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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 12)
PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:41 pm 
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The fourth review of the week is for Durandus Dijken's Cube Art. It was entered at last year's IPP Design Competition. The Cube Art is a magnetic puzzle, where the goal is to have on each face the same color configuration. There are three known solution plus another one hidden. Very nice puzzle. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 13)
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Hi Everybody,

My last review of the week is for another one of Robrecht Louage's puzzles. Remove the Yolk has a similar goal of his other puzzle, 4 Steps Visible Lock, which is to remove the coin. The difference is that in this one, the mechanism is hidden and you have to solve it by hear the sounds inside the puzzle and by your sense of touch. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 16)
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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 17)
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Today's review is for two of the Transposer Puzzles, the 'Genesis' and the '6'. These are a pattern type puzzle, where you have multiple layers and you stack them so that they show only one color on either side or both sides at the same time. Review's link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 18)
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My new review is for a classic slide puzzle, the Get My Goat, manufactured by Creative Crafthouse. Click here to read it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 19)
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Today's review is for a puzzle from someone very well known in the forum. It's David Litwin's Breadbox, a great packing puzzle with an original theme. I really liked this one. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 19)
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I'm well addicted to your reviews. Keep up the good work, and pace! :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 19)
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Coaster1235 wrote:
I'm well addicted to your reviews. Keep up the good work, and pace! :D

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As long as I have more puzzles than I can handle, the reviews have to be written as often as I can. But my collection is large, so if I don't get new puzzles for a long time, I can always choose one that I already own for quite some time, and review it as well. Plenty of stuff to write about :P

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 20)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:07 pm 
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My last post of the week on my blog isn't exactly a new review, but more like an update. Three weeks ago, I reviewed two 3D puzzles from Phil Exley. Today, I updated that review with two more designs that I got from him. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 23)
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It's the first review of the week. Today I have reviewed the new Revomaze Obsession V2 series (Black). You can read the differences for the V1 and see how it compares. Review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 24)
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Hi Everybody,

Today I have reviewed another great design by Jean Claude Constantin. The GlĂĽhbirne (Light Bulb) is a wire puzzle with a very original theme. Like the name suggests, it's in a shape of a standard light bulb. It's easy to solve, but very fun. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 25)
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The third review of the week is for a Creative Crafthouse puzzle, the Shapeshifter. It's a chain of 27 blocks, held together by an elastic string in order to form many shapes and forms. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 26)
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My review for today is about a nice pattern puzzle, invented by the Polish Janusz Kapusta, with 38,416 possible combinations. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 27)
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Hi Everybody,

My last review of the week is for yet another great design by Jean Claude Constantin, the Apothekerschrank. It's a very nice packing puzzle with 16 pieces, resembling a cabinet full of drawers. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 30)
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Hi Everybody,

For today's review, I chose the Bishop Cubes. As many of you might already know, it's a fun shape-shifting puzzle, also entered at last year's IPP. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Jan. 31)
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Today's review is a return to the Hanayama's Cast Series. The Keyring is designed by Oskar van Deventer and it's one of those that I can recommend to anyone. Review's link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Feb. 1)
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The puzzle reviewed today is for those who like a good math challenge, the Math Snake. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Feb. 2)
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My last review of the week is for a great puzzle by Christian Blanvillain, the Quadratum Cubicum. It's a packing/dissection puzzle and there are many challenges involved. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Weekly Reviews - New Review (Feb. 2)
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Seems like the topic should be renamed to "Gabriel's Daily Reviews" :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 2)
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:lol: :lol: I thought about that, but I'm not sure if I can keep up this rhythm for a long time. I guess it all depends if I can maintain this puzzle frenzy coming every week :P

I'll take your suggestion, but I'm going to change it just a little to "almost daily". That way, I can take the occasional day off :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 6)
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Hi Everybody,

My first review of the week... And now for something completely different, a puzzle/sculpture. Produced by Artifacture Studios and designed by George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), the Frabjous puzzle is a fantastic sculpture with 30 identical S-shaped pieces. Looks difficult, but it's actually quite fun to build. Review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 7)
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Today's review is for a puzzle similar in concept to the classic Happy Cube, the Cuboid in Cuboid. It's an assembly puzzle by the German company Logika Spiele. Link here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 9)
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Hi Everybody,

Today's review is for yet another puzzle sculpture, this time by Tom Longtin, the Trefoil Knot 3D. I also reviewed another puzzle that Tom will be entering at this year's IPP, the Triangle 3D Puzzle, that allows you to build any deltahedra from a group of four possible triangles with slots and tabs. Link here.

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P.S.: I just noticed that I failed to announce yesterday's review. It was for three trick puzzles by Creative Crafthouse. You can read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 13)
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Hi Everybody,

The first review of the week is a little different. It's for the Zen Magnets, and as some of you might know, they are a set of 216 magnet spheres that allow you to build all kinds of patterns. You can read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 14)
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Hi Everybody,

My weekly review for PuzzleMaster is published on my blog. It's Doug Engel's Trinity Infinity and it's a metal disentanglement puzzle in the shape of the mathematical symbol for infinity. Review link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 16)
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Hi Everybody,

Today, I've reviewed another Hanayama puzzle. No, it's not another Cast Puzzle, but the Puzzle Impossible instead, designed by Serhiy Grabarchuck Jr. It's a slide tile puzzle with a twist. Very nice concept design. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 17)
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Final review of the week. I have reviewed another design by Jean Claude Constantin, the Pins, an assembly/packing problem with two challenges. Review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 20)
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Hi Everybody,

The first review of the week is sort of a classic one. The Kinato by Lawrence Lau is an assembly/packing puzzle and has many challenges to solve as well as tangram-like shapes. It's a very nice puzzle. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 21)
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Hi Everybody,

Today, I have reviewed another wire/disentanglement puzzle manufactured by PuzzleMaster, The A Puzzle. As the name suggests, it represents the letter A and the goal is to remove the handle from the wire frame. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 23)
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Hi Everybody,

New review on my blog. Today, I reviewed the Rashkey 1. I'm sure many of you know what puzzle I'm talking about. You can read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 24)
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Hi Everybody,

My final review of the week is for a simple design and yet very creative concept, the Star of David designed by Philippe Dubois. It's an interlocked coordinate motion puzzle and it may be harder than it appears. You can read its review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 28)
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Hi Everybody,

This is my first review of the week and it's for another Jean Claude Constantin design :P
It's not my fault he does amazing puzzles, so I have to report about them :lol:
The review is for the Two Keys, a design most certainly appreciated by all you maze fans out there. You can read about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Feb. 29)
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Hi Everybody,

My new review is for a great puzzle by Ivan Moscovich, the Mirrorkal Escher. The puzzle features five of Escher's famous images and the use of cleverly placed mirrors inside nine blocks, results in a very interesting concept and enjoyable puzzle. You can read about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 1)
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Hi Everybody,

My new review is for the Eni Puzzle, as I'm sure many of you already know it from the TwistyPuzzle Store. It's a nice 3D puzzle, similar to the Babylon Tower. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 2)
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Hi Everybody,

The final review of the week is a for a nice packing puzzle, the Zoo Jigsaw, with eight different animal-shaped pieces. It's a very original design and worth a try for the packing puzzle fans. Review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 5)
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Hi Everybody,

New week, new reviews. Today, I have reviewed a very nice pattern puzzle, The Mosaik, produced by the Swiss company Naef Spiele. The puzzle has 36 blocks and 18 different colors, allowing you to build very colorful patterns.
Here's the link for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 6)
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Hi Everybody,

Just reviewed another puzzle by Jean Claude Constantin, the Fact puzzle. It's a packing puzzle with a very nice design and a clever solution. You can read about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 7)
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Hi Everybody,

My latest review is about the SwissMad puzzle, an old IPP Design Competition entrant from 2004 by Olivier Pahud. Very nice Slide/Pattern puzzle. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 8)
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Hi Everybody,

Today, I have reviewed another puzzle with multiple challenges, the Dee Cube. It's an assembly puzzle, related to the Soma Cube, but with 15 different pieces, allowing you to create many 3D shapes. You can read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 8)
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How is the Dee Cube different from the Bedlam Cube? A different set of pieces?


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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 8)
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Hi Jared,

The Bedlam cube has 13 pieces, all 3D with the exception of two. The Dee Cube has eight 2D pieces out of its 15. Despite having fewer pieces, the Bedlam Cube is actually much harder, mainly because of the 3D nature of its pieces. As I've been told, you can also build a 3x3x3 cube with some of the Bedlam's pieces.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 9)
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Hi Everybody,

To close the week in style with the fifth review, I have featured today, a great Bill Cutler design, the Complex Cube or Splitting Headache, as originally called by him. The cube is as assembly puzzle with nine pieces and they are a mixture of half cubes together with whole cubes. It's a nice challenging puzzle. Here's the link.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 12)
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Hi Everybody,

It's a new week ahead, full of reviews. The first is for the DBox by Boaz Leicht. It's a puzzle construction set and with it, you can built countless 2D and 3D puzzles. Very interesting concept similar to LiveCube. Read about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 13)
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Hi Everybody,

My new review is for one of PuzzleMaster's wire puzzles, the Iron Maiden. It's a relatively easy puzzle, but nonetheless a great training for more complex ones. You can read it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 14)
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Hi Everybody,

New review on my blog for the Triazzle - Space Fantasy by Dan Gilbert. This is a pattern matching puzzle with 16 triangular pieces and 6 different space objects depicted. Read it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 15)
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Hi Everybody,

My new review is about an interesting sequential movement puzzle coming all the way from Russia. Designed by Valery Rudenko and produced by Roscreative, the Rudenko Disc will be the first in a series of five weekly reviews that will show their main puzzles. You can read about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 15)
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Rudenko Disk can be bought at Russian online store http://www.labirint.ru which has international shipment. Rudenko Disk is here http://www.labirint.ru/games/279315/,
all puzzles of RosCreative: http://www.labirint.ru/pubhouse/1830/.

Unfortunately, Labirint store doesn't accept PayPal. You can pay by credit card or do bank transfer. I'm from Russia, Saint-Petersburg, so I bought one puzzle in local store, other one - on Labirint by cash. More probably, that you may find these beautiful puzzles on other store.

From my point of view, Rudenko Disk (as well as other puzzles) is very nice and very attractive implementation of Hanoi Tower puzzle.

If you need my assistance to buy RosCreative's puzzles, let me know and I'd be happy to help you (if you are not comfortable to pay by credit card, you may pay me by PayPal, I will order puzzles and resend them to your address).

Thank you,
Vladimir


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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 15)
PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:28 am 
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Thanks for the info Vladimir :wink:
I just added that to the review.

For now, I have all five main Rudenko puzzles, but if I need to order anything from there, I will let you know.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 16)
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Hi Everybody,

My last review of the week is for a tough packing problem, the Four Z's. It's very similar to the Four T's, which I'm sure many of you already know. You can read about it here.

Enjoy the Reading :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Mar. 19)
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Hi Everybody,

My first review of the week is for two very special puzzles, called Truzzle. They are designed by the French Frank Paris and are a kind of packing puzzles, resembling a Jigsaw puzzle, but with raised 3D curves. Quite confusing, right? Well they are rather unique, so take a look at my review here.

Enjoy the Reading :wink:

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