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Very Difficult Puzzles

 

You want a really hard puzzle? You want a puzzle to really stump the person who can do them all? This is it... a list of all our most challenging puzzles here.

Mr Puzzle sells some of the hardest puzzles in the world. Some of those the really hard puzzles are made here in our own workshop and are not available anywhere else in the world.

We consider a hard puzzle to be a puzzle that will take some hours to do and memorise. We don't consider a puzzle mastered until you can show someone that you can do it without them getting bored half way through the performance. We do not consider the use of the solution as 'doing' the puzzle. These very difficult puzzles may be a challenge but being difficult to us doesn't have to mean just more pieces...

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  1. Junichi Yananose burr

    Fallingwater Burr complex interlocking burr

    The 6 clear interlocked pieces of this burr add another element of difficulty because its difficult to get your bearings when doing the puzzle; its often difficult to see exactly which piece your working with. Strange, considering that they are clear which means you can see everything!

    Photo: Its very difficult to photograph a totally clear acrylic puzzle so I added a darker background so you can really see how gorgeous this puzzle is!

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    $31.82
  2. Skewb Extreme cube puzzle in box

    Skewb Xtreme cube puzzle

    With 28 different faces of colour the Skewb really is an Extreme puzzle! The puzzle is solved when you have a solid color X on each side of the puzzle and the inner diamonds are split between two colours. Learn More
    $26.32
  3. Tricky Dick very hard wood and rope puzzle

    Tricky Dick very hard wood and rope puzzle

    This is the hardest rope puzzle around. The object is to remove the ring.

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    $11.36
  4. Adam Cowan Ghost Cube

    Ghost Cube shapeshifting cube puzzle

    A frustratingly different take on the classic 3x3 Cube. This cube changes its shape as you turn it. Instead of turning to get each side back to a solid colour you need to turn to get it back into it's original cube shape. Learn More
    $26.32
  5. Pocket Cube Meffert

    Pocket Cube an original Meffert's puzzle

    To solve the Pocket Cube you'll have to discard all that learning of the standard 3x3 algorithm and start again. This is a type of rotational puzzle called a bandaged cube. With some corner pieces glued together there are many moves you'll want to make but you just won't be able to. So how to get it solved once you mess it up? Learn More
    $22.27
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Set of 3 different multiple move interlocking puzzles

    Set of 3 wooden multiple move interlocking puzzles - all different

    Discounted set of 3 different complex wooden pack in wooden box puzzles. The pieces interlock and the boxes have obstructions glued inside them so they act just like another piece in the puzzle. Learn More
    $27.27
  9. Indent interlocking packing puzzle in a cube

    Indent interlocking packing puzzle in a box

    A very high level 3D interlocking packing puzzle. Taking them out will be difficult but getting them back inside the box is another level of difficulty altogether. Lining up the dimple in the top of the blocks to form a full circle will help you know you’ve reassembled the puzzle correctly. Learn More
    $12.73
  10. 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

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It's always difficult to give advice about what's a hard puzzled and what's not. Everyone, every puzzler, is different!  Some puzzlers really like Rubik's cube type twisty puzzles, they might even be into speedcubing! and yet they can't separate two pieces of a Hanayama puzzle that we might have given a rating of 5/10. They just don't have any interest in doing it, or in that type of puzzle.

But we've been brave and tried to put some sort of relative rating on most puzzles.  Our difficulty rating system is explained here.

Brian says by way of explanation "I remember many years ago the first time I did a basic 6 piece burr from a disassembled state and it took me a little under a couple of hours to solve, understand and be able to do at will. This has become my benchmark and I call it 7/10. Fluking it and not being able to repeat does not count.  I grade puzzles up and down from that."  Maybe not the most scientific way of arranging puzzles by difficult but we've not found any other system that is more accurate yet.

We've brought together puzzles from our Difficulty Ratings of 8 to 10 (out of 10). The page is intended as a general guide only and puzzles are not listed in order of difficulty, they are mostly grouped together by type and maker, but you can filter by difficulty rating.

If the puzzler always seems to be able to solve any puzzle at will within minutes then you may want to give them puzzles that are very difficult. Yes. You want to give the person a challenge. But remember you don't want to discourage them right away by buying a puzzle they'll never have a chance of doing. So if you're buying your first puzzle, or a first puzzle for someone else, perhaps this is not the page to start.

And don't discard the easiest puzzles either. You can get just as much of that "Ah-Ha!" feeling from doing them too!

Here at Mr Puzzle we've made many of the hardest puzzles ourselves.  Brian is well known for his amazing Limited Edition puzzles, particularly his sequential discovery puzzles and the current offering of the SMS Box is no exception. He thinks it's definitely the hardest puzzle he's ever made and so do many of the puzzlers who bought it.

But also represented on the Very Difficult Puzzles category are puzzle makers from other puzzle categories. There are very high level burrs by Bill Cutler, Junichi Yananose and Frans de Vreugd.  And we have to include the 7x7x7 V Cube with the mechanism patented by Panagiotis Verdes.

Traditional puzzles get a mention on the very difficult puzzle page too. What could be harder than working out all the moves to remove the looped handle from the rings? We've been playing with it since the second century and not many of us have mastered it yet.

And a puzzle definitely does not have to be cost a lot to be difficult. Mr Puzzle's own Tricky Dick is a good example of a puzzle for under $20 that is diabolically hard for the price. There's even a $12.50 wooden honeycomb puzzle on there that's crazy difficult!

Don't forget though. Even if you can never do the puzzle it doesn't mean it's faulty. Just that you can't do it. And most of our puzzles come with solutions so that if all else fails you can take a peak and get a hint, or go all out and solve it with the solution. There are a few notable exceptions where some puzzle makers like Wil Strijbos are philosophically opposed to providing a solution with his puzzles. And he certainly does make brilliant if challenging puzzles. But, of course, that's his perogative. Where no solution is provided with a puzzle we will always tell you that on the webpage.

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