Tony Fisher's Slide Twist Twist Slide Puzzle
(2013 Puzzle Design Contest honourable mention)

Tony Fisher's Slide Twist Twist Slide Puzzle
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Tony Fisher's Slide Twist Twist Slide PuzzleMy puzzle at the Puzzle Design Competition in Tokyo (Thanks Frank)
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May 2013

20th May 2013

May 2013

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7.5 x 10 x 10 cm / 3 x 4 x 4 inch edge 

 

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I made the all gold version for the 2013 Puzzle Design Competition. It gained an "Honourable Mention" from the jury which I believe is equivalent to joint 3rd or 4th out of 60. I received a competition trophy plus a silver badge. You can see these in the top photo along with the two samples I had to send.
The puzzle is similar to my Twisted Assembly Puzzle though I wanted it to have some genuine differences and not just be a rehash. Like the Twisted Assembly it combines the characteristics of an assembly puzzle with those of a twisty puzzle and consists of three twistable parts that fit together forming a pseudo 3x4x4 block. Once again some twisty moves get blocked on the individual parts due to the extensions.
The first difference is the finish. I sprayed both inside and out with metallic gold paint. Normally I wouldn't do this with a puzzle since it is not very durable. It only needed to last for the duration of the competition though and durability is not something puzzles are judged on. It does however mean that I probably can't ever sell this version.
Colouring it entirely gold makes it very difficult to solve since there are no clues as to what parts go where, inside or out. Another reason I went for this finish is that the design competition doesn't always favour twisty puzzles and I wanted to get away from the traditional Rubik's Cube look of having stickers.
The other difference is the way the three parts fit together. On the Twisted Assembly providing you know the shapes required you can solve each part first and fit them all together at the end. On my Slide Twist Twist Slide however this is not possible since further twisting moves are required during assembly and disassembly. This is where the name comes from. The final four moves are as follows- You SLIDE one piece into another. You then TWIST some cubies and then TWIST some more locking the two pieces together. Finally you SLIDE the last piece into place.
In July 2013 I made a further two versions. One is coloured entirely with gold stickers and the other with standard Rubik's Cube style stickers. I made these for an ebay auction so the winner can choose which finish they prefer. Neither are as difficult as the gold painted version though both are still quite tricky.