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Looking for something extra special for Dad for Christmas?  Exceptional woodwork as well as a significant challenge for His birthday? You won't just find innovative and exquisite puzzles on this page, you'll also find groups of puzzles put together in discounted sets to help your budget stretch further.

 




Plus-Cross tricky 6 piece puzzle Plus-Cross tricky 6 piece puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5

First, try to disassemble the six pieces.  All six pieces are the same.  Once you've done that you'll now have the challenge to put it together again.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #1 Karakuri checkered cube box #1


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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 1 in the series and it is made from the wood of the Zelkova serrata tree (a type of Elm) called Keyaki and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm
Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 35mm

The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
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.

 
Tibetan Puzzle Padlock Tibetan Puzzle Padlock


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Fish Lock



This puzzle is a fully functioning and great looking decorative puzzle lock.  A very solid and strong padlock made from brass with either a standard or antique finish to choose from.

You get two keys with each puzzle lock but where to put them to open it?  And even when you find where to insert the key why does it still not open?

 
Checking In checkerboard packing tray puzzle Checking In checkerboard packing tray puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - London, England.  August 2014
Presented by Jerry Slocum.  Designed by Stewart Coffin.   Made by Mr Puzzle.

The puzzle is to fit all eight different, including the spare piece packaged at the back of the frame, inside the frame, in a checkered pattern.  Yes, they do all fit inside the square frame, no force, no trick!

An original Stewart Coffin design, numbered STC223, not previously made.

 
Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step


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To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding panels hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   There are 10 separate moves or 10 steps to open this box.
A fantastic way to prolong the excitement of giving a gift.  Imagine Dad on Father's Day or you brother at Christmas trying to open this trick opening puzzle box.

Size: 4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 120mm x 83mm x 52mm
Space inside: 80mm x 63mm x 38mm

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. 

 
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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Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr Crystal 2 unique solution interlocking burr Out of Stock





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.  

 
Lock 250 puzzle lock by Jean Claude Constantin Lock 250 puzzle lock by Jean Claude Constantin


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Designed by Jean Claude Constantin this puzzle is called Lock 250 because there are 250 moves to open... that means another 250 moves to close again.  And that's only if you get them all correct!   The 4 steel sliders on the front move the internal wooden plates of the puzzles and which slider you can move depends on the position of the internal plates.
The puzzle is made from laser cut plywood and the outside is veneered.
We also have the HUGE Generation Lock in stock here at Mr Puzzle with 8 sliders and many, many more moves to solve.

 
Keep I on the Burr 6 piece burr Keep I on the Burr 6 piece burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - London, England.  August 2014
Presented by Karst Nauta.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

The shape of the final solution is in the name 'Keep I in the Burr' and you do really have to keep an eye on those pieces.

This 6 piece burr is sold assembled.  The puzzle is hard enough with a number of tricky moves to discover while taking it apart.  It will be hard enough to remember them to help you reassemble it, giving it to you apart would just be downright mean!
There are at least 12 moves before the pieces of the puzzle literally just fall apart and in some of those cases many of the pieces move at the same time.
 

 
Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze


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Two start positions. Two balls to get out of the maze. A double maze designed by Jean Claude Constantin to give you double the puzzle fun (and double the trouble!).

Move the two balls around the maze using the two gear wheels.  You need to consider the moves carefully because the gears are meshed together so every move on one gear will also move the other.

A great present for those engineering minded people (or those who think they are!) in your life.
Made from laser cut veneered plywood with perspex cover and so you can see all the workings of the maze; like all puzzles by Jean Claude Constantin the puzzle as a brilliant design with very high quality finish.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
All Five - Wayne Daniel designed 5 platonic solids All Five - Wayne Daniel designed 5 platonic solids


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Designed by Wayne Daniel in 2005 this puzzle includes all five of the Patonic Solids.  When disassembled all pieces are either a Platonic Solid or can be combined with other pieces for form a Platonic Solid.  When assembled only the Icosahedron on the outside is visible. 
Pieces:  A tiny Octahedron; a Tetrahedron;  a Hexahedron;  a Dodecahedron and finally the Icosahedron on the outside.  In all 5 puzzles in 1. A total of 37 pieces. 

 
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.

 
Japanese trick box 4 Sun 21 Step Japanese trick box 4 Sun 21 Step


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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.   Even the bottom and top panels move with this one.  There are 21 separate moves or 21 steps to open this trick opening puzzle box. Just the thing if you really want a challenge.  Or what a way to prolong the gift giving if the person has to find all these moves to get their present. 

Size: 4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 119mm x 83mm x 52mm
Space inside: 73mm x 60mm x 32mm

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. 

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


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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). 

 
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. 

 
The Cuckoo Nest Puzzle #21 The Cuckoo Nest Puzzle #21


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6 hexagonal sticks & 6 dowels.
Five stick-dowel pairs joined to form 5 different elbows. 7 pieces in total.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
TV wooden packing puzzle TV wooden packing puzzle


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The puzzle is to pack the seven pieces into the retro television set frame.  An interesting 3D packing puzzle with one fixed cube to limit the possible solutions.  This puzzle is not only a 3D packing puzzle but has an interesting step to disasssemble.

The puzzle was designed by Viteslav Krejci in 2008 and made in the workshops of Pelikan using 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. 

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


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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.

 
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.  

 
Washington Monument sequential discovery puzzle Washington Monument sequential discovery puzzle


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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.

 
Japanese Puzzle House small 7 move secret box Japanese Puzzle House small 7 move secret box Out of Stock





This very beautifully made puzzle box is in the shape of a house. There are 7 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 120mm x 75mm  Height: 93mm
Space inside: 43mm x 45mm and the height at the apex of the roof is 57mm

 
Cube After Party interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Cube After Party interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart; putting them back together will be even harder to do.  

The shape is symmetrical in length of it’s diagonal axis but there are two different sized sides.   You end up with this shape that looks a bit like an out of square cube.  A Crazy Cube! A Cube after it’s been to a party!

The stocks of these new coordinated motion puzzles are very limited and we do not know if Vinco will be making more of these particular puzzles in the future.

 
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”.

 
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? 

 
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.                                                                                         

 
Dovetail Apple trick opening puzzle Dovetail Apple trick opening puzzle Out of Stock





The objective of the puzzle is to separate the two halves of the apple. 

A beautiful example of an impossible dovetail, made for generations in wood, but being precision made in aluminum you can't beat the accuracy.

Once you open it you'll discover a nice lock, not too difficult and space inside to put a small ring.  It must be a ring because like any other apple it has a core; but there's a space around the core.  An alternative to a more traditional puzzle box to present a ring.

Size: Diameter of the apple is 33mm.  Maximum outside diameter of ring inside is 25mm.  Diameter of the apple core is 12mm.
The puzzle is very precisely made from anodised aluminum and the attention to detail even includes a small aluminum stalk. The red apples have a matt finish and the green apples have a more glossy finish.

 
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.

 
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: http://www.puzzlemad.co.uk/2011/11/gold-coast-parking-meter.html 

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.

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


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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.

 
Set of 3 Bolaris sliding ball puzzles Harmaa Vastavari & Domino Set of 3 Bolaris sliding ball puzzles Harmaa Vastavari & Domino


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Set of 3 standard Bolaris 3D sliding block puzzles.  Harmaa. Vastavari. Domino.   SAVE $1.50 off each puzzle.

The rectangular pieces can be slid around one triangular corner one-by-one.  The  frame consists of  static (solid) triangular corners and the grooves between them. The rectangle parts slide easily in the grooves, one part at a time.

 
Bicone 2 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Bicone 2 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle


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Bicone 2 woods



Top 10 Vote Getter – Puzzlers’ Award at the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2010

Difficulty 5/5
The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together will surely be even harder.   The fit is so precise that even identifying the four separate pieces is a challenge in itself.

The puzzle has four different but very complex pieces that go together in a very precise fit to form the beautiful checkered pattern double cone shape. The puzzle starts out as a cube before Vinco turns it into the bicone.  Can you see it?  It's actually easier to visualise when it's in it's cube box.  

Size:  120mm tip to tip  Choose from wood: Plum and Maple or Walnut and Maple Finish: waxed and polished

 
Set of 12 Wire Puzzles Set of 12 Wire Puzzles


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Difficulty ranges from 4/10 to 8/10

Test your patience.... Get all 12 different wire puzzles for the price of 10.  You get not just one but TWO puzzle for FREE.

 
Insoma wooden burr puzzle Insoma wooden burr puzzle Out of Stock





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.

 
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

 
Bicone 6 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Swirl pattern Bicone 6 interlocking coordinated motion puzzle Swirl pattern


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Bicone woods



Difficulty 5/5
The challenge is take the four piece puzzle apart.  If you manage that then putting it back together will surely be even harder.   The fit is so precise that even identifying the four separate pieces is a challenge in itself.

The puzzle has four different but very complex pieces that go together in a very precise fit to form the beautiful swirl pattern double cone shape. The puzzle starts out as a cube before Vinco turns it into the bicone.  Can you see it?  It's actually easier to visualise when it's in it's cube box.  

Size:  130mm tip to tip  Choose from wood: Plum and Maple (reddish wood) or Walnut and Maple (brown wood) Finish: waxed and polished

 

 


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