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 Post subject: Olé Ola!: 4x4x2, 5x5x7 and a few surprises
PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:55 pm 

Joined: Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:26 pm
Hey fellow solvers and collectors,
I wanted to share with you my fantastic experience with Ola Jansson's incredible puzzles. I recently ordered his 4x4x2. When I mentioned the different cuboids I was looking for on my wish list, he produced the 5x5x7 puzzle from seemingly out of nowhere, way more then I anticipated! :D

As you can see from the pictures, they turned out perfect. This I expected from Ola, but what I didn't expect was for him to include the bonus puzzles of a 1x2x5 and a micro 1x2x3! Ola not only surpassed my expectations regarding the quality of the puzzles, but went well above and beyond what I expected with his bonus puzzles. I've enclosed pictures of them in the solved, and the shapeshifted forms.
File comment: 5x5x7, 4x4x2, 1x2x5, and micro 1x2x3
2011-11-07_22-25-58_218.jpg [ 1.65 MiB | Viewed 1180 times ]

File comment: Checkerboard pattern
2011-11-07_22-28-09_962.jpg [ 1.48 MiB | Viewed 1180 times ]

File comment: Shapeshifted scramble
2011-11-07_22-28-54_98.jpg [ 1.54 MiB | Viewed 1180 times ]

First, the 5x5x7: I didn't even know it was possible to make this puzzle without the "Olzing" effect, but as you can see it's perfectly proportional and fully functional. I haven't done a full scramble and solve yet, but I'm curious to see how much of the solve resembles Tom's 4x4x6. More on that later when I attempt it!

The 4x4x2: This is the non pillowed, non Olzed perfectly proportioned version. The movement is incredibly smooth, and the solve is more tricky then you may think. This one I did scramble and solve, and found there to be a parity occuring with two of the edges not encountered by other cuboids. This just speaks to the fact that when you've solved one cuboid, you have certainly not solved them all! I can't stress enough how smooth and well put together this puzzle is. Its even finger trickable, if you're into speed cuboiding :)

1x2x5 and 1x2x3: These are very cute and entertaining puzzles. The solve is straight forward, but just tricky enough for the 1x2x5 to hold your interest, especially permuting the middle layers. I encountered something like this on his 2x3x5 puzzle.

My congratulations to Ola for producing such epic puzzles. You join the ranks of being among the true innovators of puzzle building.

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