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Slocum's Classification is probably the most widely used classification for mechanical puzzles. James Dalgety has also published an even more detailed list of classification which he uses to group puzzles in his collection. See his classification page at The Puzzle Museum website.

We've sorted puzzles into more generalised groups to help you find the puzzle you're looking for so look for the + sign and expand the sub categories under this heading.

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  1. Indent interlocking packing puzzle in a cube

    Indent interlocking packing puzzle in a box

    A very high level 3D interlocking packing puzzle. Taking them out will be difficult but getting them back inside the box is another level of difficulty altogether. Lining up the dimple in the top of the blocks to form a full circle will help you know you’ve reassembled the puzzle correctly. Learn More
    $12.73
  2. Foursquare 3D multiple move packing brainteaser apart

    Foursquare 3D multiple move packing brainteaser

    Can you even get the four pieces out of the box? If you tip the box upside down you’ll soon understand they are trapped in the box not only by interlocking with each other, but also by interlocking with other wooden xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx fixed to the inside of the box that must be manoeuvred around to take the piece out. Learn More
    $10.91
  3. Soma cube wooden puzzle

    Restricted Soma designed by Martin Watson

    The goal is to remove the pieces and reassemble the Soma Cube inside the Restricted opening box. Learn More
    $40.91

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Metagrobology is the study of puzzles.
A metagrobologist is a person who studies puzzles.
Metagrobolise means to puzzle, mystify, baffle or confound.

The words are uncommon in everyday use and the only reference in print that I could find was this quote from Rudyard Kipling's Stalky & Co in 1899 “It’s the olive branch,” was Stalky’s comment. “It’s the giddy white flag, by gum! Come to think of it, we have metagrobolized ’em.”

More recently many puzzlers have used the word metagrobologist to describe themselves. Wikipedia credits the American wire puzzle designer Rick Irby with first applying it to a puzzler in the 1970's but that's open to argument.

A search of the Oxford English Dictionary show no listings for either metagrbology, metagrobolise or metagrabologist so it seems the word is still puzzling us!

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