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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 3 different multiple move interlocking puzzles

    Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles - all different

    Discounted set of 3 different complex wooden pack in wooden box puzzles. The pieces interlock and the boxes have obstructions glued inside them so they act just like another piece in the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  2. Escape to freedom puzzle

    Escape! sliding block puzzle

    Lots of different challenges in one game. Slide the blocks around until the large block can escape to freedom outside the frame. Learn More
    $8.18
  3. Ovolo interlocking puzzle made by Mr Puzzle

    Ovolo 8 piece Yavuz Demirhan designed burr

    A very attractive 8 piece seemingly interwoven burr puzzle assembled into a cube shape. Learn More
    $40.00
  4. IcoSoku Sudoku brainteaser in package

    IcoSoKu Sudoku challenge brainteaser

    IcoSoKu is a brilliant Brainteaser with literally thousands of challenges. Place the number buttons randomly, then match the dots to the numbers. Learn More
    $20.55
  5. Blocked Half-Cube in a Box packing puzzle with obstacle

    Blocked Half-Cube in a Box packing puzzle with obstacle

    There are 12 very odd shaped pieces which make a 3x2x2 rectangular cuboid inside the nicely presented wooden box. Learn More
    $27.27
  6. Cube with Timer

    Timing Cube Twisty puzzle with Built-In Timer

    Time yourself solving the 3x3x3 cube twisty puzzle. The timer is built into the cube. Functions that countdown, beep during the solve and more to help keep you competitive! Learn More
    $14.55
  7. Gear Cube black with stickers

    Gear Cube smooth turning twisty puzzle

    This Gear Cube is very smooth turning. But be careful turning it too far too quickly. Within a few turns it’s totally unrecognisable and seemingly impossible to get back to the cube with solid colour sides again! Choose from stickerless or with stickers.
    SELLING OUT! White stickerless gear cubes at clearance price! These have been handpainted but not very well.

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  8. Hourglass by Hanayama - the lastest 2018 release

    Hourglass cast puzzle by Hanayama

    There are four very precisely machined pieces interlocked to make the hourglass shape. If you can get them apart you'll see they are not all the same. And then the challenge will be to get them back together again. A very hard puzzle just released in Japan in 2018.

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    $17.27
  9. Tricky Dick very hard wood and rope puzzle

    Tricky Dick very hard wood and rope puzzle

    This is the hardest rope puzzle around. The object is to remove the ring.

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    $11.36
  10. Fidgitz shape-shifting twisty puzzle in box

    Fidgitz shape-shifting twisty puzzle

    Fidgitz is an amazing new type of twisty puzzle from ThinkFun. Mix, Twist, Solve, Fidget. Make a 2 x 3 flat shape with blue on the bottom and white on the top. Learn More
    $19.55

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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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