Posted on Nov 12, 2019 by Gabriel | 0 comments
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The Supernova is a classic puzzle, also known as the Ball in Cage or The Satellite. It has been made in many different versions, sizes and materials, but the main goal is always the same: remove the trapped spiked ball from the cage. It looks impossible at first glance, but like any puzzle there's always a way...

This particular version is actually very well made and it looks great. It's made entirely in metal, and the ball has a contrasting golden color. It's smaller than the previous versions I've seen, measuring only 7.5cm x 4.5cm (2.9" x 1.8"). Still, despite its small size, it's not too difficult to solve.

The ball has twelve spikes, all evenly spaced across the surface, and they seem about the same size, so nothing out of the extraordinary there. The cage has five posts and the only way to remove the ball is by passing it through the posts...somehow.

The solution does require some careful observation, but I believe that for a first timer it won't be a frustrating puzzle to solve. I've solved another version before, so I knew what to look for in order to solve it. Nevertheless, I don't think it's as difficult as a level 8/10, but more like a level 7.

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Closing Comments:

This puzzle never gets old. The solution is simple, but still clever and it's nice just fidgeting with it. I particularly liked the finishing touches and overall feel of the puzzle. This one is a must for any collector.

Availability: The Supernova is available at PuzzleMaster for just $15.99 CAD. This puzzle is also part of the Anodized Metal pack.

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