Abraham’s Well SD Puzzle by Brian Young

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AUD $450.00USD $

Not just one at the end, there’ll be lots of Aha! moments during the solve of this puzzle. There are many puzzles to solve as you progress through each level to get to the final goal.

  • Sequential Discovery puzzle designed and made by Brian Young
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This puzzle has been a long time in the making. Brian had a concept for the major step in the puzzle way back in 2018 and began designing the puzzle around that. Perhaps the most difficult part of the design is to know when to stop adding things to the puzzle. After almost 3 years in the design process it was time to get on with making it. It hasn’t quite been ‘ages’ yet (pun fully intended!) but getting real close.

Abraham’s Well has many separate steps to solve with a level of complexity comparable or surpassing previous multi-step sequential discovery puzzles like the Plugged Well or the Opening Bat. There is definitely a lot of puzzling in a very compact space. The puzzle can be separated into are 23 individual parts. There are another 21 parts that are glued into the body and never actually come out of the puzzle.
A huge part of the puzzling is to work out which of these 23 parts are tools, and which are not. The tools are very well hidden.

No bashing, no external tools, and no brute strength are needed to solve Abraham’s Well. You don’t even need to tap anything. There’s a tool for every step of the puzzle, you just have to find it.

There are elements in the puzzle Brian would consider as much easier than 10/10. But he’s incorporated completely new ideas in this puzzle too so that always throws a spanner in the works and makes the puzzle harder.  Overall, we do think it’s a very difficult puzzle. To work it out with his intended solution we believe it’s definitely worthy of the 10/10 rating. And so far the feedback from the puzzle community supports this too.
Another interesting factor contributing to the difficulty of the puzzle is that even if you’re able to take the puzzle apart using a non-intended solution or even just by chance, you cannot reverse engineer the solution just by seeing all the pieces laid out in front of you. This is quite unlike most other puzzles that we know about.

With so many levels how will you know when you’re finished?
The ultimate goal is to find the uniquely Australian token Brian has placed inside the puzzle. There can be no mistaking once you’ve found it. Although it might take a bit of googling to understand, this small pewter object represents a link between Australia and Abraham’s Well. Clue: ANZAC 1917

All the parts of the puzzle, both woodworking and metalworking, are made and machined here by Brian and his team at Mr Puzzle. Making the brass parts for this puzzle is a massive undertaking. But it’s not only lathe work. Brian thinks he’s used every piece of machinery in his shed to make this one. In fact, to Sue’s surprise he announced he needed to buy his own milling machine; seems it doesn’t take much encouragement for Brian to buy more tools. Around here we all think that sometimes he designs puzzles just to have an excuse to add to his tool collection!

Abraham’s Well is made from Queensland Maple wood (with some Silky Oak and Jarrah inside. Silky Oak is particularly used inside because it’s very stable). You’ll see from the photos the colour of this wood can vary quite a lot from a light pink to almost rust-brown and every shade in between. Some puzzles even have the colour graduation on the same body.
There are magnets (of course!) and lots of brass pieces, some stainless steel pins & hex head nuts and allen keys. 

Size:  65mm x 65mm and 100mm tall to the top of the windlass support posts.
Solution: A step by step solution is now available for the puzzle. 

Update 9th December 2021: There have been some very informative blogs *without spoilers* that you may wish to read about other peoples experiences with this puzzle. 
Allard from Puzzling Times 
Five Sinatras

Trivial facts about the puzzle:

  • start with 600grams solid brass
  • after machining, there are only 200 grams left
  • 23 individual parts
  • another 21 parts are glued into the body and never actually come out of the puzzle
Making Sequential Discovery Puzzle
Making Abraham’s Well

Additional information

Weight 0.425 kg
Dimensions 12 × 8.5 × 8 cm


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  1. Fred Crandall

    Fred Crandall (verified owner)

    Wonderfully clever and fun puzzle!

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    496561307 (verified owner)

    So cool!!!! really
    I spent 2 hours to finally solve it
    the design, the manufacture, the story, the everything
    Worth that price!

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  3. Michael Texler

    Lovely journey of discovery. Very enjoyable puzzle. Beware false Youtube prophets...

    Michael Texler (verified owner)

    Thanks Brian and Sue for getting this puzzle to me outwestdownunda.

    Initially this puzzle is seemingly impenetrable, however little hints are present at the start. Listening to things rattle inside is a bit of a hint of some internal mischief. Please refer to the instruction card that Sue and Brian includes with the puzzle.
    Some delightful mechanisms at play. It seems like a primer or mash up of favourite sequential puzzle tricks.
    Many tools become available as you progress through this puzzle. Do this puzzle over a table or bench with a non slip mat so you don’t lose parts. Some steps seem obvious others are more obscure. Some tools are a bit obscure (oh, that’s actually a tool). Some things look like tools but aren’t. One tool in particular is very, very well hidden (this stumped Chris Ramsay). Admittedly I had to seek counsel from Brian about this step.
    The final step reveals a trinket/prize that will have resonance for Aussies and the ANZAC tradition.
    Reassembly does require some thought and consideration of rotational symmetry (rather than mirror symmetry) to correctly put the puzzle back together.
    Beware of Youtube videos (other than Brian’s) showing how to solve Abraham’s well. Many show incorrect technique that might end up damaging your puzzle. Violent spinning is not required during solving. Banging is not required. There may be one step where a bit of a grunt and gently applied traction is required, but you can use tools provided in the puzzle (be careful not to drop anything).

    I feel slightly embarrassed that I haven’t got more of Brian’s puzzle (I do have: “tricky dick” and “don’t get cross”), because I love the Strijbos puzzles. So I should check more of Brian and Sue’s work out.

    Stay safe, well and sane. Go get a puzzle

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