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Tavor

Tavor

The Tavor wooden puzzle is a very beautiful puzzle and one that will give you an AHA! Moment when you solve it. First of all, let me tell you that there is another very similar, but different ball in cage type of puzzle. When I first came across this puzzle, I didn’t notice it was different from one I already had. At first glance, they look the same. However, there is another puzzle called Caged Ball or Ball in Cage, or Invader. When placed side by side the difference is immediately seen. In this puzzle you will note that the [Read More...]

 
 
 

Secret Opening Box 2

Secret Opening Box 2

Secret Boxes, or Puzzle Boxes, however you want to call them, have some of the greatest designs in mechanical puzzles. Just look at some of the Karakuri boxes and you’ll see what I mean. The problem with Karakuri boxes and similar ones is that they’re very expensive. However, not every Puzzle Box is that expensive, and PuzzleMaster has some good and affordable ones produced by themselves.

The Secret Opening Box 2 is a beauty. Made as an improved version of the original Secret Opening Box, this one turned out to be almost perfect. The only thing lacking, [Read More...]

 
 
 

Cross Box by Vinco

Vinco's Cross Box in the closed position

Co-ordinate motion puzzles can be incredibly beautiful objects, and incredibly challenging to assemble. Vinco is well known for his co-ordinate motion puzzles, and the Cross Box is a great example of his work.

If you’re not familiar with Vinco, these are mostly wooden puzzles made by Vaclav Obsivac, who is generally regarded as the master of coordinate motion puzzles. As you can see from the photograph, the work is superb. These are beautifully made wooden puzzles, which for the most part are composites of many different woods glued together to [Read More...]

 
 
 

Einer Geht Noch

Einer Geht Noch

I’m not sure why, but I love puzzles with German words – Sounds cool and difficult. Jean Claude Constantin, a German puzzle designer, has named a lot of his inventions with German words and expressions. For example, today’s puzzle, with a wine theme, is called “Einer Geht Noch” and could be translated as “one more?” or “let’s have another”, or something along these lines.

Like most Constantin’s puzzles the design is visually stunning. With a lighter tone wooden frame and contrasting darker tones for the pieces, everything about this puzzle looks harmonious and balanced. The frame is perfectly [Read More...]

 
 
 

Centrale

Centrale

In my never-ending quest to acquire all of Jean Claude Constantin‘s designs, I recently got from PuzzleMaster the Centrale puzzle. I was very curious about this design, mainly because I already had two puzzles from Robrecht Louage that have this same concept – Free a coin that’s trapped in a maze.

Centrale is a relatively small puzzle, measuring only 8.9 x 5.7cm (3.5″ x 2.2″) and, just like the designs from Robrecht, there’s a sliding platform with a 5 cent euro coin that needs to be placed under the larger cut-out circle in order to free [Read More...]

 
 
 

Square Root or Scrambler Puzzle

Scrambler

The Scrambler puzzle has a long history.  It got started around 1834, traveled around Europe testing people’s skills. It was brought to North America by Pioneers. It was simple to make, even with very basic tools. Today it is made by many companies around the world. There are several different ones here at various prices. Who knows, it may even have been the puzzle that prompted many other “sliding block” puzzles such as the 15 Puzzle or the more recent Rush Hour. There are several sequences whereby the puzzle can be solved, some requiring more moves than [Read More...]

 
 
 

Wedding Vows

wedding vows

The Wedding Vows is a classic puzzle if there ever was one.  It was around when marriage was deemed to be a permanent union.  Nowadays,things have changed, and separations are much more common, and the parties go back to where they were.  This puzzle demonstrates this phenomen wery well.

All that aside; the Wedding Vows is a great puzzle that is very well made and will entertain puzzlers of all aqes and solving skills.  Though fairly difficult; once you get it figured out, the 2 rings can be joined together and separated [Read More...]

 
 
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