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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. 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
  2. Cube AC wood cube puzzle by Vinco

    Cube AC wood cube puzzle

    There are twelve very odd shaped pieces to make this wooden cube. The cube will pack exactly inside the wooden box. An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together. Learn More
    $20.91
  3. Wil Strijbos Aluminium Cross puzzle

    First Cross - Wil Strijbos Aluminium Cross take apart puzzle

    Stock Update 23rd September 2018. Unfortunately I have no information from Wil when we can get more of these puzzles. I don't think it will be this year.
    The puzzle is to separate the two halves of the cross. A unique and intriguing as when he first created it over 30 years ago by Wil Strijbos.

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    $107.27

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  4. First Cylinder take apart progressive move puzzle

    First Cylinder take apart progressive move puzzle

    The object of the puzzle is to open the aluminium cylinder. As usual with Wil's puzzles, this is nowhere near as easy as it sounds!

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    $103.64
  5. Wausau '82 13 piece burr

    Wausau '82 13 piece burr

    The object of the puzzle is to dissassemble the 13 piece rectilinear burr designed by Bill Cutler in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1982. Learn More
    $72.73
  6. Wooden honeycomb puzzle

    10 piece wooden Honeycomb 3d brainteaser

    The puzzle is to build the symmetrical honeycomb shape from the 10 pieces each made from hexagonal cylinder pieces of different lengths joined together. Learn More
    $11.36
  7. Coming of Age by Vinco

    Coming of Age by Vinco

    Difficulty 5/5+ The puzzle is to assemble the six differently shaped pieces into this very complex interlocking burr. Learn More
    $30.91
  8. The Nightmare sliding numbered blocks puzzle

    The Nightmare sliding numbered blocks puzzle

    Arrange the numbers 1-6 in order by sliding the blocks around in the tracks provided. Another hard puzzle designed by Jürgen Reiche. Learn More
    $50.91
  9. Enigma Hanayama Cast disentanglement puzzle

    Enigma Hanayama Cast disentanglement puzzle

    The three pieces of this puzzle just slide apart, you don't need to force them. Can you work out the twisting movement required to achieve this and to then get them back together again?

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    $17.27
  10. rhombic dodecahedron twisty puzzle

    Evil Magic Cube rhombic dodecahedron

    This rhombic dodecahedron quickly morphs into something unrecognisable when you start fiddling with the pointy sides! So just how will you be able to get it back to a solid shape with solid colours? Learn More
    $10.91

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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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