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The description of an Interlocking Burr puzzle as “an interlocking geometrical puzzle, composed of notached rods, possessing a high degree of external symmetry” is attributed to Bill Cutler, a prolific and well know designer of very difficult burrs.

Two Brass Monkey puzzles

Why Brass Monkey? Even if you understand that brass monkey is a colloquial expression used by some English speakers you might still wonder why this group of puzzles gets its name from that. I wonder too! But so far I’ve

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Heavy Metal Triangle burr made by Wil Strijbos

This metal burr has three identical pieces interlocked to make a triangular shape. This new version puzzle was developed by Mr Gong and Wil Strijbos at Streetwise Puzzles Inc. This is a level 4.2 burr but quite different from Wil’s other

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Collectors update: Glitter very hard burr

Difficulty rating 10/10 You would expect this level of difficulty in an 18 piece burr. This one has just 5! We have just 15 of these puzzles left. Once sold we won’t be making them again. Designed by Osanori Yamamoto

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Awful Eiffel level 12 burr

An 8 piece interlocking burr that’s as hard to do as it is to photograph!!!  It’s a level 12 burr and then some so nothing trivial that’s for sure.  Just like photographing a clear Perspex burr is not trivial! The

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More Vinco stock just arrived.

We’ve just had a new shipment land to restock lots of Václav Obšívac (Vinco to puzzlers) puzzles after Christmas sales. There’s a new one – Hexator 6 piece hard interlocking puzzle.  The puzzle is modelled on the larger Xcruci8 puzzle.  But if the 8 piece

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Ovolo 8 piece Yavuz Demirhan designed burr

As soon as Brian saw this design published by Yavuz Demirhan on Facebook he immediately wrote to him to get permission to produce it.  He knew it would be a winner!  A nice balance of blackbean wood interwoven with acrylic makes

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Holey 6 Board Burr II

Junichi Yananose was the first puzzle designer to create a board burr way back in 1990. This Holey 6 Board Burr II is one of the designs that came out of the analysis of another set of burrs that Junichi

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Murbiters Devilish Burr for IPP36

Murbiters Devilish Burr is a puzzle commissioned by Rosemary Howbrigg for IPP36. We’ve been in contact with the designer Primitivo Familiar Ramos since as early as 2010. Primitivo had enjoyed the puzzle called T-Burr (sold out, see our archives page) 

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Using clear acrylic to make VERY hard puzzles

In the past couple of years Brian has been using 10mm Shinkolite continuous cast acrylic sheet to make very complex burrs.   Many of them are burrs that would never get make from wood;  too many glue joints to be stable;  too many

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IPP36 Kyoto, Japan

It’s always the highlight of the year catching up with friends old and new at the International Puzzle Party each year. This year IPP36 it was held in Kyoto, Japan. My IPP Exchange Puzzle this year was a really attractive 8

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