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Tavern Puzzle®: Patience Puzzle

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The oldest known puzzle design, probably of Chinese origin. Popular with 19th century sailors. Made with nails made in New England on a machine that has been in use since the Civil War era. (1984)

Patience Puzzle is more a mathematical puzzle than the other Tavern Puzzles. It has 43 steps, but only a few basic moves. The secret to solving it is discovering the correct sequence.

Object: Remove shuttle.

Category: Complex

Tavern Puzzles® are reproductions of a type of puzzle traditionally forged by blacksmiths to amuse their friends at country taverns and inns. Keeping with tradition, a museum-trained blacksmith from Long Island has reproduced some of these antique designs as well as his own original designs. All the puzzles are handcrafted and individually assembled. Each puzzle is mechanical in nature; removal of the object piece does not rely on force or trickery. 100% handcrafted in the USA by Tucker-Jones House.