|MATERIAL:||Walnut, Aluminum, Brass
|SIZE:||4.1" x 1.9" x 0.875"
TriLox was inspired by Vesa Timonen's excellent "Lox in Box" puzzles, both of which are favorites of Eric. The goal is to pack all pieces entirely flat into the box.
TriLox is delivered in a very close state to the solution, yet one piece does not lay entirely flat. Repacking the pieces to meet the goal is quite tricky. Seven or eight pieces will easily fit, but the ninth will stubbornly resist. Discovering the underlying principle behind the limited tray space and oddly dimensioned brass pieces will provide a clue. TriLox is medium in difficulty while remaining very satisfying and fun to solve.
This puzzle includes a Cubicdissection-crafted walnut tray and nine precision metal pieces (three from solid brass and six from aluminum). All components are exact, with a smooth turned finish and lovely heft of solid metal. Sadly, we experienced a minor issue with the anodizing on the smaller aluminum pieces, resulting in slight discoloration around the end. The price of the puzzle has been adjusted to reflect this anomaly.
TriLox ships with the pieces in the tray in an incorrect, unsolved configuration.
Our work is handcrafted to very precise tolerances and must be kept within the range of 40-60% relative humidity at all times. Failure to do so may cause inoperability or permanent damage.
Handling Metal Puzzles
This is a variation on a classic puzzle but the classic has and even number of pieces so they are paired up and them packed in an odd way. This one has 9 pieces and is easily packed in the tray but consistently has the last piece NOT fitting flush in the tray. Hmmm. What possible packing arrangement can get all of the pieces in the tray flush and below the top of the frame ???
TriLox is an upgrade to an already well known Lox in a Box puzzle. However, this is the version you want to show off to all your friends, coworkers, and family! It’s the perfect balance between simplicity and complexity in terms of puzzling. Leave it on your coffee table or desk to fiddle with or share with others when a much needed break is in order. Not to mention, the brass and aluminum pieces feel so good in the hand and the price can’t be beat! So be sure to pick one up while they’re still available!
TriLox feels like a deluxe "Lox in Box"--the pieces look great, are fun to handle, and it's a perfect size. Not a very challenging puzzle, but a nice one to share, especially with new puzzlers. I love that this puzzle can be stored and displayed in an unsolved configuration that looks so close to a solution!