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LOGO.gifMany of the puzzles made by Mr Puzzle Australia are not available anywhere else in the world!

This category includes many EXCLUSIVE designs developed over the past 20 years by Mr Puzzle Australia.  There are also a number of puzzles we make under licence to the original designer which are not being made by any other manufacturer.

 

 




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.

 
P & L packing puzzle P & L packing puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Berlin, Germany August, 2011
Presented by Grant Smith. Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia. Designed by Junichi Yananose.

Pack the P's and L's in the frame so that only "IPP31" is visible when completed. The puzzle comes unsolved to give you the full packing challenge.

 
The Karst Phenomenon cube puzzle The Karst Phenomenon cube puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Karst Nauta.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Karst Nauta.

The puzzle is to separate the two halves of the cube.  To solve this puzzle you need to employ a technique where you try to map the paths of the numerous gravity pins inside that hold the two halves together.   It might come apart by accident if you play with it long enough but it will be very difficult to learn this puzzle by heart

 
Get Hooked  puzzle on wood stand Get Hooked puzzle on wood stand


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DIFFICULTY RATING 3

The puzzle is to remove the nails from their stand and separate the nails.
Click here to see this and other nail puzzles on one stand on the puzzle called Another Nailbiter.

This puzzle was designed by Brian in early 1998 and is EXCLUSIVE to Mr Puzzle Australia. It is covered by Australian Design No 138325.

 
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.

 
The Cube wooden packing puzzle The Cube wooden packing puzzle


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

The object of the puzzle is to make a cube with the given pieces.  Not your usual 3x3 cube; a very entertaining puzzle.

Puzzle made from cedar stained Radiata.
Size: 90mm x 90mm x 45mm (pieces made from 20mm x 20mm stock)

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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? 

 
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.

 
Boston Tea Chest wooden puzzle Boston Tea Chest wooden puzzle


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Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Boston, USA, August 2006
Presented by Brian Young.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Brian Young.

The object of the puzzle is find the T inside the Boston Tea Chest.

You will have to disassemble the burr to find it.
Brian got the idea behind this puzzle from an old Phillipe Dubois puzzle. The T shaped pieces were originally two sets of mirror reversed triplets. He changed these pieces to ensure they were all different, giving it a unique solution, now separating on one axis only.  Brian also added a locking mechanism that will ensure the puzzle is more difficult to disassemble.

 
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.

 
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. 

 
Sputnik Returns 9 piece wooden puzzle Sputnik Returns 9 piece wooden puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Brian Young.  Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia.  Designed by Brian Young.

Sputnik Returns from the stars, 50 years on.....
Your challenge is to disassemble and reassemble the 9 charred remaining pieces of the new Sputnik puzzle. When properly assembled one of the three surviving antennas is fixed and the other two move freely in and out 30mm.

 
Groovy Cubes 8 piece cube puzzle Groovy Cubes 8 piece cube puzzle


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DIFFICULTY RATING 7

The puzzle is to build a solid cube from the eight pieces. Rick Eason invented this puzzle and presented it as his Exchange Puzzle at IPP24  in Tokyo in 2004 and it is with his kind permission that we make this puzzle.   All eight pieces of the puzzle are different which increases the degree of difficulty of the puzzle.  To achieve the only possible correct solution you must find the unique combination of dovetails and grooves, and the correct order to assemble them, that allows the pieces to fit together to form the solid cube.

 
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.

 
SOLD OUT Telephone Box sequential discovery & packing puzzle SOLD OUT Telephone Box sequential discovery & packing puzzle N/A





There are no Telephone Boxs left now as at 18th February 2013.  In total just 45 have been made.
Entrant IPP Design Competition 2007

The first puzzle is to open the telephone box to allow you to have fun with the packing puzzle inside; its a sequential discovery puzzle in it's own right.

To open the telephone box you will need to solve a series of puzzle locks; three locks in all and each has a number of steps to it. To do this you need to find the required tools, and work out how to use them, to open the door.

The three dimensional packing puzzle inside has 12 pieces that spell the words TELEPHONE box. Its a difficult puzzle with a unique solution.

The box is a replica of a full size 1950's Queensland PMG telephone box.  We have one here at home which Brian has restored. For the IPP27 Giant Puzzle day pieces have been made from cardboard to make this same packing puzzle inside the real telephone box.

It's not just an ordinary puzzle box. Apart from the sequential discovery puzzling aspect and the use of ten different exotic Australian woods, this piece is a sculpture to be displayed as a piece of art in it's own right.

The dimensions are 115mm x 115mm x 225mm tall.
The telephone box is made from Sycamore wood.
The letters of the telephone box are made from other exotic Australian timbers:
T Blush Alder
E Grey Gum
L Queensland Blackbean
E Grey Gum
P Red Oak
H Brown Quondong
O Saffron Heart
N Flooded Gum
E Grey Gum
b Red Oak
o Black Wattle
x Blackbutt

A sneak peak into the open box; we don't want to give too much away.
telboxinside.jpg

 

 


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