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rubv7small.jpgYou want a really hard puzzle? You want a puzzle to really stump the person who can do them all?
This is it.... a list of all our most challenging puzzles.  Our most difficult puzzles all on one page.

Mr Puzzle Australia makes and sells some of the hardest puzzles in the world.
Some of the the really hard puzzles are made here in our own workshop and are not available anywhere else in the world.

We consider a hard puzzle to be a puzzle that will take some hours to do and memorise.   We don't consider a puzzle mastered until you can show someone that you can do it without
them getting bored half way through the performance.  We do not consider the use of the solution as 'doing' the puzzle.  These very difficult puzzles may be a challenge but being difficult to us doesn't have to mean just more pieces...

Y
ou'll find these puzzles interesting as well as difficult. 

We've brought together puzzles from our Difficulty Rating 8 to 10 (out of 10) pages.   The page is intended as a general guide only and puzzles are not listed in order of difficulty, they are mostly grouped together by type and maker, but you can see how we rate them here.




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.

 
Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2 Stairs Cube 4 piece level 10.3.2


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The puzzle is made from 2 board burr pieces coupled with 2 different H shaped pieces.  The combination makes a strange level 10.3.2 puzzle to put together but once assembled you’ll end up with a cube shape with stepped sides.
Watch out for this one;  you won’t solve this one in BurrTools so to cheat you’ll have to study the solution.

 
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. 

 
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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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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Four in the Vice frame type burr Four in the Vice frame type burr Out of Stock





Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented by Frans de Vreugd. Made by Brian Young @ Mr Puzzle Australia. Designed by Stéphane Chomine.
Only 200 of these puzzles ever made. 100 sent to IPP32 for the Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange. 100 for sale exclusively on this website.
ONLY 12 left!
 

The puzzle is to assemble the 6 pieces so that you make what looks like a framed burr. The Vice comes in two pieces and then the 4 other pieces intersect in two directions through it.   We've presented the puzzle disassembled which raises the difficulty level. Whilst at the same time being just 6 pieces the challenge to solve is not unrealistic. Nevertheless it will be hard to do without resorting to the solution.
Sold DISASSEMBLED.

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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.

 
Safe - free the Euro from the multi level maze Safe - free the Euro from the multi level maze


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Find the way through the double layered maze and free the Euro from the labyrinth.  A very, very hard puzzle puzzle designed by Jürgen Reiche at Siebenstein-Spiele.  Difficulty level 6  out of 7.

Made from laser cut veneered plywood with perspex cover and so you can see all the workings of the maze;  a very good quality finish.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Cockpit 3 piece framed burr Cockpit 3 piece framed burr


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The puzzle is to remove the 3 burr pieces from the cube frame and insert them again.

Designed recently by Japanese designer Osanori Yamamoto in early 2013 this puzzle has a very complex level 16.3 solution to solve it with a symmetrical colour pattern.

When the puzzle is completed with the symmetrical light colour bars in place on each face there is just one solution from possible assembles. If the colour pattern is ignored there are 2 solutions from 3 possible assemblies.

The level 16.3 solution means that it will take 16 moves to remove the first piece then another 3 to remove the second piece.

 
Chinese Ring puzzle 9 linked rings Chinese Ring puzzle 9 linked rings


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The puzzle consists of a looped handle interlocked with nine rings. The object is to remove the nine rings from the handle. It will take 341 move to do the puzzle but there's a method and once you know it you'll certainly be able to solve the puzzle.

The Chinese Ring puzzle is a type types of "n-ary" puzzle meaning each move has "n" number of state - in this case 2 states being binary.   These types of "n-ary" puzzles have either 2 states - binary, or 3 states - ternary, and more.  Read more about n-ary puzzles and see others we have here.

 
10 piece wooden Honeycomb puzzle 10 piece wooden Honeycomb puzzle


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The puzzle is to build the symmetrical honeycomb shape from the 10 pieces each made from hexagonal cylinder pieces of different lengths joined together.
Note: This puzzle doesn't normally come with a solution but from feedback we know it's a very hard puzzle so we've created a detailed solution that we now supply with the puzzle. 

 
Tricky Dick wood and rope puzzle Tricky Dick wood and rope puzzle


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DIFFICULTY RATING 8

The object of this rope puzzle is to remove the ring.  This is the hardest rope disentanglement puzzle around.  We've had more positive feedback about how hard this puzzle is than any other since we started making it way be in 1999.

This puzzle is EXCLUSIVE to Mr Puzzle Australia and is covered by Australian Design Registration No. 142170

 
Square  - Cast disentanglement puzzle Square - Cast disentanglement puzzle Out of Stock





Difficulty Level 6

The puzzle is to separate the four pieces from each other then put them back together again.
Even when you think you've almost got it there's another secret to unlock... and then there's the problem of putting it back together.

 
Elk - Japanese Cast Puzzle Elk - Japanese Cast Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 6

The key work here is "antlers".  Can you free the antlers.... and then put them back together again?

 
Cube AC wood cube puzzle Cube AC wood cube puzzle


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Difficulty 5+/5

Yes, Vinco believes this is even outside his rating system.  Harder than his 5 out of 5 puzzles.

There are twelve very odd shaped pieces which make a cube.  Once complete this cube sits on a 45o angle inside the open stand.  An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together.

 
Diagra wood cube puzzle Diagra wood cube puzzle


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Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange  - Prague, Czech Republic, August 2008
Presented by Mike Hawthorne.  Made by Václav Obšívac at Vin & Co.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5/5
Diagra - "The puzzle that keeps you up all night"
The goal is to make a cube, and the other nine shapes, from the 8 pieces of the puzzle.  The shapes are amazingly complex - even for Vinco!  Vinco has also now added two additional challenges to be made with co-ordinated motion.

 
Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle Out of Stock





Edward Hordern IPP Puzzle Exchange - Washington DC, August 2012
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire. Made by Václav Obšívac. Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5+/5  
You may try 3 (Tri) challenges using the mathematically complete set of 4 different woods on each of 6 pieces which look a bit like bicycle wheels.
1. Uni-Cycle.  Simply form a cube (not too difficult)
2. Bi-Cycle.   Each corner of the cube must be one single colour (a bit trickier)
3. Tri-Cycle.  The cube must have no identical colour touching anywhere, not even diagonally or on an edge (a lot more though required to do this one)

Puzzle pieces:

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Coming of Age by Vinco Coming of Age by Vinco Out of Stock





Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange  - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2007
Presented by Laurie Brokenshire.  Made by Václav Obšívac.  Designed by Václav Obšívac.

Difficulty 5/5+
The puzzle is to assemble the six differently shaped pieces into this very complex interlocking burr.  This puzzle is one of the hardest that Vinco has ever invented and because of the way it has to be assembled it is not possible to solve this puzzle using a computer program.

 
Another Headache wooden peg puzzle Another Headache wooden peg puzzle


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DIFFICULTY RATING 8

The object is to get the black pegs where the tan pegs are and the tan pegs where the black pegs are...                                                                                         

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 wood burr Standard Mega Six 6 piece multiple move wood burr Standard


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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. This photo shows the Mega Six when it's about half way together or apart).  

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!

Covered by Australian Design Registration No 151844 and is made under license to Bill Cutler.

This puzzle is also available in our Craftsman Range in Jarrah, Blackbean or Silver Ash (Click here).

 
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.

 
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. 

 
Rubik's Cube 3x3 original classic cube Rubik's Cube 3x3 original classic cube


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The puzzle is to return the cube to its original state... every side finally having one solid color.  With "43 Quintillion" possible moves and only "ONE" solution... nearly one in every five people in the world has twisted, jumbled and enjoyed this immensely popular puzzle.

There is no Solution booklet in this Hexagonal packaging however at time we do have some Secondhand copies of various original Solution Booklets for sale on our "Collectible Puzzles" page.  Click here to see current stocks.
You can also view the latest techniques to solve the cube at the Official Rubiks website
http://www.youcandothecube.com/secret-unlocked/solution-stage-one.aspx

LATEST NEWS! July 2010.  Researches have found that the Rubik's Cube can be solved in 20 moves or less from any mixed up state.  Don't believe it's possible?  I'ts true.  Morley Davidson, John Dethridge, Herbert Kociemba, and Tomas Rokicki did some serious number crunching with the aid of Google's computers and proved it.   Read more here....
Watch a recent ABC documentary about "God's Number" 20 http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3233961.htm

 
Rubik's Cube 4x4 Rubik's Revenge Rubik's Cube 4x4 Rubik's Revenge N/A





The puzzle is to return the cube to its original state... every side finally having one solid color.  The Rubik's 4x4 cube (otherwise known as Rubiks Revenge) was released more than 20 years ago and remains one of the classic Rubik's must have puzzles. 

 
V Cube 5x5 amazing smooth action cube puzzle V Cube 5x5 amazing smooth action cube puzzle


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Background Colour 5x5



Prepare to be absolutely amazed by the smoothness and sturdiness of this cube! 
This is the original patented V-CUBE 5™ made in Greece not a Magic Cube cheap copy.  It's a multicoloured, five-layered cube with exceptional quality and incredibly smooth rotation.
 
V Cube 7x7 the largest and hardest cube V Cube 7x7 the largest and hardest cube


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Background Cube 7x7 Colour



Prepare to be absolutely amazed by the smoothness and sturdiness of this cube!
V-CUBE 7™ is a multicoloured, seven-layered cube with exceptional quality and incredibly smooth rotation.  Available with either black or white background cube color.  The sides have a nice pillowed shape that feels great under the fingers.   This is the original patented V-CUBE 7™ made in Greece not a cheap Magic Cube copy.
 

 


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