雅思口语part2话题卡：Describe a (jigsaw, crossword, etc) puzzle you have played 玩过智力游戏/玩过的谜题
Describe a (jigsaw, crossword, etc) puzzle you have played
You should say
What it is like
How easy or difficult it is
How long it takes you to solve
And how you feel about it
The puzzle I am going to tell you is Lubansuo, also known as the Burr puzzle. According to the legend, this item was invented by the most well-known Chinese carpenter, Luban, more than two thousand years ago as a tool to test his son’s intelligence to see if he was qualified to inherit his skills.
It was given to me by my father as a birthday present when I turned 7. Back then, it was very popular in my hometown because people believed it had the potential to stimulate the intellectual development of children. It is said it can enhance children’s perception of spatial structure This article is from Laokaoya website and make their fingers nimbler.
The burr puzzle had a three-dimensional, symmetrical structure, presenting an image of a cross when you look at it from the opposite, like a cube extending its six sides a little. It was made of six wooden notched sticks, which fitted each other accurately and could be slide easily. At the centre of the puzzle was placed a marble, as a reward for solving the puzzle. I needed to slide these sticks to reveal it and get it out.
I should say the toy was simply beyond my capability. After I got it, I tried various ways to disassemble it, but never had I succeeded. Disappointed at my own intelligence, I took the dumbest method, trying to exhaust all the possibilities. I wrote down every step I had taken and its alternatives. Once I found I failed again, I would take the other way. After five days’ endeavour, I finally got the marble.
Part 3 追加问题
Why do parents let their children play puzzles?
What kinds of puzzles improve people’s intelligence?
Why are detective stories attractive to people?
Which do you think is better? A detective movie or its original novel