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
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.
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
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
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.