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Zapolni Krug (aka Telefonchik) III
Above:Blue frame and white circles
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The "Flower" with an identical mechanism but a different frame with a logo and an imprinted price.

  • Inventor: Unknown
  • Mechanism: Moving Hole
  • Patents: Unknown
  • Producer: USSR
  • Year: 1987
  • Original Price: $2.10 USD
  • Current Price: No Data

The puzzle's original name is ??????? ????, transliterated Zapolni Krug, translated "Fill the circle".
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 colors 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).

"Fill The Circle" (also known as Telefonchik or ??????????) is the successor of the "flower". Produced two years later in 1987. It came in a simple plastic bag a packaging.
The packagings back contains technical informations and translates to:
"?? 17 Russian Federation 420-008-86
Code OKP
For children 5-15 age
Marking of goods ChB-085-01-147
Price: 1 rouble 25 kopeks
OTK stamp 23-H-11
Production date: 29 April 1987"

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 on the leaflet.



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