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Hanayama Enigma Puzzle

by Hanayama
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • The Hanayama range has been painstakingly designed and developed over more than a quarter of a century!
  • Puzzle Mission - The swirled pieces of this puzzle by Eldon Vaughn must be separated and then put back together
  • This is quite simply the most inspiring collection of puzzles ever created! Can you take it apart? Can you assemble it again?
  • These puzzles are hopelessly addictive and are arguably the most collectable puzzles on the planet!
  • Difficulty level 6
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight159 g
Product Dimensions7.6 x 4.4 x 11.8 cm
Manufacturer recommended age:3 years and up
Item model number5020
Educational Objective(s)Spacial Awareness
Number of Game Players1
Number of Puzzle Pieces1
Assembly RequiredNo
Batteries Required?No
Batteries Included?No
Material Type(s)Metal
Material Composition100% Metal
Colormetallic
  
Additional Information
ASINB000LICL3U
Best Sellers Rank 24,534 in Toys & Games (See top 100)
Shipping Weight209 g
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Date First Available1 Dec 2006
  
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This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 36 months

Product Description

Product Description

Patented in America in 1975, this is without doubt up there, along with all the most difficult puzzles ever created. The solution is elegant, and as a result, the puzzle is excellent!

Product Description

Enigma is another 'death by puzzle', in terms of difficulty. This design was patented in 1975, in America. You must separate the swirled pieces and put them back together. You can throw a needle in a haystack and call it a puzzle, but this one is different.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hardest of them all ? 24 Jan 2011
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 4.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Rated at 6 out of 6 in difficulty level.

First of all, let me say I haven't still managed to solve this puzzle (I only bought it last week).

Reputedly one of the most difficult of the collection (although the Cast Nutcase puzzle could also have a claim to that), the first thing you have to work out is how on earth can the pieces begin to disentangle from each other.
Eventually, a keen eye spots two key features in the puzzle.
I think I may be half way to solving it, but can't tell for sure.

I know there are some youtube videos explaining the solution, but I refuse to look at them on principle.

As ever with this collection, the construction is very sturdy and durable.

If you're looking for something a bit more accessible (which even your children can have a reasonable go at), I'd recommend getting Cast L'Oeuf first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab present for anyone who likes puzzles 15 Jan 2012
By Theresa
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Bought as a present for my hubby and friend. They both competed against each other in solving the puzzle in the shortest time. Brilliant puzzle, difficult to do and needs lot of thought to complete it. Will buy more from Hanayama for other friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great, Love it! 6 Jan 2012
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
We love these puzzles and will definately get more as there are lots to choose from and at different levels. Two of us(4)have done this now but even putting it back together is a challenge. Really great value and something you fiddle with over and over, frustrating and fun all in one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A topological puzzle 29 Sep 2013
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This is what a puzzle should be: unlikely to be done by mistake or quickly and no hidden trick. Those that have good spacial awareness and are good at untangling knots, should be okay at this. This is the first Hanayama puzzle I've managed to work out in a methodical manner and I can therefore take it apart and put it back together with ease. It is possible to reconstruct it in a mirrored configuration, but that doesn't really matter. My method does require the puzzle to flex slightly at one critical point and I have yet to find a way to avoid this. I expect it's intentional.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Vaiva
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I got this as a gift to a friend. The last one I got him was way too easy, and I was looking for something that would occupy him for a while. This did the trick. Disassembling it took him awhile, and trying to put it back together took him days.

Very pleased with the purchase. Heard no complaints. (Apart from the fact that he hates me, because it took him so long!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is hard.... 27 Feb 2014
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Had this apart and back together only twice now, once at 6 am in the morning at Costa Coffee waiting for a flight to Andorra. Spent most of the 2 1/2 hour flight & 3 hour coach transfer trying to get it apart again, it is clearly affected by air pressure as I was unable to get it apart again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars elegant 28 Dec 2013
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Very elegant and not easy to do - even more hard to put back together so good value and harder than he thought.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! You don't get what you paid for. 24 Dec 2013
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Durability: 1.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 3.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This looks like a high-quality, durable, cast metal puzzle, right? Appearances couldn't be more deceptive! I ordered this item as a gift based on the pictures and description. What actually arrived was a tiny, flimsy, lightweight contraption made from string and wood. "Serving Suggestion Only" doesn't even begin to cover how much this product differed from the description. Be warned and DO NOT BUY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Puzzle Ever
This puzzle was so good... and so addictive.... ..... and my goodness.. what joy when it finally came to bits..... then the fun started... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr
2.0 out of 5 stars Very difficult puzzle
I bought this for my husband knowing it was very difficult puzzle as he had mastered easier ones in no time. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzle
Really nice puzzle. High quality metal. This puzzle will test you, I thought this was a challenge . Once you complete it you then have new challenge of putting it back together . Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rockstar
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanayama Enigma Puzzle
A lovely tactile puzzle which allows a lot of manipulation without stumbling on the solution, and it is suitably challenging that I will feel a great sense of achievement if I... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Linny
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully difficult
I bought this for my husband at christmas. He usually completes things like this within hours and it is nearly easter and he still has't managed it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. M. C. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars As puzzles go it's 6/10
Easier than advertised, and once it's done, it's done. Good gift for people who have some time to spare and enjoy puzzles
Published 13 months ago by W. Mcghie
5.0 out of 5 stars They still have not done it
but it did keep them quite amused on christmas day and it kept the noise level down, I am still waiting for a go
Published 14 months ago by Mil
5.0 out of 5 stars A very tough puzzle
The Hanayama Enigma Puzzle is awesome: unlike many puzzles which say they are difficult, the Hanayama is definitely very tough and well worth the money.
Published 15 months ago by Blu Hotel
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