2017 Puzzle Design Competition

Entries

The Design Competition Guide (same content: photos, instructions, and notes) is available soon.

The following is a summary of the 66 entries in the 2017 competition (click on images for larger photos).

All designs are copyrighted and are the intellectual property of the designer. All rights are reserved.

Adam & Eve

Designer: Alan Rolfs, Tom Sun, George Miller
Goal: Join the heads together, leaving the apple wrapped around Adam's legs.

Materials: Brass, steel, glass
Classification: Disentanglement

Adam & Eve

Barreled Bolt

Designer: Eitan Cher and David Tsur
Goal: Use the vertical cuts and the middle band of the barrel to scramble and restore the bolt.

Materials: 3D-printed nylon
Classification: 5.4: Sequential Movement

Notes: Designed and developed by Eitan Cher, based on a puzzle concept by David Tsur

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Barreled Bolt

Bastille

Designer: Volker Latussek
Goal: Take the seven blocks out. Then put them back.

Materials: Dark walnut and beech
Classification: Disentanglement

Order from rombol.de or by , starting October 2017.

Bastille

Black&White Antislide

Designer: Volker Latussek
Goal:

  • Place the three white blocks into the box so that they cannot move in the closed box, and so that the four black blocks can be added to the reopened box without moving the white blocks and the box closed afterwards.
  • Start instead by placing the four black blocks.
Materials: Samena and hevea woods
Classification: 1.2 3-D assembly

Purchase: Order from rombol.de or by , starting October 2017.

Black&White Antislide

Burr Lock E

Designer: Christoph Lohe
Goal: Open the shackle

Materials: Honduran mahogany, ash, bocote
Classification: Interlocking

Purchase: Available at CUBICDISSECTION (Eric Fuller) after April 11, 2017.

Burr Lock E

BurrNova

Designer: Jerry McFarland
Goal: Remove the key piece and disassemble.

Materials: Wood, magnets, metal pins
Classification: Interlocking

Notes: This is a semi-automatic burr, with magnets providing surprising help along the way.

BurrNova

Clover

Designer: Aaron Wang
Goal: Remove the metal ring

Materials: Metal, wood, rope
Classification: Topological disentanglement

Purchase: Order from felixpuzzle.com or by ; price is $16.

Clover

Colonel's Bouquet

Designer: George Sicherman
Goal:

  • For any pair of pieces, join to form a symmetric shape.
  • Join all four pieces to form a solid box.
Materials: Koa wood, Brazilian rosewood
Classification: Slocum 1.2: 3-D Put-Together Puzzles

Colonel's Bouquet

Color Cube Sudoku

Designer: Raphael Meyers
Goal:

  • Arrange the nine cubes in a square, so that the colors form a 6x6 Latin Square.
  • First goal, additionally every 3x2 rectangle that includes exactly two cubes must contain all six colors, and the overall pattern matches the first color template below.
  • First goal, additionally the four squares that comprise the edge between any two neighboring cubes must form an X, where each pair of squares share the same color, and the overall pattern matches the second color template below.
  • Ingore the RWBG cube, and arrange the remaining cubes into a larger cube so that each 4x4 face is a Latin Square. Bonus challenge: no color can appear more than three times on any face.
Materials: Plastic
Classification: Put-Together

Color Cube Sudoku

Congruent Figures by Overlapping

Designer: Takumi Horiguchi
Goal: Divide the four panels into two groups and overlap each pair to make congruent figures.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: 2D assembly puzzle

Congruent Figures by Overlapping

Convex Polygon IrN-6a

Designer: MINE (Mineyuki Uyematsu)
Goal: Make a convex polygon using the six pieces.

Materials: Wood, MDF, acrylic
Classification: 2D assembly puzzle

Convex Polygon IrN-6a

Cubemaker

Designer: Volker Latussek
Goal: Put the five blocks together to make five dark cubes.

Materials: Dark walnut and beech
Classification: Put-together

Cubemaker

CUBI 20

Designer: Frederic Boucher
Goal: Pack the five pieces into the box.

Materials: Wood (elm, wenge, zebrawood, walnut)
Classification: 3D assembly

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

CUBI 20

Diabolical 3 Cubed

Designer: Rod Bogart, Zach Bogart
Goal: With a single set of nine tiles, there are three different puzzle configurations, each with a unique solution.

  • The tiles can be placed into the 3D tray such that the twelve meeting edges show the 12 pentomino shapes.
  • Six of the nine tiles can form a cube such that the twelve edges show the 12 pentomino shapes.
  • And of course, like Nob's original design, the nine tiles can be placed in a 3x3 grid, producing the 12 pentomino shapes.
Materials: Wood, plastic, magnets
Classification: 1.1 Put-together, 2D assembly

Notes: This is an homage to Nob’s Diabolical 3x3.

Diabolical 3 Cubed

Down the Rabbit-Hole

Designer: Peter Wiltshire
Goal: Open the box and find the White Rabbit.

Materials: Nogal (walnut), curly maple, aluminum
Classification: 2.1 Trick or secret opening box

Down the Rabbit-Hole

The Egyptian Glove - Band

Designer: Jonathan Leaman
Goal: Use the canvas band to cover all surfaces of the tetrahedron.

Materials: Wood, canvas, thread
Classification: 1.3 Misc. put-together

Purchase: Available at etsy.com

The Egyptian Glove - Band

The Egyptian Glove - Triangles

Designer: Jonathan Leaman
Goal: Use the four triangular canvas pieces to cover all surfaces of the tetrahedron.

Materials: Wood, canvas, thread
Classification: 1.3 Misc. put-together

Purchase: Available at etsy.com

The Egyptian Glove - Triangles

Fang Duet

Designer: Hayassi (Noboru Hayashi)
Goal: Disentangle the two parts

Materials: Steel nails
Classification: Disentanglement

Fang Duet

Fang Quartet

Designer: Hayassi (Noboru Hayashi)
Goal: Disentangle the four parts

Materials: Steel nails
Classification: Disentanglement

Fang Quartet

Four Hands Puzzle

Designer: Ray Stanton, Pelikan
Goal: Take it apart, and put it together

Materials: Wenge, acacia, padauk and purpleheart woods
Classification: Slocum 3.4 Interlocking Solid Puzzles/ Burrs

Purchase: Available at Pelikan Puzzles

Four Hands Puzzle

Free Me 5

Designer: Joe Turner
Goal: Free the coin from the puzzle

Materials: Wood, metal rods/springs/nails, steel balls, coin
Classification: Take-apart

Notes: Everything needed to solve is provided. Contains small rolling parts; please ensure that removed parts are not swollowed or roll away. No excessive force, banging, bending, or burning is required.

Purchase: Contact the designer by . Approximately 25 are available for sale. Price is $50 plus shipping.

Free Me 5

Free the Marble

Designer: Laurence Grenier
Goal: Free the marble hiden inside the cube

Materials: Wood, marble
Classification: Interlocking

Purchase: Contact the designer by . 10 handmade prototypes available, 100€ a piece. Also looking to license for larger production.

Free the Marble

Galette

Designer: Osanori Yamamoto
Goal: Put the five pieces into the box

Materials: Wood and MDF (color print)
Classification: Put-together, sliding pieces

Galette

Ze Genie Bottle

Designer: Stephen Chin
Goal: Open the bottle and get the reward.

Materials: Wood
Classification: Slocum 2.1

Ze Genie Bottle

Hardcore

Designer: Laszlo Molnar
Goal: Pack the three identical pieces into the spherical capsule, so that it closes without excessive force.

Materials: Plastic
Classification: 1.2 3-D assembly

Hardcore

Hazmat Cargo

Designer: Carl Hoff
Goal: Pack the nine assemblies, each consisting of six hasmat drums, onto the barge, an 11 by 11 array, such that no two assemblies touch, not even at a corner. (Any contact could lead to cross contamination, resulting in unwanted chemical or nuclear reactions.)

Materials: Polyamide and stainless steel
Classification: 1.1 2-Dimensional assembly puzzle

Notes: Each of the possible 70,607,460 sets of nine hexominoes has at least one solution; this puzzle uses the only set with a unique solution.

Purchase: Contact the designer by . The puzzles can be custom made in different materials and the cost will vary based on the material options chosen.

Hazmat Cargo

Homage to Mr Rubik "Egg"

Designer: Tibor Sipos, Imre Kokenyesi
Goal: Insert the wand into the cube, then manoeuvre it through the spatial labyrinth from the starting point to the exit point, rotating the three layers as needed.

Materials: Cherry wood
Classification: Sequential movement

Notes: This is a 3-layer "Smart Egg" style of puzzle; originally designed by Andras Zagyvai.

Purchase: Order from Art & Smart Egg Ltd. or by . Only 1974 pieces will be produced. Each piece is individually numbered and with built-in RFID chip. The price will be $1,974.

Homage to Mr Rubik

Identical Twins

Designer: Osanori Yamamoto
Goal: Assemble two pieces fully inside the frame

Materials: Wood
Classification: Interlocking

Identical Twins

In a Cage

Designer: Shiro Tajima
Goal: Open the box

Materials: Wedding cake tree, red toon, cherry
Classification: 2.1 Trick or secret opening puzzle

In a Cage

Kakoi

Designer: Shiro Tajima
Goal: Open the box

Materials: Monarch birch, walnut, Japanese cherry
Classification: 2.1 Trick or secret opening puzzle

Purchase: Visit the website Chie-no-ki.

Kakoi

Kissel

Designer: Vinco Obsivac
Goal: Make an icosahedral shape

Materials: Plum tree
Classification: Interlocking puzzle

Available at www.vinco.cz

Kissel

Lacing Problem

Designer: Lucie Pauwels
Goal: Connect the holes with the shoelace, with colors matching as indicated on the board, and not allowing any slack at the back.

Materials: MDF, shoelace
Classification: Put-Together

Lacing Problem

Legominoes

Designer: Péter Gál
Goal: Use all of the pieces, form a Legomino with the following attributes:

  • Rotational symmetry
  • Mirror symmetry
  • Yellow and blue shapes are congruent (may be rotated or reflected)
  • Both the yellow and blue shapes are symmetric
Materials: Lego
Classification: 1.1 2-Dimensional assembly puzzle

Notes: A Legomino is a one-sided polyomino made from Lego.

Legominoes

Lucky Cube

Designer: Keiichi Miyazaki
Goal: Form a variety of shapes with the two differently colored pieces.

Materials: Plastic
Classification: Interlocking puzzle

Notes: Similar to, but different from the Yoshimoto Cube #1

Purchase: Commercial product will be sold by Hanayama starting Spring 2018.

Lucky Cube

MiSenary Puzzle Box

Designer: Michel van Ipenburg
Goal:

  • Open the box by removing the lid.
  • Close the box by inserting the lid and bringing it back to the start position.
Materials: hardwood, trespa, metal
Classification: Slocum 2.1 trick or secret opening puzzles

Purchase: Contact the designer by . Puzzles will be made to order. Price will be about €75, plus shipping.

MiSenary Puzzle Box

Moulin Rouge

Designer: Stephan Baumegger
Goal: Open the mill and find the hidden CanCan dancer.

Materials: Wood (amarant,merbau,beech), polyscrew, neodymium magnets
Classification: OPN OTH

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Moulin Rouge

The Mouse's Tale

Designer: Simon Nightingale
Goal: Open the box

Materials: Walnut
Classification: OPN

Notes: No force is required.

Purchase: One will be auctioned for charity (OXFAM) later in 2017.

The Mouse's Tale

Neckische Würfel (Mischievous Cubes)

Designer: Albert Gübeli
Goal: Assemble the six puzzle pieces (each with both colors on opposite sides) to simultaneously form a red and a golden "cube".

Materials: Painted wood
Classification: ASS-POLY

Purchase: Available at www.albinegri.ch. Two puzzles produced; price $120.

Neckische Würfel (Mischievous Cubes)

No Full Pirouette!

Designer: Namick Salakhov
Goal: Spin and slide the boards successively so that all of the blue triangles point to the right. Then restore the starting positions (all green triangles pointing to the right).

Materials: Vinyl
Classification: Sequential motion

Notes: Each of the six modules obeys various recursive cardinalities: variations of binary, ternary, and quaternary.

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

No Full Pirouette!

Nonagon 48

Designer: Koshi Arai
Goal:

  • Put the 11 kinds of tetranons and two dinons (total 48 nonagons) into either the type A or C tray.
  • Find the solutions with all black surfaces.
Materials: Wood
Classification: Put together

Nonagon 48

La Pajarita Convexa (The Convex Bow Tie)

Designer: Primitivo Familiar Ramos
Goal: Find all 11 convex shapes made using the eight identical triangles.

Materials: Cherry wood
Classification: 1. Put-Together 1.1. 2-Dimensional assembly

Purchase: Contact Walt Hoppe by .

La Pajarita Convexa (The Convex Bow Tie)

Pencil Box

Designer: Kohno Ichiro
Goal: Open the box with care

Materials: Ash, magnet
Classification: Take-Apart

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Pencil Box

Pent Up

Designer: Louis Toorenburg
Goal: Place all 12 pentomino pieces on one of the six boards so that the same color shows through each of the holes, (and simply cover the black squares with the blue tiles). For each board, only three colors can be solved.

Materials: Perspex/cardboard
Classification: Put-together puzzle

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Pent Up

Perfect Match

Designer: ZhaoYue (Turing)
Goal: Put the 12 blocks (four cubes, eight cuboids) into the box and close the lid smoothly. No force is required.

Materials: 3D printed plastic
Classification: 3D Box packing

Purchase: Contact the designer by ; price: $60.

Perfect Match

Puzzle Bracelet

Designer: Yael Friedman
Goal: Take apart, and put together

Materials: 3D printed ABS
Classification: Take-apart

Puzzle Bracelet

The Rocking Horse Puzzle

Designer: Mike Toulouzas
Goal: Rock the horse, and find the nice award as it rocks.

Materials: Kotibe, ebony, mutenye
Classification: Sequential discovery

Purchase: Future copies will be made.

The Rocking Horse Puzzle

Ruled Cube

Designer: Chirag Mehta
Goal: Use the eight pieces to make a cube

Materials: 3D printed nylon
Classification: 3.2 Interlocking solid

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Ruled Cube

Sequence Logic

Designer: Jesse Born
Goal: Raise all four locks on the lid to open the puzzle box

Materials: Katalox, maple, cherry, tulip poplar
Classification: Misc. sequential movement

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

Sequence Logic

Simplography

Designer: Péter Gál
Goal: Place the six colored blocks on a card, satisfying all of the logical constraints. Blocks can be placed in any orientation but must be within the 6x6 grid.

Materials: smoked oak, ash, paper
Classification: 1.3 Miscellaneous put-together puzzle

Notes: There are 20 challenge cards; cards #1, #6, #11, #17 are recommended.

Simplography

Six-Cross

Designer: Markku Vesala
Goal: Assemble the six identical pieces, and a magnet, to form a cubical shape with a cross on each face.

Materials: Cast iron and magnet
Classification: Put-together

Six-Cross

Sliding Maze

Designer: Kirill Grebnev
Goal: Start from the initial position (see photo), and move the key piece from lower-left corner to the lower-right corner.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Sequential movement, 2-D sliding piece puzzle

Purchase: Available at puzzle.palyn.ru

Sliding Maze

Sliding Tetris

Designer: Diniar Namdarian
Goal: Remove the ball

Materials: PLA and arcrylic
Classification: Sequential movement

Purchase: Contact the designer by . Simple version can be bought for 25€. The Collectors Version, with additional 11 pieces, wil cost 47€.

Sliding Tetris

Ze Super Pens

Designer: Stephen Chin
Goal: Remove the jewel from inside each pen

Materials: Brass and acrylic
Classification: Slocum 2.1

Ze Super Pens

Sym-353

Designer: Jerry Loo, Stanislav Knot
Goal: Place the three pieces flat on a surface to form a symmetrical shape.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: 1.1 2D assembly

Notes: There are four solutions.

Purchase: Contact designer via Jerry's Mechanical Puzzle Collection blog.

Sym-353

Symmetrominoes

Designer: Alexandre Muñiz
Goal:

  • (Warmup) Fill the tray with the pieces.
  • As above, but all pieces of the same color must have holes aligned the same way.
  • As in second goal, and the pieces of each color must form connected groups.
  • As in second goal, and no two pieces of the same color may touch along an edge. (They may touch at corners.)
Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Slocum 1.1: Put-together, 2D Assembly

Purchase: Available at puzzlezapper.com

Symmetrominoes

Tagai

Designer: Shiro Tajima
Goal: Open the box

Materials: Walnut, kenponashi, katsura, kaya
Classification: 2.1 Trick or secret opening puzzle

Purchase: Visit the website Chie-no-ki.

Tagai

There Goes Bill

Designer: Kelly Snache
Goal: Set Bill the Lizard free from the chimney

Materials: Wood, magnets
Classification: Trick-opening box

Notes: No force required; take care of delicate parts

Purchase: Contact the designer by . There are 6 copies avaialble.

There Goes Bill

Threaded

Designer: Haym Hirsh
Goal:

  • Assemble the four L-shaped pieces using the two longer bolts so that they form a 2x2x3 shape whose components stay connected in one piece after assembly.
  • Now do the same using the two longer bolts as well as the shorter bolt. Each bolt must go through more than one piece and must be fastened with a nut on its far end.
Materials: Vintage spools/thread, thimbles, bolts, nuts, washers
Classification: Put-together

Threaded

3 Pieces 9 Symmetric Shapes

Designer: Emrehan Halici
Goal: Use the three pieces to make a symmetric shape.

Materials: Plastic
Classification: 2D assembly

Notes: There are nine solutions.

3 Pieces 9 Symmetric Shapes

Tripla

Designer: Andrei Ivanov
Goal: Take apart, and put together

Materials: Stainless steel
Classification: Interlocking

Purchase: Available at metallofactura.com; price $22.

Tripla

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Designer: Brian Young
Goal: Completely separate Tweedledum from Tweedledee, and find the secret compartment. Then reassemble.

Materials: Blackbean, silver ash, blackbutt, brass, stainless steel
Classification: 2.1 Trick or Secret Opening

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

2&1

Designer: Donghoon Pee
Goal: Arrange the five pieces on the grass so all pieces of the same color (which includes the given pieces in the grass) are connected.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Put-together

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

2&1

Unlawful Assembly

Designer: Goh Pit Khiam
Goal: Pack the pieces flat into the box

Materials: Maple box; yellowheart and granadillo pieces
Classification: Put-together

Unlawful Assembly

Will You Marry Me #50

Designer: Yael Friedman
Goal: Take apart to reveal the "diamond ring"

Materials: 3D printed strong, and flexible plastic
Classification: Take-apart

Will You Marry Me #50

XYZ Cube

Designer: Chirag Mehta
Goal: Use the eight pieces to make a cube

Materials: 3D-printed nylon
Classification: 3.2 Interlocking solids

Purchase: Contact the designer by .

XYZ Cube

Yo Dawg, I Herd You Like Hexominoes

Designer: Wei-Hwa Huang
Goal: Find the one intended way to assemble the hexominoes into a rectangle using the piece colors, materials, and colored vinyl markings on the mat as hints.

Materials: Acrylic, cloth, rope, plastic, vinyl
Classification: Put-together

Yo Dawg, I Herd You Like Hexominoes

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