Craftsman Range puzzle made in December 2011 10 made. All sold. Original Price: AU$90.00 8 hexagonal sticks & 8 dowels. Two stick-dowel pairs joined to…
Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle
Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange – London, England August 2014 227 made.
Presented by John Moores (sadly John passed away early in 2015). Made by Mr Puzzle Australia. Designed by John Moores, Junichi Yananose & Brian Young.
Original Price: AU$455.00 (AU$413 ex Australian Taxes)
17th June 2017 one of these puzzles sold at auction on Cubicdissection for USD900.00
30th September 2017 another sold at auction on Baxterweb for USD685.00
Last sold Puzzle Paradise Auction July 2022 USD 3101 (About AU$4580.00)
This puzzle is part of the category of puzzles known as Progressive Move or sometimes called Sequential Discovery.
The puzzle is designed in such a way that each discovery you make entices you further into the puzzles, to discover the next sequence or level, getting steadily more difficult as you go.
The object of the puzzle is to ultimately find Big Ben (which is this case is actually quite small, otherwise the puzzle would be almost as big as the real Queen Elizabeth Tower). Along the way you will also find a representation of Queen Elizabeth’s crown; no jewels included though! To do this you are only allowed to use tools supplied in the puzzle. There are magnets and springs in the puzzle, but you do not need to hit this puzzle to release any locks.
Reassembling the locks in this puzzle and setting the 4 clock faces all back at 9 o’clock is part of the challenge. Its not necessarily just ‘reverse order’ making this part of the puzzle almost as challenging as disassembly. Instructions are included on the solution sheet for this step. But we do consider that using the solution sheet even for reassembly means you’ve given up!
The puzzle is made from Papua New Guinean Rosewood, Western Australian Jarrah and Queensland Silver Ash. There are tools inside the puzzle made from brass and some magnets are included. Size: 220mm high to the tip of the spire. 55mm x 55mm clock face to clock face.
For a recent review of this puzzle check PuzzleMad blog or google IPP Big Ben Puzzle.
An extra special thanks went to John for giving us the opportunity to create this very special puzzle. It was a very generous IPP Exchange Puzzle and there were many delighted puzzlers in London that’s for sure!
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