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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. Dice Chinese puzzle box

    The Dice Chinese puzzle box

    Solving this one could be about as hard as rolling a 6 every time! There are 29 moves to open it. Learn More
    $23.00
  2. Heart trick opening box

    Companion Box with heart decoration trick opening puzzle box

    The puzzle is to open the Companion box. It's one of those puzzles that once you've worked it out it's easy to remember. But very few people do work it out without being shown the mechanism. Learn More
    $23.00
  3. X Box puzzle box

    Answer Box aka X Box multi step puzzle box

    The Answer Box (aka the X Box - X for eXtreme puzzling!) is a very affordable multi step puzzle box. The Answer is 42 moves to open it. Maybe you'll find the answer to life, the universe, and everything inside. Learn More
    $35.00

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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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