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Robotguy



Joined: 22 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 1:58 am    Post subject: PolyCross Reply with quote

It's not really a model, but I've been using Small Stella for visualization as I construct a new type of crossword that is played on the surface of regular polyhedra.





http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Yt9iJUhuQ


Eventually this will be either magnetic tiles that enable the player to construct a polyhedron (see prototypes above), or a polyhedron with dry-erase in the appropriate locations. For now I unfolded a truncated icosahedron and created a version that has a dozen 5-letter words and is easy to print. This will require either some good 3d visualization skills, or some construction with scissors and tape. I would appreciate any feedback.

Please don't post the solution. The puzzle is pretty much self-verifying, but if anyone wants me to check answers, please PM me. Oh, as you may guess, the solution shown in the above examples is not the same as the puzzle below.

Click here for the puzzle------>PolyCross

P.S. I also have an idea about playing Sudoku on a rhombicosidodecahedron.
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Ulrich



Joined: 29 Jan 2008
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:49 am    Post subject: PolyCross Reply with quote

Nice idea! With less symmetric shapes it can be extended to any complexity. But that would call for an electronic version.

Ulrich
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Robotguy



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just an update, still working on this. I tried tiles with magnets but was disappointed with the results, so I am updating the snap-together tiles and should have my next prototype soon. I upgraded to Great Stella and am still discovering the new features. My favorite so far is animated GIFs:
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/3024799/puzzles.html
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