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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. 30 Cubed multi level challenge puzzle

    30 Cubed Multi level challenge puzzle

    There are 45 different challenges in the booklet including 18 specifically developed for Junior players. The puzzle is to arrange the 30 cubed blocks in the tray according to the pattern required. Learn More
    $36.32
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle by jean Claude Constantin

    The Waiter's Tray sliding puzzle

    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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    $31.82
  5. Laby cast maze puzzle

    aMazing Twins cast Laby type puzzle

    The key of this puzzle is decisively navigating the maze. There is a point where you can break out. But how to decide which path to follow? Learn More
    $15.41
  6. Harmony cast metal brainteaser

    Hanayama Huzzle Level 2 Harmony

    This may not at first appear to be a puzzle but it definitely is. You need to separate the quaver from the treble clef and then join them together again. A great present for the musically inclined in your life! Learn More
    $13.64
  7. H&H cast metal brainteaser

    H&H Hanayama cast take apart puzzle

    Separate the two entwined pieces to take the H apart and then put it back together again. Learn More
    $17.27
  8. Keyring brainteaser cast puzzle

    Hanayama Keyring cast brainteaser

    You'll only be able to say you've done this puzzle when the words Key Ring can be read both right way up and upside down once you take it apart and reassemble it. A brilliant Scott Kim ambigram. Learn More
    $13.64
  9. Helix cast metal puzzle

    Helix Cast take apart puzzle by Hanayama

    The goal of this puzzle is to remove the helix ring that goes through the square hole made by the intersecting logarithmic spirals. Learn More
    $17.27
  10. metal nail puzzle on wood stand

    Bent Again metal nail puzzle on wood business card holder stand

    The puzzle is to remove the nails from their stand then separate the two nails. Learn More
    $9.09

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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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