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The description of an Interlocking Burr puzzle as "an interlocking geometrical puzzle, composed of notached rods, possessing a high degree of external symmetry" is attributed to Bill Cutler, a prolific and well know designer of very difficult burrs. 
Brian's (alias Mr Puzzle's) favourite type of puzzle. 

This category has some of our most difficult puzzles and many of our own designs. Complex hard puzzles to really challenge, with a couple of easy puzzles thrown in for fun. 

These puzzles also showcase the woodworking skills of the manufacturers represented here including Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle, Václav Obšívac from Vinco's puzzles and Jakub Dvorak and Jaroslav Svejkovsky from the Pelikan studios.




Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2 Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2


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The puzzle is made from 2 board burr pieces coupled with 2 different H shaped pieces.  The combination makes a strange level 10.3.2 puzzle to put together but once assembled you’ll end up with a cube shape with stepped sides.
Watch out for this one;  you won’t solve this one in BurrTools so to cheat you’ll have to study the solution.

 
Cubax 13 piece framed burr Cubax 13 piece framed burr


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We decided to get this one because of how deceiving it looks.   It is a 13 piece interlocking burr.  But when it’s assembled it looks like a three piece framed burr.  Not a high degree of difficulty to take apart but a very fun burr.  Very enjoyable to do.  A must for any collection because we’ve not seen too many puzzles like this before.

 
Halt level 21.8.2 framed burr Halt level 21.8.2 framed burr


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Question:  How can getting just 3 pieces out of the frame take 21 moves to get just the first piece out? 
Answer: When it's designed by Stéphane Chomine.
The ends of the pieces are designed in such a way that when they are inside the frame they spell the word HALT around the 4 sides.  But don't let that stop you from having a go at this one. 

 
Konstrukt 15 piece level 3 burr Konstrukt 15 piece level 3 burr


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Yavuz has challenged us this time with a 15 piece multiple move interlocking burr with a level 3 disassembly.  But how to konstruct the puzzle with the 12 pieces locking around the outside of a core classic 3 piece board burr?  An ingenious addition to a classic design Prof. Louis Hoffman called The Cross-Keys in his book Puzzles Old and New published in London in 1893. 

 
Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr


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This 4 piece interlocking burr designs by the new Hungarian designer Tamás Vanyó.  Tamás only started publishing his designs in 2013 and already he's becoming very well known around the world for his unusual puzzles.
Aesthetically it's a wonderful piece for any puzzle collection. The unusual shape with very contrasting colours will make it stand out amongst any group of puzzles.

 
Stan by Tamás Vanyó unique solution cage burr Stan by Tamás Vanyó unique solution cage burr


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There are 4 identical but very unusual shaped pieces to fit inside the square cage.  To remove the pieces you'll need to complete the unique level 3.2.3.3 solution. 
An interesting design with lots of movement;  this is a good 'doable' puzzle for the puzzler who's never done many of these puzzles before.  'Doable' in no way translates to easy in this case but a nice puzzling experience.

 
Orsi Level 7.3.3.2.3 burr in a cage Orsi Level 7.3.3.2.3 burr in a cage


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There are 6 identical pieces shaped like "U" with wings a that top.  These pieces are interwoven in a symmetrical pattern to fit inside the cage.  To remove the pieces you'll need to complete the unique level 7.3.3.2.3 solution.
Designed in July 2013 by Tamás Vanyó from Hungary.  

 
Hourglass Osanori Yamamoto level 11.6.3.3 frame burr Hourglass Osanori Yamamoto level 11.6.3.3 frame burr


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The puzzle consists of single plane frame and 4 identical pieces. Some part of the pieces are actually made from the same wood as the frame and so when assembled they actually look like part of a larger frame.
With the right sequence of moves, level 11.6.3.3, and even rotational moves in the correct place, you can get all 4 pieces out of the frame.   There is only 1 possible solution.  Rotational moves do not mean force.  A rotational move means get the piece or pieces in the correct spot and there will be plenty of space to rotate.

 
Spare Parts - Stewart Coffin design #242 Spare Parts - Stewart Coffin design #242


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented by Rosemary Howbrigg.  Designed and made by Stewart Coffin.

We have a very small quantity of these puzzles which Stewart made for the IPP Exchange only.  Spare Parts is #242 in Stewarts numbering system and Stewart has written in pencil "242 STC 2013" on each puzzle.

The puzzle come assembled in a six bar solution. In itself this puzzle is not trivial to assemble.  The stated goal is to add the 3 spare pieces to this puzzle to form a new symmetric assembly. The new assembly has 4 fold symmetry and 5 axes of symmetry. 

In layman's terms - use all the pieces and fill all the holes with all the dowels and end up with a symmetric shape.

 
P Burr unique solution level 18.2 burr Assembled P Burr unique solution level 18.2 burr Assembled


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented by Grant Smith.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

This puzzle was invented in September 2011 by Junichi Yananose.   It has 6 different pieces and is a unique level 18.2 burr.  With only 6 pieces this means that on average each piece has got to move 3 times to assemble it into the correct shape.  The Coming of Age MkII had 18 pieces and was a level 19 burr;  at the time it was invented it was the most moves for a burr puzzle.  This shows just how far burrs have come in the past 10 years or so.  To top it off this puzzle has a unique solution too!

Our Rating 10/10 from the disassembled puzzle (without using BurrTools). The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution drawn by Junichi.

You are choosing to receive the puzzle assembled.  Good value considering he's just spent the last hour putting only 4 together WITH the solution.  Let's hope he gets better at it!
You may have the puzzle for $3 less if you want to assemble it yourself.  Quite a challenge though!  Click here to buy.  Never the less, this puzzle is a significant challenge even just to take apart.

 
Kumiki Airlines level 13.4 burr Kumiki Airlines level 13.4 burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Presented by Brian Young.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

The plane is incorrectly assembled and can’t possibly fly like this. You need to take the puzzle apart and reassemble it to make it more aerodynamic. To do that on reassembly you’ll have to solve the level 13.4 multiple move burr.

Good Bon Voyage present.  Plenty of time to play with puzzles on the plane flight!

Our Rating 8/10 because the puzzle is already in an unsolved state (without using BurrTools). The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution drawn by Junichi.

 
P Burr unique solution level 18.2 burr Disassembled P Burr unique solution level 18.2 burr Disassembled


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented by Grant Smith.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

This puzzle was invented in September 2011 by Junichi Yananose.   It has 6 different pieces and is a unique level 18.2 burr.  With only 6 pieces this means that on average each piece has got to move 3 times to assemble it into the correct shape.  The Coming of Age MkII had 18 pieces and was a level 19 burr;  at the time it was invented it was the most moves for a burr puzzle.  This shows just how far burrs have come in the past 10 years or so.  To top it off this puzzle has a unique solution too!

Our Rating 10/10 from the disassembled puzzle (without using BurrTools). The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution drawn by Junichi.

You are choosing to receive the puzzle disassembled.  Brave!  It's evil.  Brian was actually thinking of a different four letter word to describe it but this is a public place!
It is also available at a small additional cost of $3 already assembled for you.  Good value considering he's just spent the last hour putting only 4 together WITH the solution.  Let's hope he gets better at it!  Click here to buy.  This puzzle is a significant challenge even just to take apart.

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Stepping Burr level 10 burr Stepping Burr level 10 burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented by Lambert Bright.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

This puzzle was invented in January 2012 by Junichi Yananose.   It has 6 different pieces and is a unique level 10 burr.  The finished shape is very attractive with the two toned wood but having these two different colours does not give any clues to the solution.

Our Rating 9/10 from the disassembled puzzle (without using BurrTools). The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution drawn by Junichi.  Sold DISASSEMBLED.

 
Brace Yourself 6 piece burr Brace Yourself 6 piece burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented and Designed by Frans de Vreugd.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

Frans had the stated object of making a six piece burr which looks slightly different than you are used to. To give you a heads-up we have at least given you a photo of the assembled puzzle but it is sold in it's unsolved state to give maximum puzzle challenge. 

Our Rating 7/10 from the disassembled puzzle (without using BurrTools).  The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution.
Sold DISASSEMBLED.

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Pylon 2P2C 2 piece 2 column frame puzzle Pylon 2P2C 2 piece 2 column frame puzzle


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The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 3 piece framed burr.

Designed recently by Turkish designer Yavuz Demirhan in early 2013 this puzzle is unlike the type of framed burr you might be used to doing.

The frame is made of two towers fixed on a base and the puzzle has 2 congruent pieces that can be removed and reinserted into the frame. 

There are 4 possible assemblies but just one solution which is a level 9.9.  That means that it will take 9 moves to remove the first piece then another 9 to remove the second piece.

 
Four in the Vice frame type burr Four in the Vice frame type burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented by Frans de Vreugd. Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia. Designed by Stéphane Chomine.
Only 200 of these puzzles ever made. 100 sent to IPP32 for the Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange. 100 for sale exclusively on this website.
ONLY 12 left!
 

The puzzle is to assemble the 6 pieces so that you make what looks like a framed burr. The Vice comes in two pieces and then the 4 other pieces intersect in two directions through it.   We've presented the puzzle disassembled which raises the difficulty level. Whilst at the same time being just 6 pieces the challenge to solve is not unrealistic. Nevertheless it will be hard to do without resorting to the solution.
Sold DISASSEMBLED.

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Columnata 2P3C 2 piece 3 column frame puzzle Columnata 2P3C 2 piece 3 column frame puzzle


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The puzzle is to remove the 2 burr pieces from the frame.

Designed by Turkish designer Yavuz Demirhan in 2012 this puzzle is one of a number of versions of this very unusual type of burr with pieces inside a frame by this amazing new puzzle designer.

The frame is made of three towers fixed on a base and the puzzle has 2 congruent pieces that can be removed and reinserted into the frame. 

There are 6 possible assemblies but just one solution which is a level 12.5.  That means that it will take 12 moves to remove the first piece then another 5 to remove the second piece.

 
Cockpit 3 piece framed burr Cockpit 3 piece framed burr


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The puzzle is to remove the 3 burr pieces from the cube frame and insert them again.

Designed recently by Japanese designer Osanori Yamamoto in early 2013 this puzzle has a very complex level 16.3 solution to solve it with a symmetrical colour pattern.

When the puzzle is completed with the symmetrical light colour bars in place on each face there is just one solution from possible assembles. If the colour pattern is ignored there are 2 solutions from 3 possible assemblies.

The level 16.3 solution means that it will take 16 moves to remove the first piece then another 3 to remove the second piece.

 
Coming of Age by Vinco Coming of Age by Vinco Out of Stock





Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2007
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire.  Made by Václav Obšívac.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5/5+
The puzzle is to assemble the six differently shaped pieces into this very complex interlocking burr.  This puzzle is one of the hardest that Vinco has ever invented and because of the way it has to be assembled it is not possible to solve this puzzle using a computer program.

 
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.

 
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

 
Mega Six 6 piece multiple move wood burr Standard Mega Six 6 piece multiple move wood burr Standard


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DIFFICULTY RATING 9 

The puzzle is to assemble the six piece burr. 

This puzzle really does show a case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover'.  It may look like other six piece burrs on the outside but it is DEFINITELY not.  The puzzle is incredibly more complicated than the commonly known six piece puzzle. This photo shows the Mega Six when it's about half way together or apart).  

Bill Cutler first used a computer program to analyse six piece burrs in 1974 but it took until 1990 to analyse all possible six piece burr combinations. 

Mega Six is the result of that search for the maximum number of moves for a six piece burr with a unique solution.  This does not mean it has a unique assembly, due to the number of internal voids.  In theory the pieces should fit together in 20 different ways however, the reality is that you can physically only put the puzzle together in one of the 20 assemblies.

Not only OUR hardest six piece burr but THE hardest six piece burr!

Covered by Australian Design Registration No 151844 and is made under license to Bill Cutler.

This puzzle is also available in our Craftsman Range in Jarrah, Blackbean or Silver Ash (Click here).

 
Free Pause 6 piece burr Free Pause 6 piece burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Osaka, Japan  July 2010
Presented by Frans de Vreugd.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by David Rousseau.

The object of the puzzle is to take the burr apart and reassemble it.  Just six pieces but beware it's a level 8.3.2.2;  that means it takes 8 moves to remove the first piece, then three more for the next piece, then two more, then two more before it will all fall apart.  The challenge is then to put it back together again.  There are 105 theoretical assemblies, otherwise known as false assemblies,  but only 1 of them can actually be put togetherFor an extra challenge the puzzle comes DISASSEMBLED. 

 
Diagonal Twins eleven piece interlocking puzzle Diagonal Twins eleven piece interlocking puzzle


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Helsinki, Finland, August 2005
Presented by Brian Young.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Stuart Gee.

The object of the puzzle is to disassemble the eleven pieces and reassemble them into the twin burrs.

An Aussie puzzle friend, Stuart Gee, found many interesting shapes could be made using square stock cut on a 45º diagonal whilst experimenting with puzzles made from folded paper pieces.   Click here to see some of Stuart's experimenting with paper pieces.

The puzzle is made from Red Silky Oak, a native Australian wood.

 
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.

 
Mega Six 6 piece multiple move wooden burr Craftsman Mega Six 6 piece multiple move wooden burr Craftsman


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DIFFICULTY RATING 9 

The puzzle is to assemble the six piece burr.

This puzzle really does show a case of 'don't judge a book by it's cover'.  It may look like other six piece burrs on the outside but it is DEFINITELY not.  The puzzle is incredibly more complicated than the commonly known six piece puzzle.

Bill Cutler first used a computer program to analyse six piece burrs in 1974 but it took until 1990 to analyse all possible six piece burr combinations. 

Mega Six is the result of that search for the maximum number of moves for a six piece burr with a unique solution.  This does not mean it has a unique assembly, due to the number of internal voids.  In theory the pieces should fit together in 20 different ways however, the reality is that you can physically only put the puzzle together in one of the 20 assemblies.

Not only OUR hardest six piece burr but THE hardest six piece burr!

Timber varieties:  1. Queensland Silver Ash 2. Queensland Blackbean  3. Western Australian Jarrah

As well as our Craftsman Range this puzzle is also available in our
Standard Range (Click here).

Covered by Australian Design Registration No 151844 and is made under license to Bill Cutler.

 
Dicey Box 12 piece wooden burr puzzle Dicey Box 12 piece wooden burr puzzle


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

The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 12 piece burr so that all the decorative routing is symmetrical.  The puzzle can go together in two different ways.   A very elegant design by Bill Darrah who is well known for designing very difficult puzzles.   As well as being a burr it is actually a box with an inside space of 45mm x 45mm x 45mm.

 
Elephant wooden interlocking burr puzzle Elephant wooden interlocking burr puzzle


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This 13 piece interlocking burr puzzle in the shape of an elephant has been made by Josef Pelikan since 1992. 
The level of difficulty is kept to medium because some of the pieces take on the obvious form of an elephant.  A truly beautiful piece of puzzle sculpture that would enhance anyone's puzzle collection.  This puzzle is finely crafted and shows the level of attention to detail that Pelikan is famous for, right down to the choice of wood to get the right colour for the right piece.

The Pelikan workshop uses a selection of both European woods including  maple, walnut, birch, ash, apple, pear, cherry, oak, beech, plum, and acacia as well as some more exotic woods like mahogany, ebony, begging, wenge, walnut, American, padank, rosewood, amaranth, Bubinga, owango, jarah, meranti, and iroko. 

 
Wausau '83 14 piece burr Wausau '83 14 piece burr


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 DIFFICULTY RATING 7

The object of the puzzle is to disassemble the 14 piece rectilinear burr.

This puzzle was designed by Bill Cutler in 1983 as a continuing part of his Wausau series of burrs.  There are 11 moves to remove the first piece from this puzzle.  Once the series was completed in 1984 Bill described this third puzzle in the series of four , Wausau '83, as the “best of the Wausau series”.

 
IPP wooden Burr 14 piece IPP wooden Burr 14 piece


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Tokyo, JAPAN,  August 2001
Designed, made and presented by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle.

Brian created a working model of the IPP logo created by Gianni Sarcone in 1999.
It has 14 interlocking pieces and takes 13 directional moves to remove the first piece.

The puzzle is a completely new design invented by Brian Young for IPP.  

The puzzle is presented in Queensland Silver Ash timber. A permanent ink is used to colour the IPP logo.                                                                                         

 
SEARious Burr 13 piece burr with secret lock SEARious Burr 13 piece burr with secret lock


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Chicago, USA,  August 2003
Another completely new design by Brian Young.

The puzzle is to take the SEARious burr apart.  Modelled on Chicago's tallest building, the Sears Tower, Brian created this 13 piece interlocking burr.  But it's so much more than just an interlocking burr;  incorporating the use of tools supplied as part of the puzzle it's biggest challenge is to open the secret lock.  It will take 13 steps to unlock the secret internal mechanism.   (The elegant solutions does not involve force, or banging, or hitting against another surface).

Considering it has no gravity pins or magnets Brian considers it to be a very challenging puzzle.

Is 13 your lucky number? 

 
Wausau '82 13 piece burr Wausau '82 13 piece burr


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 DIFFICULTY RATING 8

The object of the puzzle is to dissassemble the 13 piece rectilinear burr.  

This puzzle was designed by Bill Cutler in 1982 as part of his Wausau series of burrs.  Prior to this he had worked mostly with the standard six piece burr but this series was an experiment in different patterns of rods along the 3 axes.   Bill describes this second puzzle in the series, Wausau '82,  as one of his favourite designs, saying it uses a lock picking technique.

 
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DIFFICULTY RATING 7

Two of the most popular puzzles ever made and sold in the world have been used to make this unique puzzle.  The puzzle is to assemble both the Soma Cube and the six piece diagonal burr at the same time.

Entrant IPP Design Competition 2004.
Clck here to see a photo of the puzzle apart.
Click here to read article from French puzzle magazine.

 

 


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