Peekaboo Cube

Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
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Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest

Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest

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Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
Tony Fisher's Peekaboo Cube made from Oskar van Deventer's Treasure Chest
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2012

30th March 2012?

6th April 2012

Tony Fisher

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5.6cm edge

 

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My Peekaboo Cube is a little different to my other puzzles. Most simply require the correct algorithms but this requires the solver to work out what has to be done and how to do it first. This is very common for non twisty puzzles like Japanese boxes for example.
My Peekaboo Cube is a Holey Treasure Chest with a scrambled Micro Rubik's Cube inside. The cube is much larger than the holes so it will not fall out. A stand is attached to one edge piece. If you were to buy it this is how it would be received.
The idea of the puzzle is to bring it to a state where the cubes are separate and both solved. You are not allowed to disassemble the Micro Cube at any time. Everything on the puzzle is relevant to it's solving apart from the Micro Cube's keyring loop and the fact that it is white. Ideally it would have been black.
I may auction this puzzle so if you think you may buy it be aware that knowing it's secrets will spoil finding them yourself.
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The solver has to first work out how to open the Treasure Chest. He (or she) would quickly realise that it will not come apart in it's visually solved state. Hopefully he would come to realise that the only clue to opening the chest lies with the inner Micro Cube since as stated all aspects are relevant including the holes and ability to see the internal cube.
The outer cube must be put into the same pattern as the inner cube in order to open it. The problem with this though is that the holes are quite small and it is very dark inside. It probably would be possible to just about see the colours but it would not be much fun so I have included a secret element that the solver will probably discover. By twisting the stand a small light comes on inside making it much more seeable. Now he merely has to rattle the inner cube around and copy the pattern onto the outer cube. Once done the Chest is mechanically solved and can be opened to reveal the inner cube which can then be solved as normal.
Ideally I would have used a black Micro Cube but the white ones I have are much better quality. Obviously black on the Micro cube represents white on the outer cube. I guess my puzzle would only be fun to solve once but I am glad I tried something a little different.