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Hanayama Cage Cast Metal Brain Teaser Puzzle

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Cast Cage is a medium difficulty puzzle. It is not particularly intimidating, and a puzzle others will want to “try”; especially if they’ve just seen someone else solve it. Like many puzzles of this type it is much more of a challenge to remove the star than to replace it. Obviously the star must be in the right position to get out and it will come out of only one opening. It is also obvious that it cannot exit via either hole in the ends of the cage. Other than that, you’re on your own. The other [Read More...]

 
 
 

Twisted Nails Puzzle – Single Set

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The Twisted Nail Puzzle is a classic, that has been around for a donkey’s age;probably ever since there have been nails around to bend. It’s so simple, it could be found as a “surprise” in a box of popcorn or a Christmas cracker. It can be bought alone and made of heavy, polished or stainless steel nails; or in a set of several lightweight wire material. An ideal puzzle to give to someone who is absolutely convinced they “could never solve a puzzle, so there’s no use trying”. Just to convince them how easy it is; [Read More...]

 
 
 

Cast G&G

Cast G&G

The Cast G&G is one of the latest members in the vast Cast Puzzle family, just released in June 2013. Curiously enough, it’s not the first time Hanayama uses entangled letters for the theme of their Cast Puzzles. In fact, there are three other puzzles from Hanayama that also use letters: the Cast H&H, the Cast S&S and a slightly different Cast ABC (see PuzzleMaster’s version). Despite the fact that the Cast ABC has three letters, all of the above mentioned puzzles are comprised by only two [Read More...]
 
 
 

Cast Elk – Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzle

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Cast Elk is an excellent and another classic puzzle. Hanayama claim they found it in a British flea market and that it was around at the end of the 19th century. At that time there was a huge popularity in puzzles of every description. It has been produced by many and of varying quality over the years. This one being of cast metal is excellent in quality and feel; though if Aunt Maybelle happens to sit on it, she may not be impressed, particularly if there is also a “Woopie Cushion” under the cushion. After solving it, try taking [Read More...]

 
 
 

Brass Pyramid

brass pyramid

This little brainteaser is very eye catching and just about anyone will be tempted to solve it. At first glance, it is just a beautiful decorative sculpture to leave on a shelf to look at. Then when it is suggested that it is a puzzle to be taken apart; the fun begins. It is given a Difficulty of 6 out of 10;but personally I would rate it more as 5 out of 10 (the easiest rating).It is quite heavy, made of gold, plated alloy and feels solid. It consists of only 3 pieces and requires only two actions to take apart. [Read More...]

 
 
 

Cast Delta

Cast Delta

Hanayama continues to strongly support their beloved flagship Cast Puzzles with the first one released for 2013, the Cast Delta. Designed by Hong Kong native Kyoo Wong, the Cast Delta is a symmetry beauty with its identical three pieces. The theme for the Delta is simply “number three”. The Cast Delta really stands out by its simple and yet elegant design. The construction looks to be brass, which personally is not my favorite metal, because of that characteristic smell that it leaves in your hands. It does has its advantages, though, due to its rugged texture it hardly gets scratched, unlike [Read More...]
 
 
 

Hercules

Hercules

The Hercules is a top-notch puzzle. It is by Bits and Pieces and of very good quality. It is Made in China.. .The 5 same-shaped pieces are made of heavy, anodized aluminum and come in a black, painted wooden tray. It claims to have a Difficulty of 7 out of 10, and I agree, it is at least that hard. It is claimed here that there is only one solution, which is obviously the way it is when you get it and also shown on the enclosed solution. However, if [Read More...]

 
 
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