Is it not unknown that the Rubik’s Cube had made numerous appearances on The Retroist. After all, who doesn’t own a Rubik’s Cube or even one of its many knock-off version?
Anyway, today I’m writing about a find I made, last week, at my local church’s flea market. As I was browsing through the puzzles and board games, a puzzle in particular caught my attention: The Rubik’s Zigzaw Puzzle. Being the puzzle-lover I am, I picked it up and took it home.
From the little information I could gather, the 131-pieces puzzle was made in 1982 by the Ideal Toy Corporation. The puzzle dimensions are 16×20. The pieces, save from the contour’s, all have the save frog shape. Beside, the underside of the pieces are green with printed eyes on them to make it look like a frog. The goal is the fit the pieces together so it would make a pattern consisting of solved Rubik’s Cubes.
Now, let me tell you something, this puzzle is frustratingly hard. Like it says, on the box, there’s billions of combinations but only ONE solution. Just as you may feel close to solving the puzzle, it only need to have one wrongly positioned piece to have you back-track and start everything over. I, myself, haven’t been able to solve the puzzle. At some point, I was so frustrated that I was almost tempted to burn that hellish puzzle. Of course, there’s solutions on the Internet, but wouldn’t that be cheating?
Finally, if any of you ever come across this jigsaw puzzle, I’d suggest you pick it up if you’re looking for a challenge. That will be all for now. End of line.