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Trick Lock #3

Trick Lock #3

The Trick Lock #3 is an extremely well constructed heavy Puzzle Lock. Like some other similar Puzzle Locks, there is a “secret” to opening it. It then is very simple —when you know how. That makes it a very good puzzle to carry around and bring out as a conversation piece, even for people who never attempt to solve puzzles. One thing you can say about it is that it is not intimidating, and just about anyone will “give it a try”. That makes this a great puzzle to bring out [Read More...]

 
 
 

Lock Puzzle

Lock Puzzle

Trick Lock puzzles are so abundant and varied in their designs that it’s hard to keep up by just being aware of their existence, much else purchase all of them. I have several of these lock puzzles in my collection, and even though it’s lacking the presence of the fancier and more expensive designs, like the Popplocks, I’m still proud to own a nice selection of them. I’ve recently added another interesting design to my Trick Lock collection, by Vesa Timonen, the Lock Puzzle - Could have had a better name though. This would’ve been a brilliant puzzle if not by the [Read More...]
 
 
 

Cast Devil – Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzle

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Cast Devil is an excellent puzzle. It has been made by many companies and is still one of the most common puzzles around. To be blunt, it is a classic. It has a difficulty of 4 out of 10.It is made of heavy metal, so it is almost impossible to break. It is a puzzle that most people could solve with a little perseverance. It is a puzzle that will get passed around when a few friends are socializing. It looks much simpler than it is, and since it doesn’t look intimidating, once one person solves it, someone else [Read More...]

 
 
 

Iron Maiden

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The Iron Maiden is an excellent, almost classic brainteaser. For the likes of me, I can’t figure why this puzzle is called the Iron Maiden. I suppose it is as good a name as any; and called the same thing by several companies who sell it. You will also find it offered by others here on Amazon. This one by I.Q.Collection, is what is often called a “wire puzzle”.It is made of fairly light gauge, nickle plated wire. Others listed here are what is called a “tavern puzzle”, they are is 3 0r 4 times heavier, and [Read More...]

 
 
 

Hanayama Level 1 Cast Puzzles – Bike

Cast Bike

This Hamayama Bike is an excellent puzzle and though given a difficulty level of 1;it is still a good challenge for young as well as older puzzle enthusiasts. I have no idea why my quote from Dr. King’s famous “I have a Dream ” speech came to mind. Maybe the solution to the problems he and his people faced, were filled with twists and turns, advances and setbacks, success and failure; could only be resolved with persistence. Likewise with this puzzle. As with most of life’s puzzles and brainteasers; solutions are often more difficult than they [Read More...]

 
 
 

Cast News

Cast News

The Cast News is an excellent puzzle for a lot of reasons. It is beautiful to look at, it is extremely well made, it looks easy, can be a real challenge, unless you understand the principle involved, then it is simplicity at its best. There are many puzzles that consist of an object such as this that are “locked” and the object is to open it or take it apart. Obviously, there must be something inside the puzzle that “locks “the two pieces together. Simply by shaking it, confirms the fact that there is something loose inside. [Read More...]

 
 
 

Cast Loop – Hanayama Cast Metal Puzzle (Toy)

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Hanayama has produced some of the most interesting, well made and beautiful, hand held puzzles in recent years. Of all the ones I have or have seen; Cast Loop is one of the best from the point of beauty and simplicity. Its simplicity doesn’t mean that it is too simple, rather that has great simple, beautiful design. As to its degree of difficulty, it is at the low end of the scale; but that only adds to it being a puzzle that just about everyone who sees it will not be intimidated and want to try to take it [Read More...]

 
 
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