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crosssmall.jpgThis is a group of puzzles and brainteasers is called Take-Apart puzzles.  Sometimes it's hard to distinguish these categories of puzzles and brain teasers from each other so we grouped them to make it simpler.  Whatever the puzzles are made of the object of the puzzle will always at least start with the overall object to separate the pieces of the puzzle or remove a piece of the puzzle.

 

 




4 piece Aluminium Jigsaw put together puzzle 4 piece Aluminium Jigsaw put together puzzle


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The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and put them back together again.  Pick it up and they seem as though they are going to just fall apart, but no way is it going to be this easy.  Separating them requires precise movements by the puzzler.   A very sophisticated and quality version of a classic puzzle.

Two green and two silver solid precision machined aluminium shapes make up the puzzle. 
Ticks all the boxes for the classic executive desk toy!

 
Krbana wooden puzzle Krbana wooden puzzle


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

Difficulty 4/5
The puzzle is to take the box apart and get the wooden ball out.  There are three identical pieces.  Beware, if you take it completely apart you will have to get it back together again.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Cross Threaded! nut and bolt puzzle Cross Threaded! nut and bolt puzzle


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Difficulty - Hard but not Extreme.
The object of the puzzle is to remove the nut from the bolt without getting too cross.

We also sell a different Nut and Bolt puzzle in this same series. Click here.

 
Bolted! cast nut and bolt puzzle Bolted! cast nut and bolt puzzle


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Difficulty - Hard but not Extreme
The puzzle is to remove the washer from the bolt - without going insane.  
Not quite the regular nut and bolt puzzle you've seen around the place....  there's a slight change to the design of this one.  Being a threaded bolt, please excuse the pun but it has an extra little twist.

We also sell a different Nut and Bolt puzzle in this same series. Click here.

 
Enigma Cannonball cast take apart puzzle Enigma Cannonball cast take apart puzzle


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Difficulty - Hard close to Extreme
The puzzle is to remove the cannonball from this curious brass cannon.  This is one of a group of Take Apart puzzles that some refer to as Progressive Move puzzles. There is no simple, single move, straighforward solution.

The puzzles are a budget line made in Taiwan but we can assure customers that every one of these puzzles has been taken apart by us, checked by us, and assembled correctly to ensure they are working in the way of the intended solution.

 
The Puzzle Sticks tricky 8 piece puzzle The Puzzle Sticks tricky 8 piece puzzle


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DIFFICULTY RATING 3

The puzzle is to separate the eight pieces - if you can never do this puzzle it can always be used a a teapot stand.

At first glance this puzzle appears to be an impossible object.  In puzzle terms, an impossible object is a puzzle that will not come apart or looks physically impossible to make.  For this type of puzzle, the puzzle is to determine how it was made in the first place.  The Puzzle Sticks is NOT an impossible object.  It will come apart without the use of force.

 
Don't Get Cross take apart puzzle Don't Get Cross take apart puzzle


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DIFFICULTY RATING 7

The object is to remove the ring.... without bending it out of shape.  Not many moving parts on this disentanglement puzzle.

 
Cuby - Cast Metal Puzzle Cuby - Cast Metal Puzzle


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Difficulty Level 3

This cube is actually a maze from which you have to remove the segment of a sphere.  The segment inside can be moved around but how to find the 14 set moves, in order, to remove it from the cube?  There are many reviewers, including Rik van Grol writing in CFF Magazine, who believe this puzzle warrants a rating even higher than Level 3 out of 6.

 
Spiral - Japanese Cast Take Apart Puzzle Spiral - Japanese Cast Take Apart Puzzle N/A





Difficulty Level 5

Can you separate the five pieces of the 3D jigsaw and then get them back together again?
At first glance the pieces do not seem as though they are un-lockable.  If you do get them apart there's a whole new problem for you to get them back together again.

 
Prisma-ster interlocking 4 piece puzzle Prisma-ster interlocking 4 piece puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5  The puzzle is to interlock these 4 pieces to make the burr.  As with many of Vinco's puzzle you are also presented the challenge of getting it apart before you can even begin the assembly process.

 
3 Boxy 6 piece wood puzzle 3 Boxy 6 piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 4/5   The puzzle is to take apart the 6 pieces.  Once apart you will need all your dexterity skills to get this one back together.
 
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

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
Don't Break the Bank trick opening money box Don't Break the Bank trick opening money box


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A funky wooden coin conundrum.....

Drop in your coins, accumulate the cash, and make a withdrawal?  Not so fast! 
Money talks and it's telling you to invest in the future. 
It could take a long time before you figure out how to release your savings!

 
Don't Count On It secret box puzzle Don't Count On It secret box puzzle


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The puzzle is to try to open the wooden box and get the money, tickets or whatever out.

Instead of giving money in a plain white envelope, slip it into this crafty wooden puzzler and watch the recipient turn green!

Fits gift certificates, concert, airline or lottery tickets, paper money, greeting cards, paychecks...  Inside space is:  160mm x 70mm and it will fit 6 - 10 sheets of regular paper inside. I folded an A4 standard sheet of paper in half, then in three, and it fitted comfortably.

 

 

 
Trickbox 6 piece wood puzzle Trickbox 6 piece wood puzzle


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Difficulty 3/5

First, try to disassemble the six very complex pieces and get the marble out.  Once you done that you'll now have the challenge to put it together again.

 
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.

 
Mongolian Zodiac Animals Puzzle Boxes Mongolian Zodiac Animals Puzzle Boxes


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Zodiac Animal Boxes



Only the Rooster left of the 12 different Mongolian zodiac animals. 
Each of these animals has a different set of pieces and therefore a different solution.  There is a small space inside each box to allow storage of a trinket. The puzzles range in difficulty but in general they are similar to the easiest of the Japanese puzzle boxes or the small mystery box.

 

 


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