This Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent is reporting on the world’s greatest mechanical puzzle: The Lotus Table by Kagen Schaefer.
It’s not the hardest. But for a variety of reasons: craftsmanship, design, size and all around coolness, it is simply a masterpiece that will be in a museum one day.
I have some bad news: you cannot purchase this puzzle because they are all sold out. However, you can buy my article on it. Strangely, the August issue is on sale now. Don’t ask me why. Suffice it to say, the September issue will soon replace it. So hurry.
GAMES Magazine can [Read More...]
It’s a little confusing to find the Triangle Pyramid puzzle on Amazon. There are at least three of them. You will also find it listed as Triangle Pyramid Wooden Brain Teaser. They are all alike as far as I can tell; they go by different names, made by different manufacturers. You will find it made by Brilliant Puzzles, Monkey Pod Games, Winshare Puzzles & Games. etc. Mine was made by Siam Mandalay. Mine has a tray to hold it as well as a triangle that fits half way down the pyramid; just as the picture shows. [Read More...]
The Nogglers NG-319 is a fairly common wood burr puzzle made by several manufacturers over the years and probably has other names as well. As far as burr puzzles go (a few or many pieces of wood that fit together to form an object);this is about as simple as they come. Out of 10 I would have to give it a difficulty of 1 to disassemble it; and a difficulty of 2 to reassemble it. No matter how new you are to these puzzles; it’s hard to believe it would take more than a few seconds to take [Read More...]
The Cross Puzzle is about as simple to solve as you will find. However, there is a simple principle of Physics involve; and if you don’t twig on to it, try as you may, you’ll never get it apart. That principle is definitely not force. Force can probably be used to take just about any puzzle apart, but in doing so, it’ll also probably wreck the puzzle. The principle used in The Cross Puzzle is also used in other puzzles that have been around for years, taking different forms and made [Read More...]
Dragon Cube is a fascinating little puzzle from the folks over at Gotta Solve It. Invented by their chief mechanical puzzle engineer, Doug Engel, the Dragon Cube is able to transform itself is several different shapes. This was first introduced in 2000 as an exchange puzzle at the 20th IPP, then called Perfect Ring of Eight.
The puzzle is built from wood and painted with eight different colors, producing a very nice visual effect. Although I prefer wooden puzzles, in this particular case I think plastic would have been much more appropriate, since you’re [Read More...]
It’s approaching Christmas as I write this and puzzles make great stocking stuffer. The Dinosaur Egg is what is called a mechanical hand held, burr, or take-apart puzzle. It is marketed by many different companies, usually made of wood, but I suppose it is also made of plastic, or even possibly of metal. It goes by many names such a Dinosaur Egg, Football or Rugby, Mulberry, etc. As to difficulty, it is fairly simple; 1 or 2 out of 5. Some puzzles like this can be difficult to take apart, but this one is unusually easy. [Read More...]
Floor is another unique Packing Puzzle from Jean Claude Constantin. This unusual mosaic is reminiscent of a honeycomb pattern, albeit having pentagons instead of hexagons. The puzzle itself looks like it consists of 19 pieces, but in reality only the inner 7 pieces are removable.
The puzzle is made of three layers of what appears to be plywood. The top of the pieces are very well polished and feel smooth to the touch. Size-wise it’s a small puzzle, measuring only 12 x 10.5cm (4.7″ x 4.1″).
The pieces of the Floor puzzle are also very unusual. Each piece [Read More...]