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Tessera - The Perpetual Puzzle

"Tessera - The Perpetual Puzzle" has apparently morphed into "Busy Beetles" but with different colors. The box has this information:

© 1996 DaMert Company, Berkeley, California
Beetle sculpture: © 1996 J. Osborn, Patent Pending
Tessera is a trademark of DaMert Company

(J. Osborn is John A. L. Osborn of www.ozbird.net. I emailed him to thank him for the hours of amusement the "Busy Beetles" have provided. He told me that if I liked the beetles, I would enjoy "Batty Lizards." What can I say? He was right. I ordered two sets of Batty Lizards and they are endlessly fascinating.)

We bought our Tessera set sometime in the late nineties. It has 60 tessellating pieces of eight unique shapes which fit together in "endless patterns."  The colors are red, green, purple, white, blue, pink, gold, and black. Some of the patterns I made are below.

all 60 pieces
all 60 pieces in rectangular shape

all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape
all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape
all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape
all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape
all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape
all 60 pieces in hexagonal shape

all 60 pieces
all 60 pieces
all 60 pieces

all 60 pieces
solid blue/green
solid blue/green
circles of blue/green
circles of blue/green
rows of green/blue
rows of green/blue
rows of pink/red
rows of pink/red
circles of pink/red
circles of pink/red
solid pink/red
solid pink/red
circles of black/gold
circles of black/gold
rows of black/gold
rows of black/gold
circles of black/gold
circles of black/gold
circle of purple/white
circle of purple/white
circles of purple/white
circles of purple/white
circles of blue/pink, green/red and purple/white
circles of blue/pink, green/red and purple/white

 

The classification of the pieces.
There are eight unique pieces (red, green, purple, white, blue, pink, gold, and black) each with three characteristics:

Short horns - gold, blue, pink, white
Short horns - gold, blue, pink, white
Thin bodies - gold, red, white, green
Thin bodies - gold, red, white, green
Long wings - purple, gold, green, pink
Long wings - purple, gold, green, pink
Stubby wings - red, white, blue, black
Stubby wings - red, white, blue, black
Fat bodies - purple, black, blue, pink
Fat bodies - purple, black, blue, pink
Long horns - purple, red, green, black
Long horns - purple, red, green, black

 

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