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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 23)
PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 7:25 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 24)
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Hi Everybody,

My latest review is about a trick puzzle box, the Tricky Gift Box. The design is based on Allan Boardman's Aha Box, first presented at the 24th IPP. The goal is to find the secret move to open the box. Very clever mechanism. Read more here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 25)
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For the final review of the week, I wrote about a nice packing puzzle designed by William Strijbos. The puzzle has 16 pieces in two colors and your task is to pack them in a 4x4 two-layer checkerboard pattern. Pretty hard to solve. For more info, check out the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 28)
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Hi Everybody,

This week is started by a review of two puzzles by George Bell, the Screwy Octahedron and Nuclear Fusion Puzzle, both 3D-printed by Shapeways. The puzzles have four and three pieces respectively, and the goal is to assemble them into the desired shape. Not as easy as it sounds, despite having few pieces. Read more about them here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 28)
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George kindly sent me one of his Screwy Octahedron puzzles quite a while back as a gift, and that was the first 3d printed puzzle I ever owned. I couldn't believe how much strength there was in the pieces considering how light and flimsy they felt. That was when I decided I like 3d printed puzzles and I won't avoid them any more. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 28)
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I agree with you, Oli. The puzzles looks so fragile that at first, I was afraid that I might break them. These were also my first Shapeways puzzles, but from what I saw, I won't mind a few more in my collection :D

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 29)
PostPosted: Tue May 29, 2012 10:26 am 
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Hi Everybody,

If you like wire puzzles, you're going to like reading today's review, as it's for a PuzzleMaster's wire puzzle, the Scorpion. Here's the link to read more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 30)
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Hi Everybody,

Today, I present you a very nice edge-matching puzzle, Around the Barn by Dave Janelle. This is comprised by nine wooden pieces with images engraved on them, and the object is to get them inside the frame with their edges showing the same symbol. Here's the link to read more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (May 31)
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If you're a fan of maze or hidden maze puzzles, then I think you're gonna like the Magic Dice. The goal of the puzzle is to free a marble trapped inside the maze. Not very difficult, but still fun to play with. Read more here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 1)
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Hi Everybody,

For the last review of the week, nothing better than a Hanayama Cast Puzzle, this time, the Spiral. This is a brilliant design and concept and one of the most impressive in the series. The goal is to separate all of its five pieces and then get them back together. Here's the link for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 5)
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Hi Everybody,

A new wire puzzle is reviewed, the Pendulum, manufactured by PuzzleMaster. This is a very tough level 9 puzzle, where your task is to free the loose diamond shape. This time, it looks complex and it's actually very complex :P
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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 6)
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My new review is about a great packing puzzle invented in 1933, the Calibron 12. This puzzle has 12 blocks with various sizes and they all fit inside a square frame. Very difficult to solve. Here's the link for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 7)
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Today's review is about a great design by the Czech Václav Obšivač, the Kamarad. The puzzle is a coordinate-motion interlocking puzzle with six identical pieces, but taking it apart could be a tough job, especially when it looks like another type of puzzle. You can read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 8)
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Hi Everybody,

The last review of the week is for another great Hanayama Cast puzzle, the Square, designed by Vesa Timonen. A level 6/6 puzzle with the object being to separate its four pieces. It's actually easier than a standard Hanayama level 6 puzzle. Read more about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 8)
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The last review of the week is for another great Hanayama Cast puzzle, the Square, designed by Vesa Timonen. A level 6/6 puzzle with the object being to separate its four pieces. It's actually easier than a standard Hanayama level 6 puzzle. Read more about it here.

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That is SO, SO NOT a level 6/6 !! Just by looking at it, I found an immediate solution and I just checked it on the internet and it was right.

Level 6/6 should be the rating of the cast equa (5/6) which I still haven't managed to solve after 2 years !! :P

Thanks for the review, I really like that one ! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 8)
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Indeed, I also agree about the Cast Equa. Even the Cast Vortex (level 5) was harder than the Square :P

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 8)
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I think the news is a level 6 too, and that one took me about 20 seconds the first time I saw it :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 8)
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Yes, it's a level 6. I remember solving it quite fast as well, because I had previously solved the X Marks the Spot puzzle, which is basically a wooden version of the Cast News.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 13)
PostPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 10:35 am 
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Hi Everybody,

With fewer reviews this week, this is the first one of three. You might have read my previous reviews for Picture Frame Puzzles, and this time I wrote about the Animals of Australia Puzzle with 10 pieces. To read more about it, click here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 14)
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Today's review is for a slide puzzle, the Golf Field. As the name suggests it has the theme of golf and the object is to get the large green square to the opposite end to free the silver ball. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 15)
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Hi Everybody,

The last review of the week is for another nice Cast Puzzle, the Shark, which belongs in the Hanayama's Marine Series with five other puzzles. It's a level 1, but I like its original design. Read more about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 20)
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Hi Everybody,

Until I get my new batch of puzzles, the reviews are a little more scarce, but I'll try to get at least 3 a week. The first for this week is a fantastic puzzle, the Cubits, manufactured by Kadon Enterprises. It's comprised of 16 flat pieces, but the shapes and patterns it can build look like 3D structures. The nice visual effect is done by having three colored rhombi at different angles that form a cube. Over 100 puzzles are already included in the puzzle's booklet. To get a more detailed description, check out my review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 21)
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Hi Everybody,

Another review just published, this time for a wooden assembly puzzle, the Radius. There are four interlinked pieces in a cylindrical shape that have to be taken apart and then put back together. A nice design, although it doesn't offer that much of a challenge. Here's the link for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 22)
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For the final review of the week, I wrote about another great trick box, the Treasure Chest. With a clever mechanism, this puzzle is sure to get you puzzled. Click here to know more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 27)
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My first review of the week is for a nice Cast puzzle, the Devil. It's a level 4 puzzle, but if you're used to Hanayama's puzzles, you'll probably solve it in no time. Click here to read more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 28)
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Today I wrote about a very original puzzle, the Plugboard. The object is to get all six dissimilar plugs to fit into the board. The board also has holes with different depths, which makes it rather tricky to solve. Read more about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (June 29)
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Hi Everybody,

The final review of the week is for a great design by Jean Claude Constantin, the Schieblehre. This is a sliding puzzle where you have to guide a steel ball from the starting position to the exit. It's rather tricky to solve. Here's the link to know more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 4)
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This is my first review for the month of July, and like the one that ended June, I have reviewed another one from Jean Claude Constantin, the Hercules. The puzzle has 5 identical L-shaped pieces that need to be packed into the provided tray. Level 7/10. Check out my review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 5)
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Today's review is a little different. It's for a 3D jigsaw puzzle in the shape of a queen chess piece. It has 7 pieces and it's not particularly difficult, but it makes for a nice collection item. Click here for the complete review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 6)
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Another end of the week with another nice Cast Puzzle reviewed. This week, I chose to write about the classic Cast Horse. This is a level 2/6 puzzle, but I reckon it can still put up a fight. Read more about it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 11)
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I have just posted another review. I wrote about a sliding puzzle manufactured by Philos, the Jam Puzzle - Triangular. This is an original design where you have to free a triangle through an opening, which is trapped around other triangles. Here's the link to read more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 12)
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New review published. Today, I have written about a coordinate-motion puzzle, the Hexagon Cube. It has six identical pieces and to take them apart, you need to do it simultaneously. Sounds hard, but it's not that difficult. Read the review here.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 13)
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I ended yet another week with a Cast Puzzle, a classic, the ABC. This is one of easiest from the series, but it's a fun puzzle to play with. Read more about it here.

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Today I bring you another Chess 3D Jigsaw, the King. Like the Queen, previously reviewed a couple of weeks ago, this one is very easy as well, but it looks great on a desk. There's a whole set of six different chess pieces to collect if you're really into it. Here's the link for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 19)
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Today I bring you an interesting concept, the 24 Triangles. This is a puzzle comprised by eight cubes with triangles on three of their faces. The object is to form a perfect cube, which by no means is an easy task. Click here to read the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (July 20)
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As usual, my last review of the week is for a Cast Puzzle. This week, I have reviewed the Cast Cage. In this level 3/6 puzzle, the goal is to free a six-point star that is trapped inside this very cage. Click here to read the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Aug. 1)
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After a much deserved break, I'm back with more reviews. Today, I have reviewed a great puzzle by William Waite, the Celtic Knot, which is part of a series of six packing puzzles called Paradigm Puzzles. They look great and are quite challenging. Here's the link for the review.

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My second review of the week is for an interlocking puzzle, the Doornail (a.k.a the Computer Chip). The object is to remove all eight rods from the box and then, a little more challenging, put them back as they were. Click here for more details.

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As usual, the last review of the week is for another nice Cast Puzzle, the Reef. This puzzle is from Hanayama's Marine Series, which is a selection of six puzzles with the theme of ocean life. Click here to read more about it.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Almost Daily Reviews - New Review (Aug. 6)
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Today's review is for a special puzzle, the Moeraki 4. This is quite a beautiful puzzle and great fun to play with. It's a sliding puzzle with three intersecting rings, much like the Hungarian Rings with two rings, but also much bigger. Here's the link to read more about it.

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Today's puzzle is a simple one, but has a great design. It's a slide puzzle, much like the classic 15 Puzzle, except it has a drawing of MC Escher instead of numbers. The drawing is the Birds, Fish and Turtles and the puzzle is from a collection with five more MC Escher drawings. Very nice puzzle. Check it out here.

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Today, I reviewed the last of the Marine Series by Hanayama, the Cast Seabream. This is a level 1/6 puzzle, so don't expect a challenge. If you like collecting them, it's still worth it, though. Check out the review.

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My new review is for a different type of puzzle, an optical illusion to be more precise. The concept shows two boxes that appear to have different dimensions, when in fact they are just the same size, except they're visible in two different perspectives. Very interesting idea. Click here for more info.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Aug. 17)
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Another week, another Cast Puzzle reviewed. Today I have posted about another great design by Oskar van Deventer, the H&H. It's a level 5/6 puzzle and has a striking appearance. Click here for the review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Aug. 22)
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This is my first review of the week. Today, I bring you another puzzle by Dan Gilbert, the inventor of the Triazzle, the Plexle Puzzle - Wood. There are six puzzles, each one with a different theme. Click here for the written review.

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Aug. 24)
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This week I left the Cast Puzzles to rest and reviewed a very nice packing puzzle instead, the Arrow Case, which won the Jury's First Prize at the 21st IPP back in 2001. The object is to pack the four arrows into the square frame and then try to pack them in the back N frame. Quite challenging. Click here to read the review.

Enjoy the Reading :wink:

Gabriel

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Aug. 29)
PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:43 am 
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Hi Everybody,

My latest review is about a classic puzzle, the Cmetrick Classic... Many of you may already know this puzzle, but if you don't, here's your chance to know more about it. Click here for the review.

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Gabriel

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Aug. 31)
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Hi Everybody,

The last review of the month is for yet another great Cast Puzzle, the Laby. This is a double maze containing two opposite labyrinths, which by the way are completely different, and need to be navigated simultaneously in order to free the ring. Quite difficult, as this is Hanayama level 5/6. Click here to read the review.

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Gabriel

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Sep. 4)
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Hi Everybody,

It's my first review of the month, and today I decided to bring you a review about a very original 3D Jigsaw, the Sprite Can. As you might imagine, this is nothing but a 3D Jigsaw in a shape of a soda can with 40 pieces. I do love the idea, and there's other versions as well. Click here to know more.

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Gabriel

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 Post subject: Re: Gabriel's Reviews - New Review (Sep. 5)
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Hi Everybody,

Today, I have posted about another brilliant design by Jean Claude Constantin, the P and A. This is a packing puzzle with ten pieces in the shape of the letters p and a. Very clever design and a tough challenge. Click here for the review.

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Gabriel

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