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 Post subject: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:06 am 
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Today I got the third installment of my bi-monthly puzzle club. (Can't justify a puzzle of the month club)

My husband brought the camera to China with him today so my pictures don't do this justice. I took them with my phone. I hope you enjoy them, I sure do!

The first pictures are with the boxes. The packaging while simple is unique in itself. I love the little sticker that closes them, and the insert with the name of the puzzle and the web address and year help ensure I won't be throwing those away. :lol:

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Elemental Beryllium-10 front:
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Once again, Dave did a fantastic job on these. It's turned into a bi-monthly surprise for me. As usual, my only requirement was that he wrote my name on it, dated it, and signed it. This one is excellent. I really didn't know what it looked like, the color, the plungers, nothing to be honest. I vaguely remember telling him in December that I wanted them all, but spaced out every other month. He has told me he will do each one a different color, but other than that, I like the surprises! I don't want to know. :lol:

My bug took it as soon as it came in the house and said it was hers. She was so upset when she saw my name on the back-I may have to commission a pink one with her name and no skulls or funny elemental symbols for her birthday :lol:

I can't wait until May for the next installment! Thanks for making a miserable day turn out great!

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:46 am 
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Nice series.
I need to finish it, too.
And I don't mind the fingers in the pictures.


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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:03 pm 
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Rox is a good patron of the arts and tends to get the first Deluxe version of puzzles (she pays most of my TechShop fees these days). For the Fluorine and Beryllium-10 she currently has the only Deluxe versions in fact, but I expect that to change over time.

Here are my pictures of the Purple and Silver Deluxe Beryllium-10:
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The purple acrylic isn't transparent, just translucent so you don't get the backlit behavior like on the others, but you can see some light through single layers.

I keep meaning to announce that Fluorine, Beryllium-10 and Sulfur are available for order, but never get around to it. Sigh. Argon and Phosphorus soon as well...

OK Rox, Sulfur is up next. Then I have to find some pink acrylic for your bug...

Dave :)

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:45 am 
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You've done a good job in reviving my interest in the elementals here :)

The elemental is probably the only puzzle which attracted me with its aesthetics(Especially the Deluxe versions).

I don't know whether my opportunity to see and touch one in person(Your blue neon) got to do with this, but I've nevered handled any other puzzle such cautiously(Apart from the fact it's a biohazard! :P )

Although I've already said this before two years ago, but I'm still sure I get one of these one day!(Probably after the "You-know-what-it-is" exam :mrgreen: )


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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:48 am 
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(This is your TP Mother shouting at you now) Get that Exam out of the way young man! You DON'T want the alternative!!!

Now that that is out of the way, I'll be at Smaz's tomorrow night with them. I have to show them to another young man I'm meeting. If you are around...............

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
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:lol: :lol: I had to cheat and go look at the sulfur. I'm not sure why I didn't see it before, but it looks cool! I can't wait to see what the next few look like.

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets
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Instead of posting a new thread I'll update here-It's no longer triplets. I've since added another member to the family :lol: :lol:

Dave posted about this here

Because it is for the bug's birthday, I looked at it, and hastily hid the puzzle away. We don't want her seeing
it early now do we? Today I had a very nice young lady come to the house to get some shots of my puzzles and a bit of useless knowledge from me so while I was unboxing puzzles once again, I took the time to snap a few photos of my Litwin set. Enjoy

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Dave, it's the Florine that didn't come with the nifty stickers on the box. Would you be a dear and bring me a set? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin SEXTUPLETS
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This is very late in coming, but better late than never I would guess. Since 2008, I have had this deal going with David Litwin. I have been a member of the 'puzzle of the whim' club :lol: Ok, well maybe that isn't the best name for it. I've given Dave a standing order if you will.
With the first order I said I liked blue. I wanted my name, the date he made the puzzle and his signature. The rest, I don't care-have fun. Well he did, and 6 puzzles later I present the entire set of Litwin Elemental Puzzles!

First the puzzles in the packaging: Front
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Top Row all photos: Elemental Neon #66, Elemental Fluorine #8, Elemental Beryllium-10 #7
Bottom Row all photos: Elemental Sulfur #4, Elemental Aluminum Heart #2, Elemental Argon #3.

Technically, the heart isn't mine, but it is a part of the set, and the DIY kit for one puzzle is missing. It's still under the bed somewhere MIP waiting Georges to offer some insane price to take it off my hands. :lol: :lol:

And since I'm such a great friend, you can see a video of how they work here.

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:01 pm 
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what exactly is the difference between the top layer elementals and their partners just below them?

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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The color. The name. The position on the periodic chart.*

I'm hoping for Krypton or Radon next. If Dave can make those.......




*Not a joke-go do some investigating and watch the video again, you will have your answer!

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:11 pm 
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A set of 6 Litwin's puzzle. Precious~I like the blue one~Transparent seems good looking~


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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:37 pm 
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elijah wrote:
what exactly is the difference between the top layer elementals and their partners just below them?
The bottom ones are related to the top in design. My initial designs minimized pieces, which means the plunger often blocks a move. The lower designs are extensions of the uppers where extra pieces are added which also unblocks things.

The best example of this is by WVP, who actually is credited with first heading this direction by cutting up one of my Neon DIYs for his Neon Carbide. I redesigned the same idea and named it Sulfur. You might notice the Aluminum Heart is Fluorine only partially expanded. A full expansion hasn't yet been built. I was wrong higher up: It will be Scandium, not Phosphorus (adding only one extra piece doesn't unblock anything and is therefore pretty pointless). There is another, wider, heart configuration of Chlorine between Fluorine and Scandium, but I'm not sure it is worth exploring.

I'll give Rox Septuplets yet, and perhaps some day make her Octomom!

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 2011 7:29 pm 
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Wow, beautiful. I'm so jealous :lol:

Probably the Flourine is my favorite. I really like the shade of green.

A few suggestions for future puzzles to complete the puzzle spectrum:

Radium (bright yellow)
Carbon (transparent)
Potassium (bright red)

Or just for fun, Chromium, metallic silver with magnetic paint :) just a couple color ideas.

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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I was under my bed on Monday and I found the DIY elemental. I may have to find some time to put it together this year.

The idea of larger elementals is intriguing. I wonder if I could solve those????

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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How does one say 8????

PRETTY! THANKS Dave (a rough day at work and 6 hours later I opened it.) the only complete set of Litwin elementals if I'm not mistaken.....

Look for a blog post sometime this week.

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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this is just me telling tp mom not to double post so much.
other than that, nice looking puzzles! ;)

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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Her previous post was from Sep. 21st, so I guess it doesn't apply as a double post.

Nice one Rox. You have so many of them and I really just want one :( . Have to get one from Dave pretty soon :D

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:54 pm 
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Not double posting. Did you follow the link? I was working and suddenly realized I had that box there to open. hm. Pretty sure you mustn't have so here it is. Not a good shot though.
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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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Glad it arrived safely.

A few high res pictures can be found here.

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 Post subject: Re: The Litwin Triplets-Quadruplets-nay, SEXTUPLETS
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And my blog post of it can be found here. Of course I've done video's for Daves puzzles as well. The latest edition to the set is here.

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