James Dalgety’s ADDENDUM & PROPOSALS

to the 1999 PUZZLE CLASSIFICATION & DATABASE SYSTEM

 

The Puzzle Classification was completed in 1999 by Edward Hordern and James Dalgety with much help from many people especially Stanley Isaacs, David Singmaster, and Jerry Slocum.

Since 1999 the following Sub-Classes have been added:-

 

May 2005

Added Class 

OTH-GAME       for Puzzle related games and toys. (note Type, such as DEX, as qualifier)

            e.g.      Pocketeer "Bean Bop",  Parker's "Orion" "Mind Maze" & "Situation 4", Rubik's Challenge

 

July 2010

 Added suffix

-REL to EVERY main heading for related items that are not actually Puzzles.

  eg SEQ-REL  for Shop display for Rubik Star-Wars Heads

       OPN-REL  for Plastic non-working model souvenir of Hakone puzzle box.

  Perhaps the –REL subclass renders the –GAME sub-class redundant.

                       

 

 

Problem areas under consideration.

 

There are nearly 5000 dexterities in the Puzzle Museum and the whole Dexterity section of the classification needs further rationalising.

 

DEX-PITF  for   Dexterities of the Pitfall type both cased  (Farmer’s Silver Bullet and R.Journet’s Golf) & uncased where the playing surface is not held in the hand but controlled by knobs (Brio Laberint) or other mechanical means.

(This was introduced in March 2002 but dropped as unnecessary in July 2010.)

 

Should there be New Class for puzzles that are deliberately made to look like a different class; for example, a puzzle that looks like a TNG but is actually an OPN puzzle will almost certainly be initially identified as a TNG which is what the inventor intended.  Should it be a function of a Classification to partly give away the solution of a particular puzzle.

      

Currently OTH-TRIK is for puzzles that require subterfuge in the form of an additional component; or, in other words, are "not fully self contained".

  

OTH-HOW for "How does it work" puzzles which cannot be included in AMB-POBJ  (Paradoxical Objects).  Maybe “How it works” is same as “How was it made”

 

Consider dropping AMB-TURN as they can be included in AMB-HIDD.

 

SEQ-GROUP.  Many Rubiks type puzzles are now called TWISTY PUZZLES  this should be referenced in the Classification.  This whole class has grown enormously in the past 15 years and needs a re-think

 

PAT-TRAIL  (large Subgroup of PAT-EDGE)

 

NON-PUZZLE section (for items that are found in the majority of puzzle collections but are not actually related to puzzles.

How about  NPZ-JOKE, NPZ-MAGIc, NPZ-GAME, NPZ-TOY, NPZ-OTHer.

 

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Error to correct:-

 

10/09/2008 09:45:35  Robert Reid observes Dodeca appears as example in two classes. Replace this example.

 

“Polyominoes” is wrong overall generic name – What should it be? P{olyPolys?

 

 

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Database improvements under consideration:-

 

INPUTS

 

A field for manufacturer’s website.

 

4 check boxes for Materials (as used by Frans de Vreugd): - 

Metal,

Wood,

Plastic,

Other (The current Materials field can be used for this detail).

 

4 checkboxes for Type of Manufacture?? 

Commercial = thousands made,.

High Quality Craft, (Like puzzles by Tom Lensch, Stewart Coffin, Jerry Mcfarland.

Standard Craft,

Poor DIY

 

4 checkboxes for Included items (as used by Frans de Vreugd): -

Original commercial packaging,

Instruction Leaflet,

Solution,

Other

 

Scales 1 to 5 in reference to Puzzle challenge, Aesthetics, Quality


DATABASE

 

OUTPUTS.

 

Database to output a list of all existing files on disk related to the records AqNo.  (ie starting with AqNo. but show all pictures and files related to item)

 

Printing Illustrated catalogue

Printing tiny Puzzle Labels with AqNo., Maker, Year, & Product name.

Printing catalogue cards

 

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FIELDS CURRENT in Superbase (2008):-

AqNo

Pz_Obt

Theme_Advert

Materials_Descr

Sz_A

Sz_B

Sz_C

Patents

Notes_Refs_Desi

Maker_or_Publ_

Year_

Country

Series_Name

Product_Name

Bin

Condition

Source

AqDate

Cost

MainClass

A_or_M

tmp

External

PicPz

Class99

Dimens

Pieces

Gone

Solution

Class

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Rename some of the above for clarity (e.g. “Theme-Advertising” to “Keywords”?

 

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