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Penta Mixup Gimmick
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The Penta Mixup Wall made simpler.

The Penta Mixup Gimmick is the 11th entry for the puzzle advent calendar 2021.
It is also the 3rd entry of the Penta Mixup series after the Penta Mixup and the Penta Mixup Wall. See the seaprate entry.
It is a pretty simple puzzle, but it helps to round out the series. Each of the puzzles have 10 pieces in the equator layer, and this layer can always rotate with 10-fold symmetry. The original Penta Mixup has a cut depth such that 3 of these equator pieces get moved with a turn of the side face, and the Penta Mixup Wall does the same for 4 equator pieces.
The Penta Mixup Gimmick is a lot simpler and turns only 2 of the equator pieces at a time. Even though these puzzles are all different, the designer wanted to keep consistency in the look of the equator layer.
The inventor calls it a "gimmick" puzzle, because so few pieces are turned at any time that the puzzle is close to trivial.
Because of the shallowness of the cuts, a lot of material is trimmed between the pieces, leading to the screws being exposed.



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