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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 3D Crystal puzzle display light

    Display Light for 3D Crystal puzzle

    You've worked very hard to put your 3D Crystal puzzle together so now you want to show it off to family and friends. It will look amazing with the LED light shining up through it on this stand. Learn More
    $15.91
  7. WWF Wooden puzzles

    WWF 3D Animal puzzles

    Challenge yourself to try putting these animal brain benders back together and benefit the wildlife at the same time. Part of the price of these 3D puzzles goes to support the World Wildlife Fund. Learn More
    $10.91
  8. Stretchy Cube puzzle on an elastic rope

    Stretchy Snake Cube puzzle on an elastic rope

    27 smaller cubes are arranged on an elastic rope. You need to assemble them into a single solid cube. Learn More
    $13.59
  9. Checkered Cubes 3D put together brainteaser

    Checkered Cubes 3D put together brainteaser

    How to make a checked pattern offset cube within the frame with these 7 very oddly shaped pieces? Learn More
    $10.45
  10. Interlocking Bowling Ball 3d puzzle on stand

    Interlocking Bowling Ball 3d puzzle on stand

    The puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 17 interlocking pieces into the bowling pin and bowling ball on a stand. Learn More
    $17.14

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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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