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2 Triangles / U
miniature

This is the first in a series of the next 5 miniature copies of the full-size Tavern Puzzles .   Made in China by Out Of Bounds .   Designed & distributed by Robmar Corp. of Manchester, NH .












3 Clovers    The solution is deceptive if one weren't paying attention .
















3 COILS 2 LOOPS (wire & string)

















The next six figure puzzles are made by 4D FameMaster in China .   Excellent craftsmanship !   There are 13 main catagories : dinosaur -- Ice Age -- wild animals -- endangered animals -- dogs -- cats -- horses -- reptiles -- frogs -- sea animals -- cute animals -- polar animals -- North American animals -- and some of the same in mini versions .   Plus, single Special Collection items, such as the Dolphin below, which is about five times the size of the normal versions -- although the size restraint of the pic doesn't show it .


4D Bear . . . . . 22 pieces

4D Dolphin . . . . . 43 pieces

4D Gorilla . . . . . 26 pieces












4D Horse   . . . . . 25 pieces

4D Moose   . . . . . 21 pieces

4D Walrus . . . . . 23 pieces



















4pc Pyramid   . . . made by Binary Arts .



. . . . . 4 identical pieces
















4 Ts   . . . from Binary Arts .
There are two sides to this puzzle .   The other being slightly smaller in square area .
The T puzzle was used to advertise White Rose Ceylon tea in 1903 .















4U Tray Puzzle . . . origami version of a wooden puzzle by Khofuh Satoh

Designer: Francesco Mancini . . . Fold #13

A very nice Christmas present from my 11-year-old nephew, Travis -- a local award winner for his amazing paper-folding techniques -- who has his own  website displaying many of his origami creations. There are 2 short videos there also one can view showing the action of the items being shown.

His acclaim was acknowledged in an Origami competition in New York City winning several awards.

The OBJECT is to place all four pieces -- flat -- within the tray. Try it.












Alexis' Spiral Dilemma
    Is the secret to solving this gem lie with only looping a single spiral or two ?   How does one make the transition from single to double loop ?
    The beautifully highly-polished chromed spring is a whopping 6" long by 1 3/8" in diameter .   The wire is 1/8" thick .   The rugged gold ring is 2 1/2" in diameter with a wire thickness of 1/4" .















Anomoly miniature
















Backlogged
Designed by Jean-Claude Constantin .
Also known as Weaver's Dilemma elsewhere in Puzzleland !














Bent Nails   For those of you who would like an idea of how hefty they are : a 16d galvanized nail is very close to being .168" (2.68/16") in diameter .   These bent nails are slightly thicker (probably 20d) : .208" ( 3.33/16") thick steel nails, bought off a friend who got it from a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Derry, NH .














Bilz Box   . . . bi-level clear polystyrene maze
A steel ball - once discreetly placed at a certain point within the maze . . . and an applied pressure on a certain point outside of the box - will aid in releasing the slide drawer at the end of the box that may have a dollar bill within it .














Boomerang Burr   . . . imploded
One of my creations !
Original burr is called Banana Burr from Asahi Yananose's website . . . an interesting exercise in shape-changing 'explosion-type' coordinate motion,   utilizing 45° and 90° angles, with North American Eastern white pine, kiln-dried at about 8% humidity .
There were several areas on each of the pieces (not on any slide portion) I applied several coats of clear gloss polyurethane, just to enhance its aesthetics by way of contrast from other areas . . . such as the contrast between natural blonde-color to flame-torched areas .


. . . starting to expand . . .


. . . expanding more . . .








. . . fully expanded


Boomerang Burr . . . "UNVEILED"

















Boxed In (made by Milton Bradley)



















Brass Jax

Designer Rocky Chiaro has turned a symbol of childhood fun into a truly remarkable metal brainteaser sculpture. This beautiful brass finished puzzle measures 2½" x 2½".















Butterfly miniature
















C & U wire puzzle

. . . A very nice 'hefty' gift from my good friend -- and Connecticut's only seriously avid puzzle collector --
 Rob Stegmann  .

Thanks Rob.

Here is what I call a simply, tricky puzzle :  simple, once you know how it works. But tricky in its simplicity.
The 'key' maneuver is hidden in plain sight.

The wire is a whopping 1/4" thick. Set flat on a table surface (free of tension), it measures 5 + 7/8" long. Under tension, you could pull it another 3/8" (for a total of 6 + 1/4" in length)












Cannon
Designed by Doug Haigh .













cast BAROQ

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " This Akio Yamamoto creation consists of two pieces fashioned after the image of intertwining Bach melodies. Following the dynamic build up is an inspirational finale when the two pieces elegantly release from each other. You may even want to choose a somewhat luxurious and relaxing ambience when attempting this puzzle. The key word is 'music'














cast CHAIN

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "There's a whole world of wisdom wrapped up in this Oskar masterpiece. The three pieces can be separated and then joined again in their original form. What's special about this puzzle is that it can be solved three different ways, depending on which of the three pieces is chosen as the middle piece. Solving this puzzle requires an especially subtle kind of working of the pieces, the kind that often leaves the victim struggling in frustration. Keeping in mind its chainlike behaviour and using your feeling to your advantage is the best way to attack this. The key word is 'chain'. "

-NOB 2002-

cast Chain . . . . . level 6 . . . packaged

another position



















cast COASTER

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " Serhiy Grabarchuk is a famous Ukrainian puzzle designer who lives in Uzhgorod. The puzzle depicted on the piece of drawing that he sent me looked like a strange adornment weaved into a "coiffure"design. If you put a glass carefully onto the completing puzzle, it becomes, indeed, a coaster. Using this when serving drinks to guests will no doubt create stimulating conversation. Theme: "Coiffure"."













cast COIL

According to the fine folks at  PuzzleMaster , "It appears like a box-like lump with a hole in it, but is actually comprised of two coiled up virtually identical pieces. You must try to take it apart by sliding and rotating the pieces. Although the pieces are angular in shape, they can be rotated in unexpected ways, making their movements quite intriguing. The theme of the puzzle is Loops."













cast CRICKET

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " This puzzle, utilizing equipment used in the sport of cricket, can be traced back to a puzzle patented in England back in 1898. The world's only remaining original version of this puzzle is part of the personal collection of my close British friend, James Dalgety. James was kind enough to lend his hand in the creation of a Cast Puzzle version. The key word is 'gates'."















cast CYLINDER    SOLD

According to the fine folks at PuzzleMaster, "As the name implies, there is a hidden trick inside the cylinder puzzle.  There is absolutely no hint or clue on how to start from the outside appearance.  If there is one hint that we can provide, it is to go about it as if you were cracking open a safe.  Enjoy finding the solution while pretending to be a spy cracking open a safe with a shaken not stirred martini by your side.  The theme is "lock".

Designed by Vesa Timonen from Finland .

You can see the video solution on YouTube  here

(This video is what helped me the most.   AWESOME !   I always thought that the 3 vertical pcs were identical.
Only 2 are identical . . . the third is the 'key' to the whole solution. The video will explain why.)

Once you find where the inside ridge voids are within the 2 outer rings, put masking tape on the outside of both rings (as long as the voids are -- so that each end of the tape strips coincide with each end of the inside ridges). This way, you always know where they are throughout the rest of the solution.

note: just to add some helpful hints here . . . . .

* each of the 3 pieces are 1/3 of a circle (120º)

* after finding the synchronized position for the voids inside the 2 rings, while holding the 2 rings from moving with one hand, with thumb and forefinger of the other hand (thumb underneath the rings, forefinger on top), rotate the 3 pieces until a piece suddenly drops down partially through the rings . . . holding both rings from rotating, place a finger inside the rings and move all 3 pieces counter-clockwise to the next 120º location .

If the pieces resist moving, try the next piece to drop, again placing a finger inside the rings and try to move all 3 pieces counter-clockwise to the next 120º location .

Again, if resistance is met, try the 3rd piece. If after trying all 3 pieces, and the entire group resists moving, you have the assembly upside down.

Turn the puzzle over and try again. You may want to mark an arrow on the masking tape so that it indicates where the 'top' of the puzzle is supposed to be . . . or . . . put a tiny piece of masking tape on top of the 'key' piece (off to the side from where you'll ne touching it).

* after continuing to hold the synchronized position for the voids inside the 2 rings, while holding the 2 rings from moving with one hand, with thumb and forefinger of the other hand (thumb underneath the rings, forefinger on top), again rotate the 3 pieces until a piece suddenly drops down partially through the rings . . . this will be your 'key' piece (but, not the first piece to be removed)

* after the 'key' piece partially drops, continuing to hold both rings from rotating, place a finger inside the rings and move all 3 pieces counter-clockwise to the next 120º location (inline with the void position of the 2 rings -- where the masking tape is)

* the piece (one of the twins) to the left of the 'key' piece will drop further down from the 'key' piece

* rotate the rings counter-clockwise again, only about halfway towards the next 120º location . . . the twin piece will now disengage from the assembly . . . the other 2 pieces can now easily be removed from the assembly.












cast DELTA . . . from Amazon seller Santa Trading Japan

                                                                                             partial opening >>>

According to the fine folks at  PuzzleMaster  , "It is the brain-child of Hong Kong native Kyoo Wong who, with the eye of an engineer, has worked on a number of cast puzzles. While simple in form, its geometry somehow challenges and stirs up our creativity. The theme is the number three."

note: this is the point one wants to get at -- where the 3 points form a triangular space -- after which, even /\ though it being a tight fit, with a little jiggling and constant pull-apart pressure, the points slide past each other to separate the pieces, as noted further below.

. . . . . pieces

Why is it called Delta? It closely resembles the fourth capital letter of the Greek alphabet Δ
(an Isosceles Triangle -- 2 sides are equal in length, the base is shorter).
However, the puzzle is an Equilateral Triangle (all 3 sides are equal in length).

I guess the Hanayama folks decided it was close enough to give it the name 'Delta'.

Made of brass, it is finished with an aged bronzed look.
The appearance gives the puzzle a high quality appearance.
The size is small, but feels sturdy and comfortable to handle and maneuver.
It is triangular shaped, and measures 5.7 x 5 x 1cm (2.2" x 2" .4").

The Cast Delta really stands out by its simple and yet elegant design. Because the construction is brass, it unfortunately has that characteristic smell that it leaves in your hands. It does have an advantage, though, due to its rugged texture it hardly gets scratched, unlike some puzzles that have an extra coating finish.

Before attempting to solve it, the solution is thought to be a simple coordinate-motion technique . . . just separate the three pieces, pulling on them simultaneously. Upon noticing the hooks on each of the pieces, one immediately concludes that there is something else to it other than simply pulling on the pieces at the same time, although this is partly true. The ingenious part is, however, hidden from view inside the puzzle, so you need to figure out how the pieces must be separated.

All you can see is a slight view of the inside just a few millimeters long . . . and way inside, a small rod that fits into the hook on the end of each piece . . . . .
(once you've got the pieces separated, of course).

These rods most likely are the parts of the puzzle pieces that keep all 3 pieces together without just coming apart on its own.



A little fiddling separates the 3 pieces from their rods, but a further maneuver must be reached
(the center of the puzzle where one can see the tips of all 3 pieces (as noted by the left-hand pic)
-- formed into an
'equilateral triangle').

This is the crucial part that must be reached before further continuing trying to separate them.

Always holding 2 pieces at a time, if one position fails to separate all 3 pieces, rotate the puzzle to the next 2 holding pieces and try again.
(note: sometimes, you may want to use the forefinger of one of your hands to push against the 3rd piece while maneuvering the other 2 pieces . . . . .)



A little more fiddling and jiggling, and one will eventually find the 'sweet spot' . . . . .

Here, the triangle 'space' from above has finally been overcome, and movement is well on its way towards the '3-tip position' (below).





The tips of all 3 pieces are touching . . . and now, separation is finally ready to be achieved.

note: when separation is finally achieved, you will have noticed that hardly any force was needed at all, contrary to the opinions of some blogs.

Patience, perserverence and delicate maneuverings are all that are needed to achieve your goal here.
The puzzle is rated as a level 3/6

Along with what you've just read above to help compliment the entire solution, you can see the basic solution PuzzleMaster has put forth, with a little more explanation for clarity  here












cast DISK

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " The World Puzzle Designers' Forum, held in August 2000 in Los Angeles was where I first met my close friend Oskar. This puzzle is based on a disc based puzzle that he showed me at that time. Battling it out with this puzzle is like putting your mind to the test against one of the world's sharpest minds in Oskar. The idea to keep in mind here is 'circle'. "














cast DOLCE

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "Introducing a puzzle masterpiece by Akio Yamamoto. Similar in style to the key chain version. "Sweet", we have raised the bar with this one, both in difficulty and design. It is vital to line up the ridges and grooves of the two pieces, both in taking them apart and in putting them back together. Don't try to rush this one 0 take your time and enjoy the "Vita Dolce!"

-Yamamoto 2001-












cast DUET

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " At first glance, it looks as if there is only one ring hanging from the grid but there are in fact two rings attached with a magnetic force. Can you separate them from the grid and return them to their original positions? After you conquer that, try to fit the two rings at the four-crossing points on the grid indicated by the numbers. The level of difficulty increases as players aim for crssings with higher numbers. Theme: Magnetism. An ambitious product by Oskar packed with multiple proglems to be solved. "












cast EQUA

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "We have created a puzzle that takes on a spherical shape of an astronomical model compound of a planet and its surrounding ring. The planet positioned tightly inside the ring looks as if it cannot be taken out, and all you can do with it is rotate it on its axis. Or is this really the case? The theme of the puzzle is "heaven" and was created by Oskar of the Netherlands."














cast FLAG

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " At the end of the 19th century, Britain experienced a huge puzzle craze. I managed to pick a number of the puzzles famous during that period in flea markets, despite their rarity. Based on a puzzle that reappeared later in America, this is one that we have successfully revived in its new form. Keeping in mind the idea of intersecting the 'flags' should help in tackling this one. I only hope you enjoy the final 'release' as much as I do. "












cast GALAXY

According to the fine folks at PuzzleMaster, "Like the swirling shape of the galaxy…that is why this puzzle was named Galaxy.

It is not that difficult to solve but one becomes totally mesmerized by the pieces that move freely. It is more difficult to put them back together than to take them apart. Take a good look at how the pieces move when taking them apart so you can put them back together again.

The theme is knot and was designed by Bram Cohen from the United States."

You can see the solution  here











cast H & H . . . from eBay (seller: riscoutmaster)

There are two 'H' pieces that need to be separated. Out of a scale between 1 to 10, this is a gruelling 9. Very difficult.

The first pic to the left displays the two pieces from a front view.
Notice the RH piece; this is the main orientating piece to the solution.
It has Hanayama's name stamped onto it.

The second pic are the same two pieces from the backside.












cast Harmony . . . from eBay member desertskygifts2013

According to the fine folks at PuzzleMaster, "The “G clef” and “eighth note” intertwine and give off a beautiful note as if they’re playing music. The design, which does not resemble a puzzle at first glance, is beautiful to the eye as well as fun."

Theme: “Playing music”

Designed by Russian Dmitry Pevnitskiy and Kirill Grebnev

You can see the solution  here











cast KEYRING

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "After completion of this puzzle by Dutch designer, Oskar, the words 'key' and 'ring' should be properly lined up with each other. This is vital. If you try to put the pieces back together without lining up the words correctly, you will have failed even after achieving what appears at first to be a successful matching. It should read 'Key Ring' even when upside down. The wording design is courtesy of the prodigy, Scott Kim. The key word is 'pair' "












cast NEWS . . . . . level 6    SOLD
According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage  for this puzzle, "I came up with the idea for this puzzle when I was 19 years old. It just came to me during a stroll home in the snow; it's truly a creation of my youth. Unfortunately, saying anything here about its construction would give away how to solve it. I certainly can't disappoint the fans that have come to expect frustratingly difficult puzzles from me. Besides, the fans that refuse to accept any kind of hint are those who make me the happiest! The key word is 'needle'."

-NOB 2003-

These Cast Metal Puzzles truly are a puzzler's dream. Incorporating designs from the 15th century up to the present time.

According to  Mr Puzzle Australia  , "Hanayama Toy Co. began life in the mid-1930s as a manufacturer and retailer of traditional games, indoor pursuits and other toys, and from the very beginning has placed great emphasis on creative ideas, good quality and friendly service."

According to the folks at  MediaNugget  , "Hanayama's metal puzzles are mostly classic "tanglement" affairs, where you attempt to separate the component pieces (and hopefully reassemble them). Once you learn how to solve each puzzle, they aren't really all that much fun to repeat, unlike a Rubik's Cube. However, these puzzles are a lot more beautiful than a multicolored plastic cube, and once they're solved, they transition gracefully to paperweights, conversation pieces, and something to just fiddle around with unconciously. The puzzles are divided into six levels of difficulty. Skip the lower half, unless you're buying for a child. But don't think you'll start at the top, either. Several of the toughest puzzles are "unranked." Take on the Enigma at your peril."












cast NUTCASE

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " This is a brand new puzzle from Dutch puzzle maker Oskar van Deventer. The Nutcase has two meanings in this puzzle. 1. The case surrounding the nut. 2. The way you feel when you try to solve the puzzle. This is in a limited edition box. The box is written in Japanese and some english. The description and other items in the box are written in Japanese. The difficulty level on this puzzle has not been classified yet."

I have personally done this puzzle, and it definitely deserves a rating of 10 (on a scale of 1 to 10 -- 10 being the most difficult).   Precision orientation is the key to solving this brainwarp .












cast QUARTET

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " True bonds has always been hard to form, but once formed such bonds are eternal and hard to break. My original version was created with this image in mind, but the puzzle was completed into a cast puzzle with a bond that is truly difficult to unravel. How would you go about breaking and forming this bond? There are two approaches to this puzzle and I challenge you to both! The key word is "Bond."













cast RADIX

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, " The Radix is a puzzle known for both its monumental looks and somewhat organic styling and movements. The entire unit gives off an air of antique wisdom, with the pieces joined at the base in chaotic harmony. The name comes from the mathematical term, 'radical axis'; and also means root in Latin. The innovative concept that it is you might even be tempted to call it 'radical'. Whatever you call it, have fun. The key word here is 'sprout'. "














cast Rattle . . . from a local store  Piece Time Puzzles   in Northwood, NH

You can view its solution  here

. . . . . or . . . . .

You can view its solution on YouTube  here













cast RING

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "This puzzle is based on an original called the 'Puzzle Ring'. Popularized in 15th century Europe, this ring style was actually used for official engagement and marriage rings. Christian reformist, Martin Luther, was even known to wear one. It is rumored to prove as evidence of its wearer's adultery...when it comes apart into pieces. That's quite a history contained in this little puzzle."













cast VIOLON

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "Patented in America in 1965, this puzzle was orginally created by Joseph L. Litle. The idea to make this puzzle came to me after playing with a wooden copy built for me by my close, but now deceased friend, Tadao Muroi. The proportions have been changed considerably from the original plan in this new version. With this puzzle being styled after a violin and its strings, the word here is...'string'. "













cast VORTEX

According to the description on PuzzleMaster's  webpage for this puzzle, "Subject: Vortex
The three pieces each have a spiral (vortex) body and two protrusions. When assembled together, each piece is unified into a flat object. In order to undo this complex entanglement it will be necessary to unbind them three dimensionally."














Cerebral Rings . . . from  Mag-Nif Inc.

Pieces













partial opening


piston
























 Chinese Puzzle Rings   . . . modern chrome version
SPIRAL -- FLEX handle .

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Chinese Puzzle Rings  . . . modern wood version
Handle has artwork at end .

Closeup of artwork .


















CrissCross Cube

9 intricately laser cut wooden laminate pieces . . . designed by Derek Corbin. It measures 2" x 2" x 2".

















Cross_U_Triangle miniature
Known elsewhere on the web as Uncle's Gingerbread Puzle and Conestoga Playmate .














Crystal
One of several in the MindBenders' series -- one of two in a package given to me by a fellow worker at my place of employment .

















CYCLONE . . . from  www.officeplayground.com

This puzzle is the product of  IQ lightTM , a self assembly lighting system made up of interlocking quadrilaterals.

According to the folks there, "The IQ lightTM system was designed in 1972 by Danish designer Holger Strøm, who was then working at the Kilkenny Design Workshops, Ireland."

Making your own puzzle can be seen  here












Devil's Staircase   . . . Pentangle's Devil's Halo .


















Dool-'o'-rinth (orange)   . . . . . 'simple'

There are six colors of progressive difficulty levels :
easy yellow . . . . . simple orange . . . . . silly green . . . . . complex blue . . . . . crazy red . . . . . terrible black .

To quote a fellow collector friend of mine : "..... maybe they rate by # of dead-ends? Distinct passages? Total solutions (fewer = harder)? Length of solution passage, or number of turns or backtracks involved?"

shaft

shaft pin












sleeve  . . . . . the maze .

top of shaft
This part is stamped 'CorToys' .











bottom of shaft






















Doozie

This one was purchased from one of my favorite online stores  Frik - n - Frak
















Double Clef   . . . from  Pentangle  of England .
Another slightly different version called "Two Part Harmony" is sold by  Livewire  .















Double Square  . . . from Aha Brainteaser Classics (Thinkfun people at Binary Arts)
This puzzle is a two-parter .   First, this one using 4 pieces (3" square) .   The next picture shows the same puzzle using a fifth piece (a miniature square) making the second large square  ( 3 1/4" square ) .   One source for this puzzle can be viewed at
 education.puzzles.com


Double Square
The fifth piece (a small square) has been added .

















Double W

This was acquired at a local yard sale for $1.00

Known as 'Cast Devil' by the  Hanayama  people.
Other packaging titles are 'Twin Tangle' -- 'The Match -- 'MW Puzzle' -- 'Menace'.













Expanding Cube (plastic)   . . . made by Skor-Mor from their Geo-Logic line - whose inner structure is taken from Stewart Coffin's design in his hardwood version by the same name !


Expanding Cube . . . plastic . . . expanded slightly


Expanding Cube . . . plastic . . . single piece
( 1 of 6 )














Expanding Cube (wood)   . . . Stewart Coffin's creation . It was the first copy made .   By sheer gravity design, after initial connection, all the pieces close in towards the center .   One only needs to grasp the puzzle by two of its pieces to start all of them expanding until total disengagement is reached, thus making it a true coordinate-motion puzzle .


Expanding Cube . . . expanded slightly


Expanding Cube . . .
single piece
( 1 of 6 )













EZ Atom EZ Atom . . . from  PuzzleMaster

Marble weighs          20.3g
Silver piece weighs   60.7g
Gold piece weighs     59.9g
Copper piece weighs 58.2g
                                   ---------
for a Total of            199.1g (.438 lb)












Finger puzzle rings
Clockwise from bottom left : 4-band chain,   11-band (Q series),   5-band,   and 8-band .   All rings come apart in a cluster except for the 8-band,   whose bands can all be individually separated .   The 11Q is the most difficult .   These solid Sterling Silver rings were purchased from  
 Jewelry by Jose Grant  .












Fractus

An interesting study of aesthetic geometry from the good folks at  Frik - n - Frak  .

Six identical pieces form a facsimile of two pyramids intersecting.


















Free The Key
Aluminum key with brass ring .   Made by Puzzle Makers International .   Currently also sold on
 Bits & Pieces .














Gordian Knot
    The wire is from stainless steel clothes hanger .   This is an extremely difficult puzzle if one didn't have a whisper of how to proceed .
 Pentangle  also has this puzzle in their Executive line, and they say that, "The object of this puzzle/paperweight (named after the knot of the legend of King Gordius) is to weave the cord from the tangled loops without resorting to the extreme measures of Alexander The Great with his sword!"

    Elsewhere on the web - with slightly different form - this is referred to as "The Loony Loop" .   Its packaging has on it ' It is Made in Japan " and has patent no. 172310 .   The instructions say it is a product of the Loony Loop Company from Memphis, TN.   Other names found on the web are Puzzletts Jailer and The Jailer made by Spilsbury Puzzle Co., #3181 and Siamese Angels ( . . . a double-looped version called Triamese Angels -- 26 moves ) .

A wooden version of this puzzle, devised by Jack Botermans in 1983, is called "Gekkenwerk" (the Dutch word for lunacy).    Frik - n - Frak's Curio Shack   sold a version called "Sapiens".

A simpler version of the Gordian Knot was the  Reef Knot , which was part of the early 19th century Ivory Chinese Puzzle sets.

Gordian Knot/Loony Loop (wooden disentanglement/topological puzzle) . . . from eBay

According to the seller (puzzler2) -- from Michigan, "You are bidding on a hardwood Looney Loop puzzler about 11 inches long by 3 inches wide, in fine condition and comes with its own display holder. Made by Btis & Pieces and in its original box, the puzzle comes with a solution."











Handcuffs / Horseshoes    This one is very tricky given its simplicity of design .   Another name on the web is Puzzletts Shackles .

















Heart / Dogbone miniature
Also known as Uncle's Sweetheart and Puzzletts Heart .















Hercules
This item is sold by
 Bits & Pieces
Very tricky !


. . . pieces
All 5 pieces are identical .















HEXCROSS   . . . coordinate motion

According to the fine folks at  PuzzleMaster  , "Exquisite wood puzzles that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere else in the world. The workmanship on each puzzle is so fantastic that we can't even begin to describe it. Each piece is made with loving care as if the master craftsman was making them for royalty. There is a full range of puzzles from very small to extremely large puzzles" .

Vaclav 'Vinco' Obsívac is the extraordinary artist/craftsman behind this puzzle . . . and others like it, as seen on PuzzleMaster's website (logo at the top of every one of my pages).

And, according to the complimentary words as described by the folks at the  Age of Puzzles  
"Wooden puzzles which are thoroughly designed and crafted by Vaclav Obsívac are so perfect that they can be described as a Harmony in Wood. Just browse through all of his puzzle creations (more than 170 at the moment!) and you will hear that Harmony."

inner                                                                                                                                                            outer












Hidden Mickey's Dilemma    The three loops sort of look like Mickey Mouse's head outline .



















HollowBox Burr
The second in the MindBenders' series -- as a duo-combo package -- given to me by a fellow worker, Peter, at my place of employment .

















Horseshoes . . . elongated miniature
This was acquired at a local yard sale .
















Icosahedron 92 . . . . . 43 pcs
level 4 difficulty rating (rating: 1 - 5)

A very beautiful gift from my good friend in the Czech Republic,  Vaclac Obsivac

                                                                       . . . . . a partial look inside >>>


It's hard to realize and appreciate the craftsmanship that is incorporated into such an item as this until you see it close up .












Internal Combustion

This puzzle is made out of solid aluminum .   It was sold by Bits & Pieces until recently, which they now have discontinued .
Besides getting this puzzle at
 Piece Time Puzzles  . . . . . as I did, other sources for purchase can be found at  Games & Puzzles  and the 'Executive Metal' section of  Puzzles DownUnder  .   Also at  Mr Puzzle  of Australia .

An exquisitely aesthetically-pleasing wood version, known on the web as: Nightmare Box
. . . . . (formerly Shuffle Box ) . . . . . which is made out of Thailand's own beautiful “Raintree” wood, and according to its website, is "a non endangered and renewed tree from northern Thailand that has the grain structure and appearance of Teak", can be viewed for purchase here at  Creative Crafthouse .



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Not as easy as you may think .



the Shell



















IQ Circle

A plastic tangram with its own case .















Jigsaw Ball   from Aha Brainteaser Classics, the Thinkfun people at Binary Arts .


. . . pieces

















Jigsaw Jewel   from Aha Brainteaser Classics, the Thinkfun people at Binary Arts .
Very well made .


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Keltic Cube    SOLD

Made of plated nickel and finished in attractive bronze, gold and black. Keltic Cube measures 3" x 3". Designed by Doug Engel. The puzzle contains six cleverly designed interlocking pieces. Unfortunately this hasn't much of a challenge in the puzzle department . . . more of a conversation piece.















keychain Keys
Once you find the right combination of 'workable' surface notches, the keys will then separate .















keychain S-rings
Very tricky !   Even after you've done it once - most likely by accident - you'll still have trouble attempting it a second time ( or maybe even a third ) .













keychain Star Shuttle
This is a very frustrating puzzle to solve .   You have to catch just the right angle to free the star from its shuttle .















Kwazy Quilt (made by Kohner Bros)
Also known as Hi Q Euclid from Peter Pan Playthings manufactured under licence from Gabriel Toys Inc. U.S.A.
















Lighthouse    SOLD

This puzzle, and the Cannon, were made with expert metal craftsmanship .   I don't know who designed it, but it was made by SEQUENCE in TAI PAI, TAIWAN .

















 LiveCube's  Double Bar

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 LiveCube's  Knobbly Burr (LiveCube) 

Each of the 6 pieces has 12 sub-cubes, making the whole puzzle with a total of 72 sub-cubes !






(All 6 pieces are identical)   Create these two halves . . . turn one of them over . . .

and start to fit them into each other

. . . almost closed

Done !


















Long Island Catch


















Loony Loop
According to the instructions that came with it in its own box, this puzzle is a product of The Loony Loop Co. of Memphis, Tenn.   It was made in Japan, and disributed by The Products of the Behavioral Sciences, Inc. of Campbell, Ca

I do not have a date to put with this one, but a similar puzzle (whose only difference of appearance lies in the section of the puzzle where all 4 loops are connected to the center wire, and the ends) called the Gordian Knot is made by  Pentangle  of England, in their Eureka Puzzles > Wood, Wire and Loops 3 section .

I've made my own version from stainless steel clothes-hanger wire, as can be seen on the  "My Creations"  page, or above on this page .











Lucky Clover
An original design by Oskar van Deventer.

4 identical pieces




















Lucky Star  . . . from Bits & Pieces online catalog .
An interlock coordinate-motion puzzle ( all the pieces move equally at the same time ) designed by Philippe Dubois who uses it as his logo.

Lucky Star . . . expanded slightly


Lucky Star . . . expanded more


Lucky Star . . . pieces

















Lunatic Lock

Brushed aluminum .   Made by Puzzle Makers International .   Currently also sold on  Bits & Pieces  .


. . . . . pieces
A tricky mechanism if you have no idea how or where to start .


















Magnetic Globe

. . . . . designed by Albert J. Hall, Patent # 5826872 .
The text on the black plastic base reads: "Mind Walk Inc" .

. . . . . a partial look inside

. . . . . 32 pieces
(20 large hexagonal )
(12 small pentagonal )

















Man The Torpedo

Aluminum and brass .   Made by Puzzle Makers International .   Currently also sold on  Bits & Pieces  .


Starting the solution
If you can get to this point, which starts the solution, you've got it made .



















Money Lock Bank
This is a very well-crafted puzzle !   A one-of-a-kind gem extraordinaire that comes along every once in a great while that doesn't seem to make much of a ' Here-I-am ! ' recognition .   However, those collectors who take special interest in these kinds of puzzles - as I do - can readily perceive the value of such a prized addition . . . and the genius behind it .

Tried to get a manufacturer name off the box it came in, but all it gave me was the old familiar "Made in China" .

The top with its logo .

Front

Side



Orange ring

Yellow ring with numbers














Non-Convex Bi-Half-Hexes wooden BOOK
<<< inside trays . . . . .
. . . from my good collector friend from Connecticut,
 Rob Stegmann . . . Thanks Rob !

                           . . . . . BOOK's backside >>>


For more info about this unique puzzle, click on the above link (Rob Stegmann) and scroll down to the September section.


The closed BOOK as seen from the front.
One has to push the top half backwards towards the binder until the dovetail separates


The binder is laser cut to an ultimate precision

Seven pieces

Dovetail edging ▼












On The Level

Each of the nine sculpture-like playing pieces is different.   Each has three elevations.   They have to be arranged on the playing grid so that all edges match in elevation .
Size: 4 1/8"x4 1/8"x2 9/16".















Opposing Triangles    Very clever !

















Orbik . . . . . Given by a fellow collector, Patti Smith

A fairly rare puzzle (some estimates put the number at around 200).
The Orbik was invented by Shih-Hung Juang, and has patent US 4,752,074 filed 25 September 1986, granted 21 June 1988 (also European patent EP 262,251).
Introduced to the puzzle community by the late Edward Hordern
at IPP 1992 as an exchange gift.

A clockwise twist of the front face changes the 3 colours at the marked windows
(at 12, 3, 7 o'clock).
Anti-clockwise twists change nothing, except reposition the marked windows for the next move .

You can view a solution to this puzzle on  Jaap's Puzzle Page











Pandora's Box   . . . from  Pentangle of England .    SOLD

A high-quality coordinate-motion puzzle .


Pandora's Box. . . partially opened


















 Psycho Cycle
There are only two pieces of brass wire : the handlebars and the rest of the tricycle -- which is one continuous length .   Designed & crafted by  A. J. Koveleski in 1976 . The directions sheet bears his handwritten signature in pen (1984), and a "Best Wishes to ...." phrase to the persons I bought it from .















Puzzle Bank Ball
This is the GrandDaddy of the little ones that are always being sold on E-Bay .   This one is approximately a whopping 6" in diameter !   Plus it substitutes for a bank as well .


Puzzle Bank Ball pieces


















Radius   . . . made by  The Mandalay Box Co.
A 4-tiered cylinder puzzle that resembles Pandora's Box on my this page further towards the top.   Also known as Cylinder Puzzle at the  WingsToys.com  site .


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Rob's Pyraminx

Received this from my collector friend Rob Stegmann .

Thanks Rob !    Greatly appreciated .

According to the fine folks at Shapeways, "Rob's Pyraminx was suggested at Rob Stegmann's puzzle  website.    . . . (according to Rob, "The illustration below is my attempt to provide a fun "map" of the Twisty Polyhedra puzzle landscape" )  When analyzing all twisty puzzles with a tetrahedral geometry, Rob found an edge-less pyraminx design that has not yet been implemented. Here it is. It has a Skewb* mechanism inside, so the puzzle is a shape mod* of the Skewb*."

This puzzle is now mass-produced as 'Pyraminx Duo' by Mefferts.

* SKEWB : The Skewb is a combination puzzle and a mechanical puzzle in the style of Rubik's Cube. It was invented by Tony Durham and marketed by Uwe Mèffert. Although it is cubical in shape, it differs from Rubik's construction in that its axes of rotation pass through the corners of the cube rather than the centres of the faces. There are four such axes, one for each space diagonal of the cube. As a result, it is a deep-cut puzzle in which each twist affects all six faces.

* SHAPE MOD : Non-doctrinaire puzzle which can be shape modded to a doctrinaire * puzzle. The Fisher Cube is a shape mod, as is the Mixup Cube.

* DOCTRINAIRE : A puzzle where if you were to remove all the coloration, then every single position would look exactly the same. The Rubik's Cube is a doctrinaire puzzle, as is the Skewb and Megaminx











Rubik's Rainbow    SOLD

Special prismatic paper ( a metallised paper/film that displays a three-dimentional effect when exposed to light ) is used for the color squares on each cube face .   The top viewed here is the actual effect ;   the sides look different only because of the angle of the camera shot and lighting .















Satan's Stirrups
This was purchased from a barn sale in New Boston, NH, whose items were acquired from abandoned estates .   The square wrought iron stock that the general bulk of this puzzle is made up with is a whopping .241" (3.86/16") in thickness .

This is also known elsewhere on the web as Bit & Brace .

This puzzle is one of many 'tavern puzzles' originally made by Dennis Sucilsky, "a museum trained traditional blacksmith who is able to use his knowledge of iron-working and tool making for the production of these metal puzzles."   "The earliest Tavern Puzzles® are based on designs centuries old.   New styles are added on a regular basis; some of these are original designs, others are new versions of classics."

"Tavern Puzzles® evolved from reproductions of hand-forged artifacts that Dennis Sucilsky came across while researching architectural ironware."
One can view the full line of these great metal wonders here at
 www.tavernpuzzle.com .











Screw Loose

The wrapper that it was sold in





















Self Restraint . . . a Tavern Puzzle

This puzzle is one of many 'tavern puzzles' originally made by Dennis Sucilsky, "a museum trained traditional blacksmith who is able to use his knowledge of iron-working and tool making for the production of these metal puzzles."   "The earliest Tavern Puzzles® are based on designs centuries old.   New styles are added on a regular basis; some of these are original designs, others are new versions of classics."

"Tavern Puzzles® evolved from reproductions of hand-forged artifacts that Dennis Sucilsky came across while researching architectural ironware."
One can view the full line of these great metal wonders here at  www.tavernpuzzle.com .











Something's Fishy
. . . a packing puzzle made in Hong Kong .

















Sticked Triangles   made by  The Mandalay Box Co.


. . . pieces ( 8 triangles - 12 dowels )
A little more complicated ( more pieces ) than DownUnder's version called   Ball in a Tepee  .   Actually, my puzzle makes up exactly two of the 'Ball in a Tepee' . . . intertwined .   All the triangles are the same . . . four were placed on opposite sides to show contrast between entry and exit points of each hole, drilled approximately at a 58° angle .













Strange Loops    One could go loopy trying to solve this one .
















The Captive Ring . . . also known as "Magic Loops"



















Tripod     . . . . . from  elog IQ
"Toys that exercise your brain!"

~ solve for COLORS -- solve for LETTERS -- solve for ARROW COLORS ~

. . . an entire side turns, as well as each knob at the extremeties .


















Tut's Tomb
A   'Monster'   5-tiered, 9-pc version of crystal-clear plastic, made by
 Kadon Enterprises  , can be seen on my  E-Bay  page .














Twin Tangle . . . formerly known as "Devil's Claw in the 1900's

Also called "MM Wire Puzzle" by Mr Puzzle .
















U-Turn . . . a Tavern Puzzle

This puzzle is one of many 'tavern puzzles' originally made by Dennis Sucilsky, "a museum trained traditional blacksmith who is able to use his knowledge of iron-working and tool making for the production of these metal puzzles."   "The earliest Tavern Puzzles® are based on designs centuries old.   New styles are added on a regular basis; some of these are original designs, others are new versions of classics."

"Tavern Puzzles® evolved from reproductions of hand-forged artifacts that Dennis Sucilsky came across while researching architectural ironware."
One can view the full line of these great metal wonders here at  www.tavernpuzzle.com .











Wire Puzzles . . . set of 4

Basic small wire puzzles a child most likely would start with beginning a collection for future display.















Wiseguy . . . a Tavern Puzzle

This puzzle is one of many 'tavern puzzles' originally made by Dennis Sucilsky, "a museum trained traditional blacksmith who is able to use his knowledge of iron-working and tool making for the production of these metal puzzles."   "The earliest Tavern Puzzles® are based on designs centuries old.   New styles are added on a regular basis; some of these are original designs, others are new versions of classics."

"Tavern Puzzles® evolved from reproductions of hand-forged artifacts that Dennis Sucilsky came across while researching architectural ironware."
One can view the full line of these great metal wonders here at  www.tavernpuzzle.com .











Yin and Yang

This Chinese symbol is "sometimes called Tai-Chi symbol. The Tai-Chi is from I-Ching. The I-Ching is the greatest foundation of Chinese philosophy. It’s development is from the natural phenomena of our universe."
Yin (Moon -- dark area) -- Yang (sun - light area) .   Check out this
 webpage for a more detailed explanation .

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