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junichi.jpgJunichi is credited with designing some of the most interesting and complex, and therefore the most difficult, puzzles to solve ever created.  In 2007 he received an honourable mention at the International Design Competition awards for his Tornado Burr.

With that burr and others he's also given Brian some of his biggest headaches by designing some of the most difficult puzzles Brian's ever had to make!

Left: Puzzle friends. 
Brian Young, Dirk Weber and Junichi Yananose at IPP29 in San Francisco.
 

 

 

 




Black Hole Burr 3 piece burr Black Hole Burr 3 piece burr


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

Just three pieces to assemble around the black hole cube.  How hard can it be?  As many, many puzzle collectors know, surprisingly so when it's a Junichi Yananose design.
It may not be the hardest puzzle in the world but for a go Aha feeling it does not have to be.  And this one has it.  Aha!  Got it!  Never felt so good.

Puzzle sold disassembled for maximum puzzling enjoyment.

 
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.
 

 
Voyage to Terra Australis double sided packing puzzle Voyage to Terra Australis double sided packing puzzle


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

The puzzle uses the 12 different pentominoe pieces, printed on both sides with the outline of the Australian coastline. The object is to arrange the pieces in the frame so that the coastline is complete.

The pieces fit flat in the frame with no spare space similar to the 'unsolved' map you are given except that the solved coastline is a continuous line of the actual Australian continent. Pieces are printed on both sides so beware you may need to turn some over to find the correct solution.

Can you help Matthew Flinders fix his map of the Australian Coastline on his voyage to Terra Australis?

 
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 canít possibly fly like this. You need to take the puzzle apart and reassemble it to make it more aerodynamic. To do that on reassembly youíll 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.

 
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.

 
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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Stepping Burr level 10 burr Stepping Burr level 10 burr


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Narita, Japan  August 2013
Presented by Lambert Bright.  Designed by Junichi Yananose.  Made by Mr Puzzle.

This puzzle was invented in January 2012 by Junichi Yananose.   It has 6 different pieces and is a unique level 10 burr.  The finished shape is very attractive with the two toned wood but having these two different colours does not give any clues to the solution.

Our Rating 9/10 from the disassembled puzzle (without using BurrTools). The puzzle comes with a very clear step by step solution drawn by Junichi.  Sold DISASSEMBLED.

 
Hammerhead Vitex wood Burr Hammerhead Vitex wood Burr


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

The object of the puzzle is to assemble the 6 piece interlocking burr.  After he designed this level 5-4-2-2 burr Junichi described it as a mediocre level of difficulty; that translates to difficult for most other puzzlers. 
Sold DISASSEMBLED.

 
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.

 
SOLD OUT Burrliner Kruse complex Altekruse plated burr SOLD OUT Burrliner Kruse complex Altekruse plated burr N/A





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

The Burrliner Kruse is a 12 piece plated burr based on the Altekruse type burrs.

The puzzle is a completely new design by Junichi Yananose, who took his inspiration from the original and well-known Altekruse Puzzle. It was a 'by-product' of the analysis he did to create the Windmill Burr that we made in the 2010 Limited Edition series.

You can choose to have the burr sent assembled or apart. It's challenging to take apart (Level 4-2-3) but receiving it in pieces really makes it more tricky. If you're comfortable doing burrs this is still difficult but doable (and it comes with a very detailed printed solution if you get really stuck).

Junichi originally name it New Altekruse Type 04 but Karst named the puzzle as a reference to the historical inventor William Altekruse and to the International Puzzle Party in Berlin.

The puzzle is made from Australian Rose Alder.
Size: 100mm x 100mm x 100mm

 
SOLD OUT Woven Burr SOLD OUT Woven Burr N/A





LIMITED EDITION of 30 puzzles released December 2012

A completely new design in 2011; one of the first puzzles designed by Junichi since moving downunder!  With a unique 14-3-2-2-2 solution this is certainly one very difficult puzzle.

When he brought this design to work here at Mr Puzzle Brian immediately recognised it as a very special design and wanted to make it for Limited Edition.  This puzzle leant itself very well to the large format of Limited Edition; the shape of the pieces would be fragile if made smaller.

That was the start of the idea for this series, and what started as 1 ended up 5 very special burrs.

There are 6 pieces in the puzzle.  Each piece consists of two ĎSí shaped pieces joined at the ends.  Not all the ĎSí shapes are the same and not all of them run in the same direction.

With check-outs (notches) on different sides, all 6 pieces need to be interwoven together at the same time to assemble the puzzle.  It is by no measure interlocked like a standard burr. 

The final shape is symmetrical, but each piece is slightly offset to the opposing piece which makes it harder to focus on and visualise the final shape. 

Wood: Queensland Blackbutt with Queensland Blackbean inserts.
Size: 155mm x 155mm x 155mm
Weight: 1 kg including packaging

 
SOLD OUT Improved H Burr also called H Box Burr SOLD OUT Improved H Burr also called H Box Burr N/A





LIMITED EDITION of 30 puzzles released December 2012

The goal is to disassemble and reassemble the 12 H shaped pieces into an interlocked box.  All 12 pieces are slightly different to each other which makes the unique level 3-1-1-1-2-2 solution even more interesting to assemble.

Junichi conceived the original design in 1991 and Brian has always wanted to make the H burr as a Limited Edition puzzle but when making a prototype he discovered the original had a number of solutions, some easier than the one intended.

With Junichi working here over the past year it was a good opportunity to encourage him to rework the design. As a result the box burr was born by creating this unique solution H Burr.  The Jarrah (red wood) pieces were added to reduce the solutions to one only.  This then also makes the inside of the assembled shape a void, making it a box, effectively a puzzle box that can be completely disassembled.


Wood: Queensland Silver Ash (white wood) with Western Australian Jarrah inserts (red wood).
Size: 140mm x 140mm x 140mm
Weight: 1.5
kg including packaging

An amazing movement sees the H burr separating.

H Burr Junichi apart.jpg

 
SOLD OUT L Burr SOLD OUT L Burr N/A





LIMITED EDITION of 30 puzzles released December 2012

Junichi thinks the L Burr is one of his best designs ever; in his words ďone of the most diabolicalĒ.  Considering how many puzzles heís designed over the years (and weíre sure a few of those remain unsolved around the world) this is a big statement!

Itís only 4 moves to remove the first piece, but thatís when the fun starts. This puzzle has more twists and turns than you can imagine.

Back in 1990 he pioneered the first versions of his 6 piece board burr. In 1991 he then considered that he could divide the 2 x 4 rectangular shape on the end of each completed puzzle into two L shapes to create a very interesting puzzle.   He remembers thinking this was so interesting that if he didnít design something like this soon, someone else would.  

Completely designed in his head it took about one full week to design this L burr.  He was concentrating so much on the puzzle in that week he says he even dreamed about it.   Some people tried to make the puzzle and all reported back to Junichi that in theory the puzzle could not be assembled.  This is incorrect, although the BurrTools software (a fantastic tool for analysing burrs created by Andreas Rover) still wonít be able to help you solve this one.

Mathematical theory suggests that the puzzle has a unique solution but in practice when made from wood we know there is a slightly sneaky second and unexpected one which Brian found during prototyping (much to Junichiís displeasure!).  After that they worked together to change and improve the original design and it now has more twists and turns than ever before.

For both assembly and disassembly you will find that correct positioning is critical to be able to get the pieces in place without any force.

So as not to rely solely on glue Brian decided to add decorative splines to each glue joint (the blonde wood) for extra strength.  We think the benefits and the final look of the puzzle has been well worth the extra time and effort.

Wood: The puzzle is made from Rose Alder with Queensland Silver Ash splines.
Size: 130mm x 130mm x 130mm
Weight: 0.80 kg including packaging

 
SOLD OUT Kamikaze Burr SOLD OUT Kamikaze Burr N/A





LIMITED EDITION of 30 puzzles released December 2012

There are many puzzle designs with co-ordinated motion but most of them have just one motion of assembly.  Most are mathematically the same.  Co-ordinated motion means a number of pieces move at the same time.  This action is often described by puzzlers in Japan as an explosion type. 

In 1995 Junichi developed a puzzle with more than one co-ordinated action or motion.  It was introduced in the bulletin of the Academy of Recreational Mathematics in Japan in that same year and has been waiting for someone to make it ever since.  Brian soon discovered there was good reason for this.   He found getting exactly the correct tolerances so that it moves just right very challenging.

The puzzle has 15 pieces and the motion and movement of the pieces in this puzzle is truly extreme.  It might appear that the puzzle is made a little loose, but be assured that it is intentional, because if it fitted firmly the puzzle would go together but getting it apart again with just 2 hands would be near impossible; that is until you get to the point of no return. Then it gets really scary!

Junichi called it Kamikaze because he considers this puzzle extreme.  Although many puzzle solvers will know which pieces go where in the puzzle, finding the order to put them in and the motion to get it together is truly extreme.

Once youíve played with this puzzle you will soon understand where Junichi got the concept for his award winning Tornado Burr.

All 5 puzzles this year are quite different and radical but there is no puzzle more different or radical than this one.

Wood:  Queensland Silky Oak (known in some other countries as Lacewood). Click here to read more.
Size: 150mm x 150mm x 150mm
Weight: 1 kg with packaging

A sneak peak at the Kamikaze burr coming apart; this is when it gets scary!

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 A view of a couple of pieces of the Kamikaze burr.

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SOLD OUT The Windmill Burr 12 piece burr Junichi design SOLD OUT The Windmill Burr 12 piece burr Junichi design N/A





LIMITED EDITION of 40 puzzles released 1st December 2010 - Price fully inclusive of freight. 

Status 22nd February 2013 - Sold out.

Designer: Junichi Yananose.   12 piece burr. Level 20.  Unique solution.  Another brilliant burr designed by Junichi. 

This 12 piece burr has all the hallmarks of a Junichi Yananose design and a few surprises too.   It looks straight forward but it's surprisingly difficult.  The design is elegantly symmetrical.  The visibility into the puzzle is amazing and yet once together it's very stable.   It has a unique assembly and solution.  It takes 20 moves to get the first pieces out.  The puzzle has lots of pieces that move at the same time;  some of these moves include up to 5 or 6 pieces moving at the same time, counted as a single move.  

When you have a puzzle with so many parts moving at the same time it needs to be very accurately cut.  By definition this (and the time involved to assemble the puzzle - although hopefully Brian will get better with practise at putting them together!) does not lend itself to mass production; hence a perfect design for a Limited Edition series.   

During 2007 Junichi was researching some of the subspecies of the Alterkruse puzzle.   The Windmill Burr is one of the variations that came from that project.

 
SOLD OUT Tornado Burr 12 piece puzzle SOLD OUT Tornado Burr 12 piece puzzle N/A





We have had overwhelming response to this puzzle and all 30 puzzles have already been sold. 

NEWS: November 2011 one of these puzzles was resold on the Baxterweb Puzzle Auction site for USD340.00. (At the time this puzzle was released the original sale price AUD255.00 was equal to approx. USD 167.00.)

 

LIMITED EDITION of 30 puzzles released December 2008

 

An award winning 12 piece interlocking wooden burr designed by Junichi Yananose and made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle.

This ingenious burr was designed by Junichi in May 2007 with "head and hands; no computer".  Junichi had the idea for a multiple rotational movement but did not get to finally apply it to a puzzle until he came up with the Tornado Burr.

 
SOLD OUT Puzzler's Cage 24 piece burr designed by Junichi Yananose SOLD OUT Puzzler's Cage 24 piece burr designed by Junichi Yananose N/A





The puzzle is to assemble/disassemble the 24 piece interlocking burr.
This burr is extemely interlocking; it even interlocks around the ends of some of the pieces which is very unusual.

Junichi Yananose designed this burr in 1999 without the use of a computer and in his own words describes it as "a crazy difficult burr puzzle".

This puzzle has been so rarely made that even Junichi does not own a copy of this puzzle, although he has already reserved one from this Limited Edition releases.

Puzzler's Cage is presented in Queensland Maple (which like many native Australian timbers is not really from the maple family). Also known as Maple Silkwood this timber is from the Rutaceae family.

NOTE: Original selling price in USD was 123.00.
One of them was resold within 24hour of being listed on eBay "Buy it Now" in March 2005 for USD275.00
In April 2008 one of these puzzles sold at Baxterweb Puzzle Auctions, Featuring the John Ergatoudis Collection Phase 12 for USD 300.00.

 
SOLD OUT TLN 12 piece interlocking burr SOLD OUT TLN 12 piece interlocking burr N/A





The puzzle is to assemble to 12 piece burr representing the letters T L & N on three sides.

Junichi Yananose created this puzzle in 1991 but to date it has not been commercially manufactured.
Although it is a 4x4x4 burr the 4 pieces on each side are not symetrical, rather making four different shapes in the form of the letters T L and N.
As well as being very difficult to assemble this puzzle can also be relatively difficult to disassemble if you are not holding the puzzle just right.

This puzzle is crafted from the very dense and heavy timber called Cooktown Ironwood which is grown only across the very north of Australia in a thin band from Cooktown to Darwin. Size: 150mm x 150mm x 150mm.

NOTE: Original selling price in USD was 78.30. In April 2008 one of these puzzles sold at Baxterweb Puzzle Auctions, Featuring the John Ergatoudis Collection Phase 12 for USD 160.00.

 

 


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