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C. Kay Marshall of Georgia U.S.A ckaymarshall@juno.com made the Lion. 1.3.1999

. 5 . . .    . 5 . . .    . 7 . . .    7 7 2 2 2
. 1 . . .    5 5 . 4 .    . 6 4 4 .    . 7 4 3 2
. 1 . . .    . 1 . . .    . 6 . . .    6 6 3 3 3

Kay writes:

I am really proud of the design, it seems a little bit "elegant"...made from 3 separate "entities" which can be re-stacked in a few interesting and different ways... (put the "leg" chunk on top/behind the "tail" chunk, and top it with the "head" chunk... I'm not sure what to call it then...)



Another of Kay's figures is a building.


660/110/772/752/552
600/610/700/450/432
000/000/400/400/333

It's a strange sort of "building" or something, made from two separate PAIRS
which make a cube if the top part is turned and placed on the bottom part.

or the top "chunk" can be removed, the #7 taken out of the base, turned and placed in the "front" hole (of the chunk), then the top chunk placed in the slot left, to create (The right hand figure):

110/764/774/333
610/660/754/234
000/200/250/255

Which can become the crystal with a simple turn of the #1

or the top two layers could turned over to be: (some other mini "building")

160/660
110/600
000/000

Kay continues her writing:
I was playing with my SOMA last night, and I came up with the Elevator.
you know the TOWER in the original book? (SOMA008) I sat down with a question, "is it possible to build seven occurances of the tower in such a way that the "hole" moves down one cube, sequentially, until the hole is at the bottom of the tower? (like an elevator moving down?)
I came up with a surprising answer - yes - and it can be done with an interesting combination of shapes.

You will of course notice that if you just turn the original TOWER upside down, you have the hole on the bottom...
That meant that I only had to come up with a solution for the hole in the #2, #3, #4 positions, and just flip #2 & #3 for the #5 & #6 positions.

What I also found was the fact that it is possible to make all seven of the towers with a combination of two "chunks" each.
So the chunks ( A & B )which make up TOWER1 can also be rearranged to make not only TOWER7 but also (surprise!) TOWER4 - and the two chunks ( C & D ) used to create tower2 can actually be rearranged to create 3, 5 & 6!


If that's clear as mud, here are all seven of my ELEVATOR-TOWERS, in order. I think you'll see what I mean.

These are the piece positions:

TOWER1  /55/25/21/21  +  /77/37/66
        /5./24/44/41     /37/36/36

TOWER2  /11/43/43/73  +  /66/55/52
        /41/4./73/77     /62/62/52

TOWER3  /77/47/44/14  +  /66/55/52
        /37/33/3./11     /62/62/52

TOWER4  /77/37/66  +  /55/25/21/21
        /37/36/36     /5./24/44/41

TOWER5  /66/55/52  +  /11/43/43/73
        /62/62/52     /41/4./73/77

TOWER6  /66/55/52  +  /77/47/44/14
        /62/62/52     /37/33/3./11

TOWER7  /77/37/66  +  /24/24/22/55
        /37/36/36     /11/14/54/5.


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