News [6]

Hanayama's level 6 puzzles are usually devilishly hard and either require some very intricate manipulations of their pieces or simple, but hard to figure out tricks. The Cast News toy belongs to the second group. It looks surprisingly simple - consists of just two identical pieces, mysteriously connected to each other. Your task is to guess correctly what holds the pieces together and how to split them apart. Even though the original solution is smart and even based on science, due to its somewhat flawed construction, it is highly possible to disassemble Cast News just by accident. Putting back together this puzzle doesn't require any real skills and can be done fast. I have to note that Cast News has compact design and solid built. However, this toy is pretty small, even in comparison with most other Hanayama puzzles. Even though the idea behind it and the visual appearance are great, I feel it will be better to go with a cheaper and larger version of the puzzle, such as The Wooden Cross. Still, buying Cast News wouldn't be a mistake at all and will complement well your Hanayama collection.

  • difficulty 6/6
  • special trick
  • take apart
  • recommended