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 Post subject: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 5:47 am 
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It is my pleasure to post in the only forum in existence
which is exclusively dedicated to collecting! :)

So I will use this thread for future updates and additions
to my collection.

To view the latest update that I did today, including many
puzzles from the IPP exchange just go to: http://www.houlis.com

As you can see, there are (too) many wooden ones. LOL
My favourite sequential out of this new batch, are:

(1) Stuck Drawer,
(2) Tsukuda's Square,
(3) Snakes in a Plane,
(4) Card Symbol, and
(5) Geoloop.

From those which are not sequential, I have already spent
some nice time with the Evergreen Tree and the Coin Maze.

Moreover, I am still waiting for the second BIG box which
is in the hands of the quarantine staff. It should be arriving
sometime next week, so expect another update soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:12 am 
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Nice. Snakes in a plane is a puzzle with an ingenious mechanism. I really like the way it's made.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:42 am 
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Aleksey wrote:
Nice. Snakes in a plane is a puzzle with an ingenious mechanism. I really like the way it's made.


The concept, the mechanism, as well as the precision it has been built with,
makes it a super quality puzzle. The "snakes" seem to exactly match when
doing the spiral movements, especially when two of them are adjacent.

But the best part, is that, although it is not the most difficult puzzle I have
encountered - far from it actually - it is indeed a tricky one!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 6:48 pm 
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It looks like the exact same challenge as the classic game Rush Hour by Nob Yoshigahara. (Snakes on a Plane that is.)

I showed the picture to my roommate and he loved it.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 11:04 pm 
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Noah wrote:
It looks like the exact same challenge as the classic game Rush Hour by Nob Yoshigahara. (Snakes on a Plane that is.).


Exactly. If you read the note on the right of the puzzle, it explains everything.
But the good part is that in this version, the "snakes" can't be lifted, i.e.
no cheating!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:08 pm 
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Good news! :)

Today (which for some diabolical coincidence is also my birthday)
I received the BIG box from Prague (after waiting since August!!!)
Together with them, the postman brought the Tri-Trick and the Bump Cube!
:mrgreen:

Now there could be even more post services today, so arrivals may not be over yet!
Watch this space for an update in the next days.

Oh... and it seems I got an extra Rolling Cubes for trade!

What a lovely way to begin the day.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Happy Birthday to you, Pantazis!!! :D

Here's your present :solved:

:mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Happy birthday to you! What a coincidence that the post man brought me a large package on your birthday too! Slotter, Roll-it, galileo's wheel, popeye 2x2, chain reaction, starwars slivers set....but oh, you already have those so I won't send them on. :wink:

I can't wait to see that update. and if you want to get rid of those rolling cubes....I'm willing to take it off your hands.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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512456 wrote:
Happy Birthday to you, Pantazis!!! :D


katsmom wrote:
Happy birthday to you!


Thanks! :)


katsmom wrote:
and if you want to get rid of those rolling cubes....I'm willing to take it off your hands.


But of course! Do I see another deal in the horizon? ;)


And by the way... I ended up with a back-ache from the time needed
to take photos of the newly arrived puzzles... yes, they were *that* many!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Happy birthday my friend. :D

I have a very special birthday present for you sitting on my desk. :mrgreen:



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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:39 am 
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Q wrote:
Happy birthday my friend. :D


Vielen Dank immer wieder!!! :)


Q wrote:
I have a very special birthday present for you sitting on my desk. :mrgreen:


Oooooh...! I know you do!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 1:22 pm 
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Have a great birthday my friend.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Thanks Taylor and Noah... and I wish the coming year will be
more rich in puzzles, and... hexagonal! (at least from my point of view!)

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 10:07 pm 
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Yom Chuledet Sameach

does anyone else know what language that is?

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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TheCube wrote:
does anyone else know what language that is?

Yiddish



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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Q wrote:
TheCube wrote:
does anyone else know what language that is?

Yiddish



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close, its Hebrew

actually, those words might be the same in Yiddish as they are in Hebrew, I don't know much about Yiddish....

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Yiddish is essentially a combination of German and Hebrew, so it would most likely be close.

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 11:16 pm 
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thanks for the wishes (it's now two days back already LOL)

In Greece, the main Happy Birthday wish is "Live for many years", i.e. "Χρόνια Πολλά".
Oh wait... the wish is actually a subset my name's meaning which is "For Ever Live"!!!

;)


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PS. I have upgraded my ADSL connection last weekend which changed my IP address,
and this means I cannot use FTP until my webhost changes some settings.
I hope this is fixed soon, as I plan to upload the puzzle photos.
(I am using some sort of secure uploading way, to avoid hackers).

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:58 am 
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Good news!

The FTP is working again, and have uploaded the newest update!
Just go to the usual place: http://www.houlis.com


Some notes:

1. I was very impressed by Hendrik Haak's IPP exchange puzzle.
The Pyracircle is a variant of the rare Panex puzzle.
Its movement might not be the best part, because it is made of
wood (which adds friction), but the quality of this puzzle is so good,
that it made me love it from the start. I am pretty sure there are still
some available at puzzle-shop.de. 100% recommended!

2. The Brainchek I got has all three variants, easy, medium, hard.
I was pleasantly surprised by its quality, while the movement is
one of the best parts! I hope this puzzle becomes marketed in the
future, as it should become available to more puzzlers.
(And by the way, thanks Rox!)

3. I finally met Juozas, and the nice side effect was getting two copies of
his Lithuanian cities magics. You should also see his shirt with the solution!!!

4. The color puzzle is a simple, yet very entertaining puzzle. I found it
accidentally at the IPP. It is certainly no dexterity puzzle, and a
sequential strategy should be adopted in order to reach one of its
solutions. I will make a video of this to demonstrate how it works.

5. The Russian Tik Tak puzzle was an interesting one. It reminded me
of the nine-ball puzzle, but this is slightly different. Plus, I have a certain
love for Russian puzzles, maybe this is why I mentioned it LOL

6. The Ball in a Maze #1 made by Rik van Grol was surely one of the best.
Very elegant, and it shows that a lot of thought has been put into it.

7. The most simple looking puzzle was the Fire puzzle. And it was one of the
most played ones too. Made out of two identical pieces, someone has to
connect them using a rotational way to create a pyramid. Sounds simple?
It *can* be, but only after you find the trick to do it! ;)

8. If I had to mention one of the (many) wooden puzzles, that would be the
Oval Trick Box. Not only it looks super quality, but the mechanism to open it
is a very amusing one. Well... not so amusing if you haven't found the solution! LOL

9. There were also some good finds, such as the Marylin Rotascope, the
Rota Naef, the Supernova (thanks Milan!), and the Twin Cube.

10. And what could I possibly add for the Mirror Blocks, the Void Cube, or the
Ballminx which has not beed said already? They are all fantastic puzzles!

I could go on and on, as there are many great puzzles. Note that I am still
waiting for *yet* another box with 25+ puzzles. It never ends!!!

:mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:09 am 
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Made another major update (35 puzzles), that should be the last one for the next months. :)
http://www.houlis.com

Also, I added a few more puzzle videos, just go to the link below:
http://www.kastellorizo.org/puzzles/index_videos.htm
(I placed a "NEW!" sign for those added today).

:mrgreen:


Pantazis


PS. Thank God for weekends!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Hey Pantazis, how does the "Kaleidoscope L." work? What kind of puzzle is it? I keep seeing variations of it but I can't figure out what it is.


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Jared wrote:
Hey Pantazis, how does the "Kaleidoscope L." work? What kind of puzzle is it? I keep seeing variations of it but I can't figure out what it is.


It is a Kaleidoscope Labyrint.

There are four known types of the Labyrint puzzle,
two with mirrors and two which look like a Kaleidoscope.

I have described the Labyrint with the mirrors here:
viewtopic.php?p=74889#p74889

Also, a video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4TMxCrVomc4

The Kaleidoscope Labyrint is more like making patterns, and as a puzzle it is too easy
when compared to the mirrors. Definitely a different type of puzzle from the ones we know.

;)


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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kastellorizo wrote:
There are four known types of the Labyrint puzzle,
two with mirrors and two which look like a Kaleidoscope.

I'd always regarded the red-mirror and blue-mirror as the same type. Is there a meaningful difference in solving them, or are you just counting them as different types from a collector's standpoint? (Like the logo placement on Studio cubes, which doesn't change the puzzle challenge.)

Moving clockwise on the blue model, the four central octahedra have: 4 mirrors, 5 mirrors, 6 mirrors, and 5 mirrors. Does the red model have a different combination?

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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VeryWetPaint wrote:
Does the red model have a different combination?


Both red and blue are exactly the same (I have both).

:)


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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Just updated my Puzzle Paradise with 46 new items!

http://www.houlis.com

:)


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Oh, I recognize many of those :wink:

What is the finished picture on the grand slam?

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Where'd you manage to find a copy of the Meffert's '82 Catalog?


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:) Pantazis and I visited Uwe at his house and he very nicely gave us each one.

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Jared wrote:
Where'd you manage to find a copy of the Meffert's '82 Catalog?


Well, I have seen it a couple of times on ebay. But I figured out that it would be much better
if I was given one directly from Uwe!

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 Post subject: Re: Pantazis' Puzzle Paradise
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Just added a few puzzles, and a few other stuff.

http://www.houlis.com

:)


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