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 Post subject: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:01 am 
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Hi!

Yet another puzzle in F-Skewb/Triamond series - Scalium.
If some are already bored with them, don't worry - this is the last for now :) Once I had this idea, I could not leave it without physical implementation.

Technically it's only a slight shape-mod of a Triamond with four corners turned by 60 degrees. A positive effect of these changes is that each plain face has now only one color (unlike Triamond, where each edge facelet is shared by two stickers).

Another thing about it is that face turns are locked when the puzzle is solved. So, to solve the puzzle, one has first to unlock it, then bring it to next-to-solved position using normal F-Skewb-solving methods and then finally make 4 turns to lock it again in the solved state. The second part is going to be somewhat confusing and will require some imagination, because you have to match different colors on one face.

This puzzle has a shape of scaly tetrahedron with 28 faces, thus being an octaicosahedron.

Thinking over this puzzle gave rise to wise-looking words, which have become its motto: Freedom helps you find harmony, but when you're there, you have to give it away.

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 10:40 am 
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WOW! Excelent Puzzle!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:30 am 
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Timur wrote:
Another thing about it is that face turns are locked when the puzzle is solved. So, to solve the puzzle, one has first to unlock it, then bring it to next-to-solved position using normal F-Skewb-solving methods and then finally make 4 turns to lock it again in the solved state. The second part is going to be somewhat confusing and will require some imagination, because you have to match different colors on one face.

Can we see a picture of this almost-solved state?
Anyway: well done!


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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
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Andreas Nortmann wrote:
Can we see a picture of this almost-solved state?

It's something like this:
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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 2:58 pm 
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Nice!!!! You should offer this, Trignis and Triamond in BSF in your shop. :D


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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 6:07 pm 
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Fantastic!
Really a puzzle for your shop, I fully agree to 77mouser.

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
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Timur wrote:
Andreas Nortmann wrote:
Can we see a picture of this almost-solved state?

It's something like this:
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oh, I see... It's same structure with F-skewb right?
Great work! Your puzzle is always looks really clean and very smooth. I like it!

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
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Amazing puzzle! I didn't care that much for the f skewb or the other one but this is just outstanding! I haven't rewinded a puzzle video for years but when you changed the shape I was and still am so confused! :mrgreen: 11 out of 10 stars!

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
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Now, THAT was unexpected. I love how this puzzle turns! Great job!

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 Post subject: Re: Shim's Scalium
PostPosted: Sun Nov 07, 2010 3:18 pm 
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That looks really cool. Well done Shim! :D

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