The puzzle is to remove the cannonball from this curious brass cannon.
If you look down the barrel of the cannon you can see the cannonball inside but the opening is slightly oval and it stops the ball from falling out.
This is one of a group of Take Apart puzzles that some refer to as Sequential Discovery or sometimes Progressive Move puzzles. There is no simple, single move, straightforward solution. You need to find the steps, and sometimes the discovery of tools, to enable you to execute them. These tools may not necessarily be obvious and the deduction of what is a tool and what is not is an important part of the puzzle. This is a bit of a challenge for puzzlers who’ve never done this type of puzzle before but makes a great introduction to this very popular genre of mechanical puzzles.
Based on a wooden version called Cannon and Ball puzzle made from wood circa 1881-1884 that was published in Hoffmann’s Puzzles Old and New by Professor Hoffman in 1893. This puzzle also has the same mechanism as the Bits & Pieces reproduction done in the 1990’s.
We have previously sold a more cheaply made version by of this puzzle made by Enigma but the puzzle proved so popular that we decided to commission this version. The muzzle of the cannon is made from solid turned brass rather than plated cast zinc alloy. The red cannon base is made from a cast alloy metal. We have opened every one of these puzzles here at Mr Puzzle in Australia to make sure that the puzzling element is set correctly before sending them out.
The solution enclosed is also photographed and worded by us here at Mr Puzzle Australia to ensure the solution is as clear as it can possibly be.
Size: 70mm x 32mm x 30mm
Packaged in a brown kraft card box with a step by step solution enclosed.