It couldn't be simpler! Just 8 cubes... yet it is devious and addictive!
Simply integrate all 8 cubes into a single larger cube such that no bars or half-circles are visible on any of the faces of the large cube. Only complete circles or blank faces should be visible on the outside of the final cube.
Challenge: Can you solve it in under 15 minutes?
Part 8 of the Classic Series of single-player mind puzzles.
This is one of those solo-person challenge puzzles that either drives you nuts until you suddenly think "Hey, hang on... what if I..." then it becomes simple... or it just drives you nuts until you give it to your kids to shut them up for 5 minutes only to watch them solve it in a blink.
For me, thankfully for my ego, it was the former. After wrestling with it for a good 10 minutes, I realised I was trying to solve it the wrong way - that is, make all the bars and curves line up into a sets of unbroken lines, with NO blank sides showing... talk about good reasons you *should* read the instructions... once I realised my mistake, it was only a matter of 7 minutes until I had it solved... and afterwards I thought "That was SO obvious, why didn't I see that 4 minutes earlier?!"
Simple, fairly sturdy (take care not to cause any of the sticker panels to lift away), and a challenge for any mind, the best entertainment this provided was watching everyone else trying to solve it. Now, I don't want that to sound bad, far from it - I loved the challenge - but once you know the 'trick' it's very entertaining watching others trying to solve it.
Overall, a great 'coffee table' piece sure to keep guests enthralled, or frustrated, long enough for the pizza to arrive.
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