Special mention to Will Hu for getting the very first entry in, and if he'd had them all right, this game would have ended at 9:31 on Christmas Eve... but he was missing a couple so the game continued. Will made a couple of very good guesses at some of the ones he didn't recognise, including a memorable one that had him describing one of the puzzles as a disentanglement puzzle that looked like a paper clip ... yip, it's called Paper Clip - of course if he'd randomly guessed the designers as Pevnitskiy & Grebnev I'd have been highly impressed. Will also helpfully suggested a copy of Big Ben as a prize... not quite the level of generosity I was aiming for!
Having had a few entries over the course of the week, I decided that New Year's Day was as good a time to call a halt on it and put you out of your collective misery...
As I'd asked for the puzzle's names and for their designers, and there were 50 puzzles pictured (no, I wasn't lying... the pic of Fauler Hund on the left included the frame - that wasn't a copy of Confetto or something similar lurking in the wings to trap you ... would I?!). So one point for each gives me a neat score out of 100...
Will (H), Markus and Niko came in at just under 80 apiece - an entirely creditable performance! Well done and thanks for playing! But no prizes...
Goetz' entry consisted of a copy of my collage with the names and designers typed over the top of each picture - easily the easiest to score, but a couple of blank spots meant a score of 87...
Yvon eventually managed to find my surname to work out my email address and submitted an 89% correct solution missing a couple of designers and getting tripped up along with a bunch of others on Betty's Baffling Bracelet. [I was a bit meaner this year - in the past I've only used pics from my blog ... this year it was any pics I'd taken this year, and quite a few of them haven't featured on my blog...]
Chris went one better and hit 90 while last year's champ, Steve, scored a whopping 95 - Steve's one of the few folks who was able to list "me" under the designers column and took advantage of that!
This year nobody could touch Nick Baxter, who scored 98 on my nit-picking mark-o-meter. If you're interested he had a misplaced "Cube" and a missing "Box" in his answers so he had "Chequered" and "Ferris' Cube" for numbers 20 and 23... and he taught me that Keith Winegar designed the 4-piece Jigsaw we all recognise - Wil Strijbos' version being the bottom right pic on my collage. Without his entry I'd have been scoring that one wrong!
Thanks for playing along - hope it provided a few minutes amusement and I'll be procuring something puzzling and winging it over to Nick in the next few days...
Happy 2015 - may it be suitably puzzling!
The complete list of puzzles and designers:
|1||Cubes in Space||Iwahiro|
|8||Coast to Coast||Grabarchuk|
|10||New Pony Puzzle||Uyematsu|
|12||The Kray Twins||Nicholls|
|13||Join the Club||Elliott|
|15||Pirate's Wallet Puzzlebox||Yarger|
|29||Cross & Crown 2013||Burbank|
|31||No. 12 Puzzlebox (Cross Box)||Yarger|
|32||Waterfall Box #5||Sound (nee Schaefer)|
|34||Big Ben Exchange||Moores, Young & Yananose|
|35||The Gouge Packing Puzzle||Gouge|
|36||Four to Square||Haubrich|
|38||Twin-Lens Reflex Camera||Kawashima|
|40||The Golden Ratio Box||Wiltshire|
|42||Tube it In||Strijbos|
|43||Extreme Torture||de Vreugd|
|45||Rhombic Maze Burr||Bosch|
|46||Betty's Baffling Bracelet||Gee|
|48||Hinomaru: The Japanese Flag Puzzle||Curtis|
|49||Doors and Drawers||Toulouzas|
|50||Four-piece Jigsaw Puzzle||Winegar|