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Riddle Project - Can you guess what it is?

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Project by Wiley posted 06-29-2010 04:28 AM 2400 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been working on a series of pieces for my dad, and this is the final one. He likes to find hidden patterns and meanings in objects, so I decided to take that to an extreme. This project is not a box. It’s a hollow wooden cube with beveled edges that could be a conversation piece or possibly a bookend for fairly light books. But it’s also something else. I’ve included pictures of each face of the cube, which aren’t the best quality but should be enough for some to figure out the riddle. If you want a hint, I’ve included one in the comments below.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind





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Wiley

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#1 posted 06-29-2010 04:29 AM

Here’s the hint:

Alea iacta est

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#2 posted 06-29-2010 04:35 AM

My guess is a die. Each of the lighter wood stripes represents a dot on a normal die?
neat box.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#3 posted 06-29-2010 04:37 AM

Not sure, but I’ll throw this out there. I’ve noticed that each side has two dark inlaid stripes that are crossed by one, two, three, four, five or six other inlaid stripes. I can’t tell if opposite sides add up to seven, but I’m still going to guess that it is a die or the singular of “dice.”

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#4 posted 06-29-2010 04:41 AM

ding ding ding! You guys are correct, and considerably faster than any of my family members ^_^

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#5 posted 06-29-2010 04:47 AM

No dice chino. Very cool. What the other LJs have said, seems to be correct. Ahh, the power of google. Thanks for the hint.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 04:53 AM

How big is this? What size?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 04:55 AM

it’s about 4” cubed. Which I suspect throws people off when they’re guessing in person, it’s hard to look at something that big and think “dice”.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 06:24 AM

All of the light colored squares or rectangles combined can be divided by three on each of the faces.

6,9,12,15,18, and 21. Plus the number of beveled edges is 12 and is also divisible by 3.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 06:32 AM

Wait. It’s not a cutting cube? ;-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#10 posted 06-29-2010 07:53 AM

Did Pandora own it?

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#11 posted 06-29-2010 02:21 PM

Alea iacta est “The die has been cast” is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance and began his war against Pompey and the Optimates.

mean that events have passed a point of no return…

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 06-29-2010 03:49 PM

Then it seems that the “die has been cast” can be changed to the “die has been thrown” . Could it be a play on words? Thus making the cube a “die” as has been already guessed?

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#13 posted 06-29-2010 05:20 PM

I wouldn’t want to mess with some one who could take a pair of those with one hand a n toss them.

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#14 posted 06-29-2010 06:07 PM

Awesome idea I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#15 posted 06-29-2010 06:19 PM

When are you going to make the other one. then you can really rattle them bones.

-- PAPLOU

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