Take the puzzle out of its silicone banana case and you’ll find the first packing puzzle that Steve and Ali at Two Brass Monkeys have designed.
There’s a male and a female version but they are both the same puzzle. Only the graphics of the monkey’s face are different. The female has those beautiful long eyelashes to distinguish her.
(Update 26th July. Male version sold out. Only Female version now available).
The story that Steve & Ali tell us is….. “You have a greedy little monkey you must feed. She’s only gobbled half of your large banana. Please help her swallow the whole thing.”
One of the “bananas” (represented by brass rods) is only partially inside the monkey (represented by the stylised aluminium and brass cylinder engraved with the monkey’s head). It’s blocked by the other bananas already inside and with no amount of just pushing harder will you be able to get the long banana inside the monkey.
The stated goal is to Feed the Monkey so that all of the bananas are fully inside the monkey. There are 16 smaller bananas and one larger, double-length banana.
It won’t be long before you start to wonder if you’re ever going to be able to do this. Any way you drop them in, jiggle them around, or tip the puzzle one way or another, there always seems to be one banana blocking the final long banana from dropping into place.
Perhaps you’ll fluke it at first but this isn’t solving the puzzle. You need to understand what’s happening and be able to solve it at will.
Ali’s hint for this one – don’t overthink it!
The puzzle is made from an aluminium body with solid brass end caps. The bananas are very accurately milled brass. Like all the puzzles from Two Brass Monkeys, this is a premium quality puzzle hand-machined in the UK.
Available in either Male or Female monkeys. There is no difference in the puzzles. It’s just the monkey’s head graphics engraved on the top of the puzzle.
The puzzle is presented it a bright yellow silicon banana case as only Steve and Ali would do! and has an accompanying card but no printed solution.
Size of the puzzle is: 30mm x 30mm x 90mm