All-Edges Coverage - Iwahiro (Hirokazu Iwasawa)
The goal is to cover both sides of all six holes in the hexagon with the band of fabric.
This is a simple puzzle that uses a similar principle to some of Iwahiro's other designs, but the hexagonal shape makes it a but more challenging. It took me a little while to solve, but mainly because the band felt a bit tight and I didn't want to force it. Maybe I didn't have it lined up just right though.
Animal Cube - Evgeniy Grigoriev
I played with this for a bit and found it to be quite challenging. Even getting a single face was tricky for me, but I'm not a twisty specialist. Neat mechanical design, and I liked the added theme.
Art Nouveau - William Waite
BQTTLE - Sándor Bozóki
It seems impossible, but with a bit of fiddling I could see how the knot could be undone. Tying the knot in the first place is quite a bit more challenging, I think! Someone else had double-tied the knot, so I was able to undo one of the loops, but didn't undo it completely. I liked this one as a dexterity puzzle, since at first it looks like an impossible object, but in fact it is quite possible (though difficult!)
Caramel Box - Yasuhiro Hashimoto and MINE
I really liked this puzzle: it was pretty accessible (not super-hard), but was challenging enough to be enjoyable. Figuring out how to put the three pieces together isn't very hard (which is good), but getting them into the box takes a bit of logical thinking. I also really liked the metal box and woods used. Great puzzle! Wished I had gotten a copy of this since it would be a good one for the coffee table, but they sold out on the Puzzle Party day.
Cassette - JinHoo Ahn
The goal is to disassemble and re-assemble the four pieces. It is very nicely made out of metal, I think this is a strong candidate for the Hanayama Cast Puzzle series. This puzzle won a jury honorable mention.
I spent a good 15-20 minutes on this one before I had to move on, and wasn't able to figure it out. I did get a few interesting things happening, but couldn't quite get it apart. Hopefully if Hanayama picks it up, I'll have a chance to work on it more in the future!
Cast U&U - Kyoo Wong
In addition to a clever construction, the solution is said to be quite clever as well. Unfortunately, I didn't spend enough with this one either to solve it, since it is in the Cast Puzzle series, I anticipate getting a copy shortly, so I decided to spend my time on other puzzles I wouldn't see again. Looking forward to finishing it!
Claws of Satan - MINE (Mineyuki Uyematsu)
The goal is to take the three pieces out of the triangular frame, flip the frame, and reassemble. This puzzle won a jury honorable mention.
This one was a triangular-grid version of similar rectilinear, rotational, take-apart puzzles we've seen in past years (like recent submissions by Osanori Yamamoto). I fiddled around with it for a bit before figuring out which piece was likely to come out first, then I was able to work my way towards that goal. Despite the name, it isn't too pointy to be nice to manipulate.
Complementary P-arity - Namick Salakhov
Unfortunately, the construction left a bit to be desired: it was very pointy which made it hard to move the pieces, and it was difficult to tell what was supposed to move in the first place (which isn't really the intended challenge). Perhaps it would work better in wood!
Conjuring Conundrum - Louis Coolen and Allard Walker
The goal is to open the briefcase and then assemble the pieces found inside to form a magic-themed image. This puzzle was one of the Top 10 Vote Getters.
This was Allard's exchange puzzle last year, and he was kind enough to give me a copy (thanks Allard!). I had a great time trying to figure out how to open it, it is an awesome mechanism by Louis. The assembly bit at the end by Allard is pretty tricky as well! They used a combination of 3D-printed and pre-manufactured materials, which seems like an excellent use of 3D printing. Great puzzle!
Copy Device - Hiroshi Yamamoto
Arrange the three pieces in the tray so that it makes two identical green areas. This puzzle won an jury honorable mention.
I'm not particularly good at this type of puzzle, so unfortunately I didn't have time to solve it. Seems like a cute design with only three pieces though.
Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow!