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 Post subject: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:17 pm 
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Hi Everyone,

I'm very pleased to introduce my latest puzzle, the QuadStar:
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The QuadStar puzzle is based on the geometry of the snub disphenoid. The four five-sided vertices of the snub dishenoid have been elongated to produce true five-way symmetry. These four vertices of the new shape have been made into the rotational axes of the puzzle. QuadStar is a jumbling, but non-shape-shifting puzzle, in a similar manner to my Fracture-10 and Fracture-6 puzzles. Each axis can turn in increments of 72 degrees, but sometimes axes become blocked if edge pieces are flipped in the wrong direction. Unlike Fracture-10 and Fracture-6, useful moves can still be made even if another axis is blocked. The shape of QuadStar happens to be the dual of another puzzle. Anyone know what puzzle that is?

Here is the video of QuadStar.

You can buy QuadStar in my Shapeways shop.

Here are a few more pictures of QuadStar:
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Enjoy!
Dave

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 Post subject: Re: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 2:48 pm 
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Beautiful and simplistic, just as I've come to expect from you! <3

However, I'm somewhat reluctant to believe that the puzzle jumbles. Wouldn't these cut lines be enough?
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I'm pretty sure the dual of this is Oskar's PentaJumble.

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 Post subject: Re: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:29 pm 
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Love it!

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 Post subject: Re: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:50 pm 
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Would it be possible to assemble in such a way to eliminate the jumbling/bandaging? i.e. without the reversed sections

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 Post subject: Re: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:37 am 
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Thanks for the nice comments :D
Coaster1235 wrote:
I'm somewhat reluctant to believe that the puzzle jumbles. Wouldn't these cut lines be enough?
You could unbandage the puzzle further using something close to the cut lines you've drwn, but you could not unbandage it completely without fudging. Here's an image of one face with the cut lines you've drawn:
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Note that the small lines slicing the face center do not quite line up, and the center is not a true octagon. In order to make this face center work, it would need to be made into a circle, and the tiny pieces around it left out. The eight smaller triangular pieces adjacent to the center would also need to be fudged to match the two on the left and right.
Coaster1235 wrote:
I'm pretty sure the dual of this is Oskar's PentaJumble.
Correct!
c1829 wrote:
Would it be possible to assemble in such a way to eliminate the jumbling/bandaging? i.e. without the reversed sections
If you reverse two of the edges you can get two complete stars, and two stars with two arms reversed. The puzzle cannot be assembled to make four complete stars at the same time.

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 Post subject: Re: QuadStar Puzzle
PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:40 pm 
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I am very lucky that you write your own descriptions.
If I had to write descriptions for this one I would ... have difficulties.

Very nice.


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