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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 puzzle box by Kamei at Karakuri

    Karakuri crafted Dice Puzzle Box by Akio Kamei

    Akio Kamei is a legendary puzzle box designer and maker from Japan. The Dice Box puzzle is one of his best. Learn More
    $272.73
  2. Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6

    Karakuri small cube puzzle box #6

    The top of the box is obviously separate from the bottom, it can move in and out slightly, and when you shake the puzzle it rattles. Can you open it?

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    $71.82
  3. Japanese New Secret Opening Box III 18 step

    Japanese New Secret Opening Box III 18 step

    This is a new type Secret Opening Japanese Puzzle Box where all 6 surfaces of this box must slide in a set combination to allow this box to be opened.

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    $118.18

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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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