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Answers to Sage's yearly client puzzles

Cracked Egg

2016

A challenging Stewart Coffin puzzle designed to allow only one workable solution. To complete the puzzle, all six pieces need to be placed inside the oval egg cutout.

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Solution

Follow the steps below to solve the Cracked Egg.

Cash Out

2015

To solve the puzzle you must find a way to retrieve the prize behind the window without breaking, altering, or otherwise causing any destruction to the puzzle. The solution does not require brute force, power tools, or persuasive argument.

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Solution

There is a small metal pin held in place by a magnet in the base of the puzzle which prevents the base from sliding off. To release the pin, hold the puzzle upright and hit the base against the palm of your hand. This should be forceful enough to release the pin and enable the base to slide off.

Log Jam

2014

The Log Jam puzzle was designed by Tesa Timonen of Sweden in 2002. It is easy to fit seven pieces into the box, its the last piece that is the killer. Can you solve it?

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Solution

The first step to solve the Log Jam is to arrange all the logs in descending order based on their height. You'll notice that there are two logs at every height increment. Follow the steps below to correctly place all of the logs into the box.

Cruiser

2013

A Stewart Coffin designed puzzle that combines apparent simplicity into something that is cunningly difficult. The goal is to get all four pieces into the rectangular opening in the base.

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Solution

This puzzle sucks you in by making you believe you are on the verge of solving it, but the solution remains elusive for much longer. Luckily, We have provided the solution for you below.

Redstone Box

2012

The red block on the top of the box or the "Redstone" must be placed into the box with the additional eight pieces. When you slide off the lid you will see that the box appears to be filled to the top. It may seem impossible, but it can be done.

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Solution

There is a small metal pin held in place by a magnet in the base of the puzzle which prevents the base from sliding off. To release the pin, hold the puzzle upright and hit the base against the palm of your hand. This should be forceful enough to release the pin and enable the base to slide off.

Safe Cracker 40

2011

Based on a hundred year old design, the object is to get each of the 16 columns of numbers to add to 40 at the same time. There is a base ring and then four rings that rotate on top. To complicate matters, the top sets of rings are all notched, so they will expose or hide some of the numbers on the ring below as the rings are turned. There is only one possible solution.

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Solution

Rotate each wheel until the numbers match up with the image below.

Triple Triangle

2010

This peg jumping game was first patented in 1891 by Herbert Smith. To play, select a peg and jump over an adjacent peg to a vacant hole. Remove the peg that was jumped. Repeat this process until there is only one peg left.

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Solution

The Triple Triangle puzzle is more difficult than it looks. The correct sequence of jumps is shown below. You're welcome.

Computer Chip

2009

The first task is to determine how to take the puzzle apart. Next, task is to reassemble the puzzle. This is not the most difficult puzzle we have released, but it is a fun one. There is only one possible solution.

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Solution

There is a small metal pin held in place by a magnet in the base of the puzzle which prevents the base from sliding off. To release the pin, hold the puzzle upright and hit the base against the palm of your hand. This should be forceful enough to release the pin and enable the base to slide off.

Grape Cluster

2008

Seven bunches of grapes will come together to form the cluster. This puzzle is a lot tougher than it looks.

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Solution

There is a small metal pin held in place by a magnet in the base of the puzzle which prevents the base from sliding off. To release the pin, hold the puzzle upright and hit the base against the palm of your hand. This should be forceful enough to release the pin and enable the base to slide off.

Soma Cube

2007

The cube unravels, staying in one piece like a snake. Once unraveled, can you get it back together? It may take you an hour or more to solve, but can easily be put together in under ten seconds with practice.

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Solution

There is a small metal pin held in place by a magnet in the base of the puzzle which prevents the base from sliding off. To release the pin, hold the puzzle upright and hit the base against the palm of your hand. This should be forceful enough to release the pin and enable the base to slide off.

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