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Disentanglement - Wood & Rope

The brain teaser is to disentangle and reentangle (is that a real word?) the parts of the puzzle.

These puzzles can be broadly described as string puzzles or rope puzzles or even Ring-String-Ball puzzles. The essential ingredient of these brainteasers is that they come apart and are made of wood and rope and often have a ring or a ball as part of the puzzle.

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  1. Knot to be Knotted timber disentanglement puzzle

    Knot to be Knotted timber disentanglement puzzle

    The puzzle is to remove the rope from the wood. A new batch just finished in our workshop after a long time out of stock! Learn More
    $10.86
  2. Traffic Lights wood and rope disentangle puzzle

    Traffic Lights wood and rope disentangle puzzle

    Two puzzles in one. Separate the long bar from the wooden block. Once it's off you have another puzzle called the Buttonhole puzzle. Learn More
    $10.86

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  3. Three Post Tangle rope disentanglement puzzle

    Three Post Tangle rope disentanglement puzzle

    The puzzle is to remove the wooden ring from the puzzle. Learn More
    $8.18
  4. Lunar Madness rope puzzle

    Lunar Madness rope puzzle

    The puzzle is to get the beads together on the same loop of rope. To do that you need to pass one bead through the moon somehow. Or do you? Learn More
    $7.27
  5. wood and rope puzzle elephant

    Staircase Disentanglement puzzle on Elephant base

    A smaller wooden version of the classic staircase disentanglement puzzle mounted on an elephant base. Learn More
    $11.36
  6. wood and rope wombat puzzle

    Wombat Double Loop disentanglement rope puzzle

    The puzzle is to remove the small wooden ring from the puzzle. The puzzle is a classic rope disentanglement puzzle mounted on a wombat shaped base. Learn More
    $7.27
  7. wood and rope puzzle on pig base

    Single Post rope puzzle on a Pig base

    The puzzle is to remove the large wooden ring from the pig puzzle. Learn More
    $8.18
  8. Triple post wood and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    Triple post wood and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    The puzzle is to remove the wooden ring from the puzzle. Learn More
    $12.27
  9. Wood ring and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    Wood ring and rope disentanglement puzzle with black base

    The puzzle is to remove the wooden ring from the puzzle. Learn More
    $10.91
  10. Combo Bar Set - 4 Wire Puzzles & a Spirit bottle holder - 1

    Combo Bar Set - 4 Wire Puzzles & a Spirit / Wine Bottle puzzle

    Also available to buy separately.
    Set yourself up for a great night of puzzling fun! Get the wine or spirit bottle puzzle and the bar stand of 4 different nail and cast puzzles and you'll really get the party started. 5 puzzles in all.... you'll really need a drink after doing this lot!

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    $40.91

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Wood and rope or string disentanglement puzzles have long been a favorite types of puzzles for many, many people. Somehow the more risk of tying them up in knots the more fun people have. Guess there is always the theory than you can cut the rope and rejoin it at any time so you do have the ultimate safety net so to speak.

There are many different types of string or rope disentanglement puzzles, and several categories of them can be identified based on their general solution idea.

One of the simplest of them is where you can run a loop along the string to the end and over some obstruction, freeing the string and solving the puzzle.

The first know commercially made string puzzles were advertised for sale in Jerome Cardan's catalog called "De Rerum Varietate" which was published in 1557. So they really have been around for a very long time and they are some of the earliest puzzles know.

Many merchants recognised the appeal of these puzzles.   With their simplicity to make and the relatively easy solution they began making paper versions to advertise their products. They were used to advertise everything from The Paris Exhibition of 1889 to The Edison Mazda Lamp Puzzle of 1912-1913 and hundreds of others from Michelin to Dixie Shoes, from Everett Pianos to Fairmont Cream and everything in between.

On this website you can find the Traffic Lights puzzle which is also a good example of this type of wood and rope disentanglement type puzzle.

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