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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. Escape Room game play at home

    Escape Room mystery puzzle

    Spend an evening unravelling the mystery. Find clues, solve puzzles and escape the room before time runs out! Learn More
    $32.73
  2. Fidgitz shape-shifting twisty puzzle in box

    Fidgitz shape-shifting twisty puzzle

    Fidgitz is an amazing new type of twisty puzzle from ThinkFun. Mix, Twist, Solve, Fidget. Make a 2 x 3 flat shape with blue on the bottom and white on the top. Learn More
    $19.55
  3. Thinkfun Tipover

    Tipover multi challenge logic game

    Create a path by tipping over the stacks of crates until the Tipper Man can get from the start to the red crate. Learn More
    $29.95
  4. Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope Colour Mixing puzzle

    Create vivid kaleidoscope patterns in this dazzling logic puzzle from ThinkFun. 40 different puzzles to make. Solutions provided. Learn More
    $20.86
  5. Amaze from ThinkFun

    Amaze 16 mazes in one!

    The innovative maze that changes as you play! Use the stylus to trace your path through the maze. As you work your way through the maze you'll discover red bars that can be pushed to the left or right to create new paths. But watch out! you may trap yourself!!!! Learn More
    $20.45
  6. Gordian's Knot very difficult take apart interlocking burr puzzle

    Gordian's Knot very difficult take apart interlocking burr puzzle

    This puzzle is so difficult the makers have included a 69 page, one step per page, spiral bound glossy colour solution booklet. It includes BOTH the solution to take the puzzle apart and also the steps to put it back together again. To see just how messy can this puzzle can get as its coming apart see our photo of how messy Brian got the puzzle when trying to solve. Learn More
    $22.27
  7. Hot Spot multi level challenge game

    Hot Spot multi level challenge game

    Ages 8 to Adult. Hop your Bot to the Spot! Try all the puzzles on the 40 Mind Challenge Cards from beginner to expert. A single person game for all ages. Learn More
    $18.17
  8. Cover Your Tracks spatial reasoning game

    Cover Your Tracks spatial reasoning game

    Ages 8 to Adult. Fit the pieces. Hide the trail! Great Spatial reasoning skills training game. Learn More
    $18.17
  9. 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

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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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