05 Aug 2017
There are many producers of the SOMA puzzle. Not all are worth mentioning as they simply make the puzzle as part of a longer range of puzzles.
However in July 2017 Rick Nungester, sendt me some pictures.
The puzzle is simply named "SKOR-MOR's Fascinating Cube"
Manufactured by a compagny called "Executive Enterprises"
United States Patent Office
899,122 Registered Sept. 22, 1970
Ser. No. 321,083, filed Mar. 7, 1969
Skor-Mor Corporation (California corporation)
1107 E. Kimberly Ave.
For: ADULT PUZZLES AND GAMES OF THE
PARLOR AND DESK-TOP TYPE, in CLASS 22 (INT.
Anaheim, Calif. 92801
Today 2017-11-17 I received an interesting mail from Ray Gardner.
Ray is a, recently retired, programmer from Centennial, CO USA. telling me his story:
"I first saw soma when looking at back issues of Scientific American in the school library probably around 1961 or 1962.Well, in my opinion, it should be quite do'able, even if you have my skills of handywork - which is is abolutely nonexisting.
I made a set by nailing together some baby blocks we had around the house, and I still have it somewhere.
I wanted to show it to my four year old grandson today, but could not find it. But my wife has a knockoff set,
I don't know how old but she had it as a kid I think.
Grandson Simon and I were playing with it and one of the pieces came unglued.
I am also thinking of trying to make a set with really solid wood pieces, no glue, each cut from a solid block.
My wife doubts I have the woodworking skill, and she's probably right.
I wrote a solver in C several decades ago. It was not graphic; it just took a description of a shape in some textual form
and printed solutions in something similar to your notation.
I think I did it mainly as a challenge to myself to see if I could write a suitable backtracking program to solve the shapes.
It was probably not a very sophisticated algorithm but it worked fine.
Your soma pages are amazing! I will have to spend some more time looking around. Thank you.
Create-A -Cubes, the three-dimensional in-
terlocking wood puzzle, has been analyz-
ed by the American Improbability So-
ciety. They found 240 simple ways to
arrange the seven blocks of wood into a
cube. They also found more than a mil-
lion slightly harder ways to do it, some of
them involving mirrors, turning pieces
inside out, etc.
A few of the other forms possible with
Create-A-Cubes are shown on the Sides.
The named shapes use all seven pieces;
the others use the number of pieces in-
dicated. See if you can find some new
shapes. (Just to add chaos, we've thrown
in an object that is impossible to build.)
Frankly, we don't expect you'll find all
the possibilities; but if you can't get the
cube together, just send a stamped self-
addressed envelope to:
:::(O)-> SKOR-MOR CORPORATION
6390 CINDY LANE, CARPINTERIA, CALIF. 93013
and we'll show you how to do it and also
send you our complete catalog of adult
gifts and games.
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