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 Post subject: metal clangy puzzles
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2002 4:55 pm 
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hey kids, i know this discusion group is more for the rubik's cube type puzzles, but I was wondering if anyone knew of an active discussion group that dealt with the metal/wire/string/rope type puzzles where you typically try to remove a ring, or something along those lines. The John Rausch website has plenty of info on them, but not much in terms of discussions.
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 Post subject: I like them
PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2002 11:48 am 
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But I don't expect to find a discussion on wire puzzles. There are many obstacles to discus such puzzles.
Have you tried to make a list of your puzzle collection? I had. It was pretty easy while dealing with twisty puzzles. They have (most of them) official names, o can be described like "2x2x3 cuboid". When I dug into wire puzzles box, I was frustrated. No common names, a lot of variations of the same idea (sometimes very well hidden, which could be considered as a new idea), size of elements extremely relevant. I have commercial versions of puzzles, which have second solution, not intended by author. Sometimes even picture don't give enough information about the puzzle. How to discuss them? I don't know.
But we can make an attempt. :)


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 Post subject: new language for descriptions
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2002 11:48 am 
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Now that you mention it, it does seem extremely difficult to discus metal puzzles. Someone recently asked me (in an email) how to solve the pentangle puzzle (see http://www.puzzles.ca) and I had a very tough time describing the solution without diagrams or anything like that.

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