have to go back to the 1979 Spoleto Festival USA held in Charleston,
SC. That's some time
ago. At the world's largest art's venue I introduced my kinetic
resin sculptures. Kinetic pieces can do one of two things, they
can move for the audience or they can move the audience. These
sculptures were designed, on the large scale, to move the audience
around them in a clockwise motion. They did that very successfully.
So what does that have to do with puzzles?
Actually, that's how I started. I produced smaller limited editions
of my larger resin sculptures. For years I attempted to find a
methodology to mass produce the cubes that contained my linear
graphics. That could not be done at any reasonable price. So I decided
to take these linear graphics from under resin to the wall. Unlike
the large sculptures or the smaller editions, one had to take the
graphic off the wall to read it's message. If the print was small,
this could be accomplished, but if the original was large, it was
not practical. I
had a dilemma.
I stopped using the linear graphics
and started making small, square images designed to represent letters
and numbers. That was my first exploration of ciphers and how they
were used during WWII. As the years passed I designed a cryptic
puzzle called The Manx. The puzzle used a grid
sheet, a symbol sheet, and a polyalphabetic table. I designed a
Millennium Cipher, but it came along a little late for a successful
promotion. A few years later I designed a Manx based on a jigsaw
puzzle. I had that form tested by independent puzzle enthusiasts. It
was successfully completed by each solver. Unfortunately, I had
to put The Manx on hold while I pursued my work with tigers and
now the memorial.
The Master The Challenge™ venture
was developed to host competitive fund-raising events benefiting
Afghanistan & Iraq Freedom Reigns Memorial. The electronic
format is perfect for The Manx. I truly hope you and/or your
friends enjoy the challenge.