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Karakuri small puzzle box #8 Karakuri small puzzle box #8


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This puzzle was originally designed by Akio Kamei for the IPP16 Puzzle Exchange event held in Luxembourg in 1996.  Back then he called it 3D Box.   The puzzle continues to be made at the Karakuri Creation Group and is as tricky as ever even now!

This puzzle box is quite different looking to others in the set;  and although its not the most difficult its mechanism is quite different too and so a must for any collector of Kamei designs.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Keyaki (the Japanese word for the wood from the Zelkova tree; part of the Elm family) and Walnut woods.

Size outside: 58mm x 58mm x 58mm    A solution is provided.

 
4 sun 9 Step Koyosegi money box 4 sun 9 Step Koyosegi money box


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To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding pieces hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   There are nine moves to open this box and discover the coin slot opening to insert your money.  Master the sliding moves and then keep you money in this money box;  it'll be safe for sure!

Size:  4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)   Size outside: 112mm x 80mm x 52mm  Size inside: 82mm x 60mm x 36mm
Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here.

 
5 Sun 35 +1 step Kirichigae puzzle box 5 Sun 35 +1 step Kirichigae puzzle box


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To open this Japanese puzzle box you must slide hidden panels in order.  There are 35 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.  A great way to prolong the anticipation of gift giving!

The wood pattern of this box is called Kirichigae.

The is a 5 Sun box.   Sun is the traditional unit of measure to denote length - 3.03cm to be exact - of these secret opening puzzle boxes.
Size outside: 150mm x 95mm x 68mm
Size inside: 100mm x 75mm x 42mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 85mm x 30mm x 3mm

 

 
5 Sun 21 +1 Step Akaasa Japanese puzzle box 5 Sun 21 +1 Step Akaasa Japanese puzzle box


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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.  A great way to prolong the anticipation of gift giving!

The wood pattern of this box is called Akaasa.

This is a 5 Sun box.   Sun is the traditional unit of measure to denote length - 3.03cm to be exact - of these secret opening puzzle boxes.
Size outside: 150mm X 107mm X 68mm 
Size inside: 100mm x 75mm x 42mm
Space inside extra compartment is really only for paper or coins or something like that. Size: 85mm x 30mm x 3mm
The puzzle box comes gift boxes in a pressboard box with lid and a solution is provided.

 
Tritalon remove the coin puzzle Tritalon remove the coin puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the coin out of the triangular frame and put it back in place again.

The puzzle is not hugely difficult but Brian has confidence in saying that you probably won't have another puzzle that looks and acts like this one in your collection and therefore it could easily trick you up for a while.

 
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. 

 
Box Packing with pieces that clamp around the frame Box Packing with pieces that clamp around the frame


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A very unusual design for a packing puzzle.  The pieces hook around the outside of the box like clamps as well as using the space inside the box.  This restricts the movement and makes a unique solution.   First problem is to unpack the pieces from within the box; in itself a difficult level 8.4.3 interlocked puzzle.  Once you have the pieces out its hard to keep track of which one is which;  unusual shapes that are similar but quite different.

 
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. 

 
iBall 3 interactive memory game iBall 3 interactive memory game


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The iball 3 might turn out to be the 21st equivalent of the Rubik Cube.  No twisting and rotating.  Its an electronic brainteaser.  Definitely requires good memory, and good reflexes too, to master hitting the buttons in the correct order.  Very good brain training!
Set all six buttons to the same colour.  Each button can light up in one of three colours.  Easy?  Certainly not if you want to advance to the next level. You'll need to do it in under 20 seconds. 

 
Magic Wands metal interlocked puzzle Magic Wands metal interlocked puzzle


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Difficulty - Hard to Extreme
The puzzle is to remove the wands from their box then put them evenly back in again.  Each rod has notches that must line up exactly so that nothing obstructs the holes and the next wand is allowed to slide in.

 
Chocolate Box 7 piece packing puzzle Chocolate Box 7 piece packing puzzle


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Enjoy chocolate without the calories.   The Chocolate Box is a clever puzzle with two layers of 20 chocolate pieces that are in 7 blocks of different shapes.
Fit the seven pieces of chocolate inside the frame to make the full bar.

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Six Magic Blocks 9 piece multi challenge packing puzzle Six Magic Blocks 9 piece multi challenge packing puzzle


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The puzzle consists of 6 blocks of irregular shape with a small peg hole in each, and 3 small pegs. The puzzle is solved when all the six blocks are fitted into the rectangular base in two layers.

 
Tower of Hanoi n-ary puzzle Tower of Hanoi n-ary puzzle


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The objective of the puzzle is to move the entire stack of disks and the ball on top to another rod, obeying the following simple rules:
1.Only one disk may be moved at a time.
2.Each move consists of taking the upper disk from one of the stacks and placing it on top of another stack.
3.No disk may be placed on top of a smaller disk or the ball.

Mathematically this is a type of "n-ary" puzzle meaning each move has "n" number of state - in this case 2 states being binary.  Read more about n-ary puzzles and see others we have here.

 
Oskar's Free the Key maze Oskar's Free the Key maze


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The object of the puzzle is to insert the key in the keyhole and put it on all the way up to the handle of the key.  And then take it off again.
Some of the teeth on the key are too tall to go though the slits in the disk.  So you may have to turn the key (or the disk) and move the disk up and down the key to navigate the maze to do this.
The puzzle was invented by Oskar van Deventer.

 
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.

 
Downunder 6 piece packing puzzle Downunder 6 piece packing puzzle


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The puzzle is to fit the T piece into the frame.  But how to all six pieces beneath the clear acrylic cover? This puzzle is a very deceptive new design in 2013 by Jürgen Reiche.
The puzzle also comes with the new "anti slide" puzzle that challenges you to pack each combination of 6 pieces in the frame so they cannot slide;  then 5, 4 and even 3. 
The puzzle is made from clear acrylic and laser cut plywood and the outside is veneered.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #4 Karakuri checkered cube box #4


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The Karakuri Creation Group's woodworking skills are very well known and the finish on these boxes is extremely high.  The action to open each box is very smooth.  They have used a different contrasting colour with the light Maple wood for each of the four designs so you can tell them apart.

Each of the four have different opening mechanisms to give you a range of challenges.  They are not designed for you to progress from one to the other.  They are quite separate challenges.

The is puzzle number 4 in the series and it is made from Tagayasan and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm  Space inside: 35mm x 35mm x 35mm with a much smaller restricted opening.
The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #3 Karakuri checkered cube box #3


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The Karakuri Creation Group's woodworking skills are very well known and the finish on these boxes is extremely high.  The action to open each box is very smooth.  They have used a different contrasting colour with the light Maple wood for each of the four designs so you can tell them apart.

Each of the four have different opening mechanisms to give you a range of challenges.  They are not designed for you to progress from one to the other.  They are quite separate challenges.

The is puzzle number 3 in the series and it is made from Walnut and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm  Space inside: 25mm x 30mm x 40mm
The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #2 Karakuri checkered cube box #2


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The is puzzle number 2 in the series and it is made from Karin and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm
Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 30mm

The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 

 


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