The Mr Puzzle brand of puzzles are manufactured by Brian Young (alias Mr Puzzle) in Queensland, Australia.
Brian (happiest when he’s in his puzzle room opening a package of new puzzles just arrived!) has been making a full-time living from puzzles since 1993 and has been collecting puzzles since he was a boy. His personal collection is now approaching 4000 pieces which he points out is by no means a large collection compared to others in the world. Some collectors have 40,000 pieces in their collections… and more…. Some puzzles in Brian’s collection are more than 150 years old.
Mr Puzzle brand puzzles are all hand-crafted and come in three ranges – Standard, Craftsman and his Limited Editions which are sought after by puzzle collectors. Brian began making only six of each puzzle in 1993 but, due to demand, he now produces between 50 and 100 of a particular design; only the nominated amount will ever be made and Brian always keeps one for himself.
He began making the Limited Edition range as a way of adding puzzles not generally or commercially available to his own puzzle collection but in recent years he has progressed to making very complex, multi-stop sequential discovery puzzles.
While a lot of modern puzzles are created and designed on computer, Brian still invents his own creations in his head.
Brian designed a complex burr puzzle based on the IPP logo complete with it’s own puzzling stand that was the inaugural trophy for the Nob Yoshigahara International Puzzle Design Competition run in conjunction with the annual International Puzzle Party (IPP).
One of Brian’s first designs was Coming of Age Mk II. For a while there it held the world record for the maximum amount of moves to remove the first piece of a commercially-produced puzzle. It has a difficulty rating of 10 and it takes 19 directional moves just to remove the first piece!!!
In more recent times Brian’s become very interested in designing and making Sequential Discovery puzzles; a sub set of Take-Apart puzzles. The key difference between a sequential discovery puzzle and other take apart puzzles is that you will remove pieces that will have to be re-used as tools or reinserted to advance.
In 2002 Brian designed a progressive move interlocking puzzle in his Limited Edition range called Ned Kelly. Modeled on the story of the Australian Bushranger the puzzler must solve ten different puzzles to discover the tools incorporated in the puzzle. These tools are required along the way to solve the puzzle. Brian enjoys not only the puzzle aspect of this puzzle but also the artistic expression of the work. He calls it Puzzle Art.
In 2007 the International Puzzle Party was held on the Gold Coast and Brian was part of the organising team for the event. He designed a sequential discovery puzzle called Gold Coast Parking Meter puzzle as his themed puzzle for the year and even bought along a real Gold Coast Meter Maid to assist him during the exchange event; Sophie was certainly a big hit!
In 2011 Brian released the Houdini Torture Cell sequential discovery puzzle at IPP31 in Berlin. The puzzle was the winner of one of the two Jury First Prizes in the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2012.
In 2014 Mr Puzzle made the Big Ben sequential discovery puzzle; a collaborative design effort by Brian and John Moores and Junichi Yananose. The puzzle received two awards at IPP35 in Ottawa. Winner – Jury Grand Prize in the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2015 and also a prize for Best Puzzle at the IPP34 Puzzle Exchange.
You can refer to our Mr Puzzle Archive pages to see some of our past designs even though they are now sold out.
And the next puzzle is probably on the drawing board so stay tuned…