2018 Puzzle Design Competition

Entries

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

The following is a summary of the 67 entries in the 2018 competition (click on images for larger photos).

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Auzzle A2

Goal: Collect all the magnets drawn to each other along the equator.

Materials: Wood, plastic
Classification: SEQ-GRP

Auzzle A2

Bermuda Rhombus

Goal: To pack all 10 elements (including the little rhombus) inside the frame.

Materials: Acrylic, plastic
Classification: [1.1] 2Dimensional assembly / Paradox

Bermuda Rhombus

Double Checkered

Goal:

  • Pick six pieces out of the seven pieces and assemble a 3x3 checkered cube with black corners.
  • Pick six pieces out of the seven pieces and assemble a 3x3 checkered cube with white corners.
  • Pack all seven pieces into the box.
  • Use all seven pieces to make a 3x3x4 tower with a hole through the middle.

Materials: Wood
Classification: 1.2 3-Dimensional assembly

Notes: All goals have a unique solution.

Double Checkered

Box with Two Balls

Goal: Remove the two balls from the box, and get them back to the starting position.

Materials: Bolivian rosewood, yellowheart, padauk, wenge, acrylic
Classification: Interlocking, gravitational maze, dexterity

Box with Two Balls

Casino

Goal: Pack six discs into the box.

Materials: Dark oak and light false acacia
Classification: Disentanglement

Casino

Chocolate Box

Goal: Pack the six pieces into the box and close the lid.

Materials: Wood (box), 3D-printed nylon (pieces)
Classification: 3D Assembly

Chocolate Box

Chorazin

Goal: Put all parts inside the frame.

Materials: Plastic and brass
Classification: [1.2] 3-Dimensional assembly

Chorazin

Cube Wrapper

Goal: Wrap the cube steadily with the fabric bag so that all the faces of the cube are completely covered.

Materials: Fabric and wooden cube
Classification: (Slocum 1.3) Miscellaneous put-together

Cube Wrapper

Cubemaker

Goal: Find the two arrangements to form four dark cubes on the table.

Materials: Jacaranda and maple
Classification: Disentanglement

Notes: The arrangements are perfectly stable without outside support.

Cubemaker

Disks

Goal: Find the hidden message.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: PAT-DISS

Disks

Double Tumbler

Goal: Release the cap from the housing.

Materials: Aluminum, bearings
Classification: Take-apart

Double Tumbler

Duck Pack Puzzle

Goal: Pack all five ducks and the egg inside the box so they all sit flat on the bottom of the box

Materials: Jarra, Tasmanian oak
Classification: 3D packing

Duck Pack Puzzle

5L Box

Goal: Put five identical pieces in the box and close its lid completely.

Materials: Wood,MDF, acrylic
Classification: 3D assembly

Notes: There are two blocking cubes inside the box, including one attached to the inside of the sldiing lid.

5L Box

4-Directional Trapsticks

Goal: Surround a rhombic dodecahedron with the nine pieces.

Materials: Wood (beech and bubinga)
Classification: Interlocking

4-Directional Trapsticks

Free Me 6

Goal: Free the coin from the puzzle.

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

Free Me 6

Fric Cube

Goal:

  • Disassemble the cube into the four identical pieces. No physical strength is required; with the correct movement the pieces should fall apart.
  • Once the pieces have fallen apart, reassemble the cube.

Materials: 3D-printed nylon, wire
Classification: Slocum 2.1 & 6.4

Fric Cube

Garland Puzzle

Goal: Arrange all 30 pieces in a circular ring. Adjacent pieces must interlock (but may have small gaps where two sockets line up with each other).

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Slocum 1.1

Garland Puzzle

Gear and Wrenches

Goal: Take apart and put together.

Materials: Stainless steel
Classification: Disentanglement

Gear and Wrenches

GSP

Goal: 18 wood tiles are connected with paper hinges, each at a certain length. The objective is to stack all tiles one on top of the other, so no hinge is loose or stretched.

Materials: Wood and Tyvek
Classification: Folding

GSP

Gyrotwisty

Goal: Take the pieces apart and put them back together

Materials: PLA
Classification: 2.1 Slocum

Gyrotwisty

Happy Ending!

Goal: Assemble the four pieces in a "happy ending" way.

Materials: Wood
Classification: Put-together

Happy Ending!

Hide the Gold

Goal: Arrange the pieces so that the gold (light) parts are surrounded by the red (dark) parts.

Materials: Redheart and yellowheart.
Classification: Slocum 1.2 : 3-Dimensional Assembly

Hide the Gold

Hydrant

Goal: Find the fire hose.

Materials: Various woods, metal (screws, spring, magnets)
Classification: Slocum 2.1

Hydrant

IQ Lolly

Goal: Arrange scrambled blocks into sequential order.

Materials: PLA
Classification: Sliding pieces

IQ Lolly

Jenga Block

Goal: Place all the pieces so they fit inside the box.

Materials: Jenga blocks, barn wood
Classification: Interlocking Solid

Jenga Block

Jenga3

Goal: Take the puzzle apart into its four pieces, mix them up, then reassemble them back into a cube.

Materials: Jenga blocks
Classification: Interlocking Solid

Jenga^3

Jewel Thief

Goal:

  • Use thimble cipher and coded message to unlock combination lock.
  • Free the jewel thief
  • Retrieve the jewel

Materials: Aluminum, brass, steel, acrylic
Classification: Take-apart

Jewel Thief

Jigsaw Puzzle 29

Goal: Put all the pieces into the frame.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Put-together

Jigsaw Puzzle 29

Leftovers

Goal: Put the pieces together into a cubic shape.

Materials: Ziricote , brass
Classification: 1.2 3-D assembly

Leftovers

Loopy Lattice Puzzles

Goal: Release the looped rope from the lattice or branch, and then embed it into the start position

  • Lattice: the deepest compartments indicated by red pointers
  • Branch: the root compartment in the top end

Materials: Vinyl, rope with clasp
Classification: 4.3 String puzzles, 5.6 Miscellaneous sequential movement

Loopary Branch

Lucida

Goal: Assemble two pieces fully inside the frame.

Materials: Wood
Classification: Interlocking

Lucida

Magnetic Madness

Goal:

  • Remove the key piece
  • Rescue (remove) princess figure from inside of puzzle

Materials: Wood, magnets, metal pins
Classification: Interlocking

Magnetic Madness

Mesh

Goal: Weave the stripes to a 4x4 grid.

Materials: Horween shell, cordovan, and brass
Classification: Interlocking

Mesh

Mini Lock

Goal: Remove the blocks and shackle from the frame, and return the pieces to the starting position.

Materials: Ash, purpleheart
Classification: Interlocking

Mini Lock

Mischief

Goal: Fold the handkerchief into a square, with 1-2 (in order) on on side, and 3-4 (in order) on the other. Both sides of the handkerchief can be used, but all the numbers must be right side up.

Materials: Polyester
Classification: Folding

Mischief

Mobius Ring

Goal: Remove the rope and ring.

Materials: Metal, rope
Classification: Topological disentanglement

Mobius Ring

Mobius Triangles 540

Goal: Disentangle the two parts.

Materials: Bronze, stainless steel
Classification: Disentanglement

Notes: Steel piece has a straight gap; bronze piece has none.

Mobius Triangles 540

Nail S&S

Goal: Disentangle the two parts.

Materials: Steel nails
Classification: Disentanglement

Nail S&S

Nail Trinity

Goal: Disentargle the three parts.

Materials: Steel nails
Classification: Disentanglement

Nail Trinity

Nosey Puzzle

Goal: Fit all nine pieces flat in the tray without overlaps.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Slocum 1.1

Nosey Puzzle

Pack 012

Goal: Build the apparent 3x3x2 block into the box.

Materials: Wood and MDF (color print)
Classification: Interlocking

Pack 012

Pocket

Goal: Put the four pieces into the case (pocket) completely.

Materials: Acrylic
Classification: Put-together, sliding pieces

Pocket

Pushbutton Burr

Goal: Disassemble and reassemble. Push the buttons to start the disassembly process.

Materials: Canarywood and Indian rosewood
Classification: Interlocking (geometric object)

Pushbutton Burr

Quadrupled Quadlooplet

Goal:

  • Start with the looped rope threaded through adjacent holes of the core plate. Release the rope, and then return it to the starting position.
  • Start with the looped rope threaded through opposite holes of the core plate. Release the rope, and then return it to the starting position.

Materials: Vinyl, rope with clasp
Classification: 4.3 String puzzles, 5.6 Miscellaneous sequential movement

Notes: Unscrew the clasp in the rope to change the starting position for the two goals.

Quadrupled Quadlooplet

Quartet Box

Goal: Open the box.

Materials: Hardwood and metal
Classification: 2.1 Trick or secret opening box

Quartet Box

RDS Interlock

Goal: There are three types of puzzle pieces and multiple challenges.

  • Receivers (R) are composed of five sticks.
  • Standard pieces (D) are composed of four sticks.
  • Sliders (S) are composed of three sticks.

Assemble 12 pieces around a rhombic dodecahedron:

  • Use 4 R's, 4 D's, and 4 S's (11 solutions)
  • Use 3 R's, 6 D's, and 3 S's (14 solutions)
  • Use 2 R's, 8 D's, and 2 S's (3 solutions)

Materials: Wood (bubinga, white oak, zircote)
Classification: interlocking

RDS Interlock

Rollercoaster

Goal: Put the pieces fully inside the box, without touching them inside the box.

Materials: Acrylic, exotic wood
Classification: put-together, dexterity

Rollercoaster

Rota Cube

Goal: Take apart and assemble.

Materials: Wood
Classification: 3.2 Interlocking geometric object

Rota Cube

Sewing Box

Goal: Take the pieces apart and put them back together.

Materials: ABS, PLA
Classification: 2.1 Slocum

Sewing Box

Siamese Snails

Goal: Take apart and put together.

Materials: Stainless steel and glass
Classification: Interlocking solid

Siamese Snails

Six Mix

Goal: Starting from the arrangement shown:

  • Slide chains to make an inner orange circle.
  • Slide chains to make an inner black circle.
  • Make one color inner circle with outer colors sorted.

Materials: Recycled wood and hardboard
Classification: 5.3 2D sliding block

Six Mix

Slideways Cube

Goal: Disassemble and reassemble.

Materials: Aluminum, stainless, bronze matrix, maple, ebony
Classification: interlocking coordinate motion

Slideways Cube

Symmetry 2345

Goal: You have four double-sided pieces from 2-5 units. For each possible group of three pieces, and using all four pieces, make a symmetrical shapes. The position and orientation of the triangle marks must also be symmetrical (8 solutions in all).

Materials: MDF
Classification: 2D assembly

Notes: The position and orientation of the triangles are different on opposite sides of the pieces.

Symmetry 2345

T Cube

Goal: Arrange the hinged parts on the magnetic cube so that they will completely cover it.

Materials: 3D printed PETG, magnets, steel plate
Classification: ASS-STRA

T Cube

The Tao

Goal: Move various sections of the box in the correct sequence until a piece can be removed to open the box.

Materials: Resin infused douglas fir, brass inlay with bois de rose
Classification: Slocum 2 Take-apart

The Tao

10 Balls 1 Cup

Goal: Completely fit all 10 balls into the cup so that no balls are above the top surface of cup (demonstrate this by then turning the cup upside-down on flat surface showing it is stable and does not teeter on the three supports).

Materials: Delrin and ABS plastic, and nylon rope
Classification: ASS-OTH

10 Balls 1 Cup

Three Cubes

Goal: Construct three cubes with three pieces.

Materials: Nutmeg wood, magnets
Classification: Put-Together

Three Cubes

TicTac's Tactics

Goal: Arrange the hinged tiles into a 3x3 square to form each of the four possible winning tic-tac-toe configurations:

  • Gold X's
  • Silver X's
  • Gold O's
  • Silver O's

Materials: 3D-printed PLA plastic
Classification: Hinged, manipulation

TicTac's Tactics

Transpa Color Wheel

Goal: Slide the pieces to transform the puzzle between two states:

  • All four petals of each circle are of the same color
  • All four petals of each circle are of different colors.

Materials: Transparent and colored acrylic
Classification: 5.3 3D sliding piece

Transpa Color Wheel

Trinity

Goal: Take apart and reassemble. Each each piece interlocks with two other pieces via an organic design.

Materials: Zinc alloy
Classification: Take-apart

Notes: There are numerous ways of assembling.

Trinity

TriQuad

Goal: Mix up and restore the puzzle to the solved state. In the solved state each face is a solid color. There should also be two complete circles formed from cutouts in the tiles on each face (except for white). These circles allow the puzzle to be super solved.

Materials: ABS (FDM)
Classification: Sequential Movement - 5.4 Rotating piece puzzles

TriQuad

Turf in Box

Goal: Pack the five pieces into the box.

Materials: Acrylic, MDF
Classification: Put-together

Turf in Box

Unicum

Goal: Make a symmetric shape with the three pieces.

Materials: Pink ivory
Classification: 2D assembly

Unicum

Wasp Coaster

Goal: Assemble the six interlocking bands into a coaster where all six bands lie flat on the table.

Materials: Polished brass
Classification: 1.3 Miscellaneous put-together

Wasp Coaster

Wavelinks

Goal: Take apart the linked rings into four identical pieces, then put them back together.

Materials: 3D-printed nylon plastic
Classification: 3.6

Wavelinks

X-Cage

Goal: Pack the five X-shaped pieces inside the cage.

Materials: Wood, acrylic
Classification: Put-together

X-Cage

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Goal: Mix up and restore the cube to the solved state. In the solved state each face is a solid color aside from the super-stickers/aches indicating the color of the adjacent face neighboring each circle piece.

Materials: Polyamide (SLS), ABS (FDM), laser-cut acrylic
Classification: Sequential Movement - 5.4 rotating pieces

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