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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 10:48 am 
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A new puzzle concept can be seen at http://www.clabem.com , using spinning or spinning&shifting cubes. I'd really like to see some comments about. :)


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At first I didn't understand this but than i realized... There are cubes with six colored sides and you spin them in rows to try to solve the puzzle... right? very interesting... how would the cubes interlock though?


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Only entire rows can be flipped. That obliges you to spin more cubes then you'd like to, making it harder to get the aimed arrangement. On the physical puzzle you can access only the peripheric cubes through side openings, allowing you grasping only whole rows for spinning. The electronic version mimics accurately the physical puzzle.


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Thats what i said... I'm asking how the mechanism would work...


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:26 pm 
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Mickey wrote:
A new puzzle concept can be seen at http://www.clabem.com , using spinning or spinning&shifting cubes. I'd really like to see some comments about. :)


This puzzle reminds me of the games Boggle and the old game 15 slider or something like it. :wink:


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A short answer is that it's a well known puzzle to me, and there is a russian patent for it. The patent describes a possible mechanism. Can't tell you more at this point due to lack of time. If you're really interested, ask me in a couple of months.

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The copyright owner of the Clabem website holds a patent for a similar twisty puzzle:
Mechanical and electronic combinatory game and puzzle
Patent Number: US2003232636
Publication date: 2003-12-18
Inventor(s): IONESCU PANCU MIHAI [US]
Equivalents: AU2003277304, CA2485147, WO03105977

The outer form also reminded me in an old SU patent, but I only found SU1505561 where only the outer form compares.


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The patent numbers are SU1227226 (nice and simple "mechanism") and SU1146072 (heavy full-blown mechanism).

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where do you get these numbers, and is there a place where you can enter them and see what it says about them?


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http://ep.espacenet.com/espacenet/ep/en ... tm?search5

Thanks Alexey for sharing, I haven't seen this patents before.


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