Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Where Does that F’n Piece Go! - Melting F
Hold on – there’s another piece in the shipping box that it came in. Surely, it doesn’t go in the case with the other 9 pieces. Since it’s bigger and oddly shaped, maybe it’s supposed to replace one or two of the other pieces. However, having worked with a puzzle or two and the fact that the word melting is in the name, I suspected that the additional piece had to be crammed in the case with the other pieces. You may be tempted to just torch that F’n piece and drip it in between the other pieces, but as puzzlers we’re all about doing things the hard way.
Melting F was made by geometric puzzle packing genius, George Bell, and was his entry in the 2020 Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition. This new design is a truncated rhombic dodecahedra packing exercise. The puzzle consists of 10 3-D printed pieces that need to be packed within a clear acrylic display case. The 9 identical blue pieces are made from 3 truncated rhombic dodecahedra while the single F piece is made from 5. You have to squint really hard to convince yourself it looks like an F.
I liked the fact that nine of the pieces were simple identical shapes. It drops the level of complexity and makes the design approachable for any level of puzzler. It also displays nicely in the clear acrylic display case. Melting F can be acquired from George’s PolyPuzzles Etsy Shop when in stock.