I love simple puzzles – so here’s a nice simple one for you that I rather enjoyed fiddling with at IPP earlier this year: Peamaru was designed by the rather prolific Volker Latussek… and while he’s usually renowned for his packing puzzles, this one’s also pretty awesome.
You have four L-shaped pieces – two big L’s and 2 smaller ones. Each has a couple of red dots on them and your challenge is pretty straight forward: arrange the pieces so that all of the dots are paired face-to-face, and the structure is stable.
|Nope! That's not it...|
The nice thing is that just seeing the pieces, you know right away what you’re trying to do so you can dive right in. Pairing up most of the red dots is really easy – however getting the last pair to come anywhere close is pretty much impossible…
As is my usual process for “solving” these sorts of puzzles, I spent a long time doing the same thing over and over again, often while chatting amiably with another puzzler having much more success at another much harder puzzle on the table. I’d pretty much convinced myself that it was in fact impossible when I headed off in another direction, so to speak, and that turned out to be the break I needed.
Neat little “A-Ha!” moment when everything really falls into place perfectly – all of the red dots are face-to-face – all in a neat little structure on the table.
Four simple pieces. One serious puzzle.
I was very chuffed when Pelikan made a number of copies available recently and I was able to add a copy to the hoard… they still have a few copies left if you’re tempted.