The key word for the Enigma is "twist". The puzzle consists of three distinct parts - When I first looked at the puzzle I immediately thought about musical instruments, specifically a horn - All three parts must come apart and then should be put together again. This task is anything but simple and you should prepare to be extremely frustrated with this one. Regarding difficulty, the Enigma is in the group of the most difficult ones by Hanayama. Figuring this part is easy, but how do you go from there?
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The purpose of these puzzles is to get the solver to think critically and attempt problem-solving strategies. Hanayama divides its cast-iron puzzles into six levels of difficulty. Puzzle-solvers consider the chain puzzle one of the easier levels, but many still find it a challenge.
The steps below will help you solve it. Examine the three chains. Note that the flat ends of each chain have holes in them numbering 1, 2 and 3. For the purpose of these instructions, the chain with one hole will be "chain 1," the chain with 2 holes will be "chain 2" and the chain with 3 holes will be "chain 3.
Move chain 3 to the middle position. Start this process by bringing chain 1 and chain 3 together where their flat ends touch.
Rotate chain 1 clockwise and chain 3 counterclockwise by 90 degrees so the flat ends alternate and form a sort of four-part square. Pass the flat ends of chain 1 and chain 3 through each other you will have to jiggle it a bit to get chain 3 to move so that all 3 chains appear wrapped up together. Drop chain 3 and let it dangle, while holding chain 1 in your right hand and chain 2 in your left hand. Reverse step 4, but with chain 1 and chain 2 -- bring the flat ends of chain 2 into a 4 part square with chain 1 you will have to jiggle it a bit, as well.
Pass chain 1 and chain 2 through each other in this fashion. Shake out the chains. Chain 3 should now be in the middle. Align the groves on the inside of chain 1 with the groove in the end of chain 3 the end without the holes to form a sort of connection and hold that in place. Then twist chain 2 into the open space, press it against chain 3 and you should be able to remove chain 2 from the puzzle. Separate chain 1 and chain 3. Photo Credits.
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