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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. 30 Cubed multi level challenge puzzle

    30 Cubed Multi level challenge puzzle

    There are 45 different challenges in the booklet including 18 specifically developed for Junior players. The puzzle is to arrange the 30 cubed blocks in the tray according to the pattern required. Learn More
    $36.32
  2. Magnetic Cube 3D jigsaw puzzle

    Magnetic Cube 3D jigsaw puzzle

    A high quality stainless steel cube made from 8 magnetised 3D jigsaw pieces. Learn More
    $37.73
  3. The Happy Puzzle Company Genius Square

    The Genius Square puzzle

    Roll all 7 dice at once and place a blocker on each of the grid co-ordinates given. Now use the nine different shapes to cover the other places on the grid. Challenge yourself, or race your opponent. The solution will always be possible! Learn More
    $36.32
  4. OMPIC wooden cube Cherry

    OMPIC 4 piece frame packing puzzle

    OMPIC stands for "One Minute Puzzle in Cage". One minute? A pretty optimistic time to do the puzzle in! Learn More
    $34.55
  5. Set of 4 different Vinco 3D brainteaser shapes

    Vinco Set of 4 different 3D brainteaser shapes

    Four puzzles in a set to make four different shaped polyhedra. All the puzzles are very difficult to assemble. Each puzzle is individually boxed with it's own solution. Great value buying as a set! Learn More
    $42.73
  6. Try-Bal 332 wooden puzzle

    Try-Bal 332 rectangular cuboid 3d packing

    The 6 pieces will fit neatly in the wooden box. Each piece of the puzzle has three wooden balls joined by two sticks. Learn More
    $30.91
  7. By The Book Stacking Puzzle in package

    By The Book Stacking Puzzle

    A novel stacking puzzle. Stack the books between the shelves so that the top shelf is level. Age 8+ Learn More
    $31.36
  8. Cubebot wooden robot put together puzzle

    Cubebot wooden robot put together puzzle

    Cubebot's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses. His elastic band muscles and durable wood limbs make him ready for action. When it's time for him to rest he folds into a perfect cube. That's when the puzzling starts! There is only one solution to how he can fold up and fit back inside his box.

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    $36.32

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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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