The Rack Puzzle is an excellent puzzle that will challenge without being intimidating. It is very well made of heavy “stainless steel” wire ,strong,durable nylon cord and bright wooden balls. It should stand up to lots of use,and is virtually impossible to break without applying unusual force. As a matter of fact,hardly any force at all is required to remove the balls and cord. It is just as challenging to replace it ,once you have gotten it off. As with many “disentanglement puzzles” like this,a further challenge can be had by trying to solve it [Read More...]
The “A” Puzzle is a rather simple looking puzzle but is a bit trickier than it looks. I played with it for a while without removing the long handle from the “A”. † A second attempt took a little extra thought and maneuvering but it was then seen how it could come off. Like all wire puzzles, they seem impossible and only “brute Force” and bending the wire will accomplish solving it. Such force, is not needed and using it will only destroy the puzzle. This puzzle is quite popular and has been around for many [Read More...]
The Big 30 puzzle is a bit special for me as it represents my recent entry into the 30′s. I first saw it when I was choosing puzzles from PuzzleMaster and immediately caught my attention, since I was very close to celebrate my 30th birthday. It was designed by Allan Stein and it was his exchange puzzle at IPP 30 in 2010.
As the name suggests, the puzzle is comprised of two main pieces in the shape of a 3 and a 0, and a string with a bead at the end. The string can’t be moved [Read More...]
The Panic Attack is a very attractive entanglement puzzle. It is very sturdy and will withstand a lot of use. The metal is a heavy stainless steel wire and won’t bend unless an unusual, and unnecessary force, is applied, The gold ring that entwines the heart is made of strong nylon, and will also stand up to a lot of use. The only thing that could go wrong with this puzzle, would be if someone applied so much pressure to the cord that they were to break it; even then it could be mended with glue [Read More...]
A classic mechanical puzzle if there ever was one. I call it a classic because it has been around for probably well over 100 years. It has been made by many companies and in varying quality from real cheap to strong and heavy. This one, made of cast metal, is excellent; and will stand up to lots of use. In fact, it would take a major effort to bend or break it. It has all the elements of a real good puzzle. It is relatively easy to take apart and put back together; once the “secret” is known. A good [Read More...]
When it comes to describe a mechanical or hand held puzzle there are many things to consider. Beauty is one of those aspects that doesn’t immediately come to mind; but as soon as one sees, and picks up Yin & Yang, it’s absolute beauty is obvious. The Yin is a symbol from Chinese philosophy and art. The female element stands for darkness, cold and death; the male element the source of life and heat. It took great imagination to take this ancient symbol and incorporate it into a puzzle. Being metal, as well as superbly crafted, [Read More...]
The Lion’s Lair is an interesting wire or disentanglement puzzle. I chose my title from the fact that this puzzle actually goes by at least two names. On Amazon, it is offered as Mantis Wire puzzle, by Winshare. Actually, I kind of like that name. Itís natural to give these wire puzzles names, and that is often very difficult. In this case, when you look at the puzzle spread out, it does resemble the face of a lion. However, it just as well resembles the face of a Praying Mantis. So, pick your choice–I guess. It is well [Read More...]