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Puzzles by Type

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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Boaz Feldman's latest B-Lock II puzzle lock

    Boaz Feldman's latest B-Lock II puzzle lock

    Like the original B-Lock this updated version is engineered from a real padlock by Boaz Feldman in Israel. It truly is a working padlock. But even with the key your stuff will surely be secure with this lock.

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    $118.18
  4. Up and Down sliding numbers puzzle

    Up and Down sliding numbers puzzle

    You can slide the 8 numbered squares. You can slide the frame up and down. Aim: Bring all the numbers in numeric order up and down. Learn More
    $50.91
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Wil Strijbos Aluminium Cross puzzle

    First Cross - Wil Strijbos Aluminium Cross take apart puzzle

    Stock Update 21st January 2020.  The puzzles are on their way to us from Wil and this puzzle will be back in stock available for purchase early February 2020.
    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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    $101.82

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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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