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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. 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
  2. Heart trick opening box

    Companion Box with heart decoration trick opening puzzle box

    The puzzle is to open the Companion box. It's one of those puzzles that once you've worked it out it's easy to remember. But very few people do work it out without being shown the mechanism. Learn More
    $23.00
  3. Dice Chinese puzzle box

    The Dice Chinese puzzle box

    Solving this one could be about as hard as rolling a 6 every time! There are 29 moves to open it. Learn More
    $23.00
  4. X Box puzzle box

    Answer Box aka X Box multi step puzzle box

    The Answer Box (aka the X Box - X for eXtreme puzzling!) is a very affordable multi step puzzle box. The Answer is 42 moves to open it. Maybe you'll find the answer to life, the universe, and everything inside. Learn More
    $35.00
  5. Mega Six Bill Cutler Burr

    Mega Six Craftsman 6 piece multiple move burr

    The puzzle is to assemble the six piece burr designed by Bill Cutler.

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    $63.64
  6. Twist and Lock transformer

    Twist and Lock wooden robot transformer

    Stretch, Twist and Lock. Lots of Robot poses to make from the Cube shape. Learn More
    $7.27
  7. Four Seasons Series-Set of all 4 Chinese Puzzle Boxes

    Set of 4 Mysterious Chinese Secret Boxes – Four Seasons Series

    Four Puzzle Boxes. Four different solutions. Buy individual or buy set of 4. Each box has more than one compartment to open so there’s plenty of challenge there. Learn More
    $72.73
  8. Chinese Secret Box Spring

    Mysterious Chinese Secret Box – Four Seasons Series

    Four Puzzle Boxes. Four different solutions. Buy one or even buy the full set of 4. Each box has more than one compartment to open so there’s plenty of challenge there. Learn More
    $22.73
  9. Secret Opening Puzzle Box – Chinese Pine

    Secret Opening Puzzle Box – Chinese Pine

    There’s a small drawer and another compartment in the top to find before you can say that you’ve solved this Chinese puzzle box.

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    $18.14
  10. Chinese Secret Opening Box – Good Fortune

    Chinese Secret Opening Box – Good Fortune

    Good Fortune will certainly be shining on you when you manage to crack open this Chinese puzzle box. Learn More
    $15.41

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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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