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Publication numberUS3679213 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJul 25, 1972
Filing dateSep 11, 1970
Priority dateSep 11, 1970
Publication numberUS 3679213 A, US 3679213A, US-A-3679213, US3679213 A, US3679213A
InventorsMoss Vladimir
Original AssigneeMoss Vladimir
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Transparent container and lettered cubes puzzle
US 3679213 A
Abstract
A puzzle game which includes a square box formed of transparent material with a cover which can be easily opened for access to the interior of the box. The box is divided into sixteen cubical compartments with four compartments along each side of the box. A cube is provided for fitting into each of the cubical compartments so that all surfaces of the cube not adjacent to the surface of another cube are visible through the transparent box. Each cube is provided with various combinations of individual letters taken from the word "love" with a single letter being visible on each face of the cube. The basic color of the cubes is the same however the letters are printed in different colors so that not only the proper spelling of the word is required but also the correct color for the letters of the word.
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United States Patent Moss [54] TRANSPARENT CONTAINER AND LETTERED CUBES PUZZLE Inventor:

Filed:

Appl.

Vladimir Moss, 10463 Ambassador Drive,

Rancho Cordova, Calif. 95670 Sept. 11, 1970 References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS Bailey Strutton Lambert Fields Wooster ..273/153 RUX ...273/153 S UX ..273/157 R UX FOREIGN PATENTS OR APPLICATIONS Great Britain Z5 ZZ 1 51 July 25,1972

308,886 4/1929 Great Britain ..273/157 R Primary Examiner-Anton O. Oechsle Attorney-Alexander B. Blair ABSTRACT A puzzle game which includes a square box formed of transparent material with a cover which can be easily opened for access to the interior of the box. The box is divided into sixteen cubical compartments with four compartments along each side of the box. A cube is provided for fitting into each of the cubical compartments so that all surfaces of the cube not adjacent to the surface of another cube are visible through the transparent box. Each cube is provided with various combinations of individual letters taken from the word love" with a single letter being visible on each face of the cube. The basic color of the cubes is the same however the letters are printed in different colors so that not only the proper spelling of the word is required but also the correct color for the letters of the word.

1 Claim, 7 Drawing Figures [BBQ iji [9.1 1315 1 TRANSPARENT CONTAINER AND LETTERED CUBES PUZZLE BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION Field of the Invention The present invention is directed to block puzzles having letters on their various faces for spelling words.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION Sixteen cubical blocks are arranged with letters on their faces selected from the word love." A completely transparent box is provided having sixteen cubical compartments arranged in groups of four to receive the blocks so that all faces thereof are exposed except those faces which are adjacent to another block. The object of the game is to mix the blocks and to replace them in the box so that the word love" is spelled out with correct colored letters four times each on the top and bottom of the container and once on each of the four sides of the container. No two blocks are lettered the same.

The primary object of the invention is to provide a puzzle game in which all puzzle pieces are shaped to fit each compartment of the puzzle with correct indicia appearing only in one fitting of the pieces to the compartments.

Other objects and advantages will become apparent in the following specification when considered in the light of the attached drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a top plan view of the invention;

FIG. 2 is a bottom plan view of the invention;

FIG. 3 is a left side elevation;

FIG. 4 is a right side elevation;

FIG. Sis a front elevation;

FIG. 6 is a rear elevation; nd

FIG. 7 is a diagrammatic view with the faces of the cubes unfolded to illustrate the relationship of the letters on each cube.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring now to the drawings in detail wherein like reference characters indicate like parts throughout the several figures the reference numeral 10 indicates generally a puzzle game constructed in accordance with the invention.

The puzzle game 10 includes a container 1 I having a square transparent flat bottom wall 12 having a flat rear wall 13 integrally secured thereto and extending perpendicularly upwardly therefrom. A flat front wall 14 is integrally secured to the bottom wall I2 and extends perpendicularly upwardly therefrom, parallel to the rear wall 13.

A flat left side wall 15 is integrally secured to the bottom wall 12 and integrally joins the adjacent ends of the rear wall 13 and the front wall 14. A flat right side wall 16 is integrally joined to the bottom wall 12 oppositely of the left side wall 15 and integrally connects the adjacent ends of the rear wall 13 and the front wall 14. The rear wall 13, front wall 14, left side wall 15, and right side wall 16 have a uniform height above the bottom wall 12 and are formed of completely transparent material.

The container 11 has a transparent square flat top wall 17 coextensive with the bottom wall 12 and having a front flange I8 integrally secured thereto depending perpendicularly therefrom. A rear flange 19 is integrally joined to the top wall 17 and depends perpendicularly therefrom with the flange I8 aligned with the front wall I4 and the flange l9 aligned with the rear wall 13. A left side flange 20 is integrally secured to the top wall 17 and depends perpendicularly therefrom integrally connecting the adjacent ends of the flanges l8, 19. A flange 21 integrally joins the top wall 17 and depends perpendicularly therefrom integrally connecting the adjacent ends of the flanges l8, 19. The flange 20 is arranged in aligned relation to the side wall 15 and the flange 21 is arranged in aligned relation to the side wall 16. The flanges I8, 19, 20, 21 are formed of completely transparent material.

Three spaced apart parallel partitions 22 are arranged parallel to the side walls l5, l6 and integrally secured to the bottom wall 12. The partitions 22 are equi-spaced from the side walls 15, I6 and each other. The partitions 22 have a height equal to the side walls I5, 16. A plurality of partitions 23 are arranged in spaced parallel relation parallel to the front wall 14 and rear wall 13. The partitions 23 are equi-spaced from each other and from the rear wall 13 and front wall 14 so that the partitions 22 and the partitions 23 divide the container 11 into sixteen square compartments.

A plurality of blocks 24 cubical in shape are adapted to be fitted into the compartments formed by the partitions 22, 23.

A pair of hinges 25 connect the rear wall 13 with the flange I9 so as to hinge the top wall 17 with respect to the bottom wall 12. A latch 26 is integrally formed on the front wall 14 and flange 18 to latch the cover 17 in closed position with respect to the bottom wall 12. With the top wall 17 latched closed with respect to the bottom wall 12 the blocks 24 are prevented from falling out of the container 11 or from changing position therein.

The arrangement of the letters on the blocks 24 is illustrated in FIG. 7 and their correct placement in the container I1 is also illustrated in this figure. In FIGS. I through 6 the various ways the word love is formed by the correct placement of the blocks 24 in the container II is illustrated.

The color of the blocks is generally uniform although the color of the letters thereon may vary so that the word love" in the top line of FIG. I may be formed of peach letters with the word love" in the second line being formed of white letters, the third line blue letters and the fourth line red letters. In a similar fashion in FIG. 2 the word love" in the first line may be red letters, the second line white letters, the third line blue letters, and the fourth line peach letters. The word love" formed on each side of the box may be formed with each letter a different color.

While the word love" has been used it should be understood that any word, series of numbers, symbols, or colors may be used in forming the puzzle. Further, the letters, numbers or symbols may be formed in one color or in a combination of colors as desired. The puzzle game has been illustrated using four character terms utilizing a sixteen compartment container. It should be understood that five character terms may be used with a twenty five compartment container as well.

Having thus described the preferred embodiment of the invention it should be understood that numerous structural modifications and adaptations may be resorted to without departing from the spirit of the invention.

What is claimed is:

l. A puzzle game comprising a square container having a relatively thin bottom wall with relatively thin upstanding side walls integrally secured thereto, a cover including a generally flat top wall with a plurality of side walls integrally depending therefrom and adapted to align with the side walls extending upwardly from said bottom wall, means detachably securing said cover to said container, said bottom wall, said top wall and said side walls being formed of transparent material, partitions dividing said container into sixteen square compartments, and a cubical block adapted for positioning in each compartment of said container with each of said blocks having a combination of letters thereon selected from a single 4 letter word whereby upon proper placing of said blocks in said container a plurality of said single 4 letter words will be visible through the top and bottom of said container and a single one of said 4 letter words will be visible through each side wall thereof, the letters on said blocks being formed in a plurality of colors, said blocks each having 6 sides with one letter selected from the said 4 letter word being displayed on each side of said block, 2 of said blocks displaying 3 of one letter and one each of 3 letters, 2 of said blocks displaying 2 each of 2 letters and one each of 2 letters, 2 of said blocks displaying 2 each of 3 letters, one of said blocks displaying 3 each of 2 letters, 4 of said blocks displaying 4 each of one letter and one each of 2 letters, 4 of said blocks displaying 3 each of one 5 letter, 2 each of one letter and one each of one letter, and one of said blocks displaying 4 each of one letter and 2 each of another letter.

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US4054929 *Jan 19, 1976Oct 18, 1977Bell & Howell CompanyTape recording methods and apparatus
US4486018 *Mar 11, 1983Dec 4, 1984Keller Jr Claude EPuzzle and transparent container therefore
US6196544Mar 18, 1999Mar 6, 2001Morton RachofskyThree-dimensional puzzle
Classifications
U.S. Classification273/156
International ClassificationA63F9/12, A63F9/06
Cooperative ClassificationA63F9/1204
European ClassificationA63F9/12B