Top-10 of the 2-Piece Puzzles Which Can Baffle

Top-10 of the 2-Piece Puzzles Which Can Baffle

When it comes to mechanical puzzles it always comes to pieces. Often, the more the pieces, the harder the puzzle can be. In some puzzles the number of pieces can reach hundreds or even thousands. Jigsaw puzzles, for exampleWhen it comes to mechanical puzzles it always comes to pieces. Often, the more the pieces, the harder the puzzle can be. In some puzzles the number of pieces can reach hundreds or even thousands. Jigsaw puzzles, for example. More intriguing is to take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum. A set consists of at least two pieces. Hence the question: are there any 2-piece puzzles which can really baffle? Fortunately, the answer is “Yes!” Several preconditions had been considered while selecting the puzzles for this review. 1. A puzzle must not be trivial. 2. The pieces can be compound ones provided that if such a piece is broken into at least two smaller pieces the idea of the puzzle is totally broken. 3. Very specific cases of the 2-piece puzzles such as mazes (board as one piece and the moving object as another) weren't considered for this review. Good luck and Happy Puzzling!
#10

Halve A Heart

by Scott Elliot

Presented at IPP36 in Kyoto, Japan in August 2016, this is a brilliant example how deceitful a 2-piece puzzle can look like. The predecessors from the same author were Join The Club and Diamond Engagement in 2015. This one is the hardest in the series. Exists only as a 3D printed version so far. Hence the price.

#9

Square in Bag

by Iwahiro

Source:

Sloyd

Put the whole square in the bag! This puzzle was chosen "Puzzle of the year" in the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2012. Great combination of two opposite materials - solid and soft ones.

Buy at:

Sloyd €9.10
#8

Cast Devil

author unknown

Source:

Hanayama Toys

The puzzle appeared around 1905. It was known as "Devil's Claws". This high-quality replica by Hanayama company from Japan almost a hundred years later possesses the same deceitful feeling - it looks simple but requires one's patience and persistence to take the two pieces apart.

Buy at:

Amazon ~$9.97
#7

Hedgehog in the Cage

by Clarence A. Worrall (?)

Though the puzzle is strongly associated with Czech Republic (in Czech: Ježek v kleci), it has its origins in the USA. The first known patent to its model was obtained by American inventor Clarence A. Worrall in Philadelphia, PA, in 1896. The puzzle arrived in Czechoslovakia around 1935 and entertained huge popularity in the country as an organic part of one of the most successful Czech comics - Rychlé šípy (Rapid Arrows). Can be in plastic, metal or wood versions; and the object is "simple" - take the "hedgehog" out of the "cage".

Buy at:

Amazon $12.95
#6

One Piece Packing Puzzle

by Simon Nightingale

Yes, only one wooden cube has to be "packed" into the box! Despite such a straightforward goal, the cube doesn't want to go fully into the box easily. The reason? There are some magnets embedded in the box and the cube. Puzzlers' Award at the very first annual Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition in 2001.

#5

Cast Dolce

by Akio Yamamoto

Source:

Hanayama Toys

Another puzzle gem from Hanayama cast series. Take the two symbols apart. Put them back together. Both challenges are not trivial. Don't try to rush this one - take your time and enjoy the "Vita Dolce!"

Buy at:

Amazon $8.57
#4

Cast Harmony

by Dmitry Pevnitskiy and Kirill Grebnev

Source:

Hanayama Toys

The "G clef" and "eighth note" intertwine and give off a beautiful note as if they're playing music. Invented by two Russian designers. It took Hanayama company a couple of years to figure out how to produce the G clef. They finally figured it out to the delight of all puzzlers so that the process of taking the two pieces apart doesn't result in the break of any piece.

Buy at:

Amazon ~$11.77
#3

Twisted Nails

author unknown

Source:

Amazon

This puzzle opens the Top-3 of the chart. Two identically twisted nails are to be taken apart. Echoing pick #8 from this list, it is known probably for the same period of time - over a century.

Buy at:

Amazon ~$3.50
#2

2-Pieces Pyramid Puzzle

author unknown

Source:

Solve It!

For decades this puzzle was an undisputed #1 in the realm of the 2-piece puzzles before the new #1 claimed the spot recently. Two identical pieces have to be assembled into a tetrahedron or a 4-sided pyramid.

Buy at:

Solve It! $4.99
#1

Cast Loop

by Vesa Timonen

Source:

Hanayama Toys

Appeared a decade ago, the puzzle managed to grasp the top position among the 2-piece puzzles - both in recognition and perception. A young Finnish designer has come up with the concept based on an original puzzle ring he created for his girlfriend - just assemble the two pieces into the cast loop! Great design, precise manufacturing and a special magnet click - all together make this puzzle a special jewel in the series.

Buy at:

Amazon $12.99
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