|An intimidating lattice of brass and steel|
As per usual, the droves of Popp-crazed puzzle fanatics(myself included) bought Rainer out within a half hour of his initial email. The resellers were empty in a day. If you are looking for one, Grand Illusions is the last vendor that has yet to list their inventory of these locks. I can't speak to how many will be made available there, but Rainer mentioned in his email that they would be selling, as they have in the past.(Update: Grand Illusions has sold out.) Sloyd, Puzzlemaster, and Mr. Puzzle have already sold their stock. Be warned, the average price from re-sellers was $600 USD or 540 EUR. Regardless, the Popplocks have proven to be a worthy investment, with auctions ranging in the thousands of dollars for previous releases.
This is, in typical Rainer fashion, a monstrosity of brass and steel. It seems that his locks grow in size as they grow in complexity! It's as heavy as the T9, but the lock body is slightly larger, one of his largest to date. As with any great puzzle lock, you take the key, put it in the keyhole and turn, expecting fantastic and immediate results.
|The elusive and enigmatic bottom of the lock.|
I had recently brought this puzzle along to NYPP and it received mixed reviews. Many respected puzzlers and designers found it altogether too complicated, others seemed to enjoy it. I think one of the first moves is incredibly hard. I've solved every padlock I own without the help of others or manuals, but John Rausch gave me a hint that is crucial to solving the puzzle, and I can say with certainty that without it, I would not have been able to open this padlock. The trick is logical, but it is a stretch to have the "divine inspiration" to fathom such a movement. Once that difficult bit is out of the way, it becomes a string of relatively simple maths with some kinks thrown in here and there.
The second stage of solving(arguably 95% of the solve) is very enjoyable. I resisted using a pencil and paper as Popp suggests, but it certainly would make for an easier time. The sense of triumph in opening this lock is immense. It is undoubtedly the most difficult of the Popplocks to date, including the legendary Popplock T1. I'd go so far as to say it's the most difficult trick padlock in the history of locks and keys. Solving reminds me of a combination of the T2 and T9, where you are making specific moves based on feedback from the padlock. It is hard to estimate the amount of moves, given the nature of the solve, but I'd say somewhere in the thirties. Four days and one crucial hint later, the puzzle is open!
I hope you've enjoyed this little Popplock T10 review. If you are not an owner, keep your eyes peeled on Grand Illusions for a chance at snagging one. If you are an owner and struggling to find the crucial trick, but don't want to spoil the purity of the sealed solution packet, send me an email and I can provide a hint or two to promote your "divine inspiration."
|The battle to reach this point...|