I'm a bit excited today. I got home around 1 yesterday after a long day listening to very boring talks on subjects that I have no interest in, then a quick tip for a massage and haircut....OK, so my life isn't all bad now is it?
So I got home yesterday and there is this box waiting for me. I saw the return address was unreadable, but I did recognize the script and I immediately pulled out my handy exacto knife. inside I have not one, but 5 puzzles (2 for Smaz-I'll try and get over next week to deliver them to you) Well, I desperately wanted to play, but had to get ready to speak at 9 a.m. (guess who didn't finish her powerpoints and stats until around 2 am yesterday-not me, I'd never procrastinate that much
All I had time to do was show my husband, gloat a little, and snap a photo before heading back to the SPSS. (word of advice, NEVER put in a proposal unless you have ALREADY done the research!)
7a.m. saw me heading out the door to head over for my little talk, and I had really intended to return home before lunch to finally go play. BUSTED!!! Who should walk in as I was leaving but 3 members of my research team-nice team, they didn't come listen to me talk, but came to make sure I stayed
OK, so bring on 6 pm so I can get out of there! (In all seriousness, I really did enjoy the conference-all but the research topic that followed mine-similar study, highly flawed in methodology, but don't get me started
So I get home and who is waiting for me at the front door? None other than my dear little bug-she's been on school camp all week and I forgot she was back tonight. (see what toys do to me, they make me into a terrible mother-mind, I did stay home this weekend because of her instead of going to Thailand...) So It was another 2 hours before I could even open the box! I'm dying guys. But I had to stop for a bit and post here. This is such a cool puzzle!
So without further nonsense from me, I give you the Jugo Flower
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This is a new all aluminum version based on an old design. It was made by William Strijbos, and is so well made it isn't funny. I'm head over heals that I was able to get one. I first saw it at IPP and was jumping up and down wanting one. Wil and I had a chat, and he sold the last one he had to an unnamed IPPer. I had to wait to get mine, but I have the patience of a.....
Rob has posted about it here
(scroll down about 1/3 of the way to his posts on IPP)
Allard Walker gives a review of it here
Imagine my surprise when I saw this in that box! I am chuffed! Thank you so much to the sender! (And those of you who know who that this puzzle is from, please don't post it here. I will edit!
Wil makes them, but how to contact him is a huge secret. I don't even know, and I've kissed
! If you are interested, I think it is quite expensive-but don't quote me (the puzzle, not the kiss-those are priceless). I'm sure Rob would help put you in contact with Wil. And if not, a bit of hunting the web might help.
Now I'm off to go solve a puzzle that came in unsolved! Evil my friend, evil