Monday, 15 October 2012

AlCyl / Blue Cylinder

The AlCyl (alternatively called the Blue Cylinder) came to me from Wil Strijbos. It first made its appearance in 2009 but for the last couple of years, I searched for it everywhere but could never find one, not even in the puzzle auctions that take place now and again. Well, finally, just not too long ago, Wil made some available for sale and I quickly grab the chance to put in an order for one.


The AlCyl (I didn't know what "AlCyl" meant), but I was informed by 4 very experienced puzzlers (see below comments), 3 of whom are also well-known puzzle bloggers; Oli, Allard and Kevin, that it's a combination of Aluminium + Cylinder = AlCyl, thanks guys... gosh I am dense! It was designed by Hirokazu Iwasawa, who also gave us the triangular-shaped Tritalon, which was reviewed earlier in this blog.

The puzzle measures about 6cm tall and 4.8cm across in diameter. It is made of aluminium and anodised blue and looks very much like a Revomaze Blue Extreme with the ends lopped off. Construction, fit and finish of the AlCyl is very good and the puzzle feels solid.

AlCyl next to the Revomaze Extreme Blue
The object of the puzzle is to open the AlCyl and remove a 1-yen coin inside. This is not at all a difficult puzzle but perhaps could be considered a bit tricky, especially for non-puzzlers. The solution requires 3 steps. Not hard to figure out once you start playing with it for a while. I opened the AlCyl and extracted the coin in just a minute or two. There is enough space inside the AlCyl for more than a 1-yen coin....in fact you could put quite a lot of small(ish) items such as jewellery, rings, money etc.

However do be gentle if you are going to open and close the AlCyl often... assuming you are going to use it as a repository for things. Its tough looking exterior does belie its slightly more delicate interior construction.

From a puzzling perspective, the AlCyl may not really be value for money; but well worth the price if you are looking for a rare, hard to find and high quality collector's item.

13 comments:

  1. Nice write-up Jerry - I'd always assumed that AlCyl was just short for "Aluminium Cylinder", but I may have just made that up! :-) - allard

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    1. Hi Allard, thanks. Please see the edit to my post.

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  2. Would AlCyl be Aluminium Cylinder?

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  3. My guess for the meaning of AlCyl would be Aluminium Cylinder.
    I (also) liked the mechanism a lot when I opened an original AlCyl at Wil's place Earlier this year.

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    1. Louis, thanks. Please see edit to my post...

      Is the original mechanism different from the current version?

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    2. Mechanism is exactly the same - colours vary slightly... :-)

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  4. Al(Aluminium) + Cyl(Cylinder) = AlCyl

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  5. I suspect that AlCyl stands for Aluminium Cylinder!

    Mine is still fused shut but should be replaced by Wil soon!

    Kevin
    Puzzlemad

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    1. Kevin, yes, Louis, Allard and Oli say the same...I am sure you will be very happy with your replacement

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  6. Incorrect!! Al stands for Aluminum not Aluminium! :)

    This, at least, saves an extra "i" for recycling ... silly Brits!

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  7. Actually, AlCyl is a double entendre - the more obvious meaning is as others have said above - the, shall we say, "alternate" meaning will be apparent to those who have solved it :-)

    Rob

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  8. Rob, I have solved it...but I can't seem to find any alternate meaning...care to elaborate?

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