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15 Slider

16pc Easter Egg

2 mini balls & mini barrel

3pc Cake

three mini burrs

4pc Pyramid

4pc tapered Jigsaw

6pc mini Burr

6 Tabbed Planks





Brawl _ plastic simulated woods

Handbasket Weave Burr

Bill’southward Baffling Burr

Bilz Box

Black Box

Block Slider

Brain _ black&red

Bullet Burr

Calendar Pencilholder Bank




Columbus Egg






Cuckoo’s Nest

Curious Cantankerous

Cylinder Sliding Tiles

Danzig’south Dilemma


Dovetail Burr

Elephant Spinout



Family unit Jewel

Fancy Square

Finned Burr_with quarter-mini plastic amber

Fool’southward Spool

Four Cubes

Four Square


Framed Star


Frog Slider

Gabriel’s Square

Giant Pyramid


Handy Mad Triad

Happy Cube

Hectix _ white


Hershey Osculation


Incommunicable Brawl

Japanese Puzzle Box

Jigsaw Jewel

keychain Globe Burr

keychain Rocketship

keychain Spacegun

keychains _ Spaceship-scarlet clear Center-multicolored Heart-black white Ball

Knobbly Burr _ wood


50-Board Burr

Licorice Stix


Locked Sprockets


Lunatic Lock

Magic Box (wood)

Man The Torpedo

Metal Chess King

Mickey/Donald Ball

mini plastic Squirrel’s Cage

mini plastic xanthous/green/bluish Burr _ with quarter

mini Stacked Sticks

mini Triangle Pin Burr

mini Tut’south Tomb _ with quarter”

Missing Link


Coin Lock Banking concern

multicolored plastic Ball



Neuron Twister

Notched Sphere


Oskar’due south Cubes

P24 Marian’s Puzzle


Pepsi Puzzle Banking company

Pin Hole

Plato’south Plight

Polar Bear



Reiss Classic Machine

Ring Thing

Rubik’south Pocket Cube

Rubik’southward Cube _ original

Rubiks Ice Cube

Rubik’s Joined Rings

Rubik’s Magic Rings

Rubik’s Revenge

Rubik’s Shells

Rubik’due south Snake


Scrambled Egg

Sheffield Steel 6BB

Soma Cube

Soma Die Cube _ red

Soma Die Cube _ white

Sonneveld 9pc Burr

Infinite Cube


Squirrel’s Muzzle _ plastic

Star Czech

Star Of David

Sticked Triangles




The Great Pagoda (51pcs)


Play tricks Treasure Box


Triplets _ 3 Kumikis”

Trix Stix

Tubular Burr Box

Tut’southward Trial




XEON _ The Molecule Puzzle


Zig Zag Knot

’15’ Slider

. . . origin unknown.

16pc Easter Egg

. . . made by Peoria Plastics Division of Blever Industries, Inc.

ii mini balls & mini barrel

The two assurance are mini-versions of PuzzlesDownunder’southward
Puzzle Bank Ball

The barrel, although of keychain puzzle size, nonetheless has a loftier degree of precision in its fabrication proportional to the scale of solving difficulty .

3 mini burrs

. . . origin unknown .

4pc Pyramid

made by Binary Arts .

4pc tapered jigsaw

. . . made by Binary Arts

Looks simple, but cunning !

6pc Mini burr

Unknown origin .   . . . from Stewart Bury’s
3 Pairs
puzzle .

Not simply because this is a very small-scale puzzle, but too because of the slippery plastic edges of the ‘pairs’ of each of the three sticks, this little uncomplicated-looking burr affords an extremely high level of frustrating dexterity in controlling the puzzle during assembly .   In fact, I take to cheat by tacking pieces of masking tape to certain areas .

6 Tabbed Planks


Bought from

Pavel’s Puzzles



Comments in regards to this puzzle tin be read



. . . Molded-injected acrylic fabricated past Skor-Mor from their Geo-Logic line .   Not quite a symmetrical shape . . . a couple of odd parts make it slightly baggy !


An injected-molded version of Stewart Coffin’s
4 Corners
. . . made by Skor-Mor from their Geo-Logic line .


. . . from

Magazine-Nif Inc.

Reiss Games’
The Star

Also known equally
Mystic Star
by Tresco Plastics Ltd. of England from the 60s .


Designed by Jean-Claude Constantin .

Also known equally
Weaver’s Dilemma
elsewhere in Puzzleland !

Ball … plastic simulated woods

. . . origin unknown .

Basket Weave Burr


Bill’s Baffling Burr

. . . . . a high-level rating of 4.2

A very tough


which takes four slides to remove the outset piece ( the bodily removal being the fifth move ) .   Another 2 slides to remove the second slice .   A detailed source of information about this puzzle tin can be seen at John Rausch’s website Puzzle World, with a special section given to renowned interlocking Ap-Art Puzzles craftsman/designer Stewart Coffin and his section titled

The Puzzling World of Polyhedral Dissections

. . . . . pieces

Bilz Box

. . . bi-level clear polystyrene maze

~ damaged ~

A steel brawl – once discreetly placed at a sure point within the maze . . . and an applied pressure on a certain point outside of the box – will aid in releasing the slide drawer at the terminate of the box that may have a dollar bill within it .

Black Box

. . . a take-apart puzzle from

Mag-Nif Inc

Although their online catalog does not display it, one tin still purchase the Black Box by just asking for it through the e-mail .

This puzzle is made of a strong plastic, and remains stable throughout all climate changes, which is crucial to this kind of puzzle – the sliding seams have to be perfectly matched (and thus, invisible) .

The black colour aids in hiding them even further .   Each of the three sides of each one-half of the puzzle are
e’er-and then-slightly
less than 90� to ensure a fairly tight fit as the two halves are fitted together .

You can see my Northward American pino version with a cryptic ‘make’


Block Slider

. . . origin unknown (same equally

‘1000 Pris’

— made by Parksmith Corp. in the 1960’south – 70’southward — except the large slice has a film of a racing auto stamped on it)

This 10pc plastic version represents one of many forest versions such as : an 81 year old
Sliding Block Puzzle
(fifteen pieces – 3 large squares) made past South. S. Adams Company

(Samuel Sorenson Adams)

of Asbury Park, New Jersey. Pat. Practical for 1927. )              ( box cover pic >>> )

(The pink rectangle of the puzzle shown would have to be removed in order to facilitate play)

Forest versions are known by names such as :


(xiv pieces) . . . fabricated and distributed past Southwestern Distributing Co., Hutchinson, Kansas

Dad’south Puzzler

. . . Box says “distributed by Due south-M NEWS CO INC, 229 FOURTH AVE, NY city”, Copyright 1920 past J.W. Kaywarg, The Standard Trailer Company, Cambridge Springs, Pa. the cost: “10-cents”. Solution included.   another version of these that has a lighter colored box is stamped “Princess Novelty Shop, 321 So. Clark St, Chicago ILL.” ”   The earliest copyright of this puzzle was in 1909 under the name ‘Pennant Puzzle’.

Fifty’Ane Rouge Puzzle (C27d)

. . . aka Square Root, Mintman, et al. J. H. Fleming, 1946 (The Ruby-red Donkey) was popular in French republic. It features a red ass (largest piece) trying to escape a maze of fences and pens to get to its carrots at the bottom, as stubborn as he is. Can exist done in 81 moves.

Mr Puzzle

sells information technology under the name Major Migraine Maker .

The online game to Fifty’I Rouge is


in my collection

Daughter In The Box

. . . (Japanese proper noun: hakoiri musume) . The puzzle is besides known as “Hua Rong Dao”, “Khun Chang Khun Phaen” and “Forget-me-not”. Aforementioned pieces and play format every bit the Psychotease Puzzle and L’I Rouge, the object beingness: Slide the lagrest tile down to the exit hole.

The Moving Puzzle
. . . was used as ad for the Fireproof Storage Company of Philadelphia, PA.   The inside of the box it comes in is marked “Copyright 1941”.   The company was an Agent of Centrolineal Van Lines who did long distance moving . . . hence, the name .   Yet some other ad puzzle, also known equally
The Moving Puzzle,   was past Bekins Van & Storage Co., State Wide Moving Service, Copywrighted 1927, past Frederic E. Aaron .   A 3rd ane says “Rankin Transfer & Storage Co, Norfolk Virginia”

\/ this puzzle is
in my collection \/

Other names from the by (with slightly different block configurations) :

The Flight Puzzle

(14 pieces) . . . (Large square block says “plane”, other blocks say things like “fog”, “clouds”, “rain”, “snow”, etc. Box says patented march 27, 1928)

The pics depicted here are courtesy of Eric from an email I received.

Ma’s Puzzle

. . . (Box says “A true to life, difficult to become, Ma’due south Puzzle, Patent no 1633397, by Charles Fifty.A. Diamond”.)

George Washington Puzzle

(15 pieces) . . . (Big piece is stamped w/ “George Washington”, little pieces are stamped west/ words similar: Honest, Loyal, But, Faith, Noble, Liberty, War, Peace, Integrity, Brave, and Independence.)

Eskimo Pie Puzzle

. . . The acme cover of the box that contains the Eskimo Pie puzzle says, “Eskimo Pie Puzzle. Can you bring Eskimo Pie from Eskimo Land to the USA? Hurr’due south Water ice Cream Williamsport, Penna.”   Another version where the box states, “Object is to movement the “Eskimo Pie” piece from “Eskimo State” to “the USA”. “Perkinson’s, not a fad but a food; Eskimo Pie Corperation, Louisville, Ky.

The Starry Puzzler

. . . (1926), manufactured by John M. Schneider of Detroit, Mich.

The LEECH Puzzle

. . . manufactured by Leech Products Co. in Hutchinson, Kansas, UsaA.

Square Root

. . . by Parker Brothers

Tit-$.25 Teaser No. 5

(xiv pieces) . . . from George Newnes Ltd, London England. (a.k.a. The Train Puzzle — Traffic Jam Puzzle)


. . . Jumble Puzzle ( from 1940s ? )

Joe’s Puzzler

. . . manufactured for The Japanese Magic & Novelty Store, 24 Yonge St. Arcade, Toronto


. . . the almost incommunicable puzzle fabricated in 1969 past Chock Total of Everything Co.

G I Nut Cracker

Jusso Nine Block Puzzle

Argent Characterization Puzzle

(xiv pieces)

King Coal Puzzle

(14 pieces)

The Traffic Jam Puzzle

(xiv pieces) . . . by F. L. Babcock (a.thousand.a. Tit $.25 Teaser — The Railroad train Puzzle)

Ego Buster

. . . by Skor-Mor

Humdinger Puzzle

(nine pieces)

The Infant’s Hospital Puzzle

(12 pieces) . . . Chad Valley 1920


(ix pieces) (10 pieces) . . . aka Traffic Cop Tangle — Schweig’south Transatlantic Puzzle.


. . . by Tryne . Nine colored plastic pieces, set upward similar Psychotease and others like information technology.

Brain _ black

. . .

Magazine-Nif Inc.

Bullet Burr


Made and sold by the good folks at


(Kel-Tec 15-Twelvemonth anniversary Bullet Puzzle)

“Kel-Tec CNC Industries Inc was founded 1991 in Cocoa Florida. Initially, a CNC machine shop, Kel-Tec started to manufacture firearms in 1995. They are firmly committed to the development and production of novel, loftier functioning firearms, specializing in handguns for curtained carry past law enforcement personnel or licensed citizens.”

According to the folks at Kel-Tec, this uncommonly, crafted novelty puzzle is
“Machined from solid brass and engraved with the Kel-Tec Logo. Includes vi pieces and instructions for assembly. The solid brass bullets are the size of the five.56mm NATO round, but should non be used in a firearm.


This is
brass and it will tarnish with age. “

. . . . . pieces

Agenda Pencilholder Bank


. . . from Bits & Pieces . . . Designed by Doug Haigh

S O Fifty D


Molded-injected acrylic made past Skor-Mor from their Geo-Logic line .


. . . Giant


Pieces separated

Columbus Egg


. . . Professor Brain’due south

A 14-slice fractional ear of corn .   Made in Taiwan .


This is someone’southward version of Mag-Nif’s
Curious Cross
. . . Reiss Games’


. . . . . closeup of cross-armed pieces


. . . part of the MindBenders series


. . . from Stewart Coffin .   Pentangle’s version is called ‘Wookey Hole’ .

Made of Ruby, Mahogany, Maple, Rosewood & Padauk .

Cuckoo’s Nest


Another Stewart Coffin original fabricated from six hexagonal birch bars with fastened dowels, forming a symmetrical cluster .   A higher-level version is called Locked Nest (aka The Monster), with twelve confined instead of vi .

Curious Cantankerous

Curious Cantankerous

. . . multi-colored

I originally acquired iii units in 1 sale, each a solid color throughout :   bister, red and blue .   Instead of taking a picture show with all iii, I decided to mix the pieces and come out with the multicolored version .   I bought my first one (clear) 30+ years agone from Mag-Nif Inc .   Reiss Games’ version is called
from 1974 .

Cylinder Sliding Tiles

. . . origin unknown.

One identify on the web calls information technology “Whip-Information technology”– fabricated by LJN, Ltd (Hong Kong) in 1981.

Danzig’s Dilemma

. . . . . Two pieces of wood with a unique double-dovetail mystery .   This puzzle — made by Lagoon Games of England — was purchased from an Ebay member, also of England .   .


logoLagoon Games logo

Disco Puzzle

. . . Mag-Nif Inc .

Exceptional quality and snug fit .

. . . pieces

Dovetail Burr


Designed by Frans de Vreugd (Netherlands) .   According to the description from

Puzzle World

, “This puzzle is based on the 6-Board Burr past Junichi Yananose.   The dovetails reduce the number of possible moves dramatically.   The solution is a unique level half dozen (six moves to remove the first piece)” .

The first 120 copies of the Doveltail burr from Frans de Vreugd were fabricated by Bernhard Schweitzer —
a German puzzle collector/craftsman for more than ten years, with membership in the IPP (International Puzzle Political party), a individual, breezy organization whose main objective is to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles from around the world
— for his commutation puzzle ( made from Maple + Padauk forest) .

The model pictured above — copied and made from the original version past anonymous craftsmen — was purchased from

Bits & Pieces

online catalog .

Elephant Spinout

. . . fabricated past Binary Arts .


Every bit with the Chinese Puzzle Rings, The Brain and The Tower of Creation,   this is based on the binary system for solving .

. . . closeup

There is only one place – on the left – where the individual elephants can make their turns;   and likewise beyond the track – the curved edge on the right – used as a stop for those non turned .

. . . reset

The closed end of the track is hinged, and readily opens to allow the entire race of elephants to be taken out,   or to reset their orientations and be re-inserted dorsum into the track .


. . . . .
the Demon Swirls

It takes 20
moves to carve up the 3 pieces .

Fabricated of
interruption-resistant polycarbonate plastic
.   Information technology has a Difficulty Factor of ix on a scale of 1-10 with NO FORCE REQUIRED .

The original bandage metal version of this puzzle was patented in 1975 in United states of america to inventor Eldon Vaughn, and when Nob Yoshigahara — the nearly prolific inventor of puzzles always! — found information technology, he thought it could non be done .

I source for purchase tin can be viewed at

Puzzlemaster Incorporated

;  or . . . if you’re in the vicinity, 1 can brand a personal visit to my favorite local puzzle store in Northwood, NH,

Slice Time Puzzles


Enigma pieces


a globe pin-burr from Reiss Games (1974) .

Family Jewel

. . . from Mag-Nif Inc.

Fancy Square

This is Cleverwood’south version of a
kumiki Squashed Flower

Finned Burr_mini plastic amber

. . . origin unknown .

Fool’s Spool

. . . The label on the puzzle states that it was made in 1970 past Norstar (Due north.T.I.).

Four Cubes

. . . from a DollarTree shop

Magazine-Nif Corp. has the aforementioned puzzle, but with more quality .

Four Foursquare


(Special Edition)

($59.00 + shipping)


Starting time of all, I would like to thank my beau collector friend

Rob Stegmann

for having displayed this wonderful puzzle/sculpture on his website, which I surf from time to fourth dimension. This is how I plant out about information technology, and instantly brutal in awe of its sparkling dazzler — and accesability of purchase.

George W. Hart is Chief of Content at the newly formed Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) in New York City. He comes to this position with an interdisciplinary background every bit sculptor, scholar, mathematician, engineer, author, computer scientist, and educator. His geometric sculptures are recognized around the world for their mathematical depth and artistic use of materials. He is a pioneer in using figurer applied science and solid freeform fabrication in the design and fabrication of sculptures.

One of his magnificent sculpture/puzzles is beingness offered at a reasonable toll for the full general public.

Its name: Frabjous

The ‘Special Edition’ version is made of ACRYLITE� Radiant acrylic sheeting — lazer cut to the spiraling pieces that make upwards the sculpture/puzzle — which has the ability to create dazzling colour changes and dramatic centre-catching motility, all without specialty lighting! ACRYLITE Radiant sheet magically shimmers with iridescent colors that change as the viewer moves.

Another less-expensive version existence sold is one where all the 31 pieces are in blue (sculpture/puzzle consists of xxx identical pieces — 1 extra is provided) .

There are iii sources one can purchase this magnificent sculpture/puzzle:


in Dallas, and at the

MoMath online shop

, and Artifact’due south

Etsy shop

According to the fine folks at Artifacture:

Product Details :

The special edition Frabjous is a sculpture and geometric assembly puzzle made from dichroic acrylic. The swirling geometric form is equanimous of thirty identical pieces that catch and reflect the light in stunning fashion.

Mathematically, the planes of the shape are the face planes of a “neat rhombic triacontahedron,” a self-intersecting polyhedron with 30 rhombic faces. But the puzzle piece is a carefully designed subset of the rhombus that doesn’t intersect copies of itself.

Weaving the parts through each other so each remains planar is trickier than it looks. Instructions are included. Recommended for ages 16+.

The discussion Frabjous is, of class, from Jabberwocky past Lewis Carroll, “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”

-George Hart, Artist

Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Manufactured past: Artifacture


xxx identical pieces combine to form a beautiful sculpture

Finished size 6″ x six” x 6″

Designed by Mathematician George Hart

Made from laser cut, dichroic acrylic

Fabricated in the USA

Comments: The production comes with a pair of cotton fiber gloves . . . to keep any fingerprints from soiling whatsoever department of the sculpture/puzzle during assembly, thus interfering with the displaying of the beautiful irised colors that are produced.

Also, you are supplied with ane actress piece (for a total of 31) — in example you become a little more irritable than usual in the assembly, and use a little flake as well much pressure at some point, whereby you lot scissure a piece.

Thanks to the folks at Artifacture. Nice impact.

Instructions are supplied with the kit. However, the instructions only go and so far. The instructions were a help as far every bit the vortex pieces overlapping each i in succession in a clockwise rotation, for the first 10 pieces (module #1).

Besides showing the entire solution, a


on YouTube helps in viewing the ‘vertical’ pieces and their placements (in between module #ane and module #two).

The 3rd phase (module #2) was a little tricky. Here’due south where I slowed up considerably trying to constitute a perspective as to how I was to go on. At some point, it hit me . . . . . looking at all the spirals.

Framed Star

This 6-point star is known as Solomon’southward Seal (an keepsake consisting of two interlaced triangles, formerly used as an amulet, peculiarly against fever) .   Solomon, in Biblical times, was a son of David and 10th-century king of Israel proverbial for his wisdom .


Also fabricated by 3M Co. out of injection-molded acrylic ( a variation of the Altekruse puzzle with pins and holes and center notches ) . . . . and likewise a version of Stewart Coffin’s hardwood  


(1st page in)


( The Altekruse puzzle was patented past Westward. Altekruse in 1890 )

Frog Slider

. . . origin unknown.

Gabriel’due south Square

Giant Pyramid

. . . by Gordon Bros.


According to Kadon Enterprises, Inc.’south website :

“The nine crystal-clear pieces of this monster fit but i mode to brand the order-five tetrahedron on the contemporary-manner terraced acrylic base.   Solving it has been known to take anywhere from an hr to a year, or more.”


Although this fiddling novelty looks like an cheap toy puzzle for a child, information technology is very well fabricated with a overnice snug fit .

Handy Mad Triad

. . . . . from D.Y. Toy


The finger ends accept a patented Roto – Tab design .   Twisting the turnable knobs on the ends of the fingers will turn the wheels .   To add to the level of difficulty, sequential numbers have been added to each of the wheels .   This puzzle is the palm-sized version of its bigger brother
Mad Triad
which has


wheels .

Happy Cube

A hollow-boxed 3D jigsaw .
The Happy Cube — also equally the Cricro and Snuzzles puzzle cubes — are made from a material which is a gentle high-quality soft foam that feels like an eraser – invented by Dirk Laureyssens .

Hectix _ white

Although this picture belongs on my page

“thirty+ Years Ago”
,   I add it hither to compliment the other two .   This is the first of 3 versions .

Hectix Crimson, White & Blue

This is the second version of the traid .

Hectix Clear

Tertiary of 3 versions,    completing the


This one seems to exist very rare !


Fantabulous craftsmanship !   Forest used are Plum & Maple .
Difficulty Level (level 5 – easiest; level 10 – hardest): this is a Level 9 puzzle .   6 pieces .   4 21/64″ round at the extremeties .

According to the E-Bay description past the member


Wired For Fun

) from whom I bought this puzzle, “Our European Wooden Puzzles are made past master craftsman, Vaclav Obsivac.

Vaclav makes each puzzle as if he were making them for Royalty. The quality of each puzzle is outstanding and is almost impossible to sympathize until you actually touch and feel each puzzle. Only the best European hardwoods are used in the production of each puzzle.

Vaclav uses many different types of hardwood in the production of his puzzles. Familiar hardwoods such as cherry, maple, walnut, etc.. He too uses other hardwoods that are harder to find, such as hornbeam, plum, acacia etc..”

Vacalv has his own website


. . . . . correct from the Czech Repbulic .

Cadre : 2 inner pieces

ii sets outer pieces

Hershey Kiss

. . . . . pieces


. . . from a DollarTree shop

Although this is a non-interlocking puzzle, I have added information technology to my listing because it’s a very nice 3D pentomino version .

Impossible Ball

. . . origin unknown

Jigsaw Jewel

from Aha Brainteaser Classics, the Thinkfun people at Binary Arts .

Very well made .

. . . pieces

Japanese Puzzle Box

. . . . . 10 moves

panels opened

chapeau off

This high quality puzzle box is the real thing, handmade by the main craftsmen themselves.   These fine puzzle boxes are rarely sold outside of the mountainous village of Hakone, Nippon.

According to the folks at Cleverwood,
“The �Himitsu-Bako (Personal Secret Box)� is a traditional Japanese puzzle box that was designed over 100 years ago in the Hakone region of Japan. The Hakone Mountains are noted for their corking multifariousness of trees. The Personal Secret Box takes advantage of this broad variety of natural wood colors and textures to produce their elaborate geometric patterns. The appeal of the Personal Cloak-and-dagger Box is non but in its entertainment qualities. It is valued as a Yosegi-Zaiku is a mosaic woodwork unremarkably applied to pocket-size handicrafts such as trays, boxes and chests. This marquetry technique is originated in the late Edo Period, and in May of 1984, was designated a National Traditional Handicraft by the International Trade & Manufacture Minister.

For many years, the town of Hakone was a relay station on the main road to Edo (present day Tokyo) and Hakone-yosegi-zaiku was developed every bit souvenirs for travelers. The geometric design is made by bounden together diverse shades of woods. Shaved off with a special airplane, very thin sheets of wood are then used equally an outside finish for diverse objects such equally boxes. For a arts and crafts particular to be designated a Traditional Craft Production under the Police for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries, it must satisfy the following criteria:
The article must be used mainly in everyday life.

The article must be primarily manufactured by mitt.

The article must be manufactured using traditional techniques.

The materials should be mainly those that accept been traditionally employed.

The manufacture must be of a regional nature.

Most Japanese Personal Secret Boxes (Puzzle Boxes) accept a variety of difficulties ranging from 4 to 66 moves. From a puzzler�s point of view the 59-motility box has the virtually interesting sequence of moves, even improve than the 66. A few large puzzle boxes have exceptional numbers of moves, such as 78, 122, 119, or 125.   These are fabricated by Yoshio Okiyama, who is more than than lxxx years quondam, and is a legend in Hakone Himitsu-bako.   He chooses his own woods, cures it, cuts it to size, and to brand a long story brusque does everything himself except make the Yosegi that he applies to the boxes.   He is the grandson of one of the outset puzzle box craftsman from Hakone.   He has retired and has fabricated his last box.   Mr. Okiyama died in 2003.”

The distinctive mark of craftstudio “IZUMIYA” is inside this box.   The “IZUMIYA Marking” certifies the best quality Himitsu-Bako amid others.

keychain World Burr

. . . from eBay member


You tin watch this


of a large wooden version for the solution.

keychain Rocketship

Ane of the
of keychain puzzles .   Its minor size belies its fantabulous craftsmanship .

2 7/8″ in length !

. . . 15 pieces

Equally tiny as the pieces are, they are shaped and fitted with
precision .

keychain Spacegun

Keychain Spaceship

Keychain Red Clear Heart

Keychain Multi-Colored Heart

Keychain Black &White Ball

Knobbly Burr _ woods

Original design past Dic Sonneveld .


Knobby Burr pieces

There are ii sets of identical triplets .   One set, the mirror paradigm of the other .

LiveCubes’ version of the Knobby Burr


I of the best in the lot .   Similar to Cleverwood’s
kumiki Round Flower burr

L-Board Burr

. . . . . a high-level rating of 22.3


L Board Burr is a blueprint from the world famous puzzle designer Frans de Vreugd of The netherlands. This puzzle is composed of vi pieces that characteristic an “L” shape.   22 shifting moves are required to release the outset slice, some other 3 shifts for the 2nd slice, and nonetheless another 3 shifts for the 3rd slice.

This is an extremely tricky and very hard burr .

L Board Burr pieces

19 copies of this puzzle were crafted past Steve Strickland of


, for the International Puzzle Design Competition in Chicago earlier this yr.   These were fabricated with Maple, Bubinga and Dark-brown Ebony.   The plates are 3/eight” thick and the assembled puzzle is 2.v” broad.   This puzzle is one of these first edition copies.

17 puzzles were sold privately to collectors and only 2 copies remain, this being ane of them . Another 14 copies were after made in Maple and Blackness Walnut that sold for $32 each.

Licorice Stix

. . . from Reiss Games (a subsidiary of National Paragon Corporation) (1974) .

A archetype half-dozen-pc




. . . . . unboxed in a roll

. . . . . pieces

Locked Sprockets

(made by Cyberspace Block)

This, and the Sphere, have identical pin-locking mechanisms .


. . . from


of England ( “A 2d cousin to the woodchuck ‘serial’ and 1 step upward from the Squirrel Cage” ) . . . . . 38 pieces

Lunatic Lock


Magic Box

. . . from Mag-Nif’due south plastic version .

This was an experiment with Due north American pine wood .   The logo was fabricated by using a home-made branding iron out of dress hanger wire .   I call this blazon of puzzle a one-style maneuver : Once you’ve discovered how information technology opens, at that place is no brain power required to close it .

Therefore, the entire crux of creating it in the first place is to ensure that the seams where the separate pieces slide laissez passer each other are admittedly snug and precise .

Metal Chess Rex

. . . . . designed by Marcel Gillen

The object of this puzzle is to detect a style to go inside the base to retrieve a special coin hidden in there .

Mickey/Donald Ball

Donald Duck is on the other side .

Smashing for the Disney collector .

mini plastic Squirrel’s Muzzle

. . . origin unknown

Very loftier quality .

mini plastic yellow/green/blue Burr _ with quarter

. . . origin unknown .

mini Stacked Sticks

44 Identical Pieces !


The adjacent ii mini puzzles were fabricated in Germany by a manufacturer named Pussy .   Origin of purchase is unknown .

mini Triangle Pin Burr

. . . origin unknown .


mini Tut’s Tomb _ with quarter

Mini version of Mag-Nif’s original full-sized
Tut’s Tomb

Missing Link

. . . an Ideal puzzle from the makers of Rubik’southward Cube in the early on 80’s .



This unique 24-piece jewel was one of 54 entries in the 2001 IPP21 Puzzle Blueprint Competition as seen on John Rausch’south

Puzzle Earth

According to Joe’s intro,
“This brain teaser has several colorful disks that take been cleverly designed to fit into other pieces.   This gives ascent to a colorful structure that some say looks similar a molecule.  There are approximately 11 Billion colorful permeations.   An verbal count is unknown .”

Molecule Puzzle Designer: Joe Miller Materials: Colored PVC type plastic Purchase: There are approximately 150 puzzles in stock currently and more than tin can be made. The puzzles are $15.00US plus shipping and are available to anyone. Send to Molecule, Box 787, Lafayette CO 80026. More information can exist institute at The designer would also be interested in speaking with anyone interested in marketing, distributing, or possibly purchasing the puzzle. He can be reached at 1594 Palmer Lane, Erie CO 80516 or via Email.

Coin Lock Bank

This is a very well-crafted puzzle !   A one-of-a-kind precious stone extraordinaire that comes along every once in a slap-up while that doesn’t seem to make much of a ‘ Here-I-am ! ‘ recognition .   However, those collectors who take special involvement in these kinds of puzzles – as I do – can readily perceive the value of such a prized improver . . . and the genius behind it .

Tried to go a manufacturer name off the box it came in, just all it gave me was the onetime familiar “Fabricated in China” .

The top with its logo .

Box Front

Box Side

Orangish band

yellow number ring

multicolored plastic Ball

From Eastward-Bay

Multi Cantankerous

This is someone’due south version of Pentangle’s wooden
Squirrel’s Cage


. . . from Reiss Games (1974) —   fMag-Nif Inc.’s
Third Dimension II

Neuron Twister

. . . a.k.a.   Arjeau’s

. . . from a different angle

. . . closeup i

. . . closeup 2

. . . single piece

Notched Sphere

The added notches brand for a very impressive little puzzle .


Fabricated by Parker Brothers in 1982

Oskar’s Cubes



P24 Mariam’southward Puzzle



Small version of the
Japanese Crystal
as institute on the Spider web, or Bits & Pieces’
The Great Pagoda, or Pentangle’s

Pepsi Puzzle Bank

Pivot Pigsty

. . . from Stewart Coffin .

So called because the locking machinery are wooden dowels that fix into their complimentary holes .

Plato’s Plight

. . . a tensegrity geometric puzzle

from Mag-Nif Inc . . . (subsequently inverse to

“Plato’s Secret”

a.k.a. elsewhere on the web :

( Philosopher’s Rock — Philosopher’southward Knot

Merlin’south Stone — Cobweb — Knit Wit)

Polar Bear — right side


Polar Bear — right front end

Polar Deport — left front end . . . cardinal piece removed

Polar Behave — lesser

Polar Bear — stamped info

Polar Carry — stamped info — close up

Stamped onto the bottom is :

1986   PKR   CORP
MADE IN THE The statesA.


. . . origin unknown


. . . fabricated by The Mandalay Co.

A iv-tiered cylinder puzzle that resembles Pandora’s Box on my


page .   Also known as
Cylinder Puzzle
at the

site .

Reiss Classic ‘Chalmers-Detroit’ Motorcar

Reiss Classic ‘Victoria’ Train

Rubik’s Ice Cube

. . . Bought at Toys-R-United states of america .

Rubik’s Joined Rings


Another version on the web is chosen
Hungarian Rings

Rubik’s Magic Rings

. . . by Matchbox in the mid-1980s

Rubik’southward Revenge

. . . origin unknown

Rubik’due south Shells

. . . a.chiliad.a.   Intelligence Magic Wheel

Purchased from Johore, Malaysia.

Their shop can be accessed at their eBay shop


Or you tin can email them at

[email protected]

Rubik Shells is a puzzle that consists of iv intersecting rings, coloured wheels with viii balls each, which can rotate. The wheels are in 2 pairs; two axes with a pair of wheels on each, and the two axes are separated and at right angles to each other so that any wheels from one axis has exactly one brawl in common with any bike from the other centrality.

The object of the puzzle is to separate the coloured assurance, each colour into its own cycle.

In that location are 28 assurance, seven of each colour. There are 4 intersections, so 4 assurance will belong to ii wheels simultaneously. Each bike intersects two others, then in the solved state each wheel will have one intersection of its own colour, and the ball at the other intersection matches that of the other wheel.

An interesting characteristic of this puzzle is that each axis also has a button. Past pressing a push button, the two wheels on that axis permanently lock together.

There are therefore 3 grades of difficulty:

Bones (no buttons pressed)

Tough (i push pressed)

Challenge (both buttons pressed).

Note that once pressed, the buttons can never be released. Also, the puzzle is ever solvable, even if the buttons are pressed when it is in a mixed state. Pressing a push button takes some force, and then there is no danger of doing so accidentally.

Rubik’due south Serpent

. . . origin unknown


16 Pieces !

. . . form this highly complex picayune jewel .

Scrambled Egg

. . . from

Mag-Nif Inc.

Soma Cube

. . . created by Piet Hein – made past Parker Brothers (1969) – Binary Arts’
Block by Block
Fascinating Cube
by Skor Mor .

Soma Die Cube _ red


Made with cherry-red transparent dice .

Notice all the major sides take the same numbers .   Clever .


Soma Die Cube _ white


Sonneveld’s 9pc Burr

. . . a rare picture to say ‘none-the-least’ .

The only other pics to be found — of any reasonable viewing size — show this puzzle resting on a mirror, which confuses the viewer by its added reflection (as in the motion-picture show to the correct) >>>

Without more sophisticated tools at mitt, this one is probably as skillful as it gets — clear plastic beingness ane of the few item makeups that makes information technology very difficult to take a movie of.

The picture was taken outside on a sunny day, with a piece of white paper underneath the puzzle, using a hand-held Kodak EasyShare Max Z990 photographic camera (a video size of HD720p) .

The paradigm was modified using Paint Shop Pro 7, with a little bit of brightening and a tad of ‘sharpening’, with the original background eliminated — taking abroad any confusion to the viewer — and a soft blue color added in its place, giving the image a more delicate dissimilarity to the puzzle’due south clear plastic material .

Any dark shading present is due to the ambient exterior calorie-free bouncing off differently-angled parts of the puzzle’s inner structure, some of which was introduced by the puzzle’s own shadow from the sun’s angle .

world wide



The greatest mystery to this puzzle is its awe-inspiring ability to maintain the holding integrity of its own construction .

According to the folks at Space Cubes,

“The clever bit is that until you have all half dozen pieces together, the CUBE falls apart .   There is no gum, magnets or clips .   When all 6 pieces are together, they each concord each other together to class the CUBE .

That is the clever bit .   The cube is very strong until you twist ane piece and and so it falls apart.”

Different forms that tin can exist fabricated using multiple cubes.

“The first Hyper Blob was built in the get-go of march of 1999, at about ii o’clock in the mornin”

by Anselmo Blanco Dominguez, from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, owner of the Get-go ever


(made by Net Block)

Aforementioned as Reiss Games’
.   Likewise chosen
by Pussy (manufacturer in Frg) .

Squirrel’south Cage . . . plastic

Unknown origin .   . . . mini fake-wood plastic version of


hardwood original .

Star Czech

. . . . . 12-pc Lucite ‘stars’
Withal another great work of art from my good friend Pavel Curtis.

An extract from

Pavel’s Puzzle Blog

states :
“I decided that the pieces would rotate into position, using some kind of interlocking, claw-shaped protrusions on the edges of each face; that would nevertheless entail fairly wide (deep?) hooks, due to the shallow bending, but avoid any piece deformation during assembly.”

Star of David

A shape-irresolute puzzle from Stewart Coffin .

Six interlocking, dissimilar pieces of Honduras Mahogany which gather different ways to course various geometrical figures having an axis of symmetry .   The assembled puzzle has the shape of a symmetrical column with the Star of David as cross-sectional terminate faces .

Different associates combinations yield the different shapes .

top half

notice the numbers I penciled in the center — 1 ii 3 >

bottom half

also notice the orientation of the numbers

(which fashion they’re facing) — iv 5 vi <

This is crucial when assembling the pieces in various combinations .

top pieces

These next two photos depict the pieces as they’re oriented for the Star of David’southward regular shape .

lesser pieces

Different combinations that tin be used for acquiring various shapes are :

123> — <465 regular shape

135< — >264 chaos

123< — >456 drooped sides

123< — >465 crushed peak / sliced side

132< — >465 sliced symmetry

Sticked Triangles

made by The Mandalay Co.


. . . . . all 6 pieces

Designed and crafted by Richard Whiting of New Hampshire (USA) .

The name of this sneaky little item comes from the fractious way the mechanism is constructed .   As seen in the next movie, the only thing that is holding the puzzle together are the tiny piddling tabs on the ends of the pieces .

Once assembled, information technology will stay together with an farthermost minimum of treatment – affording a distinguished advent every bit an intimidating little display .   One time the level of handling is raised just a fraction . . . SURPRIZE ! . . . it’ll fall apart at a whisper .


. . . . . the Maddening Marble Puzzle from Binary Arts 1994

Switchback is a pattern-matching puzzle.   By sliding the slides and swicthing the assurance (2 colors) so they lucifer the patterns as shown in the booklet.

Trix Stix

(made by Net Block)
Aforementioned as
Alien Dna
from E-Bay, and Cleverwood’due south
Kumiki mini Sparkle Burr
.   Also called
past Pussy (manufacturer in Germany) .

Play tricks Treasure Box

. . . from

Piece Fourth dimension Puzzles


One has to endeavor to notice out how to open the ‘play tricks’ drawer .

Triplets _ three Kumikis


. . . from Ideal Corporation .

Tubular Burr Box

. . . ix laser-cut wood pcs


(from ebay fellow member : luckbuy2014)

A design past Ronald Kint-Bruynseels (1988) .

In the picture show of the pieces, the letter


piece starts the re-associates; >>>

and continues on from at that place alphabetically .

Tut’s Trial

. . . . . start point

This is nonetheless another version of The Tower Of Hanoi

(my version: The

Tower Of Creation


spread out

three invisible ‘pegs’

5 O X A L

What is a Voxal?

A uncomplicated model of a Voxal is a 3D object made up of iii identical flat pieces, assembled orthogonally (90 degrees) to ane another.

The symmetry achieved this way, associated to possible changes in images and colors, results in a spacial object with an attractive geometry, pleasant to wait at.

Each 1 of the three flat pieces has four sides that are normally extended to grade points.

Thus, when put together, the Voxal has 12 points (3 ten 4 = 12).

How many Voxal variations are at that place?

In that location are currently 3 variations for the Voxals.   The commencement possible variation is that of its colors.

The second variation has to do with the shape of the sides.   There are endless possibilities for these shapes.

In the electric current products there are 4 different shapes of Voxal Solo (Star, Holly, Ringo and Pino) and 2 shapes of the Mini Voxal (Positive and Negative, that connect to each other).

We tin can put together pieces with dissimilar shapes, so long as they have the aforementioned cadre type (see below the third variation � core), and this fashion have a Voxal Solo where, for example, i slice belongs to a Star, some other to a Holly and another to a Ringo.

A third and final variation is that of the core of the Voxals . . . there are 2 types of cadre: the pocket-size core, and the big core.

Although they await akin, a piece from a small cadre Voxal cannot be put together with a piece of a big cadre Voxal.

1 tin utilise any material that is rigid enough for the Voxal to be business firm, provided it also has some flexibility so that the pieces won�t break easily if forced at their tension points when being put together.

Unlike materials for these products were tested, and institute that plastic is the best for more sophisticated models due to its properties and because information technology allows the states to offer a higher quality and accessible product.

Although cardstock newspaper is fragile and doesn�t permit for a business firm assembly, information technology is a very low price option for people to cutting, own, and get acquainted with the Voxal.

What does the name Voxal hateful?

In that location are many meanings for the give-and-take Voxal: it is a combination of the words �VOXel� and �portAL�, merely too explores the sound of the word VOX and the word �all�.

Explaining further:- Voxel means �Book piXEL� in graphics computing, and it is a pixel (a dot in the computer screen) with a depth measure, or a 3D spacial pixel.

It goes from the flat (pixel) to the space (voxel), as does the Voxal.- The inclusion of �portAL�, irresolute the name to Voxal, highlights the motion from flat to infinite, which is the �magic� of the Voxal.

That�s why Voxal is considered a dimensional portal, allowing us to experience a bound to a new dimension.- Voice brings the meaning of �phonation�, of sound, that is a spacial element, in expansion, as are the extremities of the Voxal.

– AL comes from �all�, translating the intention of making it available to everyone, which is specially possible and cheap with the use of the Internet and the possibility of using paper for creating Voxals.


Xanthous packaging


Blueish’south packaging


Carmine’s packaging


Green’s packaging

How to connect ii opposing connections

Constellation one

Constellation ii

Constellation iii

Positives & Negatives



Imported from Universal Distributors of Oakville, Ontario – Canada .
This puzzle measures approximately 4″ in diameter by two” thick

(actually three

xv/16” by ane
15/16″) .


. . . from


of England (2nd in the ‘chuck’ serial of v ).

The ‘chuck’ serial consists of : Babychuck (6pcs), Woodchuck (24 pcs), Papachuck (54pcs), Grandpapachuck (96 pcs), and GreatGrandpapachuck (150 pcs)

Every bit Pentangle puts it, “The Chuck Series could be described as a family of puzzles which vary both in size and degrees of difficulty. Based on a design by Ron Cook they are the ‘original’ Pentangle puzzles”

XEON _ The Molecule Puzzle

. . . injected-molded version of Stewart Coffin’s wood original of the Altekreuse puzzle . . . made past Skor-Mor from their Geo-Logic line .   This one’s a hot detail . . . it’southward got estrus fins on information technology .

Taken from the bundle it originally came in:
“The intrigue of things however unknown has always challenged the inquisitive mind to understand the mysteries that lie just beyond comprehension. Just beyond the limits of expanding science, and into the realm of the vast unknown. Hither at the border of total darkness you are lured on to discover the infinite series of questions about time, energy and thing. Y’all are impelled to that edge where there is no modernistic understanding to guide of instruct you. Here you must utilize the only infinite tool at your command, your imagination.”


. . . non a UFO !
This palm-sized mystery is made of high quality aircraft aluminum .

According to the folks at
 , “It relies on an advanced law of physics ……
Hint: The secret is in the Sphinx.   The solution requires logical idea, intuition and imagination.   It’south fun to test your mettle on YOT’southward metallic! ”

. . . the inner deejay

. . . medalion

When purchased, either this medalion or a Us Eisenhower silver dollar comes with the puzzle .

. . . backside

Zig Zag Knot

. . . from