Loosen the bundle by shiIting each oI the 3 pieces. The 3 pieces viewed Irom the Iront Completed puzzle and piece conIiguration viewed Irom the back 1 3 6 9 10 11 7 8 4 5 2 Cast Vortex Solution 1 Cast Puzzles To our customers We provide this explanatory diagram as a key to the puzzle. Due to the nature oI the products,we cannot provide any explanations over the telephone. Thank you Ior your understanding. Unauthorized duplication is prohibited.

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Hi from UK. I got given the cast vortex on xmas day and managed to disassemble it in just over 60 minutes partly by luck, but in part by thought process. Well done on such a quick disassembly! If you didn't pay attention to what you did then it is a tremendously tough one to put back together.

Good luck! If you need it then the solution is available here. Greg UK. Well done! An awesome puzzle and great effort by you! I'm impressed! Try the cast quartet next! I am afraid to try this one. It sits there, unwrapped, taunting me. I just hope that a guest doesn't fiddle with it and change it from it's boxed finished position. You really should play with it Tim! Puzzles are there to be solved not to be displayed! Especially the mass produced ones. If you get stuck then the solution is always available to help you reset it!.

Go on! Go for it! Well, i got this puzzle some 4 years ago, and it was my 2nd Hanayama puzzle, if I remember correctly.

I only solved it 2 weeks ago, though! First, I wasn't able to put it apart for a while, but then I managed, and without thinking about the moves I put it apart completely. Then I spent a long time playing with it but with no luck. After couple months, dust started to settle down on the three separate six-shaped pieces. After more than a year, I tried again: This time I managed to put the three pieces together, creating something that looked like a creature from some sci-fi series, but not like the puzzle.

I gave up again. After two years I took it with me into the tub since I wanted to take a long bath and this was the only thing I could do there since the puzzle is waterproof. I managed to disassemble it. Then I saw this blog post, and the small hint you give and you maybe do not realize at all that you give a hint clicked with me and I had the solution in couple hours.

I've got some more Hanayama puzzles, but this one is certainly one of my favourite ones. That's good value for money! Well done for persevering for so long - I doubt that I could have gone that long without going for the solution! Do let me know where my clue is - I can't see it! Hi Kevin, I've had this puzzle for a few years sitting in a box for the most part but out occasionally and have it to the point where the 3 tails are intertwined, everything else is "free".

Really stuck there for the last few days. Not asking for a solution but have a weird request. Looking for reassurance I guess: I had promised myself that I would do something specific for myself that has been pending once I am able to solve this puzzle. Do you think a completely inexperienced puzzler will be able to get the tails apart?

Is there hope without looking up the solution to the last step? How can I improve my skills on this? Thank you! Hi Agam, It really is a tough puzzle for a beginner! It should be possible - it depends what position you have got it to.

How about sending me a photo? Contact me using my contact page and I'll try and help. Got it yesterday, disassembled it this morning, and I've been completely stumped since. Love it. Reassembly is almost impossible - good luck!

I've bought this a couple of days ago and it looks really cool. I could disassemble it but now I'm trying to reassemble it and I seem to be stuck without being able to go back.

I know it should be possible, but I've tried hours and hours and cannot move away from that position! I'll try not to give up but the situation seems kinda hopeless. As long as no force was used to get it into that position then it should be possible to undo what you have done.

It may be useful to put it in a freezer for a bit to shrink the pieces a little and maybe get them to move. I may have to try that "freezer tip" one day. Sounds really cool. I find walking away from a puzzle that is frustrating me can be quite helpful.

I have solved many puzzles within just a few minutes the day after putting it down in frustration. I think my mind gets stuck in a rut sometimes and after a break, I am able to think outside of the box I was trapped in. BTW, Youtube was helpful in the reassembly of my copy of Vortex also. Well done with Vortex! I often come back to puzzles after months and solve them.

I seem to be well known for persevering for very long periods to get a puzzle solved. I just hate letting go. I was able to get it apart, and once all the way back together. But I think I've taken a wrong step somewhere, maybe even forced it. For months I've been struggling to untangle it. But the puzzle is a tangled mess. None of the pieces nest with the other pieces. Also I'm not sure about the freezer trick. I remember a thing in chemistry class where there was a solid metal sphere on a stick and a solid metal loop that was just a bit too small to go over the sphere.

Only by heating up the loop was it able to go over the sphere. Also, also, if all pieces change temperature together, shouldn't that negate any benefits?

Also, also, also playing with freezer cold metal or red hot metal does not seem productive to staying uninjured. Home About me New additions Picture gallery Contact me. Wednesday, 30 November Hanayama Cast Vortex. I chose it because it is truly shiny shiny! This has been rated by Hanayama as a level 5 out of 6 and by Puzzle Master as a level 9 Gruelling out of 10 and I absolutely agree with the "gruelling" description. It is a truly difficult puzzle and not for the faint-hearted.

In fact after the last few relatively easy ones, this gave me a bit of a shock!!! I would actually rate it as a 6 or It comes in the usual immaculate Hanayama black box and is well secured to the card within.

It is made of a lovely chromed metal and is 5. Looking at it from the front, you cannot tell how many pieces there are. The instructions on the box are to take it apart and reassemble it - easy-peezy! The solution is not provided as with all the Hanayama cast puzzles and I suspect you may well need it for this one - if you do, then download it from here. Brian has reviewed it on his blog here and Gabriel has done the same here.

Both found it very tough indeed. The design is by Akio Yamamoto who is responsible for quite a lot of the non-maze cast puzzles - it was his entry into the IPP design competition.

This explains the AY engraved on one of the pieces. I must say that this man must have a seriously twisted brain to come up with these designs - I wouldn't even know where to start designing one of these monstrosities! They are subtly different from each other when you look at their notches and protuberances.

When you first pick it up there seems to be absolutely no movement at all in the pieces and you cannot actually tell how many there are. Things sort of rattle but that is all. After about 10 minutes of pushing and pulling there was a clank and all three pieces moved at the same time and became very loose. I panicked and thought that was it solved and I had no real idea what I had done, so I quickly reset it and worked out what move was required to get it started.

After this I could investigate further and it became clear very quickly that this was going to be really really tough. All 3 of the tails were engaged with one of the heads!


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