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Long night on the ambulance, not very awake. One piece of news: Chris Yates finished constructing Baffler! #1500, the most difficult puzzle of his career (it took the master maker/assembler a full eight days to put it together). Key stats:

  • 804 pieces
  • 9.92/10.0 difficulty, which Yates once told me was a logarithmic scale
  • over 6 kg
  • eight levels
  • $1750 + shipping/handling

Yes, that’s nearly two thousand American dollars; it’s not merely a puzzle, it’s practically a piece of furniture. The Staircase is available for purchase by one lucky person starting at 4:00pm MDT (GMT-6) today; first to complete the purchase wins, everybody else is a chump.

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