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I'm Puzzled ...
I'm Puzzled ...
I have a love-hate relationship with puzzles. I've always enjoyed having my brain (as well as other things) teased, to the extent that I had a subscription to a thick monthly puzzle magazine throughout my teenage years. And once I start puzzling things out, I can get quite obsessive and utterly infuriated until I find the solution.
But I have my limits. I've never claimed to be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree but the biggest problem is that, in the end, I'm a little too lazy. Some puzzles, even if - sometimes especially if - I can see how they should be solved are simply too much bother. I could sweat to learn the techniques, perhaps, but life just seems too short.
Some of you may recall that it was Helga_Hansen that finally got me started on Sudoku after many refusals on my part. I may never forgive her; after all, it's led to a persistent and highly annoying addiction!
Now she's done it again, only possibly worse.
I took a little trip on Friday and spent the day with Mrs H. At one point we came across a stall selling handmade toys and one of them caught my eye: a wooden frame with various wooden protuberances, a cycloptic wooden mouse and a loop of brightly coloured string attached to said mouse and woven through the woodwork (assuming This Site behaves you can see a photo of it top left).
The idea is to disentangle the thread to free the mouse from the trap. At first sight it looked impossible. Except that Helga told me with a huge grin on her face that she'd done it - ridiculously quickly. Then, in an act that can only be described as one of sadistic generosity, she bought one for me and challenged me to do it on the way home, a mere three-hour journey.
That made me determined to do it. And I was banned from taking the sensible approach Alexander did with the Gordian knot.
Except when I came to tackle it, I found that it needed assembling first. There were instructions showing how to weave and wind and knot the string through the frame but if I'd followed them, solving the problem would hardly have been a challenge.
So now I am doubly frustrated: not only is there a puzzle for me to do that I suspect I'll struggle with ... but I can't even start work on it!
Tomorrow I shall take it into work and get someone to assemble it for me. Then let battle commence.
In the meantime, I'm just glad that no one's trying to get me interested in Kakuro!
12/18/2005 11:28 pm
That's next on my list! |
12/20/2005 11:18 am
And may the gods have mercy upon me!!|