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 Post subject: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:54 am 
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Hello,

I would like to present my new puzzle - Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross.
The idea was inspired by Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross. Enjoy!

VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ-B4WC35HM

Best regards,
Vladimir Yaroslavskiy


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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:17 am 
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Nice simulator with legos. But it looks more like a Swissmad to me
than a Zauberkreuz (which uses orthogonal triangles).

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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:28 am 
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I'd say that my puzzle is between Zauberkreuz and Swissmad: 5 colors and 20 squares as Zauberkreuz, but no triangles as Swissmad.

With Lego you can build many types of puzzles: different colors, number of squares and way of intersection. And easy to reset :)


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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:04 am 
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Nice job!

(In the ZauberKreuz, the blocks are not triangular - just the designs on the tops of the blocks are. You could simulate this by making all the sliding blocks the same color and putting a single colored 1x1 plate on the top in one corner of each 2x2 moving block.)

Lego offers flat tiles you can use to cover the studs on the surface where you want blocks to be able to slide - so you don't have to cover them with paper as you seem to have done. The tiles are available at lego.com.

Also note that for 3D puzzles, you can make a unit cube from a 1x2x2 brick plus a 2x2 plate and a 2x2 flat tile on top.

I agree, Lego is useful for creating many puzzles - you might wish to see some of the designs I made using Lego here:
http://robspuzzlepage.com/homemade.htm#lego

Also check out Eric Harshbarger's site:
http://www.ericharshbarger.org/lego/puzzles.html

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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:19 am 
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Fantastic!
Thank you for information!


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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:11 pm 
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Indeed, I was not talking about the blocks, but the theme (though colorful,
it did not use right triangles).

As it is, it wouldn't work with triangles anyway, unless there was a 45 degree
tube instead of a vertical. In this case, we would get some sort of unique design
(and in some sense a bandaged version of Dave's Elemental), while instead of
20 little square blocks, we will need 24 (or 40) right triangular blocks.

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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Nov 25, 2010 12:20 pm 
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Very nice! I have often thought of applying my Elemental building design to squares to explore the options there but haven't ventured there yet. There are some areas not yet covered by the Uriblock and Zauberkreuz...

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 Post subject: Re: Lego Zauberkreuz / Magic Cross
PostPosted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:25 pm 
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I made one of those. But the pieces were actually held in place on both sides.

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