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For that very special person who loves puzzles.  Choose from a number of very special collectible items, some Limited Editions.  There's also sets of puzzles at discounted rates.

 




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.

 
Aluminum Cross take apart puzzle Aluminum Cross take apart puzzle


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In 1980 the Dutch designer Wil Strijbos created his first puzzle and this is it. The Aluminum Cross. And it's design is still as unique and intriguing as when he first created it over 30 years ago.

At first you might think this is the same as other 'cross' puzzles you've seen before.  It's not!
You might also think it does not look very difficult to take it apart.  It is!
And once you have it apart you might think it will not be very difficult to put it back together.  It is!

Possibly the most intriguing thing about this puzzle is that even if you see the elements of the puzzle when it's apart the solution is not obvious.  Wil is so confident of this fact that the puzzle even comes with a photo showing the internal workings of the puzzle.  But he does not supply the solution.

 
First Cylinder take apart progressive move puzzle First Cylinder take apart progressive move puzzle


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The object of the puzzle is to open the cylinder.  As usual with Wil's designs, this is nowhere near as easy as it sounds!

And sound is important when solving this puzzle.  This puzzle does not give up it's secrets easily and like a lot of Wil's puzzles you are often working blind.

 
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

Gift boxed as shown in this photo with a solution inside.4 WALNUT.jpg

 

 
Eureka Puzzle 8 piece checkerboard puzzle Eureka Puzzle 8 piece checkerboard puzzle


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Designed by John Kirkman.   Made by Brian Young.  Put the 8 pieces in an 8x8 array in checkerboard pattern.  All pieces may be turned over but some are different on the reverse side. 

 
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

 

 
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

 
Set of all 4 Bolaris sliding block around a ball puzzles Set of all 4 Bolaris sliding block around a ball puzzles


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Set of all 4 Bolaris 3D sliding block puzzles.  Harmaa. Vastavari. Domino.  And includes special limited edition Maailma.  SAVE $2.00 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. 

 
Lotus sequential discovery puzzle Lotus sequential discovery puzzle


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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.

 
Set of 4 Karakuri checkered cube boxes Set of 4 Karakuri checkered cube boxes


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Buy all four different puzzle boxes for less.  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 puzzles are made from:

1. The wood of the Zelkova serrata tree (a type of Elm) called Keyaki and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple. Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 35mm
2.  Karin and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.  Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 30mm
3.  Walnut and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple. Space inside: 25mm x 30mm x 40mm
4.  Tagayasan and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.   Space inside: 35mm x 35mm x 35mm with a much smaller restricted opening.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm
Each puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
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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Generation Lock over 340 million moves Generation Lock over 340 million moves


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Designed by Jean Claude Constantin this puzzle is the big (VERY BIG) brother of the Lock 250 also available for sale at Mr Puzzle.  The 8 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.

Dr Goetz Schwandtner from Germany did an analysis of the number of moves to solve the puzzle and came up with over 340 million moves! 341 718 750 to be exact.  He has published his theory here.  He says that "assuming we employ a group of puzzlers willing to work full time on this lock, without holidays and in shifts, so that the solving is going on 24 hours a day, and 365 days a year, and on average 2 seconds per  move, this will take about 21.6 years".  A big thanks to Goetz for the analysis.

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


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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.

 
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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Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle


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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 http://www.puzzlemad.co.uk/2014/08/the-most-amazing-exchange-puzzle-in.html or google IPP Big Ben Puzzle.

 

 


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