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We all knew that Jean Claude Constantin can create amazing original puzzles, but did you know that he can also take someone else's design and turn it into something even more appealing? That's what he did to Stewart Coffin's design #167, the Cruiser. A difficult Packing Puzzle with only four pieces.
Quattro Formaggi, the new version, has more character, more style. It can capture your attention right away by the originality of its design. Simply put, the new design is a whole lotta cheese. Both the frame and pieces represent the famous Swiss cheese, Emmental. Even the wood used for the puzzle has that characteristic yellowish tone. This is also a relatively small puzzle, with dimensions of 11cm x 9.5cm (4.3" x 3.7"), with the inner frame being 8.7cm x 6cm (3.4" x 2.4").
If you solved the Cruiser before, there's really nothing new to challenge you here, unless you'd like it for collecting purposes. The concept and proportions of the puzzle are exactly the same. The difficulty is unchanged, which is quite challenging by the way, considering it's only a four-piece puzzle.
Luckily for me, solving the puzzle wasn't as hard as I was expecting. It took me less than 10 minutes. That's because I had solved a similar puzzle a while ago by the name of Quadratum Cubicum, more specifically Abu Bakr Al-Khalil's design. The idea is to form a perfect square with the provided fragments, or pieces. The only difference between these two puzzles is that the solution for the Quattro Formaggi doesn't involve a square, but a rectangle instead. Also, when solved, the pieces don't occupy all the rectangle's area, leaving some empty spaces (excluding the piece's circular cuts).
Solution: If you need help with the solution, just take a look at the solved puzzle here.
Quattro Formaggi is proof that Constantin can accomplish anything in puzzle design, even with other's creations. I never tried Coffin's original design, but from what I've experienced with Constantin's version, the puzzle concept in itself is a superb puzzle. If you like Packing Puzzles, you should give this one a try.