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 Post subject: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:44 am 
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I noticed that a souvenir shop near me sells a lot of Hanayama's Cast puzzles (except level 6 difficulcy). As it is Christmas, I thought I'd 'subtly' hint them to be wrapped and put under the tree :D

Then comes the time to decide. Which would you recommend? I've read about most of them off of Gabriel's blog, and I'm most tempted by Cast Duet, but I can't choose :lol:
The difficulty I'd like would probably be around 4-5, I want to get as much out of it as possible :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:51 am 
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Baroque or quartet. Those two get my vote.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:42 am 
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I think any Cast Puzzle is a good choice, but as you pointed out, you want to get the most out of it. The fact that the Cast Duet has multiple challenges, is probably not a bad choice for you.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 2011 7:37 am 
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I have a few of those and I can solve level 6's but there's one i have since 1.5 years and that's the cast equa, a level 5 hanayama. There always seems to be some place where it gets stuck and it's really hard to solve :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:17 pm 
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katsmom wrote:
Baroque or quartet. Those two get my vote.


This! Baroq is an amazing design (although mine is very tight - some are and some aren't), and Quartet is a real doozy (haven't solved it yet!).

Others I have but can't solve, and still recommend, are Coaster and Chain. (Chain is a 3-in-1 challenge because you can assemble it with any piece in the middle.)

If you want an easier one, Violon or S&S are good choices.

I'd recommend others but I don't have the whole set yet. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:22 pm 
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I have all of them. The four I keep out on my desk are: Flag, Radix, H&H, and Marble.
The hardest are: Enigma, Chain, Vortex, Elk, Rattle, and Equa.

All are elegant.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:30 pm 
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I surprisingly got the Cast Duet, and after 15 minutes of fiddling, the ring was out :D
I think I'll buy a few more, and see if I can find them! Thanks! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:06 pm 
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I suggest that you buy all cast puzzles from this page. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:45 pm 
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They are temptingly cheap there, but it's also tempting to be able to walk 5 minutes to the shop and receive it immediately, instead of waiting it to appear in the mail :D

The Duet is a brilliant design (as pretty much all of your puzzles :P). I'm completely lost in finding the little dent that is the passage back to the start :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:27 pm 
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I just got the cast quartet and I'm confused...
What am I looking for when solving this? (no solutions please) Am I just supposed to fiddle till I get it or is there a strategy to keep in mind?

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
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Two unique solutions. One locked set of boxes made of 2 pieces each, one locked set of all 4 in a square.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:29 pm 
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Rob wrote:
I have all of them. The four I keep out on my desk are: Flag, Radix, H&H, and Marble.
The hardest are: Enigma, Chain, Vortex, Elk, Rattle, and Equa.

All are elegant.

I have both Enigma and Elk. Both are very hard, but the elk is very easy to remember how to solve after you get it once. I got my enigma apart ONCE, got it back together, and can't do it again.

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
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My favourite Cast puzzle to date still has to be the Marble. I still find myself picking it up to solve it again even now. Plus it looks incredible! :)

You can read more of my thoughts on the Marble here: Cast Marble - Oli's Mechanical Puzzle Blog

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:21 pm 
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Hybrid424 wrote:
My favourite Cast puzzle to date still has to be the Marble. I still find myself picking it up to solve it again even now. Plus it looks incredible! :)

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I have yet to get my hands on Cast Marble. I agree it looks amazing.. I plan to get it very soon :)


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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:05 am 
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Cast Equa, definitely.
I have it since about tqwo years and I've never managed to solve it :(

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
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Another clever (and nice looking) one from the Cast range is the newest Cast Donuts.

Not too difficult but good fun to play with. Very shiny too! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Which Hanayama Cast puzzle to choose?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:51 am 
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Hi Greg,

I have a few of them and the Cast Equa is one of mine too.. I haven't solved it yet either.

Cheers,
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