Grozshura The puzzle is great imo, finally I found a hanayama, that kept me busy for a really long time. This is where you use suartet four pieces to create one large square, which was relatively simple after knowing how the pieces can be linked. Anyway, why I write this comment: Click Image to Enlarge. Again I could go no further and this time I struggled to put it back the way it came! Then ten seconds later I had the whole puzzle solved.
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At least for me, the first I came across not knowing it at the time!! However, it seems to have been misplaced with all the rearranging and such so I cannot tell if it was an actual Hanayama piece or a replica.
Anywho, because the Hanayama puzzles are Cast puzzles liquid metal poured into a mould they are inexpensive to make and are therefore equally inexpensive to sell. For that reason they make great stocking fillers and little gifts at Christmas.
Having received the Quartet at Christmas, with family all watching, I was eager to get it out of its box and promptly solve it in front of them. However, because this is a Level 6 Starred difficulty puzzle which is "Very Hard", that might have been a bit optimistic on my part. Hanayama Cast Quartet The Quartet is made up of four square shaped pieces with gaps in one corner.
These gaps allow all the pieces to be interlinked and produce the final shape of two linked solid squares. Upon closer inspection, the two pieces that create one square have slightly different shaped pieces than the other two pieces that make the second square. I then proceeded to spend the rest of the day, the couple of hours before dinner and the rest of the evening, avoiding conversation and instead puzzling with the Quartet. To no avail, may I add!!
Unfortunately, the Quartet then got forgotten about due to new puzzles arriving etc. I had a couple of hours before work and happened to see it sitting on my desk, taunting and begging me to pick it up.
So I did!! All four pieces apart Once again I began fumbling around with it and it seemed I was getting nowhere. This meant it could move this bit more freely than the others. After I removed that piece it was a simple matter of closing my eyes and fiddling around with the other three pieces until I could get another piece loose, which I did!!! Then, obviously, with only two pieces left, the rest was straightforward. After studying the packaging at Christmas, I knew that there was an alternate assembly for the Quartet.
This is where you use all four pieces to create one large square, which was relatively simple after knowing how the pieces can be linked. Alternate assembly Anywho, the next struggle was to reassemble the Quartet back to its starting shape, with two interlinked solid squares.
Therefore I recruited some help from Youtube. Unfortunately, the disadvantage to inexpensive puzzles is that everyone buys them and makes videos on how to solve them. I knew this and I refrained from looking whilst I was trying to solve it. One of the videos showed a guy using a very worn Quartet and one of the moves was not possible to complete on my version perhaps a newer refined version.
I really enjoyed solving the Quartet and the feeling of relief and hope I got from getting that first piece looser than the rest. I will be writing a writing a review on the Cast Vortex soon, which is a Level 5 difficulty Hanayama puzzle, so stay tuned!!!
Hanayama - Quartet
Hanayama Cast Quartet