was actually made by&nbsp;<a href="https://www.ame-gallery.com/antonio-bernardo?page=3" target="_blank">Antonio Bernardo</a>. I didn't realize this at the time, and only later discovered taht his rings sell for upwards of $5000. &nbsp;George made 3 copies of this ring. &nbsp;We gave one to his son Joe and the other two are in my collection. &nbsp;They were made on an SLA printer in Hong Kong, and he says as they are so much work, he'll never make another. &nbsp;I'd love to have one made in metal and perhaps one day I'll send his design off to Thailand...This copy is sufficiently different from the original to not be a copy. &nbsp;He didn't want to make me an exact duplicate.&nbsp;</p><p>The final gold ring is my wedding band. It was designed by Oskar for George and me. &nbsp;The difference between this ring and other puzzle rings is that all three bands can be separated when the ring is taken apart. &nbsp;George's has a phallus like protrusion while you can see mine has an opening. &nbsp;Yes, they can be combined in a rather interesting manner. &nbsp;Oskar sells a rated G version called trinity ring on his&nbsp;<a href="https://www.shapeways.com/shops/oskarpuzzles?section=Puzzle+Rings&amp;s=0" target="_blank">shapeways</a>&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7488.heic" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1829" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-M9y40MGNWK8/X-uZqIulbeI/AAAAAAAAb2M/ggI27wG6aXoTHLYX3x2qw2S2pvlwGM0IQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7488.heic" width="320" /></a></div><br /><b><br /></b><p></p><p><b>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</b></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 530 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>3 3D Printers</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>2 Crazy Puzzlers</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><b>and a SPH in an APT</b></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></span></a></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-29194239766085937882020-12-29T07:00:00.004-05:002020-12-29T08:14:29.042-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Fourth day<p>4 (00+) Crystal Puzzles</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-csmI8HGrLng/X-k7q5Ux8tI/AAAAAAAAb10/dxcPQJnk8oAZ9HyYnxUiaw9qpjnqonofgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/crystal%2Bpuzzles.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I started putting these puzzles together Christmas of 2010. The bug and I went to the Toys Street with my then sister-in-law and my niece and nephew to look for some Christmas bag goodies. &nbsp;We came across the 'bags in bags' store and discovered our first crystal puzzles. &nbsp;(Not really, but this was the real start of our addiction.) We had a few from the toys fair in earlier years, but this year we found a bag of 20 for less than 1 US$ each. &nbsp;We bought the bag, took all the duplicates, and gave the rest for goody bags. &nbsp;This was the beginning of an obsession. &nbsp;In Hong Kong, the kid and I assembled around 50 of the larger pieces and at least as many keychains. &nbsp;When we left, her father refused to let us have them. No skin off my nose, I have friends in high places and managed to get all but 5 of my original puzzles back. &nbsp;Now I hunt auction sites worldwide to find those missing pieces. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">These are simply 3D jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Many come with solutions, but many more do not have them. Knowing how to read Japanese (yeah right!) helps. &nbsp;But seriously, the google gods know all if you need it. I've found my own special feeling way of solving these puzzles. &nbsp;Last night I managed to solve 6 dragons of 56 pieces each in less than 2 hours. &nbsp;After a while it just becomes second nature. &nbsp;If you haven't tried one yet, I recommend them as a good form of calm. &nbsp;Perhaps that is why I like them so much. &nbsp;I &nbsp;just go into a zone when I'm puzzling in this way. &nbsp;Very zen-like.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have assembled 531 of these. &nbsp;I just adjusted my spreadsheet. I guess this is a bit more than 400+!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">3 3D Printers</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go.&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;&nbsp;</b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">2 Crazy Puzzlers</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">and a SPH in an APT</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></span></a></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-14658564405332012762020-12-28T07:00:00.064-05:002020-12-28T07:00:00.193-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Third day<p><span style="font-family: inherit;">3 3D Printers</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s1366/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="768" data-original-width="1366" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lwU6VcZZV9E/X-k7DZd4K4I/AAAAAAAAb1s/oLHznuOqpS0n97Ps-bRRv9J45OoKsfKOACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/3D%2Bprinters.jpg" width="320" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">My beautiful lover is the father of home 3D printing. &nbsp;He bought his first many moons ago and spent a long time perfecting the art of 3D printing. &nbsp;He is the premier prototyper. &nbsp;When he left his life in California and came to Hong Kong to live with such a woman as I, he left behind his printers. &nbsp;He engaged the services of a 3D printing company to aid him in his continued puzzle printing. &nbsp;He used 3D Mart Hong Kong who had wonderful service. When we finally arrived in Boca Raton, he purchased an Ultimaker S5, the same as was used in HK. &nbsp;He has enjoyed printing many a puzzle on it. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The next machine we see (with my monkey on top) is a FormLabs 2 SLA printer known for its high resolution and weird method of printing from the bottom. &nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">The final printer was purchased through kickstarter. &nbsp;After a scam I endured, I never expected to receive it but the Creality CR-6 SE is in the dormitory installed and ready to go. <b>&nbsp; </b><span face="arial, sans-serif" style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(32, 33, 36); color: #202124; font-size: 16px;">Filament is commonly available in the two standard diameters of 1.75 mm and 2.85 mm and now he has two FDM machines to handle filaments of both sizes.</span></span></div><div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">2 Crazy Puzzlers</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></span></a></div><p><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></p><p><span style="font-family: inherit;">and a SPH in an APT</span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-11530882597495611212020-12-27T07:00:00.006-05:002020-12-27T07:00:01.731-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. Second day<p>&nbsp;On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me</p><p>2 Crazy Puzzlers</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7436.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-k60EjDg4OXQ/X-ZhjRaVcII/AAAAAAAAb1U/GFsfRuwctPocAypNOxCgldH9k-YWCnNhgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7436.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><br /><p>and a SPH in an APT</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lTLSiOrn0Dg/X-X6sUuCQ3I/AAAAAAAAb0w/gD-s0JqSoJEOhmV9wDWX2L7fs2bveebqACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7327.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-41193039019784042792020-12-26T07:00:00.002-05:002020-12-26T07:00:07.201-05:0012 Days of Christmas PuzzlePalace style 2020. First day.<p><br />&nbsp;On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a SPH in an APT.</p><p><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rA7ofk5dQFM/X-X5u9VQ1OI/AAAAAAAAb0g/MlqSRTt9yc4QuGxiqotfM-kphZpWgNOMwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7327.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-rA7ofk5dQFM/X-X5u9VQ1OI/AAAAAAAAb0g/MlqSRTt9yc4QuGxiqotfM-kphZpWgNOMwCLcBGAsYHQ/w480-h640/IMG_7327.HEIC" width="480" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Standard Puzzle Hamster in an Advent Puzzle Tree.</td></tr></tbody></table></p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-62557246851341656972020-12-25T17:01:00.000-05:002020-12-25T17:01:44.226-05:00Days 19-25 of the Advent PuzzleTree and Christmas morning.Here we are at the end. &nbsp;What a pleasure it has been for me to watch him open all of his gifts. &nbsp;I've only failed on 2. &nbsp;Not bad if you ask me. &nbsp;So here are the final 6 puzzles. &nbsp;I hope you enjoyed seeing what I thought would be good gifts. &nbsp;I hope it inspires you to do the same for a puzzle loving friend. &nbsp;Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, or Happy Holidays to you all. &nbsp;I wish one and all a very happy holiday season whatever you celebrate. &nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>Day 19: A stone Soma cube. &nbsp;He needed no introduction or burr tools for this one. &nbsp;I knew it was a real slack gift, but we have this wonderful collection of a variety of soma and soma-type cubes, I knew it would be a hit. &nbsp;he loved the stone and remarked that any gemologist (my dear friend Jeremy Crabbe might be able to help me out here) would know what they all are. &nbsp;He disassembled, and assembled it in record time and placed it where it belongs on the large Dilemma Games soma table.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13FviV4E8PY/X-X3iQc-WhI/AAAAAAAAbzU/o37K45vW3KUhFdG1z3dE6LyD6URpWjgEQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7280.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13FviV4E8PY/X-X3iQc-WhI/AAAAAAAAbzU/o37K45vW3KUhFdG1z3dE6LyD6URpWjgEQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7280.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 20: Double tumbler by Jon Keegan. &nbsp;As expected, he didn't like it. &nbsp;My fault for being such a magpie. It's now in the metal room with it's partner waiting for anyone who wants to play with it. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95nLJNem0S4/X-X36E5F4_I/AAAAAAAAbzc/UYUFuduiqpYNR8ujFD2ByWDnRDgob8DJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7285.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-95nLJNem0S4/X-X36E5F4_I/AAAAAAAAbzc/UYUFuduiqpYNR8ujFD2ByWDnRDgob8DJQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7285.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 21: Benedetti's Rotations. &nbsp;I think he spent an hour looking and trying to get it to move. &nbsp;My beautiful lover finally came to the conclusion that it was too tight and couldn't be disassembled without a man tool so he went into the workshop and softened all the edges. &nbsp;He reportedly enjoyed it but...It now resides in the upstairs wood room.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nTlD_FW4OKY/X-X4R7xch4I/AAAAAAAAbzk/QQGywnUQDp4wmKJ_H-1F42fhxa2t2GhIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7309.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nTlD_FW4OKY/X-X4R7xch4I/AAAAAAAAbzk/QQGywnUQDp4wmKJ_H-1F42fhxa2t2GhIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7309.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 22: Vinco's Star of David. &nbsp;I bought it AGES ago and had no idea what it was. &nbsp;As with other old purchases I had to go to FaceBook for help and James Kerley came through. &nbsp;I bought it simply because I thought it to be a very pretty puzzle. George made rather short work of it. &nbsp;He didn't even bother with burr tools. &nbsp;It's now in the main wood room among other Vinco puzzles.&nbsp;</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UKMp_bycdGo/X-X4ZK-FXpI/AAAAAAAAbzs/OnViL-uA464mJwtvCtfkfV7WLIT_4SpJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7318.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UKMp_bycdGo/X-X4ZK-FXpI/AAAAAAAAbzs/OnViL-uA464mJwtvCtfkfV7WLIT_4SpJwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7318.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3T6XxfGcjCQ/X-X4ZYaAtKI/AAAAAAAAbzo/CPSAPZ8SsVIvekmza6D0WCYjlH20K5lLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7316%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3T6XxfGcjCQ/X-X4ZYaAtKI/AAAAAAAAbzo/CPSAPZ8SsVIvekmza6D0WCYjlH20K5lLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7316%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 23:&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;">Day 23: Gear by Jos Bergmans. He managed to take it apart rather quickly. Putting it back together again was of course done with Burr Tools. <span>&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iwtGad7upGg/X-X4nj_79jI/AAAAAAAAbz4/5b4Roh_Zl4sIrHxLuzIi6JKuogKUpCNZQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7322.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iwtGad7upGg/X-X4nj_79jI/AAAAAAAAbz4/5b4Roh_Zl4sIrHxLuzIi6JKuogKUpCNZQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7322.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F0GohLdPZ3s/X-X4nT20l7I/AAAAAAAAbz0/4o2iUrFU2l45bScjM1GCGSIXBPa73cEmwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7324.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-F0GohLdPZ3s/X-X4nT20l7I/AAAAAAAAbz0/4o2iUrFU2l45bScjM1GCGSIXBPa73cEmwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7324.HEIC" /></a></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 24: Juha Element by Juha Levonen. This was another bust. He solved it too quickly. It's ok. I can't get all of them right. Maybe tomorrow will be better.</span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lxPMeFwwUZI/X-X4yPkpoCI/AAAAAAAAbz8/6FvUwbUXne8-Yfue505f4F0t5UHG89SwgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7344.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-lxPMeFwwUZI/X-X4yPkpoCI/AAAAAAAAbz8/6FvUwbUXne8-Yfue505f4F0t5UHG89SwgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7344.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C0s7SclyK4Q/X-X4yMyazdI/AAAAAAAAb0A/nJLcQZsPCgAT-Pop812qDjWe9BHsErPIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7345.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C0s7SclyK4Q/X-X4yMyazdI/AAAAAAAAb0A/nJLcQZsPCgAT-Pop812qDjWe9BHsErPIgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7345.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day last of the Advent PuzzleTree: Martin Garder Perplexing Puzzles and Tantalizing Teasers. This book is a collection of youthful puzzles. George told me he had read them all when he was about 8 years old. He thought they were all published Gardener's column in Scientific America. </span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQMpVTfcJUQ/X-X45JCbCuI/AAAAAAAAb0M/m8ZQAtOyibMPtr1EM85Up1ckAcagohLngCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7371.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FQMpVTfcJUQ/X-X45JCbCuI/AAAAAAAAb0M/m8ZQAtOyibMPtr1EM85Up1ckAcagohLngCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7371.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sCWZkPOj428/X-X44yiIVyI/AAAAAAAAb0I/5ZKCBjf0W2MaKmhFdFYERve_Wb-pZ4BdQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7370.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-sCWZkPOj428/X-X44yiIVyI/AAAAAAAAb0I/5ZKCBjf0W2MaKmhFdFYERve_Wb-pZ4BdQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7370.HEIC" /></a></div>Today is Christmas so he gets to open his real gifts now. He recieved a bit of hex in the morning and a bit more hex in the afternoon, and finally a LOT of hex at night. After all, lots of good hex is why I married him. If his Kong weren't so big, I think I'd have passed him by. While I was making Christmas lunch, I walked in the root room and found him reading the Joy of Hex. He didn't even have the decency to cover up this lewd act, but instead, gave me a pat on the backside and read a position of two to me. It now lays on his nightside table waiting for a day of fun. </span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4yaYGQnPCPQ/X-ZhBFAP9aI/AAAAAAAAb1A/BSgM16UazmAqbuV8FvKT43wFGsevJBndgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7402.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4yaYGQnPCPQ/X-ZhBFAP9aI/AAAAAAAAb1A/BSgM16UazmAqbuV8FvKT43wFGsevJBndgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7402.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SIyRdsC5Yak/X-ZhBLSZtvI/AAAAAAAAb1E/b7owUChMWFoAuu_XgCYPJthLJz8_eHq1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7414.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SIyRdsC5Yak/X-ZhBLSZtvI/AAAAAAAAb1E/b7owUChMWFoAuu_XgCYPJthLJz8_eHq1gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7414.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CO04yRGmcOs/X-ZhAELfhuI/AAAAAAAAb08/cz-uW360vjMklmrvXMckD_HJMP3IUq63QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7440.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CO04yRGmcOs/X-ZhAELfhuI/AAAAAAAAb08/cz-uW360vjMklmrvXMckD_HJMP3IUq63QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7440.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Merry Christmas one and all. &nbsp;Have a safe and happy holiday season. &nbsp;And as my father says everytime he signs off the phone: Stay away from the virus. &nbsp;</div><br /><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-29596159723198761882020-12-19T08:46:00.004-05:002020-12-19T08:46:44.988-05:00Days 12-18 of the Advent PuzzleTree<p>&nbsp;George has said I've made him very happy this year. &nbsp;I don't think he's ever had such a puzzling Christmas. &nbsp;Thus far, he's only had 1 puzzle he didn't like. I hope I can keep this up. &nbsp;This just makes it harder though for future years. &nbsp;I'll have to up my game in the future. &nbsp;</p><p>In case you haven't noticed a pattern here, I've been mostly gifting him burr puzzles. &nbsp;These are his favorite. &nbsp;I've not worked out yet if he likes to actually solve them, or if he likes to program them into burr tools more. &nbsp;But what I do know is that he has been one happy man these past 18 days.</p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 12: Unbalanced 6 Board Burr by Juno. I believe he enjoyed this one. It was fun watching him take out the calipers to measure the difference in the size of the pieces. Of course he had it solved before dinner was on the table. </span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8quqF02eGRg/X938gEBeuqI/AAAAAAAAbwg/V0GL1pK6r7MXlvYZPauutZkpDx1sMQX6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7202.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8quqF02eGRg/X938gEBeuqI/AAAAAAAAbwg/V0GL1pK6r7MXlvYZPauutZkpDx1sMQX6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7202.HEIC" /></a></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I88kroconwc/X938gCVTReI/AAAAAAAAbwk/uxziUeDxaKIdV2r8xFBjcAh_ha4AUdq7gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7201.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I88kroconwc/X938gCVTReI/AAAAAAAAbwk/uxziUeDxaKIdV2r8xFBjcAh_ha4AUdq7gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7201.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6AY7Znwu0H4/X938dRT8lMI/AAAAAAAAbwc/_z0YoO7YlTgh0pvB5YjHnXoH7slcGhDxQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7199%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6AY7Znwu0H4/X938dRT8lMI/AAAAAAAAbwc/_z0YoO7YlTgh0pvB5YjHnXoH7slcGhDxQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7199%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /></span><p></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 13<span style="font-family: inherit;">: 6-T by </span></span></span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(51, 51, 51); color: #333333;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Dr. Volker Latussek caused much grief. &nbsp;He started it before bed, managed it outside the box, put it into burr tools and discovered three solutions. &nbsp;When I woke in the morning he showed me the finished puzzle. It bothered him being in pieces so he woke in the middle of the night and assembled it. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(51, 51, 51); color: #333333;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WSkRUtl0qhU/X938-cLhTpI/AAAAAAAAbw0/9ivL5ogQbf4lTBEKb3WBeUuA9Nt1tF9qgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7213%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WSkRUtl0qhU/X938-cLhTpI/AAAAAAAAbw0/9ivL5ogQbf4lTBEKb3WBeUuA9Nt1tF9qgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7213%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ru9m9_ysxlg/X939AFGqL7I/AAAAAAAAbw8/5OJkEinxq9Y32GBFL9hjH3upHwL3NUe0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7214%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Ru9m9_ysxlg/X939AFGqL7I/AAAAAAAAbw8/5OJkEinxq9Y32GBFL9hjH3upHwL3NUe0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7214%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5jaMxqoRe5M/X939ACeGayI/AAAAAAAAbw4/3OjjXLRs6DAmoZ2VYn92ZogFLt8sznlSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7215.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5jaMxqoRe5M/X939ACeGayI/AAAAAAAAbw4/3OjjXLRs6DAmoZ2VYn92ZogFLt8sznlSwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7215.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span><p></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 14: L-I-Vator. 2 rotations. Only three assemblie</span>s for this puzzle. Of course he entered it into burr tools. This one is nifty. It has a box with a lid that comes off. I guess you can put it together through the lid, Me? I'd just take it off and make it a packing puzzle. And yes, he enjoyed the programming more than the puzzling.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wLDsg7uWdHY/X93_YMUgTkI/AAAAAAAAbxU/8PLib6tBaMgkM7GVSyev0w_XS2UExZSOgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7218%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wLDsg7uWdHY/X93_YMUgTkI/AAAAAAAAbxU/8PLib6tBaMgkM7GVSyev0w_XS2UExZSOgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7218%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P4xia9slq_E/X93_YL37DMI/AAAAAAAAbxM/kQSHooL1MBkxCCxnMutiPQn-7xXUR9H0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7219%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-P4xia9slq_E/X93_YL37DMI/AAAAAAAAbxM/kQSHooL1MBkxCCxnMutiPQn-7xXUR9H0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7219%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><p></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 15: 5th Avenue by Nob. Long ago George told me he would like to get all of the Nob puzzles. I've been hunting for them since. This year I found 5th Avenue in Japan for him. He sorted out the puzzle rather quickly, but then got stuck. Of course he went straight for Burr Tools. That didn't work. He had a great idea on how to program it, but made a small error in his programming. I was told he'd go back to it, but then he found the solution taped to the inside of the box. No Burr Tools solution exists yet. </span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; white-space: pre-wrap;"></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hev4vX2V35g/X94BP7MsDNI/AAAAAAAAbxk/dKkR-XjUNx4AXBPRaOFLVKhGy3ZBWc9DgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7239.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Hev4vX2V35g/X94BP7MsDNI/AAAAAAAAbxk/dKkR-XjUNx4AXBPRaOFLVKhGy3ZBWc9DgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7239.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dzzfzfol5XE/X94BUYimRYI/AAAAAAAAbxo/0f79jXb4sq4Rvrm_2qUPETfsraVmDiYHgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7238%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dzzfzfol5XE/X94BUYimRYI/AAAAAAAAbxo/0f79jXb4sq4Rvrm_2qUPETfsraVmDiYHgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7238%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-family: inherit; white-space: pre-wrap;">Day 16: 3Qcube by Takeyuki Endou is an interesting puzzle. It is only 3 pieces inside a cage. How hard can it be? Two pieces are identical and then there is the third. Yes, he Burr Tooled it. No, it doesn't help. As it turns out, this one needed a few rotations to solve. He managed to put it back together and on the shelf in the wood room. He eagerly awaited day 17. </span><p></p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2YdPYKjb2pU/X94CSdFuodI/AAAAAAAAbyA/wT8mc_imYCEx-pp_3DDvUNa2oACc4iN9ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7248%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2YdPYKjb2pU/X94CSdFuodI/AAAAAAAAbyA/wT8mc_imYCEx-pp_3DDvUNa2oACc4iN9ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7248%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W4uRFFUkpmg/X94CRcuqC9I/AAAAAAAAbx0/CF3VmkClahgFxYXh90SlWgZ5xr9-xs6sQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7251%2B2.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-W4uRFFUkpmg/X94CRcuqC9I/AAAAAAAAbx0/CF3VmkClahgFxYXh90SlWgZ5xr9-xs6sQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7251%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d58MZvlGTrA/X94CSLt-oeI/AAAAAAAAbx8/3D4adFSYSBAq5cI15z2y5prW64VA7d3SgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7253.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d58MZvlGTrA/X94CSLt-oeI/AAAAAAAAbx8/3D4adFSYSBAq5cI15z2y5prW64VA7d3SgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7253.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-family: inherit; white-space: pre-wrap;"><br /></span><p></p><p><span style="background-color: white;"><span><span style="color: #050505; font-family: inherit;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); white-space: pre-wrap;">Day 17: Kepler by Felix Ure. This one was a replacement for my foolishness last week. Luckily the puzzle came in the mail the same day so I was able to put it in the box. I love it! It's such a cute little puzzle. George of course </span></span><span style="color: #050505;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); white-space: pre-wrap;">immediately pulled out the calipers and set to measuring. He then unscrewed (!) the bottom of the box to investigate. I won't give anything away here, but this is a really clever little puzzle. I highly recommend it. </span></span></span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span><span style="color: #050505;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TyS8Mn7qLaw/X94DJn3j69I/AAAAAAAAbyU/ba8qOePfErAcS-buRV7rie2Jl1dv9px8gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7264.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TyS8Mn7qLaw/X94DJn3j69I/AAAAAAAAbyU/ba8qOePfErAcS-buRV7rie2Jl1dv9px8gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7264.HEIC" /></a></span></span></div><span><span style="color: #050505;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IFnHlcF3kmM/X94DJUGQ02I/AAAAAAAAbyQ/tXTagxtpJBMXOA13VveSuxcrRKlKNJ56QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7262.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IFnHlcF3kmM/X94DJUGQ02I/AAAAAAAAbyQ/tXTagxtpJBMXOA13VveSuxcrRKlKNJ56QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7262.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Day 17 was also the day the driveway was started. We are more than pleased with the way it is turning out. I can't wait until it is finished.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bbHsYPeltB4/X94DJvqadFI/AAAAAAAAbyY/snYVKdod3JMZt5L3KszR7FwoyMYxhHuWACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7259.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bbHsYPeltB4/X94DJvqadFI/AAAAAAAAbyY/snYVKdod3JMZt5L3KszR7FwoyMYxhHuWACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7259.HEIC" /></a></div><br /></span></span><p></p><h1 class="product-single__title" style="box-sizing: border-box; caret-color: rgb(58, 58, 58); color: #3a3a3a; font-weight: var(--font-weight-header); line-height: 1.2; margin: 0px 0px 0.5rem; overflow-wrap: break-word; word-wrap: break-word;"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;">Day 18: Loopy L Cube #3 by Juno is the last puzzle of the week. &nbsp;His reaction was not as I expected. &nbsp;I won't give it here to remove any negativity. &nbsp;As always, he did enjoy putting it into burr tools. &nbsp;It is now back together and in the upstairs wooden section. &nbsp;</span></h1><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cKpd6p7nDjA/X94DzggRFKI/AAAAAAAAbyo/BQw0kM_2piwJJBvEoaybfeGM3fdhwDHggCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7274.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cKpd6p7nDjA/X94DzggRFKI/AAAAAAAAbyo/BQw0kM_2piwJJBvEoaybfeGM3fdhwDHggCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7274.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zgjz02ADo0A/X94DzRZ0NoI/AAAAAAAAbyk/k__RSXU3j54I94YDSAI9aJZJ8Foi5yCLwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7275.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zgjz02ADo0A/X94DzRZ0NoI/AAAAAAAAbyk/k__RSXU3j54I94YDSAI9aJZJ8Foi5yCLwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7275.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uXLHMgx_jcs/X94Dz72TM8I/AAAAAAAAbys/vYRjA6EDDUU8Bttet7kXOUxEOO465jsLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7276.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-uXLHMgx_jcs/X94Dz72TM8I/AAAAAAAAbys/vYRjA6EDDUU8Bttet7kXOUxEOO465jsLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7276.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'm not sure what the next 5 days &nbsp;have in store for the advent tree, but I do hope he will enjoy them.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Happy Holidays All.</div><br /><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: small;"><br /></span></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-16382543574823604792020-12-12T03:29:00.002-05:002020-12-19T08:48:21.444-05:00Days 4-11 of the Advent PuzzleTreeSome of you may have been following on FaceBook as I post photos of George's advent gifts. Since I'm not open to public viewing, I shall continue to post them here. Today I give you a rather large clump of puzzles caused by a glitch in the editing program of blogger. When I tried to add days 4-5 last week, I was confronted by html code. I can't do anything with that so I gave up and let the blog post. Only later to realize there is a little button that got pushed. &nbsp;Who hasn't been at this for a while?<div><br /></div><div>On Day 4 George opened DDD burr set. Made by Darryl Adams, Brian Turner, and Eric fuller. It was purchased from <a href="www.cubicdissection.com" target="_blank">www.Cubicdissection.com</a>. There are 12 tiny burr pieces in the box. Of course the first thing he did was to enter the pieces into burr tools to see how many solutions there are for it. These pieces are tiny. about 1/2"x 1 1/2". Very small for my lovers big mitts. Brian has a <a href="https://graveraven.com" target="_blank">webpage</a> selling other burr pieces, I'm told none of which were included in the DDD set.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wxVOaHtdkMs/X9R7tXB5GhI/AAAAAAAAbuc/-srGZhKIoqAM0oR7fHw25T9u76FLcTzLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7085.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wxVOaHtdkMs/X9R7tXB5GhI/AAAAAAAAbuc/-srGZhKIoqAM0oR7fHw25T9u76FLcTzLgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7085.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 5 brought him 2-in-one puzzle Designed by Oskar and made again by Eric over at cubicdissection. As with the earleir puzzles, he chucked this one into burrtools but this time there was a twist. He didn't know the finished solution so he did a bit of creative programming of it. After he got the burrtools solution to work, he set about solving the puzzle. This time it was more difficult and required the aid of rubber bands and an extra set of hands. Our puzzle is now assembled (incorrecly) and on the shelf in my office.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EW6On-_J9hM/X9R7-z5vn9I/AAAAAAAAbuk/T9cuDpffPHUHjrnX34jPBQ8KxKK6L_J3QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7098.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-EW6On-_J9hM/X9R7-z5vn9I/AAAAAAAAbuk/T9cuDpffPHUHjrnX34jPBQ8KxKK6L_J3QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7098.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 6 was the tumbler puzzle by Jon Keegan. He did not like it at all. He opened the box and went straight to a video of the solution. After one botched attempt, the puzzle was thrown at me to attempt. I was sick that day and had a brain of mush. Needless to say, I didn't get far with it either. It now resides up in the metal room alongside the cylinder puzzles it was named after.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IyuEf-J_8IY/X9R8WvaEvRI/AAAAAAAAbus/-XmQXfNMCIMIt5ucsMMy_SNrB5utAVNcgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7118.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IyuEf-J_8IY/X9R8WvaEvRI/AAAAAAAAbus/-XmQXfNMCIMIt5ucsMMy_SNrB5utAVNcgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7118.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 7 was yet another hit for puzzles. Back to something he likes. Get in the Box by Andrey Ubtjuzhanin. He initially thought it was a TIC, but after disassembly, he realized he was wrong. He made short work of this puzzle. It was disassembled and analyzed within all of 10 minutes. (He's a clever one, unlike his wife.) He then set about putting it into burr tools along side the other Advent PuzzleTree puzzles. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QlgdVzRmi5k/X9R8wpKHAtI/AAAAAAAAbu4/3ziqvb_OFrMeuvcHnhfQ1xt3LWHLGr63gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7138.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-QlgdVzRmi5k/X9R8wpKHAtI/AAAAAAAAbu4/3ziqvb_OFrMeuvcHnhfQ1xt3LWHLGr63gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7138.HEIC" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>Day 8<span style="font-family: inherit;"> was&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">caged poly cubes designed by </span><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a class="oajrlxb2 g5ia77u1 qu0x051f esr5mh6w e9989ue4 r7d6kgcz rq0escxv nhd2j8a9 nc684nl6 p7hjln8o kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x jb3vyjys rz4wbd8a qt6c0cv9 a8nywdso i1ao9s8h esuyzwwr f1sip0of lzcic4wl q66pz984 gpro0wi8 b1v8xokw" href="https://www.facebook.com/JohnRichardRausch?__cft__[0]=AZWIo8_IRYTAGz84iQAcicel9M7khS7__fPL_DgW3tnlTRcnhyPWGwkHu0dHn25NzKrs6PIT233cR4x7OUQGVAilM9PM4edHbBktG_QevujgQ8fPvoO4WjFF48impE4Axf4&amp;__tn__=-]K-R" role="link" style="border: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: var(--accent); cursor: pointer; display: inline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-decoration: none; touch-action: manipulation;" tabindex="0"><div class="nc684nl6" style="display: inline;">John Rausch</div></a></span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> made by </span><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><a class="oajrlxb2 g5ia77u1 qu0x051f esr5mh6w e9989ue4 r7d6kgcz rq0escxv nhd2j8a9 nc684nl6 p7hjln8o kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x jb3vyjys rz4wbd8a qt6c0cv9 a8nywdso i1ao9s8h esuyzwwr f1sip0of lzcic4wl q66pz984 gpro0wi8 b1v8xokw" href="https://www.facebook.com/ericpuzzlefuller?__cft__[0]=AZWIo8_IRYTAGz84iQAcicel9M7khS7__fPL_DgW3tnlTRcnhyPWGwkHu0dHn25NzKrs6PIT233cR4x7OUQGVAilM9PM4edHbBktG_QevujgQ8fPvoO4WjFF48impE4Axf4&amp;__tn__=-]K-R" role="link" style="border: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: var(--accent); cursor: pointer; display: inline; list-style: none; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-align: inherit; text-decoration: none; touch-action: manipulation;" tabindex="0"><div class="nc684nl6" style="display: inline;">Eric Fuller</div></a></span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">. It almost got tossed away because yours truly is an idiot and only gave him the cage. After a photo on facebook and some help from a friend, the cubes were found in the box for day 17. </span></span><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #050505; font-family: inherit;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">That would have been a long wait to finish a puzzle. Day 17 was then swapped out by yet </span></span><span style="color: #050505;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">another</span></span><span style="color: #050505; font-family: inherit;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"> puzzle I had in my top secret gift hiding spot. </span></span></span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-family: inherit; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">FYI: burr tools says it will take two years to solve. It is now up and running on his desktop that he rarely uses. One day he'll be able to solve it. </span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RqwI9I1nFbA/X9R87zmbhAI/AAAAAAAAbu8/m8NUBaRoaB4iMiCnTI50xlpnX4wCTlbIACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7161.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RqwI9I1nFbA/X9R87zmbhAI/AAAAAAAAbu8/m8NUBaRoaB4iMiCnTI50xlpnX4wCTlbIACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7161.HEIC" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-family: inherit; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Day 9 was yet another burr set. This time from Rombol. He has yet to put it into Burr tools. I'm not saying much about this because I am sure I'll post on his burr sets later. He's amassing quite the collection and burrs are like Berrocals. You can never have too many. Right?</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Thhlb4Dl274/X9R9HAnVVYI/AAAAAAAAbvE/-Vc9AbkSHIwH5e9s_zPiudgmE6MnN2iUwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_3065.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Thhlb4Dl274/X9R9HAnVVYI/AAAAAAAAbvE/-Vc9AbkSHIwH5e9s_zPiudgmE6MnN2iUwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_3065.HEIC" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #050505; font-family: inherit;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">Day 10 George </span></span><span style="color: #050505;"><span style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;">receive<span style="font-family: inherit;">d </span></span></span></span><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">T-one by Osanori Yamamoto. I thought it would take him a while, but he had it finished in no time. He rather enjoyed it I think. There were a few twists and turns that I could never manage. But looking at this photo now, I do believe I have a 3D printed version of it up in the circular room.</span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SIN9J5fRnr8/X9R9dfIui7I/AAAAAAAAbvY/kD0A5yqqr9oxgEX2VocPba1jTz9F5otngCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7184.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-SIN9J5fRnr8/X9R9dfIui7I/AAAAAAAAbvY/kD0A5yqqr9oxgEX2VocPba1jTz9F5otngCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7184.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">Day 11 was opened and inside he found Stepping Burr by Eric Fuller. This one was purchased back in March so to be honest, I totally forgot I had purchased it. I'm sure it will go into Burr Tools tomorrow. Tonight he got called to dinner soon after he opened it. It was a fun one to watch him solve. 17 moves and a shake and he had it in pieces. </span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6KHUak_ntDs/X9R9lZlmc4I/AAAAAAAAbvg/7DQzeP3K93ApmWmj8uTcwvxI12U-lAXugCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7192.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-6KHUak_ntDs/X9R9lZlmc4I/AAAAAAAAbvg/7DQzeP3K93ApmWmj8uTcwvxI12U-lAXugCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7192.HEIC" /></a></div></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="background-color: white; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span style="font-family: inherit;">I hope you've enjoyed this week. More to come. </span></span></div><span style="font-family: inherit;"><span class="pq6dq46d tbxw36s4 knj5qynh kvgmc6g5 ditlmg2l oygrvhab nvdbi5me sf5mxxl7 gl3lb2sf hhz5lgdu" style="caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; display: inline-flex; font-size: 15px; height: 16px; margin: 0px 1px; vertical-align: middle; white-space: pre-wrap; width: 16px;"></span></span><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-40629224636333619262020-12-05T07:00:00.020-05:002020-12-05T07:00:00.408-05:00My Christmas Advent PuzzleTree<p>&nbsp;Anyone who knows me knows I love Christmas. In years past I would go crazy from Thanksgiving evening decorating the house. &nbsp;I married a self-proclaimed curmudgeon in 2018 and haven't really decorated since. Last year we had children in the house so there was a bit, but not a tree. &nbsp;George has put a ban on Christmas trees because he hates putting them up, he says the needles get all over, and then there is the problem of disposing of it when the holidays are over. &nbsp;(He even vetoed a live potted tree like I had in HK.)</p><p>In an evil plot to get around this ban, in 2019 I gave George a small puzzle advent calendar made by Professor Puzzle. &nbsp;Each morning over our OJ, we would play with the puzzles. &nbsp;He enjoyed it and I started planning my next adventure.</p><p>Starting around April, I started buying unique puzzles I knew George would like. In November I gave him my design of a Christmas tree advent calendar that I was going to build myself (not the word myself!). He jumped in and offered to help. &nbsp;Our first version used plastic squares and 3d printed joints. &nbsp;While it looked amazing and stood over 7 feet tall, it just didn't work. &nbsp;You see, we couldn't get it to stand up. &nbsp;<br /><br /></p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PmwBvUN0wAw/X8kenOWWPtI/AAAAAAAAbsQ/RneYNW-4K-wOEdN1tSiHgnfdZCW0UqFDACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6817%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PmwBvUN0wAw/X8kenOWWPtI/AAAAAAAAbsQ/RneYNW-4K-wOEdN1tSiHgnfdZCW0UqFDACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6817%2B2.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">assembly<br /></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qFB0jTVntFM/X8ke0kuRykI/AAAAAAAAbsc/71vWDdyc1GI4QRJRQ6AB1WjxPd2hiZ4OQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6818.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qFB0jTVntFM/X8ke0kuRykI/AAAAAAAAbsc/71vWDdyc1GI4QRJRQ6AB1WjxPd2hiZ4OQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6818.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Overlooking his great work</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iNFhS6iHnP8/X8ke7Bdn60I/AAAAAAAAbso/4yQb59Zxzj8GyFr8rS3SFl-gkMZdF5rxgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6819.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-iNFhS6iHnP8/X8ke7Bdn60I/AAAAAAAAbso/4yQb59Zxzj8GyFr8rS3SFl-gkMZdF5rxgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6819.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Finished failed prototype</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><p></p><p>Scratch that idea. &nbsp;Next came George spending three days cleaning his workshop and moving lumber around. When he finished that monumental task, he set about building my PuzzleTree. &nbsp;I think it turned out just swell. To make it, he used flooring purchased at Home Depot and put in a lot of cuts. &nbsp;It assembles much like the protective cardboard in a case of wine. &nbsp;Each of the ornaments you see on it are also puzzles that I have either put together or built myself. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mdcrA9M327Q/X8kgENOY0zI/AAAAAAAAbs8/0iCV6u32kyo0oXVyby_NXuw5Wr_9-kZZwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7002.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-mdcrA9M327Q/X8kgENOY0zI/AAAAAAAAbs8/0iCV6u32kyo0oXVyby_NXuw5Wr_9-kZZwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7002.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vw50-_cqS1Q/X8kgEEVDG2I/AAAAAAAAbtA/OAvQtb55DTcJVDGGv-hEERoXQ5wDAoKGwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7007%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vw50-_cqS1Q/X8kgEEVDG2I/AAAAAAAAbtA/OAvQtb55DTcJVDGGv-hEERoXQ5wDAoKGwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7007%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4lKnR9WcQaQ/X8kgEOYl73I/AAAAAAAAbs4/wF5QqVrT1oc-PBIEkvS3t3ftk8__ZgG4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7011.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4lKnR9WcQaQ/X8kgEOYl73I/AAAAAAAAbs4/wF5QqVrT1oc-PBIEkvS3t3ftk8__ZgG4ACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7011.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p><p>This year he has decided to open each box just before dinner so he has time to play while I am cooking. &nbsp;Hmmm. &nbsp;Doesn't sound fair to me. So far he's been happy with what he's found.</p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWJzGlO8AYA/X8kgopoGppI/AAAAAAAAbtU/-hSmmWx5ZbM28RrbCwXQm0TvACqfrIRRwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7019.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZWJzGlO8AYA/X8kgopoGppI/AAAAAAAAbtU/-hSmmWx5ZbM28RrbCwXQm0TvACqfrIRRwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7019.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Day 1: Tetra Contact<br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-18t-VWHc38Y/X8kgoUx5wuI/AAAAAAAAbtQ/gqBjVCmdDiYIw8AOtv9MPt5nv9yV7L6TACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7031.HEIC" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-18t-VWHc38Y/X8kgoUx5wuI/AAAAAAAAbtQ/gqBjVCmdDiYIw8AOtv9MPt5nv9yV7L6TACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7031.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Day 2: Trap R2&nbsp;</td></tr></tbody></table><p><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tg1w4eeHsbk/X8oxR-oZLLI/AAAAAAAAbto/KD9sL86fsmwXJLZdchUP7PjoN4iI1R-KACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_7050.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tg1w4eeHsbk/X8oxR-oZLLI/AAAAAAAAbto/KD9sL86fsmwXJLZdchUP7PjoN4iI1R-KACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_7050.HEIC" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Day 3: T-Slot Burr<br /><br /></td></tr></tbody></table>Day 1 was disassembled, analyzed, and Burr Tooled before I was finished cooking.</p><p>Day 2 is still sitting bedside.</p><p>Day 3 is now on my work table in pieces. &nbsp;Perhaps he will put it together again soon. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><br /></p><p>I shan't post the list of puzzles here because it's early days, but at the end of each week leading up to Christmas, I will post about his puzzling gifts. &nbsp;</p><p>I wish one and all a very happy holiday season.&nbsp;</p><br />Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-8978746160354343662020-11-27T21:36:00.000-05:002020-11-27T21:36:00.619-05:00A final plea<p>&nbsp;Less than 50 hours left. If you or any one you know loves Crystal puzzles, Go fund this. &nbsp;Let's make it happen!&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/907755211/3d-crystal-puzzle-neuschwanstein-castle?ref=discovery_newest&amp;term=puzzle" target="_blank">Neuschwanstein castle!</a></p><p><br /></p><p>Happy Thanksgiving all. &nbsp;Back next week.</p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-86149688672694957972020-11-21T01:18:00.002-05:002020-11-21T01:55:45.741-05:00Crossing over to the darkside<p>&nbsp;Ok. &nbsp;I've gone and done it now. &nbsp;I've crossed over! &nbsp;Jigsaw puzzles. &nbsp;Ugh! &nbsp;What made me do it? &nbsp;I need help! &nbsp;Get me out of this madness zone. &nbsp;I'm on the fifth one now. &nbsp;I need intervention!</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0tGkKyQJ7Fk/X7it44Zj5FI/AAAAAAAAbps/lUIXE3owCrgRpIr_A8PXM-5AsHxqNG47gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6896.HEIC" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="179" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0tGkKyQJ7Fk/X7it44Zj5FI/AAAAAAAAbps/lUIXE3owCrgRpIr_A8PXM-5AsHxqNG47gCLcBGAsYHQ/w239-h179/IMG_6896.HEIC" width="239" /></a></div>&nbsp;I've had a few Rubik's jigsaw puzzles for a very long time and have just now gotten around to solving them. &nbsp;The first is the Rubik's Royal Brain Teaser. &nbsp;Not at all a Rubik's cube, rather a rather poetic use of the name to sell a jigsaw puzzle. It was made by Springbok consisting of 400 pieces. This one has jewels on a rope going around the puzzle. &nbsp;Challenging? &nbsp;Not in the least. &nbsp;But fun to put together anyway.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: right;"><br /></div>My next puzzle was the double sided magic. This one was produced by Milton Bradley during the 80's Rubik's craze and at least has some sense of Rubik'sness attached to it. &nbsp;It has a looped rings magic on one side, and the magic with the rings unlooped on the other. &nbsp;This one has 300 pieces. &nbsp;While it has fewer pieces, it was much more challenging than the first because of the number of black pieces. &nbsp;All black. &nbsp;No hints there. &nbsp;And don't let the 'double sided' fool you. It is easy to distinguish the two sides aided by the cutting technology of the 1980's. &nbsp;You simply feel the difference and go with it.&nbsp;<div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jMhgZ-wXED0/X7ivQNG0LiI/AAAAAAAAbqU/vBxSNzGhzyU6l-moQNriAahhXMPlkYPOQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6895.HEIC" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-jMhgZ-wXED0/X7ivQNG0LiI/AAAAAAAAbqU/vBxSNzGhzyU6l-moQNriAahhXMPlkYPOQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6895.HEIC" /></a></div><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g3Hi8PXzU2w/X7ivP7ViWqI/AAAAAAAAbqQ/w2BZVfR8o00O6dtbM8VMF5r2Racx9Ni1QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6894%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-g3Hi8PXzU2w/X7ivP7ViWqI/AAAAAAAAbqQ/w2BZVfR8o00O6dtbM8VMF5r2Racx9Ni1QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6894%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><br /><br />&nbsp;<p></p><p>The next puzzle I did was called the Rubik's zigzaw. &nbsp;This one is much smaller with only 131 frog shaped pieces. &nbsp;It was a fun one to do. &nbsp;I got tripped up on it while piecing together the outer edges. &nbsp;Once I found my mistake, the puzzle itself was a piece of cake to finish. &nbsp;NOT! &nbsp;This one has 3 dimensional cubes on it and did cause confusion because of the repetitive pattern. &nbsp;<br /></p><p>The final Rubiks branded puzzle is a double sided tile puzzle that needs to fit into a hexagon. &nbsp;I gave up on this one. Put it in the frame and mounted it on the wall. &nbsp;If you ever come to Puzzle Palace, please feel free to open the frame and solve it. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NpOnXF8axzc/X7ivZMxB3SI/AAAAAAAAbqY/Up9FDcCEm1EfGEuXWFS4d9BjmsWKd7S7QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6893%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NpOnXF8axzc/X7ivZMxB3SI/AAAAAAAAbqY/Up9FDcCEm1EfGEuXWFS4d9BjmsWKd7S7QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6893%2B2.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">We no come to my next bit of insanity. &nbsp;On a whim in Barcelona, I bought a 42,000 piece puzzle entitled "Around the World". &nbsp;It has sat under the desk in the breakfast room for the better part of the year while I worked up the courage to open it. &nbsp;Yesterday the day has come. I expect it to take me around 6 months of puzzling to complete it. &nbsp;It arrives in 7 bags of 6000 or so pieces. &nbsp;NO, I did not open them all and mix them up. &nbsp;I'm not a jigsaw type person and therefor not a purest. &nbsp;6000 pieces is still a lot. &nbsp;I could open them all and assemble it on the floor in the void but oh my poor back. &nbsp;No, I think I'll stick with the smaller chunks. When completed, I'll post again with a photo of it in situ. It will be permanently mounted to the wall on the bridge. &nbsp;Until then I'll go back to regular blog posts about normal type puzzles.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4q25nDvQqug/X7iw9SJAz0I/AAAAAAAAbqs/VkClFjVC1YUkZzp9KNI9ECtORSt9pYB_QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6930%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4q25nDvQqug/X7iw9SJAz0I/AAAAAAAAbqs/VkClFjVC1YUkZzp9KNI9ECtORSt9pYB_QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6930%2B2.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LKkFFfMxHbg/X7iw9A7fEQI/AAAAAAAAbqo/kmQSc0riwnooOLefX87RE1e8IXMPQir0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6931%2B2.HEIC" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LKkFFfMxHbg/X7iw9A7fEQI/AAAAAAAAbqo/kmQSc0riwnooOLefX87RE1e8IXMPQir0wCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6931%2B2.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><br /><p></p><p><br /></p></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-60599642513158032932020-11-14T07:00:00.005-05:002020-11-14T22:23:42.253-05:00Kickstarter<p>&nbsp;I've backed many kickstarter projects over the years. &nbsp;My most recent one that was completed was from Two Brass Monkeys. &nbsp;But I'll not discuss that one for a month or two yet...</p><p>I've just found these two and thought why not. &nbsp;The first, <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dragonfjord/a-puzzle-a-day?ref=discovery&amp;term=puzzle" target="_blank">A-Puzzle-A-Day</a>&nbsp;reminds me of the Philos birthday puzzle although, it doesn't come with the 3 1/2 inch floppy disk. &nbsp;The man obviously bought a laser cutter and wants to use it. &nbsp;Should I tell him tape will stop the burning of the edges of the wood?</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AoEdKFL-csU/X65z3RrQ7GI/AAAAAAAAbo4/_KtImEbUPqUX5TpBTdz9BqFWnxFGez2zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s820/Screenshot%2B2020-11-13%2Bat%2B6.51.04%2BAM.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="734" data-original-width="820" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AoEdKFL-csU/X65z3RrQ7GI/AAAAAAAAbo4/_KtImEbUPqUX5TpBTdz9BqFWnxFGez2zgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/Screenshot%2B2020-11-13%2Bat%2B6.51.04%2BAM.png" width="320" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp;<p></p><p>The second <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/907755211/3d-crystal-puzzle-neuschwanstein-castle?ref=discovery&amp;term=puzzle" target="_blank">Neuschwanstein Castle</a> is dear to me. &nbsp;I love the crystal puzzles and would really like to see this one come to be produced. I've assembled 380 of these since moving to Florida in August of 2018 ( I left a collection of well over 200 assembled puzzles in Hong Kong when I left but that's a story that won't be told here) and really would love to put this one together as well. &nbsp;Sadly, with 16 days left, I don't think it will make the funding goal. &nbsp;The price is in Hong Kong dollars which probably put most people off. &nbsp;The HK$ is pegged to the US$ and the exchange rate is 7.8:1. &nbsp;The puzzles are not as expensive as they look. &nbsp;I ordered the early bird tier iv because I realized this drops the price of each puzzle to under US$15. &nbsp;I can't buy them at that price here in the US. &nbsp;I believe I even paid more for the larger ones when I bought them direct. &nbsp;Even the castle by itself is well priced at US$31. &nbsp;Add to that the option of getting a blue duck and a yellow apple on the higher tiers and I'm sold! &nbsp;</p><p>The other problem with this kickstarter that I see as being a non-issue is completion once the funding period is over. &nbsp;Lately there have been a lot of Hong Kong based Kick starters that have not been completed once the money has been handed over. &nbsp;I don't see this as a problem at all. &nbsp;First, Jeruel is a well established company. &nbsp;They started out making kinatos in around 2002. &nbsp;The company has really come along since then. &nbsp;Now they make smart eggs as well as the crystal puzzles. &nbsp;If this kickstarter is to be completed, I know they will produce this. &nbsp;I think this is all part of the new bandwagon I see with other manufacturers. &nbsp;I guess it helps with the initial molding costs. &nbsp;Speaking from experience with my own puzzle, the amount they are looking for sounds about right. &nbsp;</p><p>For those who don't know, <a href="www.kinato.com" target="_blank">Jeruel</a> makes the crystal puzzles that are sold in the US branded as <a href="https://www.universitygames.com/3dcrystalpuzzles" target="_blank">BePuzzled</a>. &nbsp;They have licensed their products to University Games. &nbsp;In Asia you can find the under the <a href="https://www.be-en.co.jp/products/list.php?category_id=401" target="_blank">Beverly</a> brand name. &nbsp;Along with Hanayama, they are the premier producer of these three-dimensional jigsaws.&nbsp;</p><p>Add to that the fact that I count Lawrence Lau among my friends and I can guarantee he will follow through if the kickstarter goal amount is reached. &nbsp;He is a kind and honest soul. &nbsp;I feel honored to have met him so many years ago at the HKTGF. &nbsp;</p><p>I really hope this one goes off. It would be even better if I could get an advanced copy to trial. &nbsp;I can't wait to see what he has in store for next year. &nbsp;I'm still pushing for a Santa Claus and his sleigh. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OgbBhAtSsPQ/X65t21D-K4I/AAAAAAAAbos/kMZ_mQQuvfQpblQBCz-Jo9EzVGkvAiqZQCLcBGAsYHQ/s3979/d3bf119f4a000969cc1627021fe7ccc5_original.jpg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="3979" data-original-width="680" height="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-OgbBhAtSsPQ/X65t21D-K4I/AAAAAAAAbos/kMZ_mQQuvfQpblQBCz-Jo9EzVGkvAiqZQCLcBGAsYHQ/w110-h640/d3bf119f4a000969cc1627021fe7ccc5_original.jpg" width="110" /></a></div><br /><p><br /></p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-86747047755077861342020-11-07T07:00:00.005-05:002020-11-07T07:24:29.626-05:00Viruses Times Three<p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Today's puzzles are brought to you by the Corona Virus that has been crippling the world this past year. &nbsp;Whether you had a day without toilet paper and other necessities, became unemployed, or lost a loved one, this past year has affected us all. &nbsp;It's been one heck of a ride so far and I for one have had enough of the worry of catching a disease there is no cure for. &nbsp;Living in the US is worrisome. The President thinks that because he had the best medical treatment available and was 'cured' that the virus is under control. &nbsp;He refused to lead by example and by doing so, has endangered the lives of many Americans. At the time of writing this post, over 9,570,000 people have contracted the disease and 237,000 people lost their lives. &nbsp;We spend our lives sheltering in place (here at Puzzle Palace, we are fortunate to live on a golf course and have all these puzzles and games to entertain ourselves with), not going out to eat in restaurants, no more concerts or sporting events, no family gatherings, and the obligatory dreaded masks. &nbsp;If we all do our part and follow WHO and CDC guidelines we can eliminate this virus.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Which of course brings me to my first puzzle of the day: &nbsp;<b>Eliminate the Virus</b>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This puzzle was obtained in 2020 from I have no idea where. &nbsp;Ebay, Amazon, Taobao? &nbsp;Maybe it was one of many puzzles that have been sent to me to try. I don't know if it came from China or Taiwan. &nbsp;I've purchased so many puzzles that I just can't keep track anymore if it isn't written down when it comes in. &nbsp;The puzzle is a logic puzzle that uses coverup pieces. &nbsp;It has 6 clear pieces of plastic that are used to shoot disinfecting spray at the many viruses on each of the 60 challenge sheets. &nbsp;This puzzle is very similar to many others produced over the years. &nbsp;SmartGames has a number of them from Raf Peters including Down the Rabbit Hole, and the Go-Getter series.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The best part of this puzzle is not the puzzling itself, but rather the instructions. &nbsp;They are a public service announcement. &nbsp;I would like to say this is reminiscent of what I would see on TV when I lived in Hong Kong and assume it is from China. &nbsp;The only problem is, there is no Chinese on the instructions. &nbsp;I'd also like to think this puzzle was produced prior to the discovery of COVID-19 but again, I can't be sure. &nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X4p8ZeS1Zwg/X6FkbeZBvdI/AAAAAAAAbmU/jQ6LtIeWZd403BwHNGm6oROeJxcrVzViQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6839.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-X4p8ZeS1Zwg/X6FkbeZBvdI/AAAAAAAAbmU/jQ6LtIeWZd403BwHNGm6oROeJxcrVzViQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6839.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The first 15 puzzles have lines drawn as to where to place some of the tiles. &nbsp;Puzzles 16-24 give the position of two sprayers, 25-30 give the position of one sprayer, 31-35 give either one or two sprayers in a shadowed sort of way &nbsp;and the final 16 have no clues at all. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FyXv4Ta7aLE/X6FlwYE5LzI/AAAAAAAAbmo/4l3jlFj9LMM_lt92vaMMcQRQI9ppN2h6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6840.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FyXv4Ta7aLE/X6FlwYE5LzI/AAAAAAAAbmo/4l3jlFj9LMM_lt92vaMMcQRQI9ppN2h6gCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6840.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">George had a crack at it this morning. &nbsp;He saw how solution one was done, jumped to puzzle 36, and now he is attempting 60. &nbsp;All in all, it's a fun puzzle variation on a familiar theme. &nbsp;I wouldn't go hunt it down purposefully, but if you find it, it is appropriate to the theme of 2020.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T2GfiZrSn9U/X6Fl9_AfG1I/AAAAAAAAbms/bL7osXsVGnklvy2iqRBROoaBjt9NZh3CQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6837.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T2GfiZrSn9U/X6Fl9_AfG1I/AAAAAAAAbms/bL7osXsVGnklvy2iqRBROoaBjt9NZh3CQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6837.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Following on from there, we have <b>Anti-Virus</b>. &nbsp;Again this puzzle has 60 challenges but this time with 11 pieces that need to be shifted around to get the red virus out of the board. &nbsp;This puzzle was designed by Oskar van Deventer in 2003 and was brought to market in 2008.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3dq5eV5Zi-A/X6LFXwTTwiI/AAAAAAAAbn4/bYHgZ8WB5hQSfwPDADTlUDNRDH-zWLSDwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6845.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-3dq5eV5Zi-A/X6LFXwTTwiI/AAAAAAAAbn4/bYHgZ8WB5hQSfwPDADTlUDNRDH-zWLSDwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6845.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This puzzle was originally designed by Oskar using plastic sheets, and exacto-knives. He then designed one that was tin cast in a laser cut mold! &nbsp;Ah the technology he used. &nbsp; The p<span style="font-family: inherit;">uzzle was put on&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white;">Jimmy Stephens website as a puzzle called the&nbsp;</span><span style="background-color: white;">Bulbous Blob. &nbsp;</span></span>Later Oskar designed the wavy board that was ultimately used and George prototyped this one for him.&nbsp;<span style="background-color: white; font-family: inherit;">It was delivered to Smart Games and the rest is history. &nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ptCDiRQu1AI/X6K9rE3Y3KI/AAAAAAAAbnY/gbWr2EJ1ptASYsS2GO3lUDQ6zirmG49NACLcBGAsYHQ/s640/Edge%2BSlide%2Bprototype.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ptCDiRQu1AI/X6K9rE3Y3KI/AAAAAAAAbnY/gbWr2EJ1ptASYsS2GO3lUDQ6zirmG49NACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/Edge%2BSlide%2Bprototype.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HEPJIBqyEx0/X6K9rI8AUPI/AAAAAAAAbnU/Qx6K-e60t84ADxueTASMfJDQHOi0rKx0QCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/Edge%2BSlide%2Bmetal.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HEPJIBqyEx0/X6K9rI8AUPI/AAAAAAAAbnU/Qx6K-e60t84ADxueTASMfJDQHOi0rKx0QCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/Edge%2BSlide%2Bmetal.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nf8nkCkn_go/X6K9rEtnbzI/AAAAAAAAbnc/9jxLD6Vq_AkNMeizXIkSr-AVwEBKw7hpQCLcBGAsYHQ/s640/EdgeSlide%2Bprototype%252C%2Blaser%2Bmoulds.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="480" data-original-width="640" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Nf8nkCkn_go/X6K9rEtnbzI/AAAAAAAAbnc/9jxLD6Vq_AkNMeizXIkSr-AVwEBKw7hpQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/EdgeSlide%2Bprototype%252C%2Blaser%2Bmoulds.jpg" width="320" /></a></div></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As with <b>Eliminate the virus</b>, I really enjoyed the instructions for this puzzle. &nbsp;It makes one wonder if Oskar could foretell the future. &nbsp;I later learned through looking at George's stl files that there were googly eyes on the pieces and to me they looked more alive.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CXTLlw9C-i4/X6K7u89CyPI/AAAAAAAAbnE/cigiamBwLmMd1IfAr1XCcJQl6fMLEgymQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6841.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CXTLlw9C-i4/X6K7u89CyPI/AAAAAAAAbnE/cigiamBwLmMd1IfAr1XCcJQl6fMLEgymQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6841.HEIC" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Unlike most puzzles of the 'remove the piece' type, this one has pieces that move on a diagonal instead of the normal left/right, up/down moves one would expect. &nbsp;I revisited this puzzle this past week and have found this difference in movement to not work well with my simple brain. &nbsp;I'm just not used to it. &nbsp;I originally got this puzzle when it first came out and because of my lack of other entertainment I worked my way through the challenges. &nbsp;I wonder if I found it easier then than I do now. &nbsp;Perhaps if I were to go through all 60 challenges again I would find the moves to be easier. &nbsp;And I wish I had access to this giant version! That would look so cool on our coffee table.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ahm4dzWL-TU/X6K-EvJNvoI/AAAAAAAAbnk/mZwPW-K3QfQ4CPOVveMjDWaepmFMPn-rQCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_4674.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ahm4dzWL-TU/X6K-EvJNvoI/AAAAAAAAbnk/mZwPW-K3QfQ4CPOVveMjDWaepmFMPn-rQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_4674.JPG" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="text-align: left;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><span style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: left;">The final puzzle of the day is <b>Anti-Virus Mutation</b>. This one was based on Oskar's original puzzle but re-designed by Raf Peters. Instead of 11 pieces, it has only 6. &nbsp;It is sold as a travel game, and the case for it makes it much easier to take on the road. &nbsp;The other major change is that the pieces can be moved in that left/right, up/down positions. &nbsp;It is no longer a diagonally based game. &nbsp;This makes it much easier for my simple brain.&nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FG-iWoVfF5M/X6LFEIidoEI/AAAAAAAAbnw/YkanwCLxJ6gB5Xe72q5Vcz1JO0Y0pTsWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6848.HEIC" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FG-iWoVfF5M/X6LFEIidoEI/AAAAAAAAbnw/YkanwCLxJ6gB5Xe72q5Vcz1JO0Y0pTsWwCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/IMG_6848.HEIC" width="320" /></a></div><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Oskar tells me that since the date of release that <b>Anti-Virus</b> has sold 450,000 units at the end of 2019 and <b>Anti-Virus Mutation </b>has sold more than 50,000 pieces between 2016 and 2019. &nbsp;Who knows what this year will bring for these puzzles. &nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div></span><span style="text-align: left;"><div style="text-align: left;">Smartgames has this as an online game that can be played <a href="https://www.smartgameslive.com/en/games/starter" target="_blank">here</a>. &nbsp;You can sign up for free and play for 6 months. &nbsp;Now that is what I call a deal!</div></span></td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Below is a video of the storage solution we have come up with for this type of puzzle.<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="BLOG_video_class" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/qJijgUBIlOg" width="320" youtube-src-id="qJijgUBIlOg"></iframe></div><br /><div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>&nbsp;<p></p></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-89482436060745609672020-11-03T07:27:00.002-05:002020-11-03T07:39:30.952-05:00VOTE!<p>&nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Va635tsD7zM/X6FN3iqVabI/AAAAAAAAbkg/pwHhWjxs-9UMht4pj1O2CIbI9wTzPGRGQCLcBGAsYHQ/s500/Go-Vote-500x500-500x372.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="372" data-original-width="500" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Va635tsD7zM/X6FN3iqVabI/AAAAAAAAbkg/pwHhWjxs-9UMht4pj1O2CIbI9wTzPGRGQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/Go-Vote-500x500-500x372.png" width="320" /></a></div>Today is election day in the United States. &nbsp;I implore all Americans to go to the polls and <span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>VOTE</b></span>. &nbsp;Uber and Lyft are offering 50% off rides if you can't get there on your own. &nbsp;People all over the US are volunteering to drive people to <span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>VOTE</b></span>. &nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFSyvYKhowk/X6FO57zbnaI/AAAAAAAAbk0/EnAkPmZ-U6Q_4TKJ-Rnvll28qGIqPDVkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s703/kisspng-us-presidential-election-2016-united-states-presid-5ae65077105453.4372752715250433190669.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="677" data-original-width="703" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-eFSyvYKhowk/X6FO57zbnaI/AAAAAAAAbk0/EnAkPmZ-U6Q_4TKJ-Rnvll28qGIqPDVkgCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/kisspng-us-presidential-election-2016-united-states-presid-5ae65077105453.4372752715250433190669.png" width="320" /></a></div><br /><p></p><p>This is a very important election. &nbsp;Get out and <span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>VOTE</b></span>! &nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vf3M40fz4Xk/X6FMhLZ_odI/AAAAAAAAbkM/2iACJ22LqLsmTcY1yp2_OYdsLhqHiAxTQCLcBGAsYHQ/s1024/1024px-Biden_Harris_logo.svg.png" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="427" data-original-width="1024" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vf3M40fz4Xk/X6FMhLZ_odI/AAAAAAAAbkM/2iACJ22LqLsmTcY1yp2_OYdsLhqHiAxTQCLcBGAsYHQ/s320/1024px-Biden_Harris_logo.svg.png" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Here's hoping for change at all levels. &nbsp;The "swamp" was not drained, it was fed. &nbsp;Do your civic duty. &nbsp;If you don't know where to <span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>VOTE</b></span>, click <a href="https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&amp;rls=en&amp;q=How+to+find+polling+stations+in+your+locatoin&amp;ie=UTF-8&amp;oe=UTF-8#eob=va/4/16/" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;and enter your home address. &nbsp;It works!&nbsp;<p></p><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WaqspZK1fZQ/X6FMhPmlz1I/AAAAAAAAbkI/s0VKWk5xoqMhC47Fnao-kjyWtbySmvaMwCLcBGAsYHQ/s259/images.jpeg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="194" data-original-width="259" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-WaqspZK1fZQ/X6FMhPmlz1I/AAAAAAAAbkI/s0VKWk5xoqMhC47Fnao-kjyWtbySmvaMwCLcBGAsYHQ/s0/images.jpeg" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Help make a change so we can get back to puzzling without worry. &nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">GO VOTE</span></b></div><br /><p><br /></p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-7358162494749358242020-10-31T07:30:00.046-04:002020-11-01T07:03:21.674-05:00Edge matching puzzles<p>You have any number of small edge matching tile puzzles. &nbsp;What do you do with them? &nbsp;If you are like me, they are chucked in a drawer and forgotten. &nbsp;Left alone and unloved, they simply cease to exist as a puzzle. &nbsp;And yet, some of them are rather beautiful &nbsp;Most are very colorful, all are worthy of a second look. &nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOvfi4jlnoM/X5dglvftTnI/AAAAAAAAbjI/yjrgi9Zqtb8v732H-afcvRODQkemFIxjgCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6771%2B2.HEIC" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pOvfi4jlnoM/X5dglvftTnI/AAAAAAAAbjI/yjrgi9Zqtb8v732H-afcvRODQkemFIxjgCLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h150/IMG_6771%2B2.HEIC" width="200" /></a>We have this motto of "Display and Play", and this category of puzzle has been problematic for me. &nbsp;What do we do with them. &nbsp;If they stay in the drawer, unless I label it in neon paint, they will never see the light of day again. &nbsp;Last week after a conversation with Rob of Rob's puzzle page, we have a solution. &nbsp;Wall space in the corridor to the gym! We use part of this to hang magic puzzles and another part to hang sliding tile puzzles. &nbsp;You know the kind: those that every collector has but never really touches. Well, the edge matching tile puzzles are the same. &nbsp;And we have wall space in that corridor. &nbsp;The ceilings in there are 7 feet high and the length is 20 feet. &nbsp;Forget the door in the middle, there is room enough for at least 75 of those puzzles. &nbsp;Going against my natural need for order, I placed these puzzles rather randomly along the walls. &nbsp;I first hung the largest of the frames and followed that up with progressively smaller pieces. &nbsp;We end up with a rather large hodge-podge of puzzle viewing. &nbsp;Sprinkled throughout the corridor are a number of symmetric shape puzzles, a few folded playing cards, and any number of old IPP table cards.&nbsp;</p><p></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13Km9AL_RaE/X42ArQR-84I/AAAAAAAAbhw/-6tZfGOfqCEb5HIbB1INJzRJ2nDNmVhaACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6716.HEIC" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="1536" data-original-width="2048" height="150" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-13Km9AL_RaE/X42ArQR-84I/AAAAAAAAbhw/-6tZfGOfqCEb5HIbB1INJzRJ2nDNmVhaACLcBGAsYHQ/w200-h150/IMG_6716.HEIC" width="200" /></a></div>Technically these are not Display and Play as I put each of them in a poster frame or a photo frame. &nbsp; But if anyone were to want to play with them, it is easily done. &nbsp;Because these puzzles are the type that need to lay flat, I added a bit of BluTack to the back of each piece and mounted them that way. &nbsp;Not all of the puzzles are solved. To be honest, I don't take great pleasure from them so I lost interest after I did 12 of them this afternoon. &nbsp;(I've subsequently realized that many of the puzzles which are from the same companies have exactly the same solution. Lagoon Games is especially guilty of this. If you are looking for a challenge, don't bother with them. Once you've solved one, you've quite literally solved them all.) &nbsp;<div><br /></div><div>The poster frames are from Walmart and run about $6 each. &nbsp;The photo frames I got from the dollar store. &nbsp;The floating frames are from Michaels and are rather expensive at $26 each, but thankfully we only have 3 double sided puzzles. &nbsp;The shadow boxes were also bought from Michaels and I managed those for $11 each on a sale. &nbsp; George wouldn't let me spend more on the frames than I did on puzzles. &nbsp;Although there are 6 of them I bought in HK for less than 50 cents US so I guess I blew it on those frames. &nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VdVWQvtAV2k/X42ArfM4HqI/AAAAAAAAbh0/F97gQytIWW4ORKFEOZfh0zNNRb6UZgN4QCLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/IMG_6715.HEIC" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="200" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VdVWQvtAV2k/X42ArfM4HqI/AAAAAAAAbh0/F97gQytIWW4ORKFEOZfh0zNNRb6UZgN4QCLcBGAsYHQ/w150-h200/IMG_6715.HEIC" width="150" /></a></div><p></p><p>After the frames came in, I decided that maybe I would solve most of them after all. The smaller 9 square versions take very little time now. &nbsp;I guess I've done enough of them that I can spot the similarities right away. &nbsp;The larger 16 and 25 piece puzzles are a bit trickier. I'll be honest, a few of them just gave me too much gas so I left them for someone else to deal with. &nbsp;As you saw from last weeks blog post, George even helped out solving that rather unique one we found. &nbsp;The final puzzle to be solved was the Rubik's tangle 10x10 grid. &nbsp;It combines all 4 of the 25 piece tangle puzzles. &nbsp;Unfortunately, it is unsolvable. &nbsp;It turns out the manufacturers printed a duplicate of the wrong piece. &nbsp;It's a good story to tell though. &nbsp;</p><p>I used small 3x5 and 4x6 frames to hold a number of symmetrical puzzles, IPP table puzzles, and impossible cards that we have been given. The final items to go on this wall area will be a few old Rubik's jigsaw puzzles that I got back in the 90's. It's about time I put them together. &nbsp;</p><p>All in all, I am quite pleased with the way this new display method has turned out. Thank you Rob for the suggestion. You helped rescue these puzzles.</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" class="BLOG_video_class" height="266" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/MWM5lU8gs5I" width="320" youtube-src-id="MWM5lU8gs5I"></iframe></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><p><br /></p><p><br /></p></div>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2685551743349411127.post-8458152737885415382020-10-24T07:30:00.004-04:002020-11-07T07:25:29.081-05:0048 Queens Puzzle-Roxanne's take<p>&nbsp;Wow! &nbsp;What a puzzle! This was found in a box of older IPP exchange puzzles. &nbsp;It was probably made during the early 1990's but we can't be sure as we don't read Japanese. &nbsp;On one side there is a standard edge matching puzzle with some child-like cartoon animals. &nbsp;On the other side is the 8 queens puzzle that George wrote about last week. &nbsp;Either puzzle is quite difficult. &nbsp;</p><p><span></span></p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wHdIVGU1RZM/X5LcjqgHuGI/AAAAAAAAbik/8K8MyO1mE6Uje21MZMDsdpUXePMH5uvNACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/48%2Bqueens.jpeg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wHdIVGU1RZM/X5LcjqgHuGI/AAAAAAAAbik/8K8MyO1mE6Uje21MZMDsdpUXePMH5uvNACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/48%2Bqueens.jpeg" /></a></div>This puzzle was designed by Hisayoshi Akiyama. &nbsp;He attended first at IPP 9. &nbsp;Over the years, he has designed many puzzles and written a number of books on puzzles. &nbsp;His puzzles can be found on Cubic Dissection as well as at Puzzlemaster.ca.<p></p><p>After scratching my head over this for a few days, asked George if this puzzle could be put into a solution on both sides. Sadly, the answer is no. &nbsp;One side at a time only. &nbsp;</p><p>My next question was can it be made using additional colors so that no square is without a colored circle and still be solved. &nbsp;Again, Burrtools came up with a definitive no. &nbsp;</p><p>Again, thanks to Rob, we now have an additional link that gives some information on this puzzle. &nbsp;Sadly, it's in French. &nbsp;"<span face="system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif" style="background-color: #f0f2f5; caret-color: rgb(5, 5, 5); color: #050505; font-size: 15px;">There is another solution to the superposition of six sets of eight queens each on an 8x8 board, published by Lucas (inventor of the Towers of Hanoi problem) in his 1895 book, on page 232:&nbsp;</span><a class="oajrlxb2 g5ia77u1 qu0x051f esr5mh6w e9989ue4 r7d6kgcz rq0escxv nhd2j8a9 nc684nl6 p7hjln8o kvgmc6g5 cxmmr5t8 oygrvhab hcukyx3x jb3vyjys rz4wbd8a qt6c0cv9 a8nywdso i1ao9s8h esuyzwwr f1sip0of lzcic4wl py34i1dx gpro0wi8" href="https://archive.org/details/larithmetiqueam00lucarich/page/n231/mode/2up" rel="nofollow noopener" role="link" style="border: 0px; box-sizing: border-box; color: var(--blue-link); cursor: pointer; display: inline; font-family: system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, &quot;.SFNSText-Regular&quot;, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; list-style: none; margin: 0px; outline: none; padding: 0px; text-decoration: none; touch-action: manipulation;" tabindex="0" target="_blank">https://archive.org/.../larithmetiquea.../page/n231/mode/2up</a>".</p><p>As a bit of background, edge matching puzzles were invented by E. L. Thurston in 1892. &nbsp;A copy of his original patent can be found &nbsp;<a href="https://www.cs.brandeis.edu/~storer/JimPuzzles/MATCH/RubikTangle5x5/Thurston487798.pdf" target="_blank">here.</a>&nbsp; They are &nbsp;puzzles which have an edge color, image, number, etc. that must match the adjacent piece. &nbsp;A very detailed explanatory article can be found&nbsp;<a href="https://erikdemaine.org/papers/Jigsaw_GC/paper.pdf" target="_blank">here. </a>&nbsp; These are readily available in stores everywhere. &nbsp;Puzzlemaster sells the <a href="https://www.puzzlemaster.ca/search/?q=scrambled%20squares" target="_blank">scrambled squares puzzles </a>for a relatively low price. &nbsp;They can also be found on many other online sellers. &nbsp;As for me,&nbsp;I've spent the past few weeks solving this type of puzzle and have decided they just aren't for me. I eagerly await George's Burr Tools program so I can put the rest of the unfinished puzzles on the walls. &nbsp;</p><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RsKNUuhuKNA/X5LcZ_AXoWI/AAAAAAAAbig/Kmx8N5cFybsvCN80chh7iN9P4RwyJ-RXACLcBGAsYHQ/s2048/color%2Bmatching.jpeg" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" data-original-height="2048" data-original-width="1536" height="320" src="https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-RsKNUuhuKNA/X5LcZ_AXoWI/AAAAAAAAbig/Kmx8N5cFybsvCN80chh7iN9P4RwyJ-RXACLcBGAsYHQ/s320/color%2Bmatching.jpeg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><p></p><p><br /></p>Roxanne Millerhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17218865433177555019noreply@blogger.com0