Tony Fisher's Locked Blocks Puzzle

Tony Fisher's Locked Blocks Puzzle

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Idea Conceived

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8th June 2013

14th June 2013

20th Oct 2013

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5 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm / 2 x 3 x 3 inch  

 

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I made this for the 2013 Dutch Cube Day. It's similar to my award winning Slide Twist Twist Slide and Twisted Assembly puzzles. Like those it combines characteristics of an assembly puzzle with those of a twisty (Rubik's Cube type) puzzle.
Some people complained that the other two were too hard so this is a simpler, smaller and cheaper version. It has a 2x4x4 arrangement of pseudo blocks instead of the 3x4x4 on the others.
The puzzle consists of three separate parts that have to fit together. One of those parts is a locking piece. This is a single cubic piece that has to be removed before the puzzle can be further disassembled or twisted. The other two parts are extended 2x2x2 Rubik's Cubes. These parts can then be mixed up in the usual way. Some however intrude into the paths of others which causes blocking and prevent some moves some of the time.
Similar to my Slide Twist Twist Slide you can't just solve the parts and assemble them since a further twisting move is required during assembly. This is best shown in the video above.
In choosing the name I combined the locking, blocking and the blocks it is made from.