Top Spin / No. Crunch
Patented by F. Lammertink 1989, made by Binary Arts.
(left "Top Spin", right "No. Crunch"; both plastic, 6 inches)
Numbers slide around the loop, and spinning the disc reverses the order of 4 numbers; the goal is to mix up and then restore to increasing clockwise order.
R = rotate the numbers right (clockwise) one position
Solution from the directions:
L = rotate the numbers left (counter-clockwise) one position
S = spin the disc (180 degrees)
S advances one number 3 positions clockwise, one number 1 position clockwise, one number 1 position counter-clockwise, and one number 3 positions counter-clockwise.
Solve 7 to 20 by working from 19 down to 7, one number at a time:
A. Advance 3 positions clockwise until within 4 positions of destination.
B. Move counter-clockwise until exactly four units from destination.
C. Spin the disc.
Get positions 1 to 6 as close to solved as you can.
The following transformation advances a number in the left position of the disc 4 positions clockwise without affecting any other numbers:
S L S R S L S
(That is, LRL with interspersed S's.)
So to exchange two adjacent numbers,
repeat this sequence 5 times to make a number go all the way around and come back exactly one position to its right
(remember each time to put the number in the left position of the disc).
from: www.uspto.gov - patent no. 4,871,173
from: www.uspto.gov - patent no. 5,622,368