How to solve wooden left brain teaser puzzles

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How to solve wooden left brain teaser puzzles
Puzzle cubes are one of the many brainteasers you can play with to exercise your left brain. (wooden puzzle image by Robert Yoder from Fotolia.com)

Wooden brain teasers provide hours of enjoyment for both children and adults. Trying to solve these puzzles exercises your brain by challenging you to figure out how to do something that seems impossible. You should therefore try to solve these puzzles yourself if possible. If you get stuck, here are solutions to three of the most popular wooden brainteasers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    African Ball and String Puzzle (contains two balls and two loops)

  1. 1

    Pull on the knot in between the balls until it loosens and becomes a loop

  2. 2

    Move the leftmost ball over as far to the right as you can. Slide it under the loop you created in Step 1. Keep sliding it until it is snug against the wooden block.

  3. 3

    Pull on the left side of the middle loop. This pulls the right-most bead against the wood and makes a double loop on top of the wood.

  4. 4

    Slide the leftmost bead through the double loop on top of the wood. Pull the double loops down through the hole in the centre of the wood.

  5. 5

    To solve the puzzle, slide the leftmost bead until it hits the right-most bead. They should both be on the right loop now.

    Classic Puzzle Cube

  1. 1

    Separate the cube into 12 pieces.

  2. 2

    Build the first layer of the cube. Set one of the bars that has a small piece on each end into the centre of a half-cube piece and set two of the bars that have a small slot and two-half cubes on top to form a letter "H."

  3. 3

    Set the other bar into the other half-cube piece. Turn these two pieces over and set them on top of the first half-cube.

  4. 4

    Put the two braces (the pieces that look like letter E's) into the sides of the cube.

  5. 5

    Put the barbell shaped pieces on top of the two remaining pieces to make letter T's. Turn the cube over and separate it slightly to make room for one of the letter T's. Put the second T in the remaining slot to solve the cube.

    Japanese Puzzle Boxes

  1. 1

    Inspect the box carefully. Note patterns in the wood or artwork and feel for any dips or cracks. Sliding keys may be hidden in these spaces.

  2. 2

    When you locate a key, try to move it. If it doesn't move easily, keep looking for another key.

  3. 3

    Slide each key or sliding piece in order. The puzzle box opens when all keys are moved.

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