Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
Recommended age: 7 year-old ++
Who would love this: Wooden/ strings puzzle collectors
I love admiring the intricacy and cleverness of disentanglement puzzles - the complex mechanic, that ingenious way the strings linked together elegantly, sometimes with an added challenge of an entangled ring fitted in the midst. They are marvellous to look at, but so-unbelievably-difficult to solve! Today, I would love to share about this “Gordian Couple - String Puzzle”, kindly gifted to us by Funyards Australia.
Why I love ❤️ this puzzle:
(1) Perplexing & Challenging Puzzle - The puzzle consists of a base with two vertical wooden posts. Each of the post is fitted with two irremovable rings, each attaching to the end of a string securely. The two strings “meet” and inextricably looped in the middle, with a wooden cylindrical ring that obstinately “stuck” in between the loose “knot”. The objective? Simply “scramble” your brain to disentangle the puzzling attachment, and free the wooden ring from the strings (without using force!). One warning: you can easily end up with an even messier and more perplexing tangled nest with just one wrong move! Unfortunately, that was exactly what I got myself into in my first few attempts (I ended up cutting the secured end of the string to re-start the process - frustrating yes, but so satisfying once we got the puzzle figured out!). This is an advanced level puzzle that requires massive perseverance, patience, and brainpower (so to all puzzle masters - this ONE is for you!).
(2) Solutions Provided - If you are stuck and find the mission to be entirely hopeless - despair not! There is an illustrated solution included, and also YouTube videos available to guide you out of your misery.
(3) Re-assembling The Puzzle - Once you have successfully separated the ring from the mind-boggling knot, the next challenge is to re-assemble the puzzle and re-attach the ring into the original entangled position. I love that this puzzle allows us to “refresh” the challenge repeatedly!
(4) Quality Material & Craftmanship - Like many other Funyards Australia brainteasers range, this elegantly-designed puzzle is made of sturdy wood. It is unique, rare to find, timeless. The craftsmanship is beautiful, the puzzle is lightweight, and would make a stylish decorative item for home and office.
# gifted in exchange for review
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