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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Panex Puzzle

The Panex Puzzle sells for a lot of money anytime it's listed on ebay. However, you can play it for free here:

This puzzle looks similar to the Tower of Hanoi. However, there's something different. Extremely difficult. Nobody has calculated the least # of moves. But it's between 27000 & 31,000

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Magical Gear Puzzles

Doug Engel has quietly designed some of the coolest, most challenging puzzles in the last 10 years. If you're a sequential movement fan - you need to get ALL of his puzzles. Games Magazine had a 6 page article on his puzzles in the December 2007 issue.

This puzzle is called Let Em Fly. Getting the colored circles is the first problem, getting the arrows to point up - that's where the real challenge lies.

Go Doug!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dexterity Puzzle

Great time-waster. Click on the red square and move it immediately to the bottom - don't go over the edge. The object is to keep the red square away from the mobile blue rectangles. Note, they speed up! 20 seconds: very good. 30 seconds: wow. 40 seconds: you are a God!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Ark of the Covenant Box

The Ark of the Covenant is a 25 move to open puzzle box.
Ark of the Covenant is constructed with Walnut and is 24k gold leafed.
To make a purchase, send email to:

Be prepared to spend $500

Friday, September 18, 2009

ReVoMaze & Games Magazine

Look for the November issue of Games Magazine. There is a 2-page review about the puzzle.

You can buy the ReVoMaze here: and

These puzzles are compelling hard. Designed by Chris Pitt in England

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Think Fun Discount

Think Fun has a nice set of puzzles for kids in grades 3-8. Makes a good gift for kids. Buy one for your neighborhood school.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kuku puzzle

Andrew Reeves invented the Isis puzzle a couple of years ago. At the New York International Toy Fair - February 2009 - I had the opportunity to meet Andrew and play with his new Kuku puzzle. This puzzle is a lot of fun and will drive you cuckoo. The Kuku puzzle has different levels of complexity. The easiest level is not so easy. The hard & hardest levels are VERY HARD. The puzzle is made of brushed aluminum and is just plain fun!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

All Five Puzzle

Wayne Daniel designed this incredible puzzle. Each of these 5 puzzles rests inside a larger puzzle - like the Russian dolls within dolls. This puzzle was written up in the New York Times. At the 2006 International Puzzle Party in Boston, Wayne Daniel sold me his last copy. Naturally, I had to write about it for Games Magazine. Wayne Daniel also produced a fine animation about the construction of the puzzle. You can buy a copy at Brian Young is Mr. Puzzle and is a good puzzler.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Planets Puzzle

Another gem from the mind of Oskar van Deventer. Check out

By the way, if you're interested in joining the Oskar van Deventer fan club, shoot me a note.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Puzzle Auction John Devost is running a puzzle auction. Great opportunity to add to your collection!

The puzzle above was designed by Leonid Mochalov.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Rubik's Cube Math Program Back To School Special
Seems like only the shopping cart link works. Nevertheless, we are always pleased to see puzzles in the classroom. We envision students asking their teachers: when are we ever going to need to solve Rubik's Cube? Teacher response: say you're at a party and a good looking female has brought her can teach her!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Zoki: Edge Matching puzzle

This Mechanical Puzzle correspondent had the good fortune of spending an afternoon with the inventor of Zoki, Zoran Pavlovic. Zoki can be played as a puzzle or as a competitive game. Zoran Pavlovic created 2 other edgematching games, but they seem to be no longer available.

If you ever meet Zoran Pavlovic, ask him to show you the photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger holding the Zoki in 2 hands. (I was able to lift it in 1 hand.)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Artifact Jigsaw Puzzles Laser cut jigsaw puzzles. They're having a 25% discount sale!

Use coupon Code: INITIATE
Expires: 9/11/2009

This Mechanical Puzzle Correspondent has not had the opportunity to play-test these jigsaw puzzles. So if you have, please contact us!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Slide Bar Puzzle

Mike Henkes created this terrific online puzzle. The 2 rectangular white pieces are fixed and cannot be slid. You must transfer the yellow bar from the top to the bottom. Difficult and fun.