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Mechanical Puzzles

Example of a tavern puzzle

Definition: A mechanical puzzle is a puzzle presented as a set of mechanically interlinked pieces. They include:
  • Assembly puzzles The aim is to take a number of pieces and put them together to achieve a certain shape.
  • Disassembly puzzles The aim is to sort the puzzle into its component parts.
  • Dexterity puzzles The aim is to move something in a certain manner.
  • Disentanglement puzzles The aim is to sort or align the components of the puzzle.
  • Interlocking puzzles The aim is to disassemble and then reassemble the pieces of the puzzle.
  • Fold puzzles The aim is to figure out a series of folding techniques for a printed piece of paper so that a target image appears (or a shape as in Origami).
  • Lock puzzles The aim is to unlock the puzzle and, possibly, relock it.
  • Sequential movement puzzles The aim is to use a repeated manipulation of the puzzle to achieve a desired result.
  • Impossible objects The aim is to deduce how the object was made.
  • Trick vessels The aim is to figure out how to pour liquid out of or into a vessel.
Also Known As: manipulative puzzles
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