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This brass puzzle was first introduced to me by Prague's own Professor Bakalar. I borrowed it in Atlanta and returned it to him in Luxembourg half a year later. While in my possession, I managed to replicate it, with full permission, of course. This Cast Puzzle version may even be better than the original. It definitely remains one of the more amusing puzzles. The key idea with this one is it's 'cage'.
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Saturday October 18th
great puzzle. Solved it in few minutes, but later discovered other ways to take out the star. When after the first try i thought there is only one way out. It's my first hanayama and i love it!
Friday June 6th
This is a typical Cast puzzle. The idea of something trapped inside another object, freely moving around and only one trick makes it possible to take it out. I think the "cage" looks more like a lantern, and the star inside is a symbol of light.
Monday November 30th
Looks good, but the "cage" is made of a quite thin metal. It would not be a problem, though, if it didn't consist of four separate pieces lightly held together by each other and a little glue.
A long story cut short, it falls apart easily if played a lot.
Apart from this, it is quite fun to solve, including the fact that the cage makes it harder to manipulate the star inside and the fact that only one opening is suitable for the star to pass through.
Saturday October 31st
Not too difficult, once you follow your common sense instinct. The Cast Star is clearly much more difficult than the Cast Cage, but the Cage is still quite fun.
Friday December 26th
Enjoyable and not too difficult, I found this easier than the Cast Star. The four openings in the sides are different, so part of the puzzle is figuring out which is the exit. My son tried to put the star back in the wrong side, and I couldn't get it out for 10 minutes or so.