IPP24 Competition Entries   

The following are the 59 entries in the 2004 competition (click on images for larger photos). 

The competition information booklet with full-size photos, instructions, and solutions is available as four PDF documents: Part1 (2.7Mb), Part2 (1.9Mb), Part3 (1.4Mb), Part4 (0.8Mb).

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

8 Arrows Trigo Cube

Designer: Michael Toulouzas
Materials: Wood: Bubinga, maple, and wenge
Goal: Put the 8 pieces together to make a cube.

Purchase: See designer's website.

AMAZE

Designer: Eldon Vaughn
Materials: Plastic
Goal: Move the tip of the STYLUS from START to FINISH through the maze without lifting it from the maze path. Certain walls (positioned on four separate SLIDERS) may need to be moved by the STYLUS during play to enable immediate passage and perhaps passage at some point further down the path. The initial positions of the four SLIDERS can be arranged in 16 different ways to change the complexity of the challenge from NOVICE to EXPERT, providing play value for people with different puzzle-solving abilities.

Barcode Burr

Designer: Lee Krasnow
Materials: Macassar Ebony, Eastern Hard Maple, and 12 steel pins
Goal: The goal of those who play with this puzzle should be to enjoy the motion and interactions of the pieces. Success (in the sense of a solution) is achieved when the puzzler has figured out the rules that dictate how the pieces move, and can apply that knowledge to disassemble and reassemble the puzzle.

Purchase: See Pacific Puzzleworks website for price and availability.

Big Maz-N-Cube

Designer: Derek Bosch
Materials: ABS & TPR plastic (Livecube)
Goal: Separate the 3 cubes (without using excessive force).

Purchase: Contact Tom Lensch for availability and pricing in hardwod.

Box with a Key

Designer: Akio Kamei
Materials: walnut, red sandalwood, etc.
Goal: Usually you turn the key and you can open the lid. But in this case...!

BurRing

Designer: Yael Friedman
Materials: Bronze
Goal: Disassemble and re-assemble

Button Trap

Designer: Vaclav Obsivac
Materials: Apple-tree, white walnut
Goal: Free the button

Purchase: Contact vinco@centrum.cz, or more information at Vinco website. Price is $15 without shipping.

Cross in Circle

Designer: Vaclav Obsivac
Materials: Maple, plum-tree
Goal: Locate the cross inside the circle

Purchase: Contact vinco@centrum.cz, or more information at Vinco website. Price is $40 without shipping.

Cube Bi-section

Designer: Bill Darrah
Materials: hardwood
Goal: Form a fractalized cube.

Cubyx

Designer: Zdravko Zivkovic
Materials: Solid wood
Goal: Make a box by combining 6 unique 3-D tiles

Purchase: Available from AVAX Corp. for $100

Cup Case

Designer: Dai (Edi) Nagata
Materials: MDF board
Goal: Place four Cup pieces flat in the frames.

Purchase:

  • Overseas order form at the designer's web site.
  • Contact designer via email (edi@witful.net)
  • The puzzle shop Torito sells it. 
  • Hirano's puzzle shop Cosmo sells it. 

Dodecahedron Box

Designer: Kagen Schaefer
Materials: Bubinga, Wenge, Maple hardwoods.
Goal: Match up the mosaic to open the box.

Purchase: This is the final proof for a limited edition of 40 Dodecahedron Boxes is being made in the fall of 2004. They are $450. This puzzle will be sold directly through Kagen Schaefer. Sign up via email at the Kagen Shaefer web site.

Double Crossed Puzzle Box

Designer: Randal Gatewood
Materials: Quarter sawn Argentine Walnut, Palo Blanco, and cedar
Goal: To manipulate the moveable pieces on the top of the puzzle box to open it.

Purchase: The second production of 20 of this limited edition puzzle box will be available for sale through Cleverwood Fine Woodworking with expected availability in early July ’04. Additional information is also available at the designers’ site. The Double Crossed is completely handmade and hand finished. This complex puzzle box is priced at $525.00. Slocum Classification: 2.1 (and 6.4?) / Moves: 23 / Rated: Very difficult.

Double Locked Briefcase Puzzle

Designer: Perry McDaniel
Materials: Aluminum, wood, metal
Goal: Secret Opening Briefcase (NO FORCE REQUIRED)

Double Monad

Designer: Doug Engel
Materials: Die cast metal, dip anodized
Goal: Take apart and put back together

Eclipse

Designer: Albert Meijers
Materials: acrylic sheet, foil, urethane casting resin, small bolts. metal balls.
Goal: The elements must be moved on top of each other in the right order.

Purchase: I can offer one puzzles for 120€.

Egyptian Pyramid 2

Designer: Michael Toulouzas
Materials: Wood: pallisander, maple, zebrawood
Goal: Put the 7 pieces inside the tray, to make a pyramid.

Purchase: See designer's website.

Enhanced Cube Bi-section

Designer: Harry Nelson/Bill Darrah
Materials: Hardwood+misc.
Goal: Form a fractalized cube.

Fourarms

Designer: Sam Cornwell
Materials: Pine,mahogany,ramin
Goal: To dissassemble the puzzle into 5 pieces (4 are identical) and re-assemble.

Free Me 2

Designer: Joe Turner
Materials: African Mahogany, Kennedy half dollar, and things
Goal: Remove coin

Purchase: I have 20 of these almost complete. I estimate a market value of $100 for "Free Me 2". I'm willing to sell them (one to a customer). But what I'd like even more is to trade for other puzzles of comparable value. I'm mostly interested in Take Apart puzzles but am willing to consider others. Happy to talk with any interested parties. Since quantity is limited, it will be on a first contact basis. Contact me at puzzlr@sbcglobal.net.

Fusiun Dals Quadrats

Designer: Roland Koch
Materials: Birch
Goal: The 20 pieces in the box form 5 squares of equal size. Take them out of their box and rearrange them to form 1 bigger square (using all the pieces). Afterwards pack the pieces back in to the box.

Purchase: The two entries plus puzzles in craftsman quality (samples shown here) are available from the manufacturers website, at a price of sFr132.00.

Hinge Box

Designer: Eric Fuller
Materials: Figured Teak, Curly Beech, Metal Hinges
Goal: Open the box!

Purchase: Available at designer's website. 13 currently produced, entire edition limited to 40. Price is $215.

Houses and Factories

Designer: Dick Hess
Materials: Cherry wood
Goal: Pack two houses and three factories into the square frame with: (a) 5 pieces facing up (b) Exactly 4 pieces facing up.

Impossible Cube

Designer: Mineyuki Uyematsu
Materials: Pine
Goal: This puzzle has 2 problems. 1) Can you take apart impossible CUBE into 3 pieces ? 2) Can you explain how impossible CUBE's green piece crafts ?

Insoma

Designer: Brian Young
Materials: Blackbean and Silver Ash
Goal: The puzzle is to assemble both the Soma Cube and the 6 piece diagonal burr at the same time. One piece of the Soma Cube is attached to one of each of the pieces of the diagonal burr.

Purchase: I have made 100 puzzles and currently have 24 in stock to sell. We may make more in the future. The puzzle may be purchased from the Mr Puzzle Australia website and shipped worldwide. The puzzle is packaged disassembled.

Jumble Jungle Puzzle

Designer: Mark McCallum
Materials: cocobolo, Indonesian rosewood, bocote, zircote, macassar ebony, padauk, bloodwood, tulipwood, yellowheart, Peruvian walnut, and marblewood
Goal: Disassembly and reassembly

Purchase: Buyers interested in purchasing this puzzle can contact me directly anytime (mccallum_m@sbcglobal.net). No more than 50 of this puzzle will be produced. Price will be $100.00 postage paid for US addresses, postage extra for others. No two puzzles will be exactly the same and wood selection will vary with availability. After the initial production puzzles have sold, buyers will be placed on a waiting list in order of contact. Special orders will be considered. Puzzles from single wood species can also be special ordered. Special orders may cost extra depending on the request.

Keepers Key Safe

Designer: Randal Gatewood
Materials: White Argentine Mahogany hardwood
Goal: The goal of this puzzle to retrieve the key from with in The Keepers Key Safe.

Kuru Kuru Heart

Designer: Tatuo Miyamoto
Materials: keyaki, others
Goal: "Kuru Kuru" means "round" or "revolve". As the name, it rounds and you can make a shape of heart. Through this motion, you can open the lid.

LabyRing

Designer: Yael Friedman
Materials: Silver and Brass
Goal: Creating a double labyrinth ring so that the solution will make a difference.

Less Balls

Designer: Will Strijbos
Materials: Wood, metal
Goal: 1) Pack 4 balls with the 5 wooden piece in the box 2) Pack 3 balls with the 5 wooden pieces in the box, in such a way that it is not possible to pack the 4th ball in the box. 3) Pack 2 balls with the 5 wooden pieces in the box, in such a way that it is not possible to pack an additional ball in the box.

Little Maz-N-Cube

Designer: Derek Bosch
Materials: ABS & TPR plastic (Livecube)
Goal: Separate the 3 cubes (without using excessive force).

Purchase: Contact Tom Lensch for availability and pricing in hardwod.

Lucky Clover

Designer: Oskar van Deventer
Materials: Aluminum with “silver” and “gold” chrome plating
Goal: Take apart the four rings, and then put them back together again forming the lucky-clover shape as shown in the picture. An intermediate challenge is to form a set of hand-cuffs. Please do not use force, do not bend or scratch the rings.

Purchase: Bits & Pieces

Monkey's Palanquin

Designer: Shirou Tajima
Materials: walnut, rosewood, katura
Goal: This looks like a traditional secret box, but you will be surprised to find the unique movement.

Newkites & Bricks

Designer: Koshi Arai
Materials: Blockboard
Goal: Making square out of the pieces. 1) Make 7x7 square out of all 23 pieces of 5 figures. 2) Make 6x6 square out of the selected pieces using all 5 figures. 3) Make 5x5 square out of the selected pieces using all 5 figures.

Puzzle Springs

Designer: Ryuuzyu
Materials: Stainless steel and wood
Goal: To take apart two pieces

Purchase: Price: about $10. After the IPP24, the puzzle will be available at Pajurin (puzzle shop of Osho Iwase) and Torito.

Puzzle Squares Big Cube

Designer: Jim Swann
Materials: Polypropyene
Goal: Construct the big cube, with maximum symmetry. A secondary challenge is to create a ring of edge-hinged cubes.

Purchase: Visit our website to browse or purchase sets.

QRIN X

Designer: Takeyuki Endo
Materials: Wood, metal and plastic
Goal: 1) Wrap the chain around the burr to make a complete cube 2) Pack the chain into the tray

quadri

Designer: Olivier Pahud
Materials: transparent ABS, POM, steel
Goal: Create patterns on front and back.

Purchase: A series of 100 pieces in smoked grey shells with swissmad logo has been molded for gifts or swap. Contact designer's website. Available for the price of $20 each + shipping.

Quilted Puzzle Series #1

Designer: Jürg von Känel
Materials: Red Alder Wood for the puzzles, Birch Plywood and brass fittings (for the box)
Goal: For all the quilt puzzles – assemble the pieces into the tray forming a quilt pattern

Quzzle

Designer: Jim Lewis
Materials: Plastic
Goal: Move large tile from upper left corner to upper right corner by sliding tiles

Red spots

Designer: Ichiro Sengoku
Materials: wood, aluminum, mirror
Goal: Pile up four cubes and let them stand by themselves so as to hide all the blue spots and show all the red ones. The mirror will help you check the bottoms of the cubes. (Blue spots lying directly on the mirror are considered hidden.)

Purchase: I have not decided to make some more for now. Please send emails to sengoku@zeal-land.com in Japanese or easy English.

RHOMBO-LÉON

Designer: Albert Gübeli
Materials: Wood
Goal: Put together, take apart

Purchase: write to designer at marilena.g@bluewin.ch. Price US$40.

Rightangular Jam

Designer: Hirokazu IWASAWA
Materials: MDF and wood
Goal: Beginning: Put the four triangular pieces in the starting position. During the game: Slide pieces without picking them up. End: Slip the blue triangle through the hole in the front of the frame. (Only the blue one can go through.)

Purchase: Anyone can buy one by ¥1,785 (plus shipping cost) through the online puzzle shop Torito. You can also get the information about my puzzles from my website.

Scrap Star

Designer: Lee Krasnow
Materials: Macassar Ebony and Eastern Hard Maple.
Goal: The goal of this puzzle is to disassemble and reassemble the 12 identical pieces. Although there are several ways to assemble (and even more ways to disassemble) these pieces, the final result will always have the shape of the first stellation of a rhombic dodecahedron.

Purchase: Produced in limited quantities. See Pacific Puzzleworks website for price and availability.

Sixes

Designer: Vaclav Obsivac
Materials: Walnut, maple, acacia
Goal: Take apart and put together.

Purchase: Contact vinco@centrum.cz, or more information at Vinco website. Price is $30 without shipping.

Space Rings

Designer: Oskar van Deventer
Materials: Goncalo Alves for the frame, Afromosa and Sapele for the two rings
Goal: Put the both rings inside the frame.

Purchase: Tom Lensch may have some extras for sale.

StarCluster

Designer: Karin von Känel
Materials: Red Alder Wood
Goal: Fit the three pieces flat into the tray (no force required!)

Stickman No. 2 Puzzlebox

Designer: Robert Yarger
Materials: Oak (exterior), Maple (interior & inlays), Wood Glue, Stain, Lacquer
Goal: The goal of this puzzlebox is to reach all 4 hidden compartments with a minimum of 55 individual moves.

Purchase: Stickman No. 2 puzzle boxes come in various wood types (oak, maple, & cypress) and can be purchased by contacting Robert Yarger (yargerhome@worldnet.att.net ). Use this same e-mail address to be put on the notification list of new Stickman Box lines. The cost of these boxes are $205. A total of only 50 of these boxes were produced, and approx. 3 boxes remain for sale.

Stickman No. 3 Puzzlebox

Designer: Robert Yarger
Materials: Oak (mechanical components), Maple, Oak or Cypress (main box – depending on style), Wood Glue, Stain, Lacquer, Brass Screws
Goal: The goal of this puzzlebox is to find all 3 hidden compartments with a minimum of 106 individual moves.

Purchase: Stickman No. 2 puzzle boxes come in various wood types (oak, maple, & cypress) and can be purchased by contacting Robert Yarger (yargerhome@worldnet.att.net ). Use this same e-mail address to be put on the notification list of new Stickman Box lines. The cost of these boxes are $165. A total of only 50 of these boxes were produced, and approx. 2 boxes remain for sale.

Stickman No. 4 Puzzlebox

Designer: Robert Yarger/Eric Fuller
Materials: Maple (main box & drawers), Cocobolo (tiles), Bloodwood (end frames & clutch), Wood Glue, Lacquer, Magnets, Bullet Catches.
Goal: The goal of this box is to open its two hidden compartments using the least amount of moves possible.

Purchase: Stickman No. 4 puzzle boxes can be purchased by contacting Robert Yarger (yargerhome@worldnet.att.net ). Use this same e-mail address to be put on the notification list of new Stickman Box lines. The cost of these boxes are $365. A total of only 45 of these boxes were produced, and approx. 12 boxes remain for sale.

Sway Cube

Designer: Hidekuni Tamura
Materials: Walnut and Magnolia
Goal: How can you take the cube apart?

Purchase: Available from the puzzle shop Torito or Hirano's shop Cosmo. Price ¥3.700+shipping. Special version for this sale are limited quantity.

swissmad

Designer: Olivier Pahud
Materials: transparent ABS, POM, steel
Goal: Create patterns on front and back.

Purchase: A series of 100 pieces in smoked grey shells with swissmad logo has been molded for gifts or swap. Contact designer's website. Available for the price of $20 each + shipping.

TanaCube

Designer: Bill Darrah, Peter Rasmussen and Wei Zhang
Materials: Wood
Goal: To assemble 12 pieces to form a cube having an identical Tangram arrangement on each of its faces.

Purchase: TanaCube is available from Bill Darrah. The price is $350. Only 12 puzzles were produced.

Tanacube Too

Designer: George Miller/Oskar van Deventer
Materials: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS plastic)
Goal: take apart - put together

Purchase: Available at Puzzle Palace. Price is $550.

Tangled Gym Jewel Box

Designer: Hirokazu IWASAWA
Materials: Stainless wire and chain
Goal: First, try to remove the chain from the frame. Then, try to return it to the starting position.

Purchase: Currently out of stock after IPP24. Soon, anyone can buy one by ¥1,585 (plus shipping cost) through the online puzzle shop Torito. You can also get the information about my puzzles from my website.

toe-KEY-yo

Designer: Rocky Chiaro
Materials: 360 Brass machined
Goal: Get the ring off of the KEY

Purchase: You can order a toe-KEY-yo from my website, or e-mail R_Chiaro@msn.com The price will be $100.00 I will pay postage to anywhere.

Triangular Jam

Designer: Hirokazu IWASAWA
Materials: MDF and wood
Goal: Beginning: Put the four triangular pieces in the starting position. During the game: Slide pieces without picking them up. End: Slip the red triangle through the hole in the front of the frame. (Only the red one can go through.)

Purchase: Anyone can buy one by ¥1,680 (plus shipping cost) through the online puzzle shop Torito. You can also get the information about my puzzles from my website.

Tricullis

Designer: Peter Conrad
Materials: basswood
Goal: The goal of the puzzle is to take it apart and to re-assemble it. The puzzle has four pieces, two of which fit together to make an assembly that is identical to the remaining two pieces.

Twisted's Sister

Designer: Brian Young
Materials: Gold plated 150mm (6 inch) nails
Goal: Gold plated 150mm (6 inch) nails

Purchase: I have made 70 puzzles. The puzzle may be purchased in the near future from the Mr Puzzle Australia website and shipped worldwide.

 


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