(Continued thematically from here)
"George, you know this puzzle?" I asked.
"Oh yes, of course. And I much prefer this version to the French one."
"Yes, it's much better." I agreed. "So you can solve it?"
"Naturally! In several different ways. Oh oh! Let me show you my favorite. Maybe you haven't seen this one before."
George rolled up his sleeves and narrated his solution as follows:
Then both of these down together
He looked at me with his eyes twinkling. "Now watch this! You see how it's symmetrical? Now I can use both hands simultaneously."
Up. Mmm. Now I've got to go fetch those two. How does it go? Oh yes.
Up. Got 'em!
"Now I've got to break the symmetry for the last bit also. But it's just a few more moves." He continued with just one hand:
Down, Right, Up
And finally up!
"Oh, that's a very neat solution!" I said. "I haven't seen that one before."
He smiled proudly.
What was the puzzle? And what was the solution?