3D Puzzle Series 2, #4


I’m going to call this one Ball. It took me under a minute to figure out the trick to disassembling it, and then it just came apart under its own weight. Which was kind of a problem because I couldn’t see how the pieces were fitted together for reassembling it. Putting the puzzle back together again required the better part of half an hour.

There are 6 pieces, all different. All of them have large full notches running from the center to the outer rim. #1 – one small notch width-wise. #2 – one wide notch radially. #3 – one small notch width-wise and one wide notch radially. #4 – two small notches width-wise and one wide notch radially. #5 – one extremely wide notch width-wise and one wide notch radially. #6 – the piece that looks like #5 and has a beveled edge.


(#3 and #4 together, but rotated 180 degrees from the way you want them.)

Put #3 and #4 together to have the small notch at the top right and the combined wide notch at the bottom of the circle.


(#1 in place.)

Pull #3 and #4 apart enough to put #1 in the combined wide notch at the bottom, and #6 in the small notch at the top.


(#1 and #6 in place.)

Push #3 and #4 together again, and rotate #6 so it is lying on its side with enough room for #2 and #5 to slide into place under it.


(With #6 rotated to make room for sliding #2 and #5 into place.)

Slide #2 in from the front.

Slide #5 in from the back. Then rotate #6 to lock the puzzle together.

Even knowing the solution, Ball is kind of tricky, and it takes me 1-2 minutes to disassemble and reassemble it again. For 200 yen, I’m impressed.

There’s no reason to write up an entry on the remaining puzzle. It’s just a re-issue of Galaxy from series 1 (AKA – Falling Star). They’re the exact same puzzle, so I’m annoyed that I had to spend money to verify that it’s a repeat, especially since I had to get 2 extra copies of Ball in order to get the capsule containing Galaxy. Sigh. Anyway, if you want to see the write-up on series 2 puzzle #5, just revisit the entry on Galaxy.

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