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Golovolomka (aka Telefonchik) I
Above:Blue frame and white circles
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The "Flower" with an identical mechanism but a simplistic frame and a multitude of colours.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: Moving Hole
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1987
  • Original Price: $1.25 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

The puzzle's original is "Головоломка", transliterated "Golovolomka", translated "Puzzle".
This puzzle consists of three layers with six holes each. The upper and lower layers can be rotated. Two of the marble of the middle layer can be pushed out to the small gaps in the surrounding frame. These holes allow the remaining marbles to be moved.
There are 18 marbles. 6 Marbles for each of three colours. One set of colours is blue, red and yellow although other sets are known in versions with different bodies too.
Three colours of balls must be arranged so that a single colour shows on each side of the puzzle (and the third colour is hidden within the frame).

The original price is based on the official exchange rate (0.6 roubles per dollar) although in socialist time this was completely theoretical. The price (in roubles) is visible directly on the package.

Length: 53 mm
Breadth: 45 mm
Thickness: 27 mm
Weight: 41 grams

Image 8 is copyright by James A. Storer. All rights reserved.

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