Sunday, September 30, 2012
Box with a tree
Today's puzzle is not mine, but I had the opportunity to play with it for a while and since it got one of those big toothed grins from me when I solved it, I thought I'd let you read about my pleasure with this one. My friend Otis brought this one down from Beijing with him and at lunch today, we had a puzzle play date.
Last year Otis came over to my office and he opened up the Little Tree within a matter of seconds. I have to say, I was disappointed when he did it. I wanted to solve the puzzle, but I also was saddened by how simple it was. But he enjoyed it and as long as someone did, that's all that matters. No, I'm not being 100% truthful. I too enjoyed the puzzle, just not as I wanted to. I mean, it's not fair when someone else solves your puzzle before you is it?
Ok, this back story has a purpose. Otis enjoyed that puzzle and others from the Karakuri group so much that he had to go get some of his own, and Box with a tree was one of them. I was glad he did,because I had the opportunity to play with it. I watched Otis open the puzzle, and was surprised by how simple it looked. At the exhibition/competition venue I gave it a miss. Later when we were sitting down to lunch, I went ahead and gave it a go. Not so easy. I fiddled and fiddled and got no where, then suddenly out of the blue the puzzle opened. Ha! I knew what I did. So I shut it up again and blast! I couldn't replicate my moves. The box was locked tight. We played some more, we talked some more, we ate some more. And all the while I tried to get that box open. Otis to the rescue. He gave me a few hints. Very slowly. (I guess he thought I was being thick!) And bam! Opened again. Wow! What a tickle that was. Back to the big toothy grin! It's a great little puzzle, and I'm glad I had the chance to play with it. Thanks Otis!
Warning: opened box below, proceed at your own risk. (But it really won't help you much-all the puzzle mechanism bits are very securely hidden beneath the box in the box.)