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Puzzles by Designer > Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii

Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii is a prolific puzzle designer and puzzle maker.   He opened his Puzzle Museum in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia in 1990 where he exhibits more than 11,000 puzzles, most of them he has designed and made himself.  The museum also has a wonderful collection of other Mongolian toys and chess sets that Mr Tumen-Ulzii has designed and made.   In fact, he has even made puzzle chess sets where each piece is a puzzle.

Below: Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii with the tools he uses to carve his puzzles.











Mongolian Zodiac Burr puzzles Mongolian Zodiac Burr puzzles


Zodiac Animal Selection

There are 12 different interlocking burrs;  the combination of pieces in each burr varies slightly to give 12 different solutions.

The carving on the end of each burr represents one of the different Mongolian zodiac animals;  these are the same animals as the Chinese years.

Mongolian Zodiac Animals Puzzle Boxes Mongolian Zodiac Animals Puzzle Boxes


Zodiac Animal Boxes

Only the Rooster left of the 12 different Mongolian zodiac animals. 
Each of these animals has a different set of pieces and therefore a different solution.  There is a small space inside each box to allow storage of a trinket. The puzzles range in difficulty but in general they are similar to the easiest of the Japanese puzzle boxes or the small mystery box.

San Francisco Cable Car wooden puzzle San Francisco Cable Car wooden puzzle Out of Stock

Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - San Francisco, USA, August 2009
Presented by Itgel Tumen-Ulzii.  Made by Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii.  Designed by Zandraa Tumen-Ulzii.

When Itgel asked his father to design and make a puzzle to present at the Edward Hordern Exchange event at IPP29 the question was "What is San Francisco well known for?"  Itgel immediately said Cable Car however Mr Tumen-Ulzii had never seen one (certainly there are no Cable Cars in Mongolia).  He designed and made this very complex take-apart 13 piece puzzle in the shape of a cable car from just a photograph.  



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