Euklid For Bernhard

Designer: Dr. Volker Latussek

This puzzle measures: 82 mm x 82 mm x 52 mm

Material: Downy Birch/Purpleheart

Dr. Volker Latussek wrote about it:

“When Bernhard Schweitzer told me that he was winding up his puzzle collection, I remembered our first meeting at Bernhard’s house. Back then, I had designed my first puzzle, which I wanted to enter in the Nob Yoshigahara International Puzzle Design Competition in 2011 after doing some web research. I didn’t know that the IPP was being held in Berlin at the time, and Bernhard hadn’t told me, but he encouraged me to send in my two copies. WAY is still the most important puzzle for me today. I called it the Puzzle Construction Set because it could be used to formulate very different challenges. I didn’t win a prize at the IPP, but the puzzle was published by Popular Playthings under the name ROUNDABOUT. Unfortunately somewhat modified. But back to Bernhard. Bernhard showed me his collection at the time. I had never seen anything like it before. He told me stories and anecdotes about some of the puzzles from the community, a world that was completely unknown to me. I still remember the HASELGROVE BOX by Jenifer Haselgrove: it was probably my personal key experience that gave me time to think about what I should, and hopefully will, come up with over the years. With EUKLID FOR BERNHARD, I want to say thank you for the encouraging comments on my ideas and the time we spent together at the puzzle parties at Bernhard’s home in Glattbach. It has become a EUKLID with an addition. When the six blocks are packed into the box so that the lid is completely full, give the puzzle a good shake and then open your ears for a short walk with Jenifer Haselgrove to empty the box again. Thank you, Bernhard.”

Kevin Sadler wrote about it:

“This fabulous addition to the Euklid series (I have still not managed to solve the Euklid for Nick!) is a tribute from Dr Volker Latussek to the amazing puzzler, collector and friend, Bernhard Schweitzer. Volker tends to stipulate not only the delivery packing as well as the dimensions of his puzzles but also the wood choices as well. His decision this time was absolutely inspired as it is an absolutely gorgeous combination of Purpleheart for the box and Downy Birch for the pieces. Interestingly the pieces are all very similar in size – 21mm deep with 3 pieces 47x25mm, 1 of 47x47mm, another 47x30mm and the other 52x25mm. There are only a few combinations of sizes that will fit within the walls of the box. Now I had not read this tribute when I received and worked on my copy of this puzzle and had no idea that it might have a common feature with the Hazelgrove box. That would not have helped me much because I don’t own and have never played with one of those famous puzzles. I set to in the usual way that I do with this sort of puzzle – I look at all the pieces and try to see which dimensions are combinable inside the confines of the box. I found several ways that all the pieces would fit inside but the restricted opening meant that I was unable to achieve the vast majority of them. I played for a couple of days with it and failed every time until I had a sudden Aha! moment and all 6 pieces were inside. I was very pleased with myself and took my obligatory photo. Only when I received the introduction from Volker did I begin to question myself. My solution did not have any fancy locking mechanism and seemed a lot simpler than most of the previous Euklid puzzles. I looked at the solution that was provided by Jakub and my solution was different. You have 2 challenges here – an easier one (mine) and a REALLY fancy one that was the one intended by the designer. The intended solution requires thought and dexterity – it is very impressive (rather like Bernhard!)”