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mysteryboxsmall.jpgA take apart puzzle with a secret compartment.  Trick or secret openings.  Hide something away with an element of mystery.  A great place to hide a gift voucher, card or other small gift.

 

 

 




4 sun 9 Step Koyosegi money box 4 sun 9 Step Koyosegi money box


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To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding pieces hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   There are nine moves to open this box and discover the coin slot opening to insert your money.  Master the sliding moves and then keep you money in this money box;  it'll be safe for sure!

Size:  4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)   Size outside: 112mm x 80mm x 52mm  Size inside: 82mm x 60mm x 36mm
Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here.

 
Wonder Fool small puzzle box Wonder Fool small puzzle box


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There is money inside the Wonder Fool Box. If you can take it out within 5 minutes without breaking the box it's yours!  Hmmmm..... yes, well we know it's 'funny' money only. But it's still a great reward for getting the box open.

A great little box to present a small gift and add an extra level of frustration for the recipient.  They can see it but they can't get to it!  This puzzle is sometimes known as the Magic Crate or the Magic Box.  And we sell a small wooden version of this one too. Click here.  Being plastic this one won't be affected by changing moisture conditions either.

Size - 75mm x 55mm x 40mm (space inside the box is 65mm x 37mm x 25mm) 

 
Trick Wooden Puzzle Box - small Trick Wooden Puzzle Box - small


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The puzzle is to open the puzzle box.   Great for hiding a small gift inside to add an extra level of frustration for the recipient.  If they can't do the puzzle, they can't have the gift.  This puzzle is sometimes known as the Magic Crate or the Magic Box.  It was first distributed at IPP16 in Luxembourg in 1996 under the name of Willies Wonder by Kobus de Beer from South Africa.
Each box has been opened and checked by us and repackaged with our own detailed solution.

Size - 105mm x 65mm x 45mm (space inside the box is 84mm x 27mm x 15mm)
Other similar puzzle boxes:  
For a more complex three stage opening puzzle box. Click here for details. 

 
Mystery Wooden Puzzle Box - large three step Mystery Wooden Puzzle Box - large three step


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This is a three stage opening puzzle box.   Great for hiding a small gift inside to add an extra level of frustration for the recipient.  Or somewhere to hide small items you don't want to risk laying around the house.   Each box has been opened and checked by us and repackaged with our own detailed solution.

The Size - 150mm x 75mm x 48mm (space inside the box is: small compartment 50mm x 27mm x 22mm & larger compartment 90mm x 45mm x 22mm)
Click here to see our small single stage opening puzzle box.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #4 Karakuri checkered cube box #4


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The Karakuri Creation Group's woodworking skills are very well known and the finish on these boxes is extremely high.  The action to open each box is very smooth.  They have used a different contrasting colour with the light Maple wood for each of the four designs so you can tell them apart.

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 is puzzle number 4 in the series and it is made from Tagayasan and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm  Space inside: 35mm x 35mm x 35mm with a much smaller restricted opening.
The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #3 Karakuri checkered cube box #3


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The Karakuri Creation Group's woodworking skills are very well known and the finish on these boxes is extremely high.  The action to open each box is very smooth.  They have used a different contrasting colour with the light Maple wood for each of the four designs so you can tell them apart.

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 is puzzle number 3 in the series and it is made from Walnut and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm  Space inside: 25mm x 30mm x 40mm
The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #2 Karakuri checkered cube box #2


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The is puzzle number 2 in the series and it is made from Karin and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm
Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 30mm

The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri checkered cube box #1 Karakuri checkered cube box #1


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The four boxes in this set of Karakuri Cube Boxes are designed in the checkered pattern which very effectively disguises the opening movements and mechanisms.  The boxes are exact cubes with no distinguishing marks on any side and this makes it difficult to even know if you have the puzzle the right way up to open.

The is puzzle number 1 in the series and it is made from the wood of the Zelkova serrata tree (a type of Elm) called Keyaki and the contrasting lighter cubes are from Maple.

Size outside: 60mm x 60mm x 60mm
Space inside: 30mm x 30mm x 35mm

The puzzle is packaged with an illustrated solution sheet.

 
Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group. The top of the box is obviously separate from the bottom and the bottom, it can move in and out slightly, and when you shake the puzzle it rattles. Not like other Japanese puzzle box designs that's for sure.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Walnut wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 27mm x 27mm x 15mm  A great space for a ring!

 
Trick Opening puzzle box Trick Opening puzzle box


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The puzzle box looks like there's no way in; no obvious lid; no obvious base. Just a sealed box with no obvious opening.

Alan Boardman designed a mini (actually microscopic better describes it...) box puzzle called the Aha Box in 2004. He presented it in the Edward Hordern Puzzle Exchange at IPP24 held in Tokyo.

This puzzle has been upsized from that so there is enough space inside if you want to include a surprise. It's great to give just as puzzle box though.

Just the right size to put a gift card inside for that extra puzzling fun at Christmas!

 
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.

 

 

 
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.

 
Japanese secret Koyosegi box 2 sun 7 step Japanese secret Koyosegi box 2 sun 7 step


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Not very big but a challenging 7 moves to open. To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding pieces hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.
Perfect gift box for that very special small gift.
Imagine if someone has to find these moves before they can receive their gift? Perhaps you're giving a very special piece of jewellery, perhaps a ring, maybe even a diamond? This will certainly prolong the suspense.

Size: 2 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 60mm x 46mm x 37mm
Space inside: 35mm x 32mm x 25mm
Gift boxed as shown in this photo with a solution inside.
Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here.

 
Karakuri small cube puzzle box #1 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #1 N/A





Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. Once you know the solution you can open it in just three moves. But one of them is quite a unique movement compared to other Japanese puzzles boxes and so it's hard to open it without being shown. A very tricky little puzzle box!

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Walnut wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 22mm x 19mm x 33mm

 
Karakuri small puzzle box #2 Karakuri small puzzle box #2


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. Once you know the solution you can open it in just two moves. But one of them is quite a unique movement so don't be fooled that that makes it easy to open!

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Katura wood (a type of Cherry tree).

Size outside: 42mm x 42mm x 60mm
Space inside: 31mm x 17mm x 24mm

 
Karakuri small puzzle box #3 Karakuri small puzzle box #3


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle group is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. Once you know the solution you can open it in four moves. One of them is quite unconventional which makes the overall solution very interesting.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Oak.

Size outside: 42mm x 47mm x 60mm
Space inside: 30mm x 26mm x 25mm

 
Karakuri small cube puzzle box #4 Karakuri small cube puzzle box #4


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle series is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. The box has an obviously separate bottom so you seem to have a clue about where to start but that just makes it more intriguing.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Rengas wood.

Size outside: 47mm x 47mm x 47mm
Space inside: 25mm x 25mm x 20mm

 
Karakuri small puzzle box #5 Karakuri small puzzle box #5


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this group of puzzles is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes.  First, it has a very obvious separate base.  Second, when you rattle it you can hear an object rolling around inside. No force is required, no tapping, or hitting the puzzle, none what so ever.

Maybe you can take some clue from the words of the Japanese designers "Even though you try to open it 'in your hands', it isnít easy to open. You may not think you need a desk, but it sincerely is helpful to solve the puzzle."  Or maybe that will only confuse you more.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Maple wood.

Size outside: 48mm x 34mm x 42mm
Space inside: 25mm x 25mm x 25mm

 
Karakuri small puzzle box #7 Karakuri small puzzle box #7


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Designed & made by the Karakuri Creation Group this puzzle is unlike other more traditional Japanese puzzle boxes. It is not the hardest puzzle box in this series but its a very interesting play on the idea of a traditional Japanese puzzle box with a very elegant solution.

The designers words about this puzzle are: "I believe you can find the first step easily. The second moves in unexpected way that is different from standard Secret Boxes. And the third step is the solution. The first and second steps are the keys of the third step. But, add to this, the first and second steps are useful for how to move the third step."

This very special puzzle box is crafted in teak wood.

Size outside: 50mm x 50mm x 40mm
Space inside: 18mm x 20mm x 25mm

 
Karakuri small puzzle box #8 Karakuri small puzzle box #8


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This puzzle was originally designed by Akio Kamei for the IPP16 Puzzle Exchange event held in Luxembourg in 1996.  Back then he called it 3D Box.   The puzzle continues to be made at the Karakuri Creation Group and is as tricky as ever even now!

This puzzle box is quite different looking to others in the set;  and although its not the most difficult its mechanism is quite different too and so a must for any collector of Kamei designs.

This very special puzzle box is crafted in Keyaki (the Japanese word for the wood from the Zelkova tree; part of the Elm family) and Walnut woods.

Size outside: 58mm x 58mm x 58mm    A solution is provided.

 
Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step Japanese trick opening puzzle box 4 Sun 10 Step


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To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding panels hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   There are 10 separate moves or 10 steps to open this box.
A fantastic way to prolong the excitement of giving a gift.  Imagine Dad on Father's Day or you brother at Christmas trying to open this trick opening puzzle box.

Size: 4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 120mm x 83mm x 52mm
Space inside: 80mm x 63mm x 38mm

Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here. 

 
Sesame Trick Opening Money Box - aluminum Sesame Trick Opening Money Box - aluminum


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The puzzle is to get your money out!  Adding money to your stash is easy, but to get it out you'll need to solve the puzzle of how to open the money box. 

 
Japanese trick box 4 Sun 21 Step Japanese trick box 4 Sun 21 Step


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To open a Japanese puzzle box one or more sliding pieces hidden within the patterns on the box must be moved.   Even the bottom and top panels move with this one.  There are 21 separate moves or 21 steps to open this trick opening puzzle box. Just the thing if you really want a challenge.  Or what a way to prolong the gift giving if the person has to find all these moves to get their present. 

Size: 4 Sun (a traditional unit of measure to denote length)
Actual size outside: 119mm x 83mm x 52mm
Space inside: 73mm x 60mm x 32mm

Because each puzzle box is handmade in Japan the pattern on each one will be very similar but may vary slightly from the photo shown here. 

 
New Secret Opening Box III 18 step New Secret Opening Box III 18 step


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This is a new type Secret Opening Japanese Puzzle Box. To open this Japanese puzzle box and reveal the secret compartment you must make 18 moves in the correct order. Unlike the traditional secret box, like the Koyosegi 2 and 4 sun boxes we also sell, where only 4 faces of the box move, all 6 surfaces of this box must slide in a set combination to allow this box to be opened. Even if you've solved Japanese puzzle boxes before this one can be a little tricky!

This very special puzzle box is made of walnut with decorative strips of contrasting coloured woods on all six sides beautifully inlaid. The box is made from Walnut and the inlaid woods are: White - Maple Red/Purple - Purple Heart Black - Wenge
Size
outside: 80mm x 80mm x 80mm
Space inside: 35mm x 30mm x 30mm

 
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.

 
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 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

 

 
Japanese Puzzle House small 7 move secret box Japanese Puzzle House small 7 move secret box Out of Stock





This very beautifully made puzzle box is in the shape of a house. There are 7 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 120mm x 75mm  Height: 93mm
Space inside: 43mm x 45mm and the height at the apex of the roof is 57mm

 
Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box


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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

 
Trick Box bank - brushed stainless steel & ABS plastic Trick Box bank - brushed stainless steel & ABS plastic


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The puzzle is to open the puzzle box.   The Bearer of Secrets is an unusal savings box with an invisible seal. Putting money in the Trick Box is childsplay.  But how do you get it out again?  You can shake this stylish and modern savings bank and tug it towards you - it's no use.  You can only prise the secrets out of the Trick Box if you know which part of the box you have to tug on.  Try it!  Good design becomes a reliable bearer of secrets.  We also have a similar puzzle in a budget wooden version. Click here.

 
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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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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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.

 

 


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