Difficulty Level 3 on Hanayama scale 1 to 6.
The puzzle is to separate the three pieces and put them back together again. There is no force required to do the puzzle. When the pieces are lined up just right and you get the movement correct they will slide apart very smoothly.
Small enough to carry with you everywhere. Mid-range difficulty so everyone will be game to have a go. Whilst it’s not easy to discover the solution, once you find it you’ll want to do it over and over again. The simple movements to solve the puzzle will surprise you and you’ll be beguiled by the process of putting it back together too.
Could the clue be in the name? Perhaps the fact that it was designed by Vesa Timonen is a clue in itself; Hanayama collectors know his work well and know that he loves simple and symmetric movements. He’s even designed a puzzle outside the Hanayama range called Symmetrick. Just 2 pieces and not interlocked and you would be surprised how hard it can be to assemble!
This is the 10th puzzle that Vesa Timonen from Finland has designed for Hanayama.
Vesa does not rely on the puzzle being the most difficult to be the most popular. His designs are ingenious and unique across all levels of difficulty. The Loop might be rated Level 1 but what a satisfying puzzle to solve. Not that he doesn’t design difficult puzzles as well. Anyone who’s tried to solve Infinity Level 6 will tell you how hard that is.
While developing the UFO puzzle he first tried this mechanism inside it but could not get it working in such a small space. In the end that was fortunate because that mechanism turned out to be a good puzzle in itself and was further developed into the Slider.
Size: 60mm x 50mm. Presented Hanayama’s new Huzzle packaged box which is 75mm x 115mm x 45mm.
Released in June 2019 in Japan.
Solution in English included with the puzzle. Not offered by other sellers.
Entrant 2019 IPP Puzzle Design Competition. Top 10 Vote winner.