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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. Stretchy metal snake cube at Mr Puzzle

    Stretchy Metal Snake Cube puzzle

    27 smaller cubes are arranged on an elastic rope in 17 small groups.  The aim is to arrange the chain of cubes so that you end up with a 3 x 3 cube.

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    $13.00
  2. Hinja 3D reusable Origami 120 piece packs

    Hinja 3D reusable Origami 120 piece packs

    Hinja brings origami into the 21st century using fantastic durable plastic pieces that you don't have to fold yourself. It's based on modular origami with one basic folded paper shape. So many complex patterns and designs can be built from this basic shape. But there's also lots kids can do with them to make patterns and simple shapes. Learn More
    $29.09
  3. Hinja origami pieces

    Hinja Instant 3D Origami

    The Multicoloured Combo Pack of Hinja instant origami pieces is a great introduction to Hinja. Make amazing shapes without having to do all that folding. Even the package is made of 32 reusable Hinja units!  There are another 76 Hinja units inside to make your full complement of 108.

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    $27.27
  4. Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle Recent Toys

    Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle

    Can you position the two rulers so they both fit perfectly on the grid together?  That old tradie saying 'measure twice cut once' doesn't cut it here... no cutting allowed!

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    $29.09
  5. Set of 3 different multiple move interlocking puzzles

    Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles - all different

    Discounted set of 3 different complex wooden pack in wooden box puzzles. The pieces interlock and the boxes have obstructions glued inside them so they act just like another piece in the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  6. 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
  7. 4 Blocks in a Cube wooden interlocking puzzle

    4 Blocks in a Cube wooden interlocking puzzle

    There are 12 sequential moves to remove the pieces from the wooden cube box. This is a very high level 3D interlocking packing puzzle. Learn More
    $10.91
  8. 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
  9. Twist and Lock transformer

    Twist and Lock wooden robot transformer

    Stretch, Twist and Lock. Lots of Robot poses to make from the Cube shape. Learn More
    $7.27
  10. Jeruel 3D crystal jigsaws

    3D Crystal Jigsaw Puzzles

    Have you tried three-dimensional jigsaw puzzles? You'll love these 3D Crystal jigsaw puzzles! Great fun to work on and beautiful to display when they're done. Choose from 10 of the most popular figures. There are designs to match all sorts of interests. Choose one that suits you or collect them all! Learn More
    $15.91

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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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