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 Post subject: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:56 am

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:03 am
Location: Koblenz, Germany
I bought it because I thought, it is something like "Instant Insanity" but it don't works.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:30 am

Joined: Sun Jun 04, 2006 10:05 am
Location: Eastern Michigan University (Minnesota at heart)
How does it work?

I have seen this before if I recall correctly, and it was just a hexagon version of Instant Insanity.

If it is unsolvable, and that is why you're saying it doesn't work, are you sure that 1-5 pieces are just flipped around? I know the order wouldn't matter, but the orientation would, wouldn't it?

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:48 pm

Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 3:40 am
Location: Berlin, Germany
Rob Stegmann has an instant insanity with six cubes.
http://home.comcast.net/~stegmann/pattern.htm#insanity

Why do you mean yours is not working? There seems to be the right number of colors.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:49 am

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:03 am
Location: Koblenz, Germany
Sorry for being unprecise...
There are 6 hexagons which can be oriented and rotated independently from each other. There are 6 different colors of stickers. "Doesn't work" meant, that there is no way to align them correctly like any other "Instant Insanity".
There are three hexagons which are completely identical: Red,Yellow,White,Yellow,White,Green. One can show by simple testing, that even this three hexagons cannot be aligned like Instant Insanity.

But it is even worse.
But after looking again at it (*why haven't I done that before?* ) I now realize that there are 3 blue stickers and 9 yellow stickers in total. There are 8 white stickers and 4 orange stickers. Only green and red has 6 stickers each.

Now I am really confused.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 1:33 pm

Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 3:40 am
Location: Berlin, Germany
Maybe you are confused about the aim of instant insanity? The objective is to align the cubies so that on each of the four long sides you have each color once. So you don't need six stickers of every color. However, you do need four, so there should be another blue one.

Jaap also has a version with six cubes and he calls it Drive Ya Crazy. But he says that all six colors appear on each cube.
http://www.geocities.com/jaapsch/puzzles/insanity.htm

Hm...

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 5:57 pm

Joined: Sun Sep 02, 2007 10:24 pm
Location: Carnegie Mellon
blue could be one of the end colors.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:45 am

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:03 am
Location: Koblenz, Germany
Celia wrote:
Maybe you are confused about the aim of instant insanity? The objective is to align the cubies so that on each of the four long sides you have each color once. So you don't need six stickers of every color. However, you do need four, so there should be another blue one.

I assumed, that the aim is to align the hexagons (every tile has six colored squares and 2 uncolored hexagonal faces) in a way that on every line are every six colors present.

@QUINBLZ:
The tiles don't have colors on the hexagonal sides. A cube in Instant Insanity has 6 possible orientations. This tiles have only 2 possible orientations.

Hrrm: Seems like this puzzle is kind of rare, since nobody else seems to own it...

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:10 pm

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Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands

As Celia already linked to Rob's Puzzle page, I asumed you would have noticed that Rob has the exact same puzzle. It is called the Hexagon Mind Exerciser and it is manufactured by the Japanese puzzle company Masudaya. Rob seems to have the original packaging and paperwork. So just ask him to explain the objective of the puzzle, at .

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:36 pm

Joined: Sun May 13, 2007 3:40 am
Location: Berlin, Germany
Oh, I didn't see it correctly in the picture. I thought the pieces were cubes. I then mistook hexagon for hexaeder.

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 Post subject: Re: Can anyone identify this puzzle?Posted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:05 am

Joined: Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:03 am
Location: Koblenz, Germany
Rob answered and it seems that my version has been messed up with another copy. In Robs version there are 6 stickers of each color and not a single hexagon is identical to another.
Thank you.

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