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 Post subject: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:07 am 
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Hi Twisty Puzzles fans,

Hexed Mixup was inspired by the 7-Color Magic Puzzle (aka: Massage Ball) by Otto Wu. I saw this puzzle when I visited Claus Wenicker. The completion of the design was triggered by the HexaMixUp idea by Krystian Wilisowski. The puzzle has three types of moves: rotation of a side, rotation of the top half and rotation of a central slice. Ever though this puzzle does not jumble and it is not fudged either, solving it is rather complex due to the reorientation of the (partially unbandaged) hexagons.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:13 am 
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Another amazing puzzle Oskar! I also love the pattern of the cuts.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:19 am 
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2 remarks:

1) Could you show the mixup scrambling in the video please?
2) Can't the edges also be split in half (like the centers) to turn on a hexagonal layer turn?

This is one of my favorites from you though !! Sincerely amazing !

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:32 pm 
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Great puzzle!

@Greg
It took me a while to figure it out but he IS doing mixup moves. Normally a slice of this puzzle should only rotate by 180 degrees but he is rotating it by only 90. If I'm correct this is the first mixup puzzle to not change shape :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:40 pm 
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Well done Oskar it looks very nice. (it is to bad I do not have the money to buy this)


Thank you for sharing.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:58 pm 
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Oh wow, very nice indeed, I like this a lot! I love the symmetry and the fact it maintains its shape (I'm not a big fan of shapeshifters as I think the insides of a twisty puzzle should remain hidden). Also I see that the horizontal layers can be locked together in some cases as the central hexagons are bandaged except in one direction, just to add the extra challenge... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:19 pm 
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Fantastic work, as always!

Have you considered a simpler, cubic version of this puzzle?
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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 1:35 pm 
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David Pitcher wrote:
Fantastic work, as always!

Have you considered a simpler, cubic version of this puzzle?

I like this idea also, you could probably make it (and many versions of it) just by bandaging a 6x6... :D

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
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David Pitcher wrote:
Fantastic work, as always!

Have you considered a simpler, cubic version of this puzzle?
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Has oskar ever been known to go for simpler?


It is a good idea though.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
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Kelvin Stott wrote:
David Pitcher wrote:
Fantastic work, as always!

Have you considered a simpler, cubic version of this puzzle?

I like this idea also, you could probably make it (and many versions of it) just by bandaging a 6x6... :D


Actually, by bandageing a 4x4 :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:44 pm 
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RubixFreakGreg wrote:
Actually, by bandageing a 4x4 :lol:
True. I was looking to keep the same proportions, but a bandaged 4x4 would be far simpler/cheaper and would work the same way, if that's all you wanted.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
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Oskar, how hard would it be to make a version with fully unbandaged hexagons (i.e. 6 kite-shaped pieces each)?


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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:38 pm 
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Oskar, I think with the correct proportions you can also make 45° moves on the 3 middle layers, but that means the edges have to be able to be replaced by centers, making the mech more complicated 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Sat Aug 06, 2011 12:49 am 
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Jared wrote:
Oskar, how hard would it be to make a version with fully unbandaged hexagons (i.e. 6 kite-shaped pieces each)?
Hi Jared,

That would be hard. The kite-shaped pieces would fall out easily as nothing keeps them in at the sharp ends. So I would need a central rail to keep the sharp ends of kites in. That would take space that there isn't, so the puzzle should be made bigger. Also the space between rail crossing should be filled with a hidden floating piece that could jam.

Yes, I have given your idea a lot of thought, which is why I settled for half-hexagons that are nicely confined from opposite sides and that stay in place.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
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Great work Oskar. This puzzle just seems perfect in every way. Possibly one of my favourites from you. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Well done.
No fudging: TRUE
No jumbling: TRUE
But what would this puzzle look like if all its stored cuts are "unstored" ?

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Regarding your posting time: You must have skipped sightseeing. How could you?


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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
PostPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:04 am 
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Very interesting puzlle.

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 Post subject: Re: Hexed Mixup by OSKAR
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Oskar wrote:
Yes, I have given your idea a lot of thought, which is why I settled for half-hexagons that are nicely confined from opposite sides and that stay in place.


What about a version where there is no lateral cut, so only whole hexagons are needed?

Or, what about a version where there are two lateral cuts, above and below the small triangles? Split hexagons wouldn't be needed for that either.

Just an idea... I tend to prefer doctrinaire puzzles, that's all. :)


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