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telboxsmall.jpgNot one of the regular Hordern or Slocum puzzle classification categories the term Sequential Discovery puzzle has been heard more and more recently.  It certainly one of Brian's favourites both to design and when solving other people's designs.

The category refers to a sub group of Take Apart puzzles. 
The key difference between a sequential discovery puzzle and other take apart puzzles is that you will remove pieces that will have to be re-used as tools or reinserted to advance like this one.  They are very specialised puzzles where you will need to complete a number of challenges in a particular order to do the puzzle.  Usually you will have to find tools within, and determine how to use them, to complete the puzzle.

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Enigma Cannonball cast take apart puzzle Enigma Cannonball cast take apart puzzle


Difficulty - Hard close to Extreme
The puzzle is to remove the cannonball from this curious brass cannon.  This is one of a group of Take Apart puzzles that some refer to as Progressive Move puzzles. There is no simple, single move, straighforward solution.

The puzzles are a budget line made in Taiwan but we can assure customers that every one of these puzzles has been taken apart by us, checked by us, and assembled correctly to ensure they are working in the way of the intended solution.

Secret-Box: Pandora sequential discovery Secret-Box: Pandora sequential discovery


The puzzle is to open the box.  

Not a normal puzzle box of the ilk of a traditional Japanese puzzle box, this box is completely different.  It is actually a sequential discovery puzzle.  You need to find and use tools contained in the puzzle to advance to the next step until you can eventually open the box.

This a multi-step opening box is the latest design by Jürgen Reiche.  Jürgen says you'll need both your head and your hands to discovery the mystery of this one!

Size of box: 115mm x 76mm x 60mm
There might look like there should be a lot of space inside this box. But the only usable space is the specially marked "Card Storage" compartment.  The other space inside the box is used in the solving of the puzzle and how the mechanism work.

Difficulty Level 6 stars out of 7.  A very hard puzzle!


Washington Monument sequential discovery puzzle Washington Monument sequential discovery puzzle


Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented, made and designed by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia
Awarded 3rd Prize for Themed Puzzle Award

There’s Red, While & Blue on the flags. There’s the White monument on a Red base. Can you find the other Blue?
If you keep searching you’ll find it inside the puzzle.
And we’re not referring to the use of “blue” language or going “blue” in the face (excuse our Aussie slang) with frustration.

The object of the puzzle is to unlock and open it, find the blue, close and relock it. You’ll have solved the puzzle when you can complete these two stages.

First stage
Lock all gravity pins inside the round base of the obelisk so they do not move.
This will allow you to remove the obelisk from the base.
If you open the puzzle by chance then the gravity pins will still move freely; this is not the intended solution. The first stage is not completed until the gravity pins are locked inside the round base.

Second stage
Unlock the gravity pins so they flow freely again. This allows you to lock the obelisk back in the square base.
You could find that relocking the puzzle might be more challenging than unlocking it was.

All the tools you’ll require to do the puzzle are given with the puzzle.
The puzzle we’ve presented is a representation of the Washington Monument, right down to the lightening rod in the top, which can come out, so be careful not to lose it. You’ll more than likely need it to complete the puzzle.

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


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? 

A Plugged Well sequential discovery puzzle A Plugged Well sequential discovery puzzle


Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented by Matthew Dawson. Designed and made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle.

The challenge is to work your way through the puzzle to find the barrel of oil.

You've inherited this oil well from Uncle Bubba who plugged it in a very tricky way back in the 1960's when oil was selling for under $3 a barrel. With oil now over $100 a barrel the challenge is to unplug the well. You'll know you've got the oil flowing again when you find the barrel of oil. Can you pitch your wits against Uncle Bubba and work out how he plugged the well?

You will have to discover a range of tools and work out how to use them, some are very well disguised, to reach the final goal.
No physical force at all is required to open the drawer when it’s unlocked. If you find yourself forcing something you are doing something the puzzle was not designed to do.

Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle


Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - London, England.  August 2014
Presented by John Moores.  Designed by John Moores, Junichi Yananose & Brian Young. Made by Mr Puzzle.

This puzzle is part of the category of puzzles known as Progressive Move or sometimes called Sequential Discovery.

The puzzle is designed in such a way that each discovery you make entices you further into the puzzles, to discover the next sequence or level, getting steadily more difficult as you go.

The object of the puzzle is to ultimately find Big Ben (which is this case is actually quite small, otherwise the puzzle would be almost as big as the real Queen Elizabeth Tower).  Along the way you will also find a representation of Queen Elizabeth's crown; no jewels included though!To do this you may only allowed to use tools supplied in the puzzle.  There are magnets and springs in the puzzle, but you do not need to hit this puzzle to release any locks.  

For an recent review of this puzzle check PuzzleMad blog or google IPP Big Ben Puzzle.

Lotus sequential discovery puzzle Lotus sequential discovery puzzle Out of Stock

The object of the Lotus is to find the Lotus Flower.

To do this you need to remove an aluminum circular disc with a rod running through the centre. But if you think you've done the puzzle by then you're very much mistaken.

The Lotus is based on the Yen Puzzle which was invented by Wil back in 1979.  That puzzle had a wooden frame with a nail in it that held a Japanese Yen Coin.  This new puzzle is beautifully machined from anodised blue aluminum and has additional secrets not found in the original design.  Those secrets are where the puzzle gets it's name Lotus Flower and until you understand the reason for the name it can be said you have not solved the puzzle.

There are many, many step in this puzzle. Many small parts.  No banging, no tapping, no external tools, no force in any way;  just enjoy the puzzle and find the secrets of the Lotus Flower.

The Egg progressive discovery puzzle The Egg progressive discovery puzzle


The goal is to take the EGG apart into two pieces;  some might say "break" the egg.  But to do it you don't need to break anything.  No force, no banging, no magnets.

Start with the egg standing on it's end.  From there you will need to discover the series of moves in order than can unlock the mechanism holding the two halves of the EGG together.  With each discovery there is just enough feedback for you to progress to the next challenge;  but not too much.   This is a very difficult puzzle. 

Size: 95mm tall and 72mm round. 

The puzzle is very solidly made from anodised pink aluminum with a matt texture and the engineering of parts both inside and out is of excellent quality.  The name of the puzzle and its individual number engraved on the front and Wil's signature engraved on the bottom of the egg.  
Each egg is individually numbered and numbers have been issued randomly by Wil so even though number 190 shows in the photo there's every chance it will not be the number of the puzzle you receive. 

The First Box sequential discovery puzzle The First Box sequential discovery puzzle


This is the improved metal version of the first puzzle box Wil designed back in 1984.  But in reality this is a sequential discovery puzzle not a puzzle box as most understand a puzzle box to be.

The puzzle is to remove the gold annodised metal rod inside.  To do this you do not need any tapping, no magnets and no external tools. Everything you need to solve the puzzle can be found inside the puzzle itself. The puzzle is made more difficult because you cannot see anything inside the box as you're solving it.

When you start the puzzle you can see into the hole in the bottom of the box that the gold anodised metal rod has a sad face on the end.  You'll have done the puzzle when you've removed the rod and put it back so that you can look into the bottom of the box and see a smiley face on the rod.

An elegant solution.  This means that no element of luck is necessary to solve the puzzle.  It can be solved at will with distinct and definite moves.

Gold Coast Parking Meter puzzle Gold Coast Parking Meter puzzle Out of Stock

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

The object is to get the 10c inside the parking meter.  Make sure you reassemble the parking meter with the 10c correctly inside.
Getting money out of a parking meter is usually illegal so please don't try to do that with this puzzle!

The puzzle does not easily slot into one of the regular Hordern or Slocum categories so we have called it a Sequential-Discovery puzzle. Yes, it is a Take-Apart puzzle. It is also a Put-Together puzzle. There are a number of different challenges you will have to complete to do the puzzle. No external tools are necessary for disassembly or reassembly of the puzzle, although you will have to find tools within, and determine how to use them, to complete the puzzle.

You can reassemble the puzzle in reverse using all the tools the same as when you took it apart. But there is a way of using one of the tools in a slightly different way to create an easier assembly. The puzzle will still be able to be disassembled the original way. See if you can find it...

Puzzle made from Yellow Leichhardt.  Stand made from Mackay Cedar.  Yellow Leichhardt was used because of it's distinctive bright yellow colour to try to match the golden colour that parking meters on the Gold Coast are painted. 
Size: 160mm x 30mm x 80mm.

Independant review of this puzzle: 

Click this link to view some photos from IPP27 Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange. Brian generally stives to theme puzzles relating to where IPP is being held and because he was close to home this year he was able to go "all out" by having Sophie, a Gold Coast Meter Maid, as his very capable (and popular) exchange assistant.

Meter Maids were first seen in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in 1965 to try to help beat the bad image created by the installation of parking meters.  Gorgeous girls in gold bikinis fed coins into expired parking meters to prevent tourists from being fined, causing quite a controversy at the time.  They are still seen in Surfers today although they are generally hired by local businesses these days.



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