Hanayama Difficulty Level 6 – The hardest!
The three pieces of this puzzle just slide apart, you don’t need to force them. Can you work out the twisting movement required to achieve this and to then get them back together again?
Enigma. Conundrum. Mystery. Nazonazo (Japanese for puzzle). All these words describe the puzzle well.
The original version of this puzzle was patented in 1975 in USA (US Patent 3,885,793) to inventor Eldon Vaughn and when he found it Nob thought it could not be done.
As it turned out, so did the executives at Hanayama who were in LA in early 2002 to source interesting and difficult puzzles to add to the Hanayama range.
Negotiations with Eldon Vaughn to commercialise the Enigma puzzle were not going smoothly and they ended up depending on the ability of some Hanayama executives to do the puzzle. Mr Vaughn proposed to them that he would only allow them to make his puzzle if they could solve it by the next day. A long nervous night of puzzling later (and needless to say no sleep!) they were finally able to crack it and we’re able to bring this amazing mechanical puzzle to you as part of the Hanayama series in March 2004. It remains one of the most difficult puzzles ever added to the Hanayama range and it’s just as popular today as it was in 2004 when they first made it.
Considered without a doubt amongst the most difficult of all the cast puzzles in this series by Nob Yoshigahara… high praise indeed from the most prolific inventor of puzzles ever!
Size: Presented in Hanayama Huzzle packaging. The box which is 75mm x 115mm x 45mm
Hanayama puzzles come packaged with a printed solution. This is the genuine solution supplied by Hanayama, not offered as standard by other sellers.