This weekend I obtained a new puzzle from Wil Strijbos, a puzzle friend from the Netherlands.
For the time being we call it a “Cylinder puzzle” because we don’t know its real name (perhaps some friends from China can help us with that, see package details with descriptions below).
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It is a puzzle consisting of 4 layers with each 8 segments in 4 sets of 2 colours.
Apparently it is made or distributed by the company Auldey and only for sale in China.
Two halves of the puzzle can move with respect to each other, allowing the segments to become mixed.
This is similar to the Diogenes puzzle which was invented by Hubert Petutschnig and produced by Pet Toys and which has 3 layers with each 10 segments.
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Similar puzzles were made by Anthony Greenhill (more or less a remake of the Diogenes, also with 3 layers of 10 segments) and by Tony Fisher (the so-called Sliding Puck puzzle made from 3 puck puzzles of 12 segments).
Diogenes remake by Anthony Greenhill (left) and new Cylinder puzzle (right) 1.JPG [ 220.95 KiB | Viewed 1161 times ]
Diogenes remake by Anthony Greenhill (left) and new Cylinder puzzle (right) 2.JPG [ 215.3 KiB | Viewed 1161 times ]
However, in addition to the movement of sliding the 2 halves, this new puzzle also allows the 2 halves to be rotated with respect to each other.
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The combination of sliding and rotating allows the puzzle to obtain special shapes due to the curved segments at the end (see details on the packaging below).
The movement of the puzzle is not very smooth, possibly due to the complicated mechanism, but it is a very nice and unique puzzle.