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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. Tailspin fidget spinner

    TailSpin dexterity game

    A dexterity game for tactile fun & play. Once you pick it up it's impossible to put it down! Learn More
    $16.32
  2. Twisty snake

    Twisty Snake puzzle

    Twist, turn, fold. Which shape will you try? An inexpensive stocking stuffer; and not just the kids! Learn More
    $4.55
  3. wooden magnetic maze game

    Children's Magnetic wooden maze game

    Move the balls around the tracks of the maze using the little wooden handle with the magnet in the end. Choose from Frog (Sold out), Ladybird (Sold Out) or Snail design. Learn More
    $9.95
  4. Giant Frog tilting Maze puzzle

    Giant Frog tilting Maze puzzle

    Take it in turns to challenge your friends to get the ball bearing from START to WINNER! There are 36 holes in total in the labyrinth board. And it rocks back and forth. You'll definitely need a steady hand to complete this one. Learn More
    $14.09
  5. curious calculating device

    The Educated Monkey curious calculator

    A very clever and puzzling curiosity. An amazing calculator that can multiply and divide, add and subtract! A mechanical calculator. No batteries required!

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    $29.99
  6. i-LEARN Additional and Subtraction maths jigsaw puzzle

    i-LEARN Additional and Subtraction maths jigsaw puzzles

    i-LEARN Additional and Subtraction in pictures. 35 x 2 piece triangular jigsaw puzzles. Age 4+ Learn More
    $10.91
  7. Koo Koo Card Game

    KooKoo crazy Card matching Puzzle

    Forget everything you know about picture puzzles! These are crazy card puzzles. Overlap the postcard sized KooKoo cards at different angles to solve the puzzle. Learn More
    $13.64
  8. Knot to be Knotted timber disentanglement puzzle

    Knot to be Knotted timber disentanglement puzzle

    The puzzle is to remove the rope from the wood. A new batch just finished in our workshop after a long time out of stock! Learn More
    $10.86
  9. Horseshoe Metal Puzzle

    Horseshoe Metal Puzzle large size

    The puzzle is to remove the ring from the chains between the two horseshoe pieces. Learn More
    $21.82
  10. Cannonball turned brass progressive move mechanical puzzle

    Cannonball brass take apart puzzle

    The puzzle is to remove the cannonball from the brass cannon. A difficult but not extreme progressive move puzzle.

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    $23.18

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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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