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Three layers, ten segments and an unusual mechanism.

At first it looks like another version of the Varikon but this puzzle uses a completely different mechanism: There are three layers with ten segments and ten colors. There is no hole which allows the segments to move but thw two halves of the puzzle can be slid against each other and subsequently the complete rings of segments can be rotated.
The first image shows the original version. The other images show a sample rebuilt by Anthony Greenhill.
A puzzle with this mechanism was later remade by Tony Fisher although the "sliding puck" uses 12 segments per layer.
This puzzle was produced no later than 1982 because it was mentioned by David Singmaster in the second issues of his cubic circular.

For the first image applies:
Courtesy, The Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.



Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Andreas Nortmann, Lawrence Cuthbert.


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