[next] [prev] [up] Date: Thu, 13 Jan 94 23:18:47 -0400
[next] [prev] [up] From: [unknown name] <CPELLEY@delphi.com >
[next] [prev] [up] Subject: Mickey's Challenge

I visited the local Disney Store and picked up a Mickey's Challenge puzzle for

$10. It's really cute, and the book that it comes with is excellent.

Included are color photos of Christophe Bandelow, Uwe Meffert, and the puzzle

disassembled into all its parts. Plus it gives a solution for the puzzle and

has a short bio on Uwe Meffert. It also shows color photos of the Megaminx,

Pyraminx (not the Tomy version, but a black one), and the 5x5x5 which they

refer to as "Professor's Cube."

Some general notes on Mickey's Challenge. It is a spherical Skewb, and it

actually turns much more smoothly than my cubical Skewb. It has the same

delightful "clicking" mechanism that the Skewb and original Pyraminx had.

It is a bit easier than the Skewb, since there are a few blank pieces that

can be exchanged without noticing the difference. In fact, the book's solution

actually leaves Mickey intact while solving Donald. After you're bored with

solving it, the concept of making patterns takes on strange dimensions, as you

can make Mickey and Donald exchange body parts and look like Disney on acid!

All in all, it is an excellent little puzzle and I am very glad to see the

Skewb widely available to puzzle enthusiasts everywhere.

One final note: the booklet gives no credit whatsoever to Tony Durham, who

was credited with the Skewb's invention in Hofstadter's Sci Am articles years

ago. They instead credit Meffert, since the Skewb's mechanism is based on

the Pyraminx.

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