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Binary Key II

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Binary Key II by Eric Fuller
Photo courtesy of Cubic Dissection
Name
Binary Key II
Alternative Names
Binary Key 2
Limited to
40
Designer
Manufacturer
Dimensions
3.0 x 5.75"
Year
2013
Cost
$46
Availability
Not Available
# of Pieces
2
Material
Cast Acrylic, Nylon, Stainless Steel
Difficulty
85 Moves
Objective
Separate the 2 pieces and reunite them
Other
See also: Tern Key for the trinary implementation of the same design

"This tricky puzzle is a redesign of the original 'Key' which was Bill Cutler's exchange puzzle at IPP24. The puzzle is a two dimensional iteration of Cutler's 'Binary Burr'. This and the Tern Key make a nice pair of grey-code puzzles. The goal is to remove the bottom key from the lock by manipulating the traped sliding pieces in the frame. The solution takes 85 moves and is non-trivial. Precision cut from solid cast acrylic and painstakingly hand assembled, this puzzle has a nice weight/feel, and will not be confused with cheaper mass produced take apart items. The construction uses contrasting press fit dowel pins to align the internals, and the push pins are stainless so they do not corrode over time." -Eric Fuller

"Binary Key II is a redesign of my Key Puzzle. The original puzzle was designed to be minimalist but I felt some of the pieces could be changed to make them slide better. The key piece is now made shorter and the number of 'rings' has been increased to 5 instead of 4. Of course, the number of 'rings' can be increased indefinitely but would only make the solution to the puzzle more tedious." -Goh Pit Khiam