puzzles old and new

  1. 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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  2. 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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