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Awesome Puzzles

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book

The Language Lover’s Puzzle Book
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Puzzle master Alex Bellos’ book is filled with 100 perplexing lexical puzzles that are guaranteed to give your brain a workout. Challenges include pattern identification, decoding hieroglyphics, and ciphers not just in English, but in other languages both real and imaginary.

Octagonal Fractal Puzzle

Octagonal Fractal Puzzle
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Despite having only 50 to 400 pieces, Torched Products‘ diabolical laser-cut puzzles offers plenty of challenge. That’s because each of its wood pieces has similarly-shaped edges but only fit together in one configuration. The backside of each piece is stained darker, but that’s the only help you’re getting.

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Turning a Rubik’s Cube into a Rubik’s Ball

Turning a Rubik’s Cube into a Rubik’s Ball

After seeing a bowling ball with a square center, Ben’s Worx was inspired to make his own colorful sphere. So he submerged a Rubik’s Cube in a vat of resin, removed the bubbles in a vacuum chamber, then turned it on a lathe. The refraction of the clear resin makes it look like the cube’s corners were rounded inside of the sphere.

Jigsaw Puzzle Coffee Table

Jigsaw Puzzle Coffee Table

Unnecessary Inventions’ playful coffee table offers a clever commentary on “some assembly required” furniture. When you want to use it as a table, you need to place all 91 of its pieces in the proper places. Its top is made from baltic birch, which sits atop an MDF grid and steel hairpin legs. Measures 40″ w x 20″ d x 16″ h.

Bomb Squad Briefcase Puzzle

Bomb Squad Briefcase Puzzle
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We can only imagine what the shipping company will think if they X-ray this puzzle that looks like a bomb in a briefcase. Puzzle expert Andy Gilker spent hundreds of hours creating this challenging escape room puzzle which takes about 90 minutes to complete as you and your friends work to defuse its fake explosive payload.

Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle Coasters

Fractal Jigsaw Puzzle Coasters
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byKIEVWOOD’s unique coasters feature intricate fractal designs which can be taken apart and reassembled as jigsaw puzzles. They each come with an outer layer to protect puzzle pieces from sticking to your glassware. Sold in a set of six, with optional personalization. Their larger fractal puzzles are also worth a look.

Dozen Puzzle Gift Set

Dozen Puzzle Gift Set
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Kubiya Games sells this bundle of 12 wooden puzzles, packing in months of entertainment and challenge for kids and adults alike. Its top tray holds the completed puzzles, while the bottom offers storage for the pieces if you get stuck along the way. Its puzzles range in difficulty level from medium to very hard.

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Hidden Jigsaw Puzzle Table

Jigsaw puzzles can be loads of fun, but they also take up lots of table space. Simone Giertz came up with a solution by designing and building a an overly-complex dining table. Its tambour wood roll-top conceals a jigsaw puzzle compartment that rises like an elevator. That painter’s tape and glue clamp is a neat hack.

Star Trek Cats Puzzle

Star Trek Cats Puzzle
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Ever wonder “What if the Starship Enterprise was manned by cats?” Us neither. Nevertheless, this 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle casts felines in several of Star Trek’s most beloved scenes. A tabby plays Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock is a Mexican Hairless, and Chief Engineer “Scotty” Scott is (duh) a Scottish Fold. Beam me up, Kitty!

Star Wars Mazes

Star Wars Mazes
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Maze expert Sean C. Jackson created 30 intricate mazes for fellow Star Wars fans to enjoy. Locations include the forests of Endor, Jabba’s Palace, the rocky cliffs of Ahch-To, and the corridors of the Death Star. In addition to winding your way through the mazes, each illustration contains a Where’s Waldo-style challenge.

Atlasminx Dodecahedron Puzzle

Atlasminx Dodecahedron Puzzle

For us mere mortals, a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube poses a challenge. But Corenpuzzle is a bit more ambitious with his puzzles. His Atlasminx is a 19-layer dodecahedron with 4,863 moving pieces. It’s made from 3D-printed pieces that rotate around a circular core. He used colored plastic to avoid having to apply thousands of stickers.

Making a Cylindrical Jigsaw Puzzle

Making a Cylindrical Jigsaw Puzzle

Artist Ray Whitby shows how he created a unique cylindrical jigsaw puzzle. He first designed and 3D printed the pieces using wood PLA filament, sealed them with superglue, and filled them with blue resin. He then attached the pieces and turned them on a lathe. Using latex to protect the pieces from excess resin was key.

The Master Theorem Puzzle Book

The Master Theorem Puzzle Book
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If you or someone you know is into difficult puzzles, The Master Theorem – A Book of Puzzles, Intrigue and Wit is sure to offer a challenge. It’s filled with more than 40 perplexing puzzles include ciphers, logic games, and visual puzzles, each of which requires smarts and creativity even to figure out where to start each one.

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Noodles for Lunch Jigsaw Puzzle

Noodles for Lunch Jigsaw Puzzle
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Photographer Troy Litten challenged himself to photograph every bowl of noodles he ate across Southeast Asia. From crowded Hanoi food stalls to Bangkok skyscrapers, he documented his delectable lunches then turned it into a colorful 500-piece Galison jigsaw puzzle guaranteed to whet your appetite.

Riddles for Smart People

Riddles for Smart People
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Here’s a fun alternative to traditional puzzle books. This two-volume book series is filled with challenging riddles that will exercise your grey matter. They’re enjoyable to solve on your own, but can be even more fun to figure out with friends. Grab the Kindle 3-pack and get Riddles for Smart Families too.

Tetra Puzzle

Tetra Puzzle

Craighill’s latest desktop object is a beautiful and tricky stainless steel puzzle. It’s comprised of four identical pieces which come together to form a rounded-corner pyramid. Expect to be just as challenged disassembling as assembling its parts. It’s also available in a Vapor Black PVD matte finish.

Hanayama Cast Hexagon Puzzle

Hanayama Cast Hexagon Puzzle

Despite being made of only four pieces, this palm-sized metal puzzle offers plenty of challenge for puzzle lovers. The goal – remove the interlocking pieces from their base, then put them back together. Designed in Japan by puzzle expert Mineyuki Uyematsu.

Earth + Moon Infinity Puzzles

Earth + Moon Infinity Puzzles
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Nervous System makes unique gifts, housewares, and jewelry that incorporate math and generative art. Their birch wood jigsaw puzzles of the Earth and the Moon have no straight edges, and the ability to be reconfigured into a nearly infinite combination of shapes. The Earth version has 441 pieces, while the Moon has 186.

Vokabulantis

Vokabulantis

Game studio Kong Orange and Wired Fly Animation are working on this co-op puzzle game that puts players in the roles of Karla and Kurt, two friends on the verge of expressing their love, but who lose their ability to speak. Each character and background will be hand-animated using traditional stop-motion techniques.

Hexahog Metal Puzzle

Hexahog Metal Puzzle

Rademic Puzzles creates awesome-looking metal puzzles, including the stainless steel Hexahog. This 3-dimensional puzzle is made of 14 unique pieces which interlock to form an outer cage and an inner cage, which contains a sculptural brass nugget. PuzzleMaster explains the puzzle’s design without giving away any tricks.

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LEGO Rainbow Bricks Puzzle

LEGO Rainbow Bricks Puzzle
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We are shamelessly addicted to LEGO, and that includes Chronicle Books’ colorful 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzles. LEGO Rainbow Bricks Puzzle is a particularly fun one, vividly tapping into the color puzzle trend without driving us bonkers like the all-yellow minifig puzzle. Bonus: These pieces don’t kill your feet when stepped on.

Dirty Dozen Puzzle

Dirty Dozen Puzzle
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Puzzle Master’s metal plaything offers a Level 9 challenge for serious puzzle fiends. It’s made from 12 identical interlocking pieces that are painfully difficult to take apart and put back together. Despite having four fewer pieces, their similar Lattice puzzle is rated a Level 10 difficulty.

Cubestone Puzzle

Cubestone Puzzle
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These from Peru’s D.A.R. Proyectos are made from a unique combination of gemstones, cut to form interlocking shapes. Stones include rhodonite, celestine, serpentine, and jasper, which come together to form a colorful 1.75″ cube. Since each stone is real, every puzzle is one-of-a-kind.

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle

Milky Way Jigsaw Puzzle
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BetterCo. specializes in colorful and challenging jigsaw puzzles. This astronomical puzzle features a dramatic image of the stars, dust, and gas clouds of the Milky Way captured by NASA’s Hubble Telescope. The completed 1000-piece puzzle measures appx. 27.5″ x 19.7″.

WOWCube Entertainment System

WOWCube Entertainment System

It may look like a Rubik’s Cube, but this 2x2x2 puzzle is much more. It has 24 LCD screens, 8 processors, motion and touch sensors, and plays a variety of mobile games. It can also be used to display information widgets on its screens. It’s expected to launch by late 2021 with a price of $249. Place your reservation here.

Maze Puzzle Box

Maze Puzzle Box
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These wooden stash boxes are perfect for hiding away small items. At their center is a metal tube with a peg that must be moved through a series of twists and turns in order to unlock its contents. Available in natural or cherry-stained birch wood.

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