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A variation of instant insanity with 4 balls in a frame.
Every of the four balls can be moved independent from the others. Each ball has 6 dots oriented like the faces of a cube. There are 4 different colors. The aim of the puzzle is to orient the balls in a way that on every column no color is present twice.
It was produced with white and black bodies.
The black versions in images 2 and 3 show small differences. There was a seperate russian version which package is seen in images 8 and 9.
There is a long row of puzzle in this tradition dating back into the 19th century. "Instant Insanity" is the name known best.
Beginning in 1980 Ideal Toy Corporation produced a variant names "Trikki 4", "Cube-4" or "Face 4".
The earliest known trace of this puzzle is from 1900 when Frederick A Schossow filed a patent (US646463).
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Thank you to the following people for their assistance in helping collect the information on this page: Carter, Geert Hellings.
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