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Odd Man Out

Odd Man Out

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There are 9 blocks (7/8" cubes) with numbers 1 thru 6 laser engraved into the faces. Th Man Out"ese come packed in an attractive box with sliding lid.  There are 2 different puzzles to solve. The most challenging of which is called "Odd. You must select 8 of the blocks and assemble them into a 2x2x2 cube such that each face has a unique number. That is, one side may have all 1's, another side all 2's, another all 3's, etc... similar to a dice cube. Because there are 9 blocks available, one of the blocks you do not use in the 8 block cube, BUT which one is it?? That's part of the challenge as if you do not eliminate the correct cube then it cannot be solved.  One of the great things about this difficult puzzle is its elegant solution. I don't want to give hints here, but if you must know then watch the end of the video where I explain it. The basis of this puzzle was given to me by Satish Vani of Michigan, who received a homemade version of it some 35 years ago as a gift. Thank you Satish. The last puzzle objective is to form a 3x3 flat grid such that all number on the top are the same and each side has a unique number. Disregard the bottom surface. There are a number of possible solutions to this one. Try it with any one of the 6 possible numbers on the top surface and see if you can find a solution. All figures in the blocks are deeply laser engraved with no inks or paints, so they will endure indefinitely. Made in Hudson, Florida Level of Difficulty: Level 4 See Video for more information
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Our puzzles and games are handcrafted with care. Most are made in the USA by the Janelle family; some are crafted by friends in Canada, Japan and Mexico and some right here in Albuquerque. Be sure to ask for recommendations.

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Puzzled® was born from a passion for play and the joy of bringing people together through the art of puzzling. Founded by Dan Janelle and Melanie Kintigh in Old Town Albuquerque, our store is a celebration of creativity, curiosity, and community. Drawing from a rich history of craftsmanship and a love for brain teasers, we offer an eclectic mix of handcrafted puzzles and games designed to challenge and delight minds of all ages. At Puzzled®, every piece tells a story, and every visit is an adventure waiting to unfold.

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