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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. Pandoras Box framed burr

    Pandora's Box interlocking framed burr

    The puzzle is to remove the four interlocking pieces from inside the Pandora's Box.

    This is the same design as the Sold Out version of the puzzle made here at Mr Puzzle back between 1996-2005. Although this puzzle was not made by us and is a little loose in the fit it still gives you the opportunity to experience what a brilliant puzzle this design is.

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    $12.27
  2. The Bell n-ary puzzle by Jurgen Reiche

    The Bell sliding disc puzzle

    Swap the dark and light discs to opposite sides of the bell. A very nice adaptation of a n-ary sliding block puzzle. Learn More
    $44.55
  3. Euro puzzle Eurofalle 01

    Euro Falle 01 trick opening puzzle

    The puzzle is to find the secret of how to remove the coin from the puzzle safe. Just the right size and self contained to fit in your pocket. Bring it out to baffle and amaze your friends at a party or over a few drinks. Your money is safe with us! Learn More
    $23.64
  4. IQ Puzzler 2D and 3D logic puzzle

    IQ Puzzler Pro logic puzzle by Smart Games

    Construct 3-D pyramids with this brain twisting game. A colourful puzzle game for building logic & visual acuity. Learn More
    $16.36
  5. 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
  6. Hanayama Trinity puzzle

    Hanayama Trinity - a very hard interlocked puzzle

    A very elusive design has been created by interlocking three pieces that do not have any order to their shape. This is a hard one! Learn More
    $17.27
  7. Arrows cast metal take apart puzzle by Hanayama

    Arrows cast metal take apart puzzle by Hanayama

    Four arrows. One heart. Can you remove the arrows? Can I return them to pierce the heart? Hanayama - Challenging the brains of the world! Learn More
    $15.45
  8. hanayama dot puzzle

    Cast Dot Hanayama Level 2 take apart puzzle

    The feeling when you weave these two pieces together and apart is very satisfying. One of those puzzles you can just fiddle with for ages. Learn More
    $13.64
  9. B-Lock puzzle padlock by Boaz Feldman

    B-Lock puzzle padlock by Boaz Feldman

    The B-Lock designed and made in Israel by Boaz Feldman is engineered from a real padlock and you can use it to keep your valuables safe and secure. That is once you've mastered the solution. Don't lock up anything before you're sure you know how to unBLock it! Learn More
    $127.27
  10. Danlock - the amazing puzzle lock by Dan Feldman

    Danlock - the amazing puzzle lock by Dan Feldman

    This puzzle padlock is considered a classic among puzzle collectors. The gold standard of puzzle locks. Its just as hard to close as it is to open even though you get not one but 2 keys with the puzzle. Oh! a little extra challenge. One key is intentionally broken in two! Learn More
    $290.91

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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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