The Maze Burr

2006 Puzzle of the Year !

Awarded both the Grand Prize and People's Choice at the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition. The commitee declared this "The Puzzle of the Year".

This version of the Maze Burr is made from Ebony, Maple, and Ceylon Satinwood. It also comes with its own case. The case is also a pedestal for displaying the puzzle nicely.

The Maze Burr is a puzzle version of the Rune Box. Each side of the Maze Burr has two sliding plates. One moves up and down. The other moves side to side. A 3x3 maze etched into the upper plate, and a peg connected to the lower plate restricts the movements. Furthermore, certain plates must be moved out of the way of other plates. The position of the 3x3 mazes about the puzzle determines the complexity of the solution. The solution can be anywhere from 7 moves to 116 moves to unlock the puzzle. Once unlocked, the puzzle can be taken apart and rebuilt into any other configuration.

A special thanks to John Rausch, Tom Lensch, Mitch Slevc, and Robin Schaefer.

On the pedistal.


The set of blocks fits perfectly inside the case.

The puzzle in the middle of being taken apart.

The Maze Burr is unlocked. It can hold something inside like a box.

With figured narra.

A nice display of the puzzle.

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