Monthly Archives: June 2013

Review Hanayama puzzles


This is one of three reviews to be published this summer while i’m away on holiday,

This post is about metal puzzles that I received for my birthday and fathersday. My thanks of course go to the family members who donated them.

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The Hanayama series is a series of beautiful iron cast puzzles published by hanayame toys in Japan.

There are 2 kinds of packaging around, one is a beautiful shiny red/black cardboard box, the other a dull grey-green? cardboard box, which I dont have myself but did see on ads in the USA.

The puzzles themselves are very solid, and have varying degrees of difficulty. The manufacturer has them labeled with a number of stars, more stars meaning more difficult. Many of the puzzles have been designed by well established names in the puzzle world such as Oskar van Deventer and Nob Yoshigahara.

New puzzles seem to be published regularly, and can be mail ordered at several places:

They have varying degrees of difficulty, 1-5, and come without a solution, though you may try the generally know video sites if you are completely stuck. I now have one of the rings, the cast duet and the cast quartet, and probably one or more others, and I’m very satisfied with them. There must be somewhere between 50 and a 100 of them by now,

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Strange calculation?


Intro whats next numbers

 

 
IF

8 x 2 = 46416
6 + 3 = 23618
15 : 3 = 513545
9 – 3 = 38127

Then what is :
12 x 4 =?

I am very much interested in your solution times, and you are welcome to make remarks, and discuss alternatives. Pointing out alternative solutions is also welcome, as they point out possible problems in the brain teasers, but please dont mention solutions and leave others the fun to solve them too.

If you are puzzled, we have a solution for you.

Complete the alphabet (3)


Alphabet
1) Complete the alphabet*

AEFHIKLMNTVWXY
BDGJPRU
COQS

In which row does the letter Z go?

If you solved it, we have the solution to 1

As always, please don’t publish your solutions. Solutions can be found after 1-2 weeks on the solution page for those who want to check their solutions, or for those who are really stuck.
But scrolling is much easier, and really spoils the fun for others.

You are welcome to post your solution times, make remarks, and discuss alternatives. Pointing out alternative solutions is also welcome, as they point out possible problems in the brain teasers.