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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. Hexator 6 piece hard interlocking puzzle

    Hexator 6 piece hard interlocking puzzle

    Your challenge is to assemble the 6 pieces into the symmetrical cross shape. Learn More
    $27.27
  2. Dual Tetrahedron 04 Vinco puzzle

    Coordinated motion interlocking wooden puzzles by Vinco

    The puzzle is to take the four pieces of the puzzle apart and then put them back together again which is even harder to do. Learn More
    $100.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle  by Vinco

    Try-Cycle 6 piece puzzle

    There are three challenges to do with the mathematically complete set of 4 different woods used to make each of the 6 puzzle pieces. Learn More
    $43.64
  6. OMPIC wooden cube Cherry

    OMPIC 4 piece frame packing puzzle

    OMPIC stands for "One Minute Puzzle in Cage". One minute? A pretty optimistic time to do the puzzle in! Learn More
    $34.55
  7. Kissel IPP36 interlocking puzzle by Vinco

    Kissel IPP36 interlocking puzzle

    The puzzle is to assemble the 4 identical pieces into a ball. Each piece is made of three wooden balls joined in an L type shape. A very hard challenge to assemble them into the interlocked wooden ball.

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    $22.73
  8. 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
  9. Cube AC wood cube puzzle by Vinco

    Cube AC wood cube puzzle

    There are twelve very odd shaped pieces to make this wooden cube. The cube will pack exactly inside the wooden box. An incredibly difficult puzzle to get together. Learn More
    $20.91
  10. Cube Vinco take apart puzzle

    Cube Vinco take apart cube puzzle puzzle

    Four pieces to make a cube; two pairs of mirror-image pieces. We send the puzzle already in the cube shape but don't be deceived. The first challenge you'll have is to actually take it apart. Then how to make the pieces a cube again? Learn More
    $12.73

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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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