ages – very hard! Sequential Discovery Burr by Brian Young

Brian’s only sequential discovery puzzle for 2019 is already selling fast.

The first 100 have sold out. We are taking deposits for the second and final batch of 100 now.

At first glance, it appears to be a 6 piece burr. On closer examination, it appears to be a 9 piece burr. The puzzle has trick locks, tools, elements of sequential discovery. The final goal is to find the secret compartment that holds a piece of Australiana, a piece of Lightning Ridge Opal that has taken ages to form.

The puzzle is called ages. Why?
Designed in 2010 and released in 2019. Why not?
When Brian first plugged the intended pieces into BurrTools to check for unintended solutions Andreas Röver’s wicked sense of humour was immediately obvious. Time left: ages

The design of the puzzle was first started in 2010, a whole year before IPP31 in Berlin, plenty of time to design what was going to be the Berlin Beer Burr.  Brian then hit upon the idea for the Houdini puzzle and Berlin being where Houdini performed the famous Torture Cell act it just seemed the right time to make that puzzle and that it should be given in the Berlin IPP31 exchange and as a result, the Berlin Beer Burr got shelved.  So he’s had plenty of time to revisit and redesign the original burr and that process seems to have taken ages right?
Yet another reason for the name.

This is not a binary burr. All the moves are random. That makes it less predictable to solve. And the burr has no frame; even the Coming of Age MkII pieces are technically making a frame which is how they can get so many moves. But how to get so many moves without a frame?

This may not be the hardest puzzle in the world but if you think about the Coming of Age MkII combined with the SMS Box with fewer pieces and fewer tools. You have it! 

Updated 13th November 2019 – Only 4 left until Sold Out!


ages – sequential discovery burr by Brian Young







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