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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. Level 2 Hanayama Medal

    Cast Hanayama Medal puzzle

    The puzzle is to separate the ring that the Salmon has in his mouth from the puzzle then put it back again. Hanayama rate this puzzle as Level 2 which they classify as Easy but we're not so sure when you see that there are 20 steps drawn on the solution sheet!

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    $11.82
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Jean Claude Constantin Hidden Corridor from Recent Toys

    Hidden Corridor by Jean Claude Constantin

    You can't touch the ball in the maze. But by moving the wooden sliders this way and that you can move the ball through the hidden corridor and get it out.

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    $29.09
  7. Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle Recent Toys

    Tough Measures ruler folding puzzle

    Can you position the two rulers so they both fit perfectly on the grid together?  That old tradie saying 'measure twice cut once' doesn't cut it here... no cutting allowed!

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    $29.09
  8. Flower maze puzzle Recent Toys

    Flower maze puzzle by Contstantin

    Can you buzz around the flower's petals and extract the ball? Turn and flip the puzzle to move the ball between the two tiers. This one has real Flower Power! Learn More
    $29.09
  9. Double Trouble Zahnradlabyrinth double gear maze puzzle

    Double Trouble double gear maze puzzle

    How to move the two gears in such a way that the two balls come out of the maze at the same time? Move one gear and you seem to be a step closer to the solution. But then you notice the other gear is moving the goal further away.  

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    $31.82
  10. The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle by jean Claude Constantin

    The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle

    Stock Update 14/08/2019 - More stock to arrive later in the year

    Can you slide the pieces so that the waiter can remove the tray from underneath the bottles? You won't be calling this puzzle a waiter's friend that's for sure!

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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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