P and A Elox

P and A Elox

P and A Elox Consisting of stylized versions of the letters ‘P’ and ‘A’, this packing puzzle presents two challenges: first, you can try to pack the pieces as shown in the picture, with one of the pieces left out of the central frame area. The second problem is to take all pieces out of the puzzle and put them into the main frame area, leaving the smaller area empty.  This “elox” version is more difficult because the pieces consist of 2 layers.  The bottom layer is made up of light colored block-type pieces to which colored anodized metal pegs are attached.  The darker “p” and “a” varied pieces are the top layer in which the holes must fit over the metal pegs from the bottom pieces.  A delightful new version of Jean Claude Constantins’ original design. Made in laser-cut wood by Jean-Claude Constantin. Jean-Claude Constantin lives in Germany, where he designs and manufactures many different wood and metal puzzles, as well as magic tricks.

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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