Tavern or Bar puzzle designs date back centuries. Often crafted by blacksmiths to tease, challenge and entertain. These are rugged, old-fashioned looking puzzles. Often thought of as disentanglement-style or take-apart puzzles. They are forged from bent wrought iron metal with rings, shuttles, bow-shaped pieces and sometimes small chains.
WISE GUY is constructed from solid steel. Measures approximately 10 inches stretched out. Object is to remove and then replace the large 3 inch diameter ring. WISE GUY is a Level 2 "Intermediate / Challenging". Level 2 puzzles will take the average person some time to figure out.
Tavern brand puzzles are hand crafted in New York. They are grouped into four levels of ascending challenges:
1 = Moderate/Starter;
2 = Intermediate / Challenging;
3 = Difficult / Severe;
4 = Very Difficult / Very,Very Severe
Your experience may differ.
Levels 2 are good brain teasers which require learning multiple (4 to 6) consecutive movements to release the ring or shuttle. Many puzzlers might expend thousands of moves before reaching full success. Solve using clever movements and positioning of the various metal pieces. NO FORCE is ever required.
There are two levels of solving all blacksmith puzzles. The first is removing a ring. The second is knowing "HOW" one removed it and having the ability to assemble and disassemble the parts at will.
Puzzle comes in small cloth drawstring bag. Then packaged a plain white, solid cardboard box. Solution included.
Generally recommended for ages 12 to adult. Some bright 7 to 11 year olds with patience and inquisitive minds will also thoroughly enjoy this style of puzzle.