Monday, July 9, 2012

Cast Cricket Puzzle

Oh man finally some summer rains.  I’m sure that many of you out there hate the rain but clouds in the afternoon sky is a beautiful thing here in the southwest.  The best rains come around July and August.  The desert is something special when it rains.  The day starts cool without a cloud in the sky.  The lack of clouds makes the temperature reach over 100 degrees by about 2pm.  The leaves on the mesquite trees start to sway about 6pm and you see dark rain filled clouds appear out of nowhere like a pray that has been answered.  The day was hot.  Very hot.  Then it starts to rain.  Everything just looks and feels different.  So you might be asking yourself.  What does this have to do with the Cricket Puzzle.  Nothing really. 
The original version of the puzzle was made a long time ago but a puzzle collector by the name of James Dalgety helped design the version in the Cast series.  James is a puzzle collector and curator of the Puzzle Museum since 1988.  The museum holds a fine collection of puzzles.  One of those puzzles is the original version of the Cast Cricket.  Needless to say.  The museum is worth visiting.  So I’ve heard anyway.  Have not been there myself.  The Cast Cricket is composed of a six cricket bat star and a gate.  The objective is to separate the two pieces and then put them back together.  I like the idea of making a puzzle after a fun sport.  I wonder about the person who made the original version and if they really had a passion for the game.  While it isn’t that difficult.  I think that it is a worthwhile addition to any puzzle collection because of the history behind the puzzle and the puzzle mechanics.  If you are fond of Cricket then it is a no brainer.  I think there is something special about associating good memories like playing Cricket with a puzzle.  While I have not played Cricket, I can understand that link and it makes the puzzle more meaningful.  I guess summer rains and puzzles would be a fine fit for me.  


  1. Hello Moises,
    The second part is not a gate, it is a set of stumps and bails. An important part of the game and neccessary (not always) to get a player out. I am sure this was part of the charm of the original design as cricketers would have picked up on this in days-gone-by. Bowlers try to 'break' the stumps, dislodging the bails by bowling the ball through the batsman. The batsman of course tries to stop this from happening whilst also trying to score runs.

  2. "stumps and bails", also collectively know as a "wicket" if I'm not mistaken.



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