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Burr puzzle designed by Oskar van Deventer (used with permission). For G4G14, this 14-piece puzzle felt appropriate. Contrary to the name of the puzzle, these exchange puzzles are in fact rather small.

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3D printed custom Zometool struts, and a Zometool ball.
Applying the planar puzzle mechanism of the Magic Disc puzzle to a three-dimensional form yields an interesting and challenging coordinate motion puzzle.

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Sudoku with some added rules. This puzzle can only be solved in conjunction with the gift "Palindromes" by Elizabeth Gallagher.
9 loose square wafers of plastic with a hole in the center of all but one that has a cylindrical pin. It is clear that the wafers can be stacked on the pin. 7 of the wafers have notches of various size in the edges. There are no hints included. Each…

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This is a paper ring with a number puzzle. The hint is actually the logo that is at the beginning (which of course will be right after the end when it's a ring).
Like Origami meets Lego. No scissors, tape, or glue. This modular paper cutout is based on triangular geometry and mates with neighbors (edge-connecting) to create tetrahedra, octohedra, and icosahedra. The resulting polyhedra can then mate once…

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Two rectangular sheets that filter light according to polarization- with a twist. Rotating the two sheets ninety degrees with respect to each other results in all light blocked as expected, but flipping over a sheet also gives a similar result. Does…

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Sudoku with some added rules. This puzzle can only be solved in conjunction with the gift "Entropy" by Neil Calkin.
Solve these puzzles and get a pass to the Magic Castle.

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With a laser-cutter, it is easy to make one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzles. The question then is what pattern of cuts to use. Here is a gallery of some experiments I have been making in which the cut pattern is based on a warped grid. A pseudorandom…

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BUILD your OCTAROLLER ! from 3 parts square.
RACE your OCTAROLLER ! down the ramp in a straight line.
CHEER your OCTAROLLER ! with supplied cheering pom pom on a toothpick.
Octaroller is included in Geometric Foundations of Design: Old and New…
A puzzle hunt hidden inside an 8-page pamphlet.
This DIY paper-engineered magic trick performs an astonishing feat of mentalism thanks to a bit of secret mathematics.

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14 tiles consisting of hexagons with 0 to 6 equilateral triangles attached on their edges can be cut from card stock provided to solve the large collection of puzzle figures presented. Five colors, each tile shape is unique with one mirror pair.…
In one package: the strip of triangles and brochure for this new flexagon. The colorfully illustrated brochure will include folding directions, flexing directions, and images of the different possible faces.
All you have to do is move the large 2x2 block to the bottom right hand corner by sliding the blocks. Do not lift, turn or twist any block.

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Cut-and-fold a polyhedron with 7 vertices, 14 faces, 21 edges, and a hole through it like a doughnut. A cube has internal diagonals that connect the diametrically opposite corners. By contrast, this polyhedron has no internal diagonals. There are…
In this puzzle you must find the most crooked path on a board made of squares. Each square is visited at most once, but you need not visit all squares. Your path goes from square to adjacent square, and should have as many 90-degree turns as…

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I am making paper flexagons with Penrose patterns on them to illustrate the patterns. My stuff touches three things from Martin Gardner, Flexagons, Penrose Tiles, and Polyominos (the classification system for tetraflexagons is based on these with a…
An ant wants to travel from one corner of the Sierpinski carpet to the opposite corner using the shortest possible route. And his friend, a termite, wants to do the same in the Menger sponge. Can you guide them well?
The gift will be a number of cut-out pages to create a rep-tile tangram: A tangram shape that is made from tangram shapes, that are made from tangram shapes.
Destroying flexagons can be fun and artistic! We suggest 4 different ways to artistically destroy flexagons, each with its own merit. Our exchange gift is a set of 4 flexagons strips, one for each demonstration and the attached explanation sheet.
The puzzle is to fit 14 “rabbiduck” polyomino pieces into an 8x11 rectangle. (Gardner wrote about polyominoes in multiple columns. The specific polyomino pieces used are inspired by the rabbit/duck illusion that Gardner called the Rabbitduck in his…
A one-page puzzle with attached solution will be provided, including the instructions for this variant and the clues and grid.
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