Cannonball brass take apart puzzle

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AUD $23.18USD $

The puzzle is to remove the cannonball from the brass cannon. A difficult but not extreme progressive move puzzle.

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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.

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Weight 0.15 kg
Dimensions 5 × 12 × 8 cm
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  1. KN

    KN

    I enjoyed figuring out the solution for this puzzle – It was reasonably tricky/ challenging for a novice. Was worth the buy.
    Though the quality could have been better, since I saw that the ‘canonball’ and the inside of the canon was quite dirty. I had to clean it up myself.

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  2. SteveRex

    SteveRex

    Reasonable price for a decent puzzle. Despite being quite cheap, it contains mechanics often seen in more expensive puzzles.

    I’m not usually a huge fan of the enigma series, but if you are on the fence regarding picking this up, I would recommend doing so. In my opinion, it is on par with some of the better Hanayama puzzles.

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  3. Charles

    Charles (verified owner)

    Took about 10 minutes to figure out but it was clever and a lot of fun.
    Well worth the buy!

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  4. Charles

    Charles (verified owner)

    Took about 10 minutes to figure out but it was clever and a lot of fun.
    Well worth the buy!

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  5. Myke

    Myke (verified owner)

    I loved this puzzle. Didn’t take long but I had a “blast” the whole way through. Definitely recommend this one.

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  6. jojo

    jojo

    this was fun and easy the best two things in a puzzle

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  7. Haydn

    Haydn (verified owner)

    Awesome puzzle but possibly a bit costly for the difficulty but still worth the buy

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  8. Usher

    Usher

    I believe some of these reviews to be inaccurate.
    I have purchased 65 puzzles in the last 3-4 months.
    The price of this puzzle is very inexpensive, I mean good night, how much cheaper can you get for a high quality all brass puzzle.
    The quality is great.
    This is not as easy as it looks, its a tricky solve, and a great looking piece for a collector. I highly recommend this puzzle for anyone.
    Thank you Mr. Puzzle for carrying such unique puzzles.

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