Puzzle lovers may have to struggle a few weeks longer than expected to solve the latest handiwork of Erno Rubik, the inventor of Rubik's Cube.
A book giving a solution to the new Rubik's Magic puzzle, will be out "in time for the holidays," considerably beyond the last-month release date originally advertised, a spokeswoman for Dell Publishing Co. said.
Last month Dell announced the fastest publication blitz in company history: a volume to be published in eight days that would reveal a solution to Rubik's Magic--a flat 4x8 1/2-inch, eight-panelled plastic gadget with three rings printed across the panels. The panels are hooked together with "magic" hinges.
Solving the puzzle requires manipulating the hinged panels to link the rings.
But Dell ran up against a puzzle of another sort when Rubik objected to the book, written by Ashwin Belur and Blair Whitaker, a couple of graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania.