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Solution: Tricky Dick

Here is the solution for the Tricky Dick puzzle.

Free the Ring 2 - Names
Here are first the names/explanations of the different parts used in the solution.
The long rop going from the long stick to the half sphere where is the ring at the beginning will be named “ROPE A”
The small rope keeping both sticks next to each other will be named “ROPE B”
The extremity where both sticks are bound (with a very small rope piece) will be named “EXTREMITY 1″
The extremity where rope A is bound to the long stick will be called “EXTREMITY 2″

Solution steps:

  1. First, push the ring next to both sticks through rope B.
    Free the Ring 2 - Step1

  2. Next move the ring over extremity 2 (the extremity gets inside the ring)
    Free the Ring 2 - Step2

  3. Move the ring along the long stick and have it go through rope B again
    Free the Ring 2 - Step3

  4. Warning, small step but very important one to avoid ending with a big bag of nodes! Move as well the rest of rope A through rope B as shown on picture 4
    Free the Ring 2 - Step4

  5. From this state, the ring must do a full circle around both sticks as shown by the arrows. First remove the ring from the long stick through extremity 2 (Warning: this time the ring must not go through rope B, but it is rope B that goes through the ring!) then all along the small stick, U-turn at the extremity 1 to get back to the initial position.
    Free the Ring 2 - Step5
    For clarity sake, the next 4 pictres show the full circle done by the ring:
    Free the Ring 2 - Step5.2

  6. Just push now the ring through rope B
    Free the Ring 2 - Step6

  7. Well done, it is free !
    Free the Ring 2 - Step7

To put it back, just follow the procedure in reverse order.




  1. […] See the Free the ring 2 solution (WARNING, by looking the solution you’ll loose all the fun and pride that self-solving it always […]

    Pingback by Free the Ring 2 « My puzzles — September 7, 2008 @ 5:01 pm | Reply

  2. Some time ago I had recorded video-clip solutions of this puzzle and of some others, are you interested? If you think you may want to add them to your blog I’ll send them to you via e-mail! Just contact me!
    (of this puzzle I had recorded a solution to a particularly commmon stuck position you have not mentioned, you may want to take a look at it and add it, at least with your usual pictures)

    Comment by lesath82 — November 6, 2008 @ 7:47 pm | Reply

  3. Hi.

    I imagined doing videos as well… but is already too much work doing the pic solutions compared to my free time, so I dropped the idea. Maybe some problems are better solved by videos, but most are clearer with pictures I think.

    Comment by tharnjaggar — November 23, 2008 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

  4. Finally I did it


    Comment by BlaBla — May 24, 2009 @ 9:51 am | Reply

  5. Could you please email me the video. I somehow have ended up with the rope around the ring rather than just through it! Many thanks.

    Comment by Stuck — August 8, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

  6. hi
    i want to ask you how to get the ring iin again??? i dont know whar doese it mean To put it back, just follow the procedure in reverse order ???????? pleas tell me . :DDD

    Comment by bogyto — September 15, 2009 @ 4:41 pm | Reply

  7. Well, it just means you have to follow the solution but from 7 to 1. 🙂

    Comment by tharnjaggar — October 30, 2009 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  8. Can anyone help me, i came here to ask a question. If i have a triple wrap on the rin, can any one here help me solve this out ? Couse i have been trying to solve this for weeks !!!

    Comment by Martin — December 25, 2010 @ 10:31 am | Reply

  9. Thanks for the awesome solution.
    Apparently, I was doing something wrong, cause mine version ended in having double rope A over the edge of a ring.
    Does anyone stumbled upon this?

    Comment by Vabankas — January 17, 2011 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

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