This one intrigued me, and as I like to support Engineer Bruns directly, I ordered a copy off his website soon after it appeared. There’d already been some talk about it on discord, so I knew that I’d need to pay close attention to the instructions…
A few weeks later, my puzzle had made it out of Putin’s war zone, via Poland to the bustling metropolis of Barnt Green – which is all pretty mind-blowing, to be fair.
As you’d expect from Bruns, it’s beautifully machined in aluminium with a neat Bruns logo on the one end… it’s a handy size to avoid any repetitive strain injuries and not small enough to roll into tiny crevices. It comes with a sheet of instructions telling you that the object is to disassemble and then reassemble so that the following criteria are met:
- - All pieces need to be the fixed to the central column, beneath the line indicated,
- - Any threaded pieces should be screwed fully into their threads, such that
- - The assembly is stable and vigorous shaking won’t dislodge any bits…
…which all sounds a bit weird until you start playing with it.
…and you can make some progress trying to solve that puzzle… until you can’t.
…so it’s worth a Think(c).
…and sure enough, there’s something else to discover, and you’re on your way again…
…until you aren’t, again…
…now you really need a serious Think(c)!
I think the final solution is really fun – it does indeed satisfy all the rules and makes you work for your A-Ha!s. Bruns leads you up the garden path a couple of times and then sends you back to the drawing board again and again… you can’t ask much more from a puzzle.