You may remember I did a review of the Gear Cube, A Puzzle
, and Cast Harmony
by Puzzle Master. Well, this time, we have the Cast Loop Puzzle
! My husband just had knee surgery just about a month ago so while he is slowly getting more active, he is still required to rest in bed. So, In the mean time, he has all these puzzles from Puzzle Master to do; including this “Cast Loop” puzzle. You see, we’re both fans of the metal type puzzles. I got into them because of my grandpa. He always had metal ones, similar to this one, that he would always sit on the couch and fool with. Nothing beats the horseshoe one in my opinion, though. It’s my favorite, most likely because of those memories and always seeing my grandpa with it, but also because I can easily solve it. Don’t ask me to show you because I’m not that good, but while sitting and not paying attention I have it figured out. Anyway, this post isn’t about a horseshoe puzzle. Fond memories… and this just helped bring a smile to my face for that reason. Any how…
Created by the young Finnish puzzle designer Vesa Timonen. Vesa Timonen has come up with an endearing cast puzzle based on an original puzzle ring he created for his girlfriend. One of the appeals of this puzzle is that it can double up as an accessory when the two parts have been perfectly fitted together. Finished with a simple yet unique design. The key word is “Synthesis”.
Puzzle Master is a Canadian distributor of a large assortment of disentanglement puzzles, brain teasers, jigsaws, puzzle rings, trick locks, boomerangs, chess sets, etc. The company started because of an interest the owner, Allan Stein, had in collecting wire puzzles. Allan collected these puzzles for a few years before he thought of making them himself. Once he found out that he was able to make the puzzles successfully he thought “Why don’t I try to sell some of the puzzles at craft shows and see if there are people who like them as much as I do”. At the craft shows he found that not only did the people like the puzzles, they loved them. These craft shows were the first way that Puzzle Master marketed these puzzles.
After selling at the craft shows for a few years, Allan decided to try and sell at some of the malls in Saskatoon. He rented a temporary location 2 weeks prior to Christmas and was totally amazed how quickly the puzzles sold. He subsequently ran out of the puzzles in 7 days. It was at that point that he realized that he had a business that was going to be viable. To this day we still have many businesses who sell at temporary locations a few weeks prior to Christmas.
In the beginning Allan made traditional puzzles that had been invented hundreds and even thousands of years ago. Now Allan is taking those traditional designs and adding his own unique touch.
So this puzzle is posted at a level 5 meaning it’s pretty easy, yet requires a bit of thinking. For me, I was able to solve it, but it took me a bit longer than my husband, as usual. I never completed this particular puzzle before so it was new and it was challenging, but really kept me thinking. My husband, on the other hand, is very good at puzzles and was able to complete this in just a minute or so. He also is able to perform magic tricks as well, which just helps him complete things like this and figure them out much easier than I. Regardless, we both enjoyed checking it out and solving it. Ask me to do it again, it will still take me several minutes, but eventually, I get it. I love the challenge. Especially if I just want to watch TV and have something to fool with.
Aside from the solving it and enjoy it, this puzzle is a nice quality and well made. It’s not like some of those cheapy ones I’ve come across. The metal is sturdy so you can tug and pull on it all you want, and it won’t break on you. I am totally satisfied with this puzzle. It’s affordable and perfect for anyone who enjoys puzzles or just having something to fiddle with. It’s not heavy either. While it has some bit of weight to it because it’s metal, it’s not heavy. I have mild carpal tunnel in my wrists, which can act up if I’m holding something heavy, and I was able to enjoy this – just to give a bit of perspective. So, of course, this was another successful puzzle from Puzzle Master!
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