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Puzzles by Difficulty > Difficulty Level 6


It is important to present the person with a challenge you don't want to discourage them by buying a puzzle they have no chance of ever doing.  So, if you're buying a person's first puzzle, but you still want it to be very hard, it may be wise to begin at a puzzle rated 5 to 7 rather than going for a 10 first up.

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Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group. The top of the box is obviously separate from the bottom and the bottom, it can move in and out slightly, and when you shake the puzzle it rattles. Not like other Japanese puzzle box designs that's for sure.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Walnut wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 27mm x 27mm x 15mm  A great space for a ring!

 
5 L Massai 2D packing puzzle small 5 L Massai 2D packing puzzle small


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The 5 L-shaped pieces fit in the tray with the pattern side up.  Try to find the solution.  Difficulty rating 6 out of 7.
This puzzle is a very deceptive design by Jürgen Reiche.

Note: The pieces of this puzzle come in a variety of colours.  Brown, Red or Blonde.
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5 L-Box 2D packing puzzle large 5 L-Box 2D packing puzzle large


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The 5 L-shaped pieces fit in the tray with the pattern side up.  Try to find the solution.  Difficulty rating 6 out of 7.
This puzzle is a very deceptive design by Jürgen Reiche.

 
12 piece Hexagonal Prism Tower puzzle 12 piece Hexagonal Prism Tower puzzle


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The puzzle is to assemble the 12 pieces, each made from 3 rhombic prisms, into the hexagonal tower.  This puzzle was invented by Toshiaki Bestumiya.

 
Hammerhead Vitex wood Burr Hammerhead Vitex wood Burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Grant Smith.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.

The object of the puzzle is to assemble the 6 piece interlocking burr.  After he designed this level 5-4-2-2 burr Junichi described it as a mediocre level of difficulty; that translates to difficult for most other puzzlers. 
Sold DISASSEMBLED.

 
Mongolian Zodiac Burr puzzles Mongolian Zodiac Burr puzzles


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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.

 
Four piece platonic solid wooden puzzle Four piece platonic solid wooden puzzle


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Outside Shape



The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together is even harder.
Each puzzle has the same 4 complex pieces but the outside configuration of the puzzle varies.  This makes each puzzle quite different when finding the facets to grip to open the puzzle. 
Only puzzle available now is: 4. Truncated Octahedron (Truncocta - 6 square and 8 truncated triangular faces). 

 
Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box Coming Soon





This very beautifully made puzzle box is in the shape of a house. There are 12 well disguised moves to open this puzzle box.
It was only after 1870 that Mr Ohkawa started to develop more complex "tricks" to open the boxes; the first Himitsu-Bako made in Hakone. Himitsu-Bako means Secret Box in Japanese and these boxes are commonly known as a "Personal Secret Box".

These boxes are sourced directly from Japan. They intricately designed and handmade by Japanese Craftsmen; a very high quality work of art.
Packaged in a lovely gift box with a brochure explaining the history of Himitsu-Bako. A solution is provided.

Size of base 150mm x 77mm Height: 105mm
Space inside: 84mm x 46mm and the height at the apex of the roof is 67mm

 
Scramble Squares  matching puzzle - Sharks Scramble Squares matching puzzle - Sharks


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Easy to Play, Hard to Solve.  For ages 4 to 104

Pieces show pictures of a Great White, Hammerhead, Leopard and Sand Tiger sharks on a brilliant blue and green sea background.

Printed on the back there are interesting facts about sharks in general as well as a fun trivia question for added interest.  Very educational.

The object of the puzzle is to unscramble the 9 nine square pieces by perfectly matching the pictures on the square's edges, forming a large square. The puzzle is solved only when all seams of the puzzle match.

The pieces are a thick cardboard with the picture overlaid.The packaging is a heavy vinyl bag with a self-sealing plastic zipper.  There are 3 holes along the left hand size for convenient storage in a notebook as well as a hole at the top for hanging.

 
Sly Burr made from Vitex Sly Burr made from Vitex


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Frank Potts.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Frank Potts.

Status: 30th March 2013. Only 20 left. Once sold we won't make this puzzle again.

The object of the puzzle is to disassemble the burr and then reassemble.  It's a level 9,3 burr but the challenge may not just be about the number of moves to disassemble the burr.

Reviewed as a good "all round" puzzle by someone who says they are not really into burrs http://puzzle-obsessed.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/sly-burr-frank-potts.html

 
A Drive Down Lombard Street dexterity slide puzzle A Drive Down Lombard Street dexterity slide puzzle


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Tiles - Wood selection



Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - San Francisco, USA, August 2009
Presented by Brian Young.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Brian Young. 

This sliding block puzzle is very different to others.  Firstly, you cannot touch the tiles that you must slide because they are behind perspex.  You must use dexterity to do this.  Generally more than one block at a time will be moving which means you must think many moves ahead.  Secondly, you use the blocks that you are sliding to deliver the ball bearing from top to bottom of the puzzle.  This is like a maze because at the same time you are sliding the blocks you are forming the maze-like track that the ball bearing must take to arrive at the bottom.   Most of the pieces are different; that is the tracks in each tile that carry the ball bearing are different.

 
Vinco XIV seven piece wood puzzle Vinco XIV seven piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 4/5  

First, try to disassemble the seven pieces.   Once you've done that you'll now have the challenge to put these pieces back together to make the symmetrical diamond shape.

 
Japanese secret opening box 5 sun 21 step + 1 Japanese secret opening box 5 sun 21 step + 1 N/A





To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order. There are 21 moves to make in the correct order and still this box holds one more secret. One more move is required to find the second secret compartment. Can you find the yen coin as well?

This very special puzzle box is made of walnut with decorative strips of contrasting coloured woods on both top and bottom. There are 4 different designs to choose from - pick the desired design code from the drop down box. The finish on all aspects of this box is amazing; even other sliding panels on the walnut face are well matched so that they are almost impossible to see. 

Size: 5 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length - 3.03cm to be exact)
Actual size outside: 150mm x 100mm x 68mm
Space inside: 100mm x 76mm x 42mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 3mm x 30mm x 75mm

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Times Square 8 piece interlocking puzzle Times Square 8 piece interlocking puzzle


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The object of the puzzle is to put the 8 different pieces together.  The pieces can be divided into two groups making 4 horizontal land 4 vertical lines in the puzzle.

 
New Secret Opening Box III 18 step New Secret Opening Box III 18 step


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This is a new type Secret Opening Japanese Puzzle Box. To open this Japanese puzzle box and reveal the secret compartment you must make 18 moves in the correct order. Unlike the traditional secret box, like the Koyosegi 2 and 4 sun boxes we also sell, where only 4 faces of the box move, all 6 surfaces of this box must slide in a set combination to allow this box to be opened. Even if you've solved Japanese puzzle boxes before this one can be a little tricky!

This very special puzzle box is made of walnut with decorative strips of contrasting coloured woods on all six sides beautifully inlaid. The box is made from Walnut and the inlaid woods are: White - Maple Red/Purple - Purple Heart Black - Wenge
Size
outside: 80mm x 80mm x 80mm
Space inside: 35mm x 30mm x 30mm

 
Karakuri small cube puzzle box #4 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #4


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle series is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. The box has an obviously separate bottom so you seem to have a clue about where to start but that just makes it more intriguing.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Rengas wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 25mm x 25mm x 20mm

 
Sydney Harburr Bridge level 6 burr Sydney Harburr Bridge level 6 burr


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2007
Presented by Paul McDermott.  Made by Paul McDermott and Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia. Designed by Paul McDermott.

Status: 30th March 2013. Only 17 left. Once sold we won't make this puzzle again.

The object of the puzzle is pull down and reassemble the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

This level 6 burr (that is 6 moves to remove the first piece from the puzzle) is two separate burrs that work in conjunction with each other.  The puzzle has 10 pieces in total.

 
Bamboo 6 piece framed burr puzzle 7006 Bamboo 6 piece framed burr puzzle 7006


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Difficulty Rating 4 out of 5 = Unbelievable
A 6 piece burr inside a static frame; 7 pieces in all.  The puzzle reminds us of Bill Cutler's Bin Cross made by Toyo Glass in 1991 but the pieces are quite different.
The puzzle is an Eco Game made from Bamboo. 

 
Pete's Pike sequential move puzzle Pete's Pike sequential move puzzle


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You and the magic goats help Pete safely conquer the mountain by finding the right sequence of moves to reach the peak.

The puzzle comes with 40 challenge cards with four levels of play:  beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert.  Suitable for ages 8+.  Adults will love it!  Start with beginner challenges and work up from there.  Colour coded cards make games setup easy. 

 
Bolaris Maailma world - 3D sliding globe puzzle Bolaris Maailma world - 3D sliding globe puzzle


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Special edition Earth From Space.  Difficulty Level 3.5/4 Very Difficult.

Once all the pieces have been scrambled to solve the puzzle slide the pieces around until the rectangular pieces form a vision of earth from outer space.  The level of difficulty is higher because of the asymmetrical "face" pattern on the graphic.  

 
6 Sun Japanese puzzle box 36 step + 1 6 Sun Japanese puzzle box 36 step + 1


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6 Sun 36 Step Designs



To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order.  There are 36 moves to make in the correct order and still this box holds one more secret.   One more move is required to find the second secret compartment. 

We currently have 2 different colours and designs to choose from however in some cases we have just one of a particular colour and stock levels are constantly changing. (Click Detail page or photo for larger photos) Choose your preference from the list "6 Sun 36 Step Designs".  We strive to keep that list updated as stocks change.  Designs are allocated on a first ordered basis.  The number of skilled artisans trained in this traditional technique is very limited and we could not guarantee that a particular sold out design will be restocked in future.

Size:  6 Sun
Actual size outside: 185mm x 125mm x 95mm
Space inside:  132mm X 105mm X 65mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 140mm x 80mm x 3mm
Packaged in a pressboard gift box with a solution inside.

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Karakuri small cube puzzle box #1 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #1 N/A





Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. Once you know the solution you can open it in just three moves. But one of them is quite a unique movement compared to other Japanese puzzles boxes and so it's hard to open it without being shown. A very tricky little puzzle box!

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Walnut wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 22mm x 19mm x 33mm

 
Scramble Squares  matching puzzle - Tropical Fish Scramble Squares matching puzzle - Tropical Fish


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Easy to Play, Hard to Solve.  For ages 4 to 104

Pieces show pictures of brightly coloured tropical fish on a coral reef background.

Printed on the back there are interesting facts about tropical fish in general as well as a fun trivia question for added interest.  Very educational.

The object of the puzzle is to unscramble the 9 nine square pieces by perfectly matching the pictures on the square's edges, forming a large square. The puzzle is solved only when all seams of the puzzle match.

The pieces are a thick cardboard with the picture overlaid.The packaging is a heavy vinyl bag with a self-sealing plastic zipper.  There are 3 holes along the left hand size for convenient storage in a notebook as well as a hole at the top for hanging

 

 
Sesame Trick Opening Money Box - aluminum Sesame Trick Opening Money Box - aluminum


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The puzzle is to get your money out!  Adding money to your stash is easy, but to get it out you'll need to solve the puzzle of how to open the money box. 

 
Trick Opening puzzle box Trick Opening puzzle box


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The puzzle box looks like there's no way in; no obvious lid; no obvious base. Just a sealed box with no obvious opening.

Alan Boardman designed a mini (actually microscopic better describes it...) box puzzle called the Aha Box in 2004. He presented it in the Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange at IPP24 held in Tokyo.

This puzzle has been upsized from that so there is enough space inside if you want to include a surprise. It's great to give just as puzzle box though.

Just the right size to put a gift card inside for that extra puzzling fun at Christmas!

 
Chained Up! metal chain nut and bolt puzzle Chained Up! metal chain nut and bolt puzzle


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Difficulty - Hard but not Extreme on the Enigma scale.

The puzzle is to screw the nut to the bolt.  At first glance this looks impossible but it is possible.  Comes with a printed solution when you buy it.
Beware the nut is on the wrong side of the washer and head of the bolt.  The pieces are on one continuous unbroken chain which is knotted around the large ring.   Sorting out all these pieces into the right order is quite a difficult disentanglement challenge.

 
54 step + 1 Japanese puzzle box 6 Sun 54 step + 1 Japanese puzzle box 6 Sun


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6 Sun 54 Step Designs



To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order.  There are 36 moves to make in the correct order and still this box holds one more secret.   One more move is required to find the second secret compartment. 

We currently have 6 different colours and designs to choose from however in some cases we have just one of a particular colour and stock levels are constantly changing.  Choose your preference from the list "6 Sun 54 Step Designs".  We strive to keep that list updated as stocks change.  (Click Detail page for larger photos.) Designs are allocated on a first ordered basis.  The number of skilled artisans trained in this traditional technique is very limited and we could not guarantee that a particular sold out design will be restocked in future.

Size:  6 Sun
Actual size outside: 185mm x 125mm x 95mm
Space inside:  132mm X 105mm X 65mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 140mm x 80mm x 3mm
Packaged in a pressboard gift box with a solution inside.

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