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 Post subject: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:30 am 
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First off I need to apologize for dropping out of twisty puzzles for the past half of the year and taking puzzle of the month with me. I think it would be pointless to go back and vote on the months I missed but since the new year just started why not atleast keep this tradition going. However hear are links to the past months up to August to help you remember all the great puzzles this year. Recent months should still be in your memory :P

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Unlike last year we do not have any list to chose from so we must rely on memory. Please make a gold, silver, and bronze vote for your top three puzzles of the year. Gold is 3 points, silver is 2, and bronze is 1. They can be any puzzle that was made by a member of our forum within 2011 and I think voting for multiple puzzles by the same designer should be ok. At the end of the month I'll count them all up and announce the winner and runner ups.

With that said, let the voting begin!

Also if no one objects, I plan to start up puzzle of the month again this year.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold - Multi-Dodecahedron by TomZ
Silver - Gear Pyraminx by Timur
Bronze - Flower Copter by Arvinshu

Honorable mention: Copter 3x3 by Will_57


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:29 am 
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I will just look at those I have got

Gold = TomZ's Multidodecahedron
Silver= TomZ's Master FTO
Bronze = Eric Vergo's Elite Skewb

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Well I don't know much puzzles so my 3 puzzle of the year would be those puzzle I know only.

Gold: Multi Dodecahedron by TomZ
Silver: Flower Copter by arvinshu
Bronze: Megaminx Barrel by AJ (I'm not so sure if this one is a this year's puzzle but I got it this year so...)


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:17 am 
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Gold - Ryan's Skiamond (absolutely beautiful. A fantastic puzzle).
Silver - Tom's MultiDodecahedron (well, it's a MultiDodecahedron. It's obviously going to be on the list).
Bronze - Eric's Rex Skewb (I ordered this on New Year's Eve because it looks like it is a phenomenal puzzle. I feel that the Rex Skewb has the perfect balance between aesthetics and difficulty).

Honourable mention - Timur's Master Gear Pyraminx (looks like it is one of the few really challenging Gear puzzles out there).

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Gold - Multi-Dodecahedron by TomZ (Epic puzzle)
Silver - Gear Pyraminx by Timur (Incredible Puzzle)
Bronze - Dumbbell Cube by Oskar (Unique Rubik's Cube variation)

HM - grigorusha Elemental Cube (World's smallest Rubik's Cube)
HM - Grigr's Fibik's Cube / Trivial Fisher Cube (surprised puzzle)
HM - Gingervergo's Deceptiminx (sudden puzle)

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 1:47 pm 
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Gold: Multidodecahedron
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Bronze: Big Kahuna

Honorable Mention: Luke's awesomeness :P

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:15 pm 
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Before we do this, I find it necessary to get the lists of previous months. No need to revote, but it's very tedius to find additional puzzles. I propose we delay the Puzzle of the Year until all the lists have been obtained.

If I must make these lists, then I will. Please wait.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Ender Delphiki wrote:
Before we do this, I find it necessary to get the lists of previous months. No need to revote, but it's very tedius to find additional puzzles. I propose we delay the Puzzle of the Year until all the lists have been obtained.

If I must make these lists, then I will. Please wait.

Done for January through August, the rest should still be fresh in memory unless someone wants to add them.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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I am already working on them. Done with September and October, working on November.

Fresh in memory? No. There are several puzzles that don't even have *any* replies that I find very spectacular. I urge everyone to wait and see the lists first, then vote. Unless one has had the job Steveo, you, and I have, that one person sees probably 10% of the new puzzles, if that.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:41 pm 
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Gold: Over the top 17x17x17 by Oskar (how come nobody mentions it? Think of the record and the impact, it has to be Gold.)
Silver: Multi-Dodecahedron by TomZ
Bronze: Constellation Six by Timur

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Ender Delphiki wrote:
There are several puzzles that don't even have *any* replies that I find very spectacular. I urge everyone to wait and see the lists first, then vote. Unless one has had the job Steveo, you, and I have, that one person sees probably 10% of the new puzzles, if that.


You find them spectacular. Personally I do not think the lists are necessary as the 'spectacular' puzzles deserving of POTY will stick in people's minds.


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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You must be forgetting that it's all subjective when it comes to voting on you favorite puzzle.

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There, done. Now, was that really so hard to wait for?

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold: Multidodecahedron
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:39 pm 
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Gold: Ryan's Skiamond
Silver: Eric's Deceptiminx
Bronze: Greg's Prisminx Crystal


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:49 pm 
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Gold: Luke's AWESOMENESS
Silver: Greg's MB + Flopy Hybrid
Bronze: PuzzleMaster6262's 48 Cube V7

Honorable Mention: Multi Dec, make that the Mixup Cube instead

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold: Over the Top 17x17x17
Silver: Master Gear Pyraminx
Bronze: Hexagonish Block

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 Post subject: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:58 pm 
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First two easy-

Gold- 17x17x17
Silver - Examinx
Bronze- 4Cubes (sorry, but I love this puzzle)

Suggestion for next year- two categories-
1. 3d printed / cast from 3d prints
2. Hand made / cast but no printing involved

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold: Multidodecahedron by TomZ.
Silver: Copter 3x3x3 by Will_57.
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
PostPosted: Sun Jan 08, 2012 6:01 pm 
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Tony Fisher wrote:
First two easy-

Gold- 17x17x17
Silver - Examinx
Bronze- 4Cubes (sorry, but I love this puzzle)

Suggestion for next year- two categories-
1. 3d printed / cast from 3d prints
2. Hand made / cast but no printing involved

If people like my idea I think this year we should set it up like a sport and have divisions and eliminations and such to better balance things between type of puzzle and when the puzzle was published. Way to many votes are of puzzles late in the year for it to be fair.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold- 4-Cubes
Silver- Over the Top
Bronze- Examinx


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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Looking through the lists, I have decided:

Gold: Big Kahuna
Silver: Shim's Skyglobe
Bronze: David Pitcher's Rhombic 18.

Honorable mentions: Multidodeca, Celticube, Ice-9.

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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gold- 17x17x17
silver- Fractured Madness (simple and unique :) )
bronze- multidodecahedron (extremely beautiful but too hard to solve)
There are soo many to choose from! I wish I could give metals to everyone!

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Gold: Oskar's 17 x 17
Silver: TomZ's 4x5x6
Bronze: Gear Minx

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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I would have voted for "The Big Kahuna" if it had been finished. Sorry Eitan.

Gold: Ice-9 by David Pitcher.
Silver: Shim's Skyglobe by Timur
Bronze: Eric Vergo's Compound Crystal by gingervergo

And I like the suggestions of Tony Fisher (two have two "divisions") and PuzzleMaster6262 ("make it like a sport").
For my vote I looked up all the past twelve "puzzle of the months"-threads and then distilled the above three out of 36.
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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I would say
Gold : Tom Z multidodecahedron
Silver : Gingervergo's Deceptiminx
Bronze : Muffet's Master Tutt V2


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Gold: Compound Crystal by gingervergo
Silver: Celtic Cube by pirsquared
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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Quite hard. I own a couple of all those amazing couples made last year. But I don't know if it improves or complicates the choice.
There are only three to mention and so many people made beautiful puzzles. So, guys, even if you aren't mentioned in any of the votes, don't be sad. Each puzzle you made by yourself means something special to you and you can really be proud of it. Only you know, how much time, thoughts and work you spent on it. I am just a collector, sometimes stickering a puzzle or assembling a Shapeways 3D print. But I have respect for any complex or simple custom work.

Enough words, here are my votes:
(1) Oskar's 5x5x5 Mixup Cube
An extremely complex puzzle, both internal mechanism and solution. And it twists very well!

(2) RFLo9Puzzles's Curvy Copter HD
A perfect, handmade shapemod. Fantastic craftsmanship.

(3) TomZ's SuperX
If you have a look at the history, you'll see, that the original patent was from 1982! This puzzle idea was invented nearly 30 years ago and it
took until now, that Tom found a new mechanism for the first really working puzzle without magnets.

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Suggestion for next year- two categories-
1. 3d printed / cast from 3d prints
2. Hand made / cast but no printing involved


I second this. It was also my first thought to prefer hand made puzzles in the nomination to emphasize the craftsmanship, but too many puzzles with amazing mechanisms had been made and it would be unfair to degrade the brainwork on them.
@Tony: to which category do the '4Cubes' belong?

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1. Flower copter (first ever combo edge/corner turning puzzle)
2. Multi dodecahedron (spectacular design)
3. 17x17x17 (breakthrough on higher order cubes, the mech allows even higher order ... )

My five cents!

For this amazing year a rating competition like this seems a bit unfair and random :roll:

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Gold: Flower Copter
Silver: Decepteminx
Bronze: [removed] [Admin: KO puzzles are not allowed as "puzzle of year"]

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Gold- 17x17x17. Come on now, it's the highest order cube in existence by a long shot, has a place in the Guinness Book of World Records, hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits, and costs $1600 to own. In my opinion, this is by far the most epic puzzle of 2011.

Silver- Multidodecahedron. This was very, very close to getting my top vote, because I love how it combines the solving properties of the face turning dodecahedron. Mechanically, however, I thought the 17x17 was a much greater achievement, since the Multidodecahedron is really a modified Master Pentultimate. Still, I love the concept, and the fact that it's on Shapeways for such an affordable price makes it even better.

Bronze- Examinx. I'm really, really surprised so few people have put this on their lists. The gigaminx, teraminx and petaminx each pushed the boundaries of what was possible to be designed at the times they were created. While there are hundreds of new and incredible puzzles this year, the examinx is no exception. Imagine what cubers three or four years ago would have said about an 11x11 cube, never mind a dodecahedron. It's a shame there was never a video or a stickering, though; it may have warranted a top spot for me.

Not as incredible as 2010 was, but 2011 was still a fantastic year for puzzles. Here's to an even more amazing 2012!

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 Post subject: Re: Puzzle of the year 2011
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Frank Tiex wrote:
Tony Fisher wrote:
Suggestion for next year- two categories-
1. 3d printed / cast from 3d prints
2. Hand made / cast but no printing involved


I second this. It was also my first thought to prefer hand made puzzles in the nomination to emphasize the craftsmanship, but too many puzzles with amazing mechanisms had been made and it would be unfair to degrade the brainwork on them.
@Tony: to which category do the '4Cubes' belong?


No.1 - The masters were printed and parts cast from those. Printed parts however were used directly for the core. You can only really judge these kind of things on the idea and design. Shapeways does the physical stuff.

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