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I thought I'd write a bit more about this one.
It is allegedly based on the construction of the hexagon from a circle, and one can sort of see it (sort of).The goal is, seemingly enough, to take out the ring. After like half an hour I managed to do it, but it felt to me like cheating for the following reasons:
i) The last part involved doing a radically different move from all the previous ones.
ii) The solution, if meant to be as I did it, would not be unique.
iii) I didn't need to pass for all the slots.
So, starting now from what seemed to be the exit slot, I tried to make my way back in with only "legal" moves to backengineer the true solution. After several hours, exhausted, I found myself unable to reach the starting position. The next day, since I knew that there's a youtube video with the solution for this one, giving up, I gave it a check. It turned out their solution was even more doubtful than the one I came up with, forcing the puzzle way too much for my taste, only showing the trajectory out and not really addressing the part I was stuck at, just one step away from the goal. However, they also got it out in the same slot and in one of the positions I had considered, since I tried several, addressed all the possibilities and stablished one single optimal deterministic route. I decided to stick to it a bit longer and realized there was another possibility along the way that I overlooked before, as it seemed to be a dead end; I tried with it again, did one step differently and after another full ride through the puzzle, it finally came back in. I felt very happy I could do it on my own in the end.
I first thought the idiomatic name (C'est la Vie! = Such is life! / It can't be helped!) referred to the need in life to sometimes think outside the box and solve things strangely. But now, with one clean and single solution in hand and due to its structure, now I think it refers more to those times when you're really close to something, but need to take a roundabout to reach it even in what seems to be the opposite direction. That, sometimes, the straight path just can't get you where you want, and you absolutely need to surround it, to flutter and almost seduce it, to get there. If so, I think it's a brilliant concept, not identical in structure but close in spirit to that of n-ary puzzles in general which the designer excels at.
Jean-Claude Constantin is truly an artist and a poet of puzzles. Doubtlessly my absolute favourite designer.
Post edited on 10th Jan 2016, 4:25am