Monthly Archives: May 2021

  1. MEDICI'S "BALLS"

    MEDICI'S "BALLS"

    The new secret box of our Leonardo Collection is inspired by the famous Medici family, central to the Florence of the Renaissance period.
    In fact, on our puzzle appear elegant and refined inlays that could have to do with that historical and artistic period.

    Florence, in honor of the Medici, has strewn its streets with the family crest: a shield with red balls on a golden field.
    The curiosity lies in the fact that the shields are not exactly equal to each other ... the number of balls, in bisanti heraldry, can vary.

    If at first, in fact, the spheres in the coat of arms were equal to eleven, Giovanni di Bicci brought it to nine, his son Cosimo to eight, and the latter's son, Piero il Gottoso, came to reduce it to seven. The last decrease occurred with Lorenzo the Magnificent, who brought the spheres to 6, with the top one loaded with the insignia of the Royals of France.

    As to why, then, there are balls in the center of the Medici coat of arms, suppositions and hypotheses have been made far and wide. Some more likely, others less so.
    Among the most accredited is that for which, in heraldry, the "balls" of a coat of arms usually represent the number of enemies killed in battle by those who took them as their own insignia. The Medici would therefore begin with some soldier who, in an important battle or campaign, for example during a Crusade, killed eleven enemies, or the number of balls that, as mentioned, was at the beginning on the coat of arms.

    Another hypothesis, which is also very much accredited by historical sources, wants the Medici coat of arms to allude to the florid and fortunate banking activity carried out by the Medici. The balls would be nothing more than coins.
    This hypothesis in particular would be supported by the similarity of the Medici coat of arms with that of the Arte del Cambio, a shield with a red background with gold bezanti.
    The Medici, therefore, would have simply inverted the colors of the

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  2. INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    INTO THE SPIDER'S WEB

    In one of the past articles, we have already introduced you to Professor Hoffman's impressive book, "Puzzles, Old and New".

    For those who missed it, this enthusiast of games and puzzles, decided to enclose in a single text any puzzle he could trace back to his days.
    Some were newly invented, others as ancient as Noah.

    And anyone who is lucky enough to leaf through the pages of the book is faced with barin teasers of all kinds, from the most traditional to the most absurd.
    Brain teasers and more, because there are also sections dedicated to numerical and literary logic games.
    In short, aiming at the idea of ​​solving them all, was a long long time project.

    One of the puzzles explained and illustrated by Hoffman has to do, as you may have guessed from the title, with a spider.
    The professor refers to it as "The Spider and the Flies", describing it as one of the cutest of the "dexterity and perseverance" puzzles.

    It is a small wooden tray with glass on the front.
    In the background a spider's web is outlined, drawn right in the center of it.
    And in correspondence of the spider's stomach a slight depression of the base of the game.

    In different points of the canvas appear small colored circles, two blue and two red, and four small balls of felt to represent flies.
    The player had to have fun bringing each fly in its relative position, avoiding ending up in the belly of the spider (personified by a mercury globule).

    And, speaking of puzzles that have to do with webs and spiders, in our catalog you will find a small, very enigmatic wooden chest.
    In fact, on the Einstein Box a spider similar to that of Hoffman's game is drawn, but inside? We do not know ... at least until we can solve it!

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  3. MICHAEL COLLINS THE ASTRONAUT

    MICHAEL COLLINS THE ASTRONAUT

    The MOON puzzle is finally available on our site, a new challenge for all fans not only of puzzles but also of space, stars and cosmos.

    You too will have a difficult mission to complete on the lunar surface, for which you can draw inspiration from the crew of Apollo 11, in particular the often forgotten astronaut who played, perhaps, the most important role of all.
    We are talking about Michael Collins, who passed away last April.

    We can start by saying that we also feel Collins a bit of an Italian hero, given his birth in Rome.

    In 1963 he was selected as an astronaut and, after being a reserve member of the Gemini VII, he had the great honor of traveling in space twice: aboard the Gemini 10 and, subsequently, the famous Apollo 11.
    266 hours in space.

    Of Apollo 11, two names are often remembered, Armstrong and Aldrin.
    This is because they were the ones who put their faces on it, they were the ones who descended to the surface of the Moon aboard the Lunar Module Eagle.

    What about Collins then?
    Collins remained aboard Columbia, the Command and Service Module (CSM) that orbited the moon.
    A role just as central to the success of the mission, as much as the landing of his companions on the immaculate surface.
    Without his guidance and control of the module, the crew could not have returned home safely.

    An important role, but also a risky one. Collins found himself on several occasions to be the human being furthest from Earth as well as the most isolated, also from the point of view of communications. He had to stay focused, very concentrated, all without being able to communicate with his companions, without even knowing if they were still alive.

    It seems right to me, therefore, to also remember who worked in the shadow of the moon ... which is not so much of a shadow, don't you think?

    Discover our puzzle in refined

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  4. HOW WERE THE SAFES BORN?

    HOW WERE THE SAFES BORN?

    We don't know the exact moment. The first safe of which we have historical information, however, dates back to Ancient Egypt, precisely to the 13th century BC. And guess what, it was made from wood. Surely arriving at the exact burial place of the Pharaoh was not an easy thing. Pitfalls and traps to overcome without losing body parts or staying dry. For Ramesses II, all this was not enough. He encased his most precious treasures in a wooden safe with a lock similar to that of pin locks. A very ambitious mechanism for three thousand years ago! A further step was taken by the merchants of Ancient Rome, who invented a locking system with fixed flaps to prevent the goods from being stolen. Over time they also began to use flaps of different sizes, so that each safe needed a different key to open. During the Renaissance, a period in which sculpture and architecture flourished like never before, safes became not only more elaborate and safer, but also beautiful to look at. In the eighteenth century, however, human invention exceeded its limits: alarm bells that warned of the opening of a safe or locks encrypted with numbers and letters. William Marr, Cyrus Price, Thomas Milner or Charles Chubb. These names may not sound to you. Yet they are the engineers who laid the roots for the birth of the British Safe Industry, renowned in the world of safes and security. During the mid-19th century, they developed businesses to provide people with what they needed most: security. The UK was able to advance in safe innovation over other countries due to its industrial superiority. They managed to meet the huge demand in the field. More and more sophisticated thieves require equally sophisticated mechanisms! Take a look at our MAKE-UP SAFES from the Leonardo collection or test yourself with the SAFE from the Luxury Collection!

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  5. SANTA CROCE: ANOTHER PANTHEON IN FLORENCE

    SANTA CROCE: ANOTHER PANTHEON IN FLORENCE

    A brainteaser from our Leonardo da Vinci collection is emblazoned on the imposing and famous basilica of Santa Croce in Florence.

    Our wooden 3D puzzle consists of 6 pieces with an ingenious interlocking system and is part of the mini puzzle series ... great fun in a small format.

    The homonymous Basilica, on the other hand, is anything but small. Indeed, it is the largest Franciscan church in the world, famous above all for its 16 chapels decorated by great artists of the Italian Renaissance and the presence of several tombs and cenotaphs belonging to famous people buried there.
    So famous that it gave Santa Croce the name of Florentine Pantheon or our local Westminster Abbey. A temple of Italian Glories.
    Some names? Michelangelo, Vittorio Alfieri, Ugo Foscolo.

    The remains of Galileo Galilei were brought to the basilica 95 years after his death.

    Few people know that even the square in front of the Basilica takes its name from it.
    The Santa Croce area was originally an island of the Arno outside the walls of Florence.
    Construction of the church began in 1294 by the Franciscans who settled in the area.

    Every year, in June, Piazza Santa Croce becomes a football field for matches of Calcio Storico Fiorentino: 4 teams representing the different areas of Florence that compete against each other.
    In historical football, unlike modern football, everything is allowed: elbows, heads and so on and so forth.
    Only in recent times has it been decided to bring this version closer to that of the present day to avoid too many injuries between participants.

    A sport that does not cause harm is the mental one you will do with our Holy Cross.
    Test yourself with our pocket brainteaser!

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  6. AN ANCIENT PUZZLE INSPIRED BY THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    AN ANCIENT PUZZLE INSPIRED BY THE SOLAR SYSTEM

    There is a massive text that we will often talk to you about from now on.
    It is perhaps the largest written collection ever made in the history of brainteasers and puzzles.

    In Puzzles Old and New, in fact, Professor Hoffman, already author of texts on magic tricks and card games, set himself the goal of creating a real illustrated story of all the puzzles to be found, from the past to his present.
    After all, we know, starting from the ancient Enigma of the Sphinx, traps and riddles have always fascinated young and old.

    Today we want to start from one of the first puzzles present in the pages of the famous text.
    It is a thin wooden tray, closed above by a glass plate.
    It is called the Planet Puzzle and, in fact, inside it you can see as many small marbles as the planets of the Solar System back then known.

    The goal of the puzzle was to get each ball into the hole corresponding to its position with respect to the Sun.
    As many holes as there were marbles.

    Solving this brainteaser, therefore, did not only mean playing with manual skills, but also having some notions of astronomy in mind.
    Otherwise ... you had to start studying!

    The game turned out to be intelligent in the truest sense of the word. Stimulating and educational.

    To us, the Puzzle of the Planets immediately reminded us of the beautiful ASTROLABIUM.
    Those who buy it test themselves with not one, but two different challenges: the first extreme, the second incredibly difficult.

    Find out on our website!

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  7. STAR ADVENTURES: una nuova collezione per esplorare lo Spazio

    STAR ADVENTURES: una nuova collezione per esplorare lo Spazio

    UN ATTERRAGGIO DA BRIVIDI

     

    La Logica Giochi non si ferma davanti a nulla!

    E se tanti, dando uno sguardo al cielo immenso, provano timore, noi invece ci abbiamo intravisto nuove possibilità.

    E' approdata sul nostro sito la nuovissima serie Star Adventures: ben 11 missioni diverse per approdare su Marte, Cerere, la Stella Polare e addirittura la Luna, dai suoi mille volti.

    Questa collezione è stata pensata per divertirsi cercando di trovare una soluzione ad ogni puzzle, ma anche per apprendere, grazie ad ogni missione, nozioni e curiosità.

    Sapevate, ad esempio, che si parla di avvistamenti della Cometa di Halley già nel Talmud? E che la Galassia di Andromeda fu riconosciuta come tale solo nel 1924, mentre prima la si pensava "semplicemente" una Grande Nebulosa?

    Queste sono solo alcune delle tante informazioni che potreste scoprire indossando la vostra tuta spaziale e partendo con noi per viaggi stellari (il tutto comodamente seduti nei vostri luoghi del cuore, ovunque voi vi troviate!)

    Al momento solo 5 delle 11 missioni sono disponibili per essere acquistate sul nostro sito, ma a breve arriveranno altri rompicapo e soprattutto i tanto attesi scrigni, ricchi di segreti!

    Per rimanere aggiornati sulle nuove uscite e per maggiori contenuti, quiz e storie iscrivetevi al nostro canale Instagram https://www.instagram.com/logicagiochi/ e soprattutto al freschissimo canale Telegram che trovate al link in bio di Instagram per articoli e newlettere a portata di click!

     

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