I'm pleased to introduce my latest puzzle, Shallower Madness. As you might guess, this puzzle is in the "Madness" series of puzzles started by Oskar. In fact, this puzzle looks nearly identical to Oskar's Deeper Madness
puzzle. What makes this puzzle different is that I've used shallow cuts and a shallow cut-curve internally. You may recall that Oskar's puzzle uses a deeper-than-origin cut curve. The difference in the two puzzles becomes clear once you start trying to scramble them. Hopefully the video will explain things sufficiently:VIDEO
Interestingly, there are many situations on Shallower Madness where axes appear to be available, but are internally blocked. This is similar to Deeper Madness, but there are many more blocked axes with Deeper Madness. Does anyone know the answer to my question in the video?
I was not going to sell this puzzle since it looks exactly the same as Oskar's, and since it does pop apart easier than I like my puzzles to do (although as you can see in the video, it is perfectly playable). However, at Oskar's request I am making Shallower Madness available for sale in my Shapeways shop: Shallower Madness
Here are some pictures of Shallower Madness:
Shallower Madness Solved.JPG [ 195.77 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Shallower Madness Mid-Turn.JPG [ 203.58 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Here are a few pictures of Shallower Madness next to Deeper Madness, showing some places where Shallower Madness can turn, but Deeper Madness cannot. In each picture Shallower Madness is in mid-turn on an axis not available to turn on Deeper Madness:
Shallower Madness & Deeper Madness.JPG [ 229.83 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Blocked Turn 1.JPG [ 201.56 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Blocked Turn 2.JPG [ 222.66 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Blocked Turn 3.JPG [ 181.76 KiB | Viewed 989 times ]
Many thanks to Oskar for his encouragement in making this puzzle, and for sending me the Deeper Madness puzzle so that I could conduct this bit of twisty science!