N5-5

N5-5

N5-5 This is a satisfyingly systematic maze puzzle brought to you by Jean Claude Constantin!  The shaped tracks in the puzzle display like an “N” or a “5”, hence the name of this series of puzzles that is available in different sized grids.  This particular version of the series features a 5×5 grid of pegs and channels. Your objective is to free a small metal ball from the maze through the exit hole.  This is accomplished by maneuvering the wooden sliders around the fixed metal pegs until the opening is clear of obstruction.  A very methodical and intriguing puzzle! Jean-Claude Constantin lives in Germany, where he designs and manufactures many different wood and metal puzzle, as well as magic tricks.Please note that wood colors can vary.

The simplicity of the puzzles is misleading. Although the concept is quite simple – finding the pieces and repairing them together – an amazing level of mental activity is required to complete the necessary steps to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are necessary to achieve what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to a general pattern. More importantly, solving puzzles is great work for the brain and can have therapeutic benefits.

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