The object of the Lotus is to find the Lotus Flower.
To do this you need to remove an aluminium circular disc with a rod running through the centre. But if you think you’ve done the puzzle by then you’re very much mistaken.
The Lotus is based on the Yen Puzzle which was invented by Wil back in 1979. That puzzle had a wooden frame with a nail in it that held a Japanese Yen Coin. This new puzzle is beautifully machined from anodised blue aluminium and has additional secrets not found in the original design. Those secrets are where the puzzle gets it’s name Lotus Flower and until you understand the reason for the name it can be said you have not solved the puzzle.
There are many, many steps in this puzzle. Many small parts. No banging, no tapping, no external tools, no force in any way; just enjoy the puzzle and find the secrets of the Lotus Flower.
It is also important to take note of the parts that come out of the puzzle and what order to put them back in.
Size: 110mm x 55mnm x 20mm
The puzzle is very solid, and quite heavy. It’s made of anodised blue aluminium. It has the name Lotus and Wil’s signature engraved on the side.
It does not have very fancy packaging; just a plain white card box. We has included a card with the goal and some advice when playing: this is not a solution.
(Note: Some of the white boxes on these last few puzzles do have a crease on a couple of corners. The puzzle has been inspected and there is no damage to the puzzle.)
Wil is a true puzzle solver and has the philosophical view that puzzles should not come with solution sheets. So, if you purchase one of these puzzles there will be no solution supplied. Of course, there are many solution videos out there on YouTube. But to truly say you’ve solved this one you should do it before you watch them. Yes, you still get the benefit of understanding the puzzle and it’s amazing engineering, but if you follow the solution rather than work it out yourself you’re denying yourself a wonderful Aha! moment.
Brian did eventually solve the puzzle after a few hours. Pretty tough!!