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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. Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze by Jean Claude Constantin

    Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze

    This one is double the fun. With two joined mazes it's double the puzzle. A double gear maze designed by Jean Claude Constantin you need to get two balls to get out of the maze. Learn More
    $54.55
  2. Duet Cast maze puzzle by Hanayama

    Duet Cast maze puzzle by Hanayama

    Can you separate the two rings which are attached to each other by magnetic force from the grid and return them to their original positions? Learn More
    $17.27
  3. Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box

    Japanese Puzzle House large 12 move personal secret box

    This very beautifully made puzzle box is in the shape of a house. There are 12 well disguised moves to open this puzzle box. Learn More
    $204.55
  4. Magnetic World Globe Extraordinary puzzle

    Magnetic World Globe Extraordinary puzzle

    This high quality stainless steel world globe is covered by 72 magnetically attached jigsaw pieces. A quality desk piece. Learn More
    $40.45
  5. Bolaris Harmaa greyscale - 3D sliding ball puzzle

    Bolaris Harmaa greyscale - 3D sliding ball puzzle

    To solve the puzzle slide the pieces around until the tones get lighter in each layer from the 'north pole' down to the 'south pole'. Learn More
    $26.32
  6. Stretchy Cube puzzle on an elastic rope

    Stretchy Snake Cube puzzle on an elastic rope

    27 smaller cubes are arranged on an elastic rope. You need to assemble them into a single solid cube. Learn More
    $13.59
  7. The Fountain Puzzle 3D wooden packing puzzle

    The Fountain Puzzle 3D wooden packing puzzle

    The puzzle is to pack the 7 different shapes into the fountain. The puzzle's very interlocked design requires quite some maneuvering to fit the pieces inside the fountain. It also requires that you make use of the additional space provided in the bottom of the fountain to get the pieces in. The 13 step solution attests to just how tricky this puzzle can be.... is 13 your lucky number? Learn More
    $9.00
  8. Cubebot wooden robot put together puzzle

    Cubebot wooden robot put together puzzle

    Cubebot's powerful hardwood frame can hold many poses. His elastic band muscles and durable wood limbs make him ready for action. When it's time for him to rest he folds into a perfect cube. That's when the puzzling starts! There is only one solution to how he can fold up and fit back inside his box.

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    $36.32
  9. Crazy Car rope puzzle

    Crazy Car rope puzzle

    The puzzle is to get the two tyres (two thin wooden rings) together on the same loop of rope. And then you have to get them back to the separate loops again. This one will really sort out the good drivers from the bad! Learn More
    $7.27
  10. Trick Wooden Puzzle Box Small

    Trick Wooden Puzzle Box - small wooden crate

    The puzzle is to open the puzzle box. Great for hiding a small gift inside to add an extra level of frustration for the recipient. Learn More
    $6.36

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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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