I travelled with my family on many a cross-country road trip as child, often stopping at a [certain unnamed chain] restaurant that happened to be conveniently placed right off the various interstates around the USA. Now, while I don't particularly recall the food, what I DO remember were the PUZZLES! At every stop, we'd all scramble for the twisted metal at every table well before reaching for the menus. Who could free the ring from the horseshoes first?! Really, who needs food when you have a puzzle?
Fast forward to 2002 and the inception of SeriousPuzzles.com. (Okay, that's not really a fast-forward, being that it's currently 2013, but... you get what I mean) The very first puzzles we carried when we started our shop, deep in the woods of Maine all those years ago, were precisely those iron disentanglement puzzles I remembered fondly as a child - Tavern Puzzles!
Now, eleven years later, Tavern Puzzles still remain a staple of our puzzle shop. And, each year brings renewed excitement as a fresh puzzle design is unveiled. This year, however, imagine our elation when Tavern Puzzles revealed not one -- but TWO sparkling new metal disentanglement puzzles!
So now, without further ado, our puzzle compadres, we present them to YOU!
Genuine Article - a Group 8 Tavern Puzzle (that means the super-most-extreme-difficulty!)
The object of this puzzle is to remove the shuttle hanging from the middle bar. Without, of course, using excessive might (no sledgehammers or hacksaws!). Tavern Puzzles, as with all disentanglement puzzles, are solved with finesse, not force!
Captive Heart - a Group 1 Tavern Puzzle (that means the easiest to solve - perfect for beginners!)
The object of this puzzle is to remove the heart from between the two horseshoes. Even with beginner tavern puzzles, they always look easier than they are!
So, are you a fan of Tavern Puzzles? Do you remember metal disentanglement puzzles from your childhood?