I have an old, poorly constructed puzzle:enter image description here

I've seen a better version of this, but all the internet searches I've tried have yielded either artistic designs or metal puzzles of interlocking rings.

What is this [type] of puzzle called, and is there a recommended place to purchase such things?

(And yes, one of the black spheres is missing - hence wanting to buy a better quality one so I can try to solve it.(!!)


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It's a Hungarian Rings puzzle, designed by Endre Pap in 1982. Your version seems to be the default version (which I have in my personal collection as well, see picture below), although there are loads of different versions shown in the TwistyPuzzles Museum.

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The type of the puzzle is a 2D moving marbles type of puzzle.

As for where to buy it, your best bet is probably eBay or another second hand webshop, since it's 38 years old.
I'll see if I can find some other places that might have newer reproductions and/or an easier-to-find/cheaper version, though. Will update later on.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, that's exactly it. I specifically recall a version of disks sliding around two channels similarly linked, sold in gift shops and the like. The action on that other puzzle was super smooth and I'm looking for one with good action. $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2020 at 17:44
  • $\begingroup$ In the forum post you linked, the third picture had a puzzle on the lower right off the image with yellow sliding disks. The version I'm remembering had disks like that, although I could be mistaken - it's been years since I saw this. $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2020 at 17:48
  • $\begingroup$ @user3.1415927 Which link are you referring to, since I've linked a few times. :) If you mean my collection post, I assume you're talking about this one? That one is a Rashkey 2, which is a different type of puzzle: intersecting circles. They are in general more difficult to solve than intersecting rings with moving marbles tbh, although there are also easy ones. Loads of variety in difficulty/sizes/colors. $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2020 at 17:56
  • $\begingroup$ I was referring the loop with 20 yellow discs set in a gray backdrop including a rotating purple circle. I think it's near the one you referenced. The golovka (totally misspelled) in the twistypuzzles shop link you shared is distinctly closer to the one I'm looking for. $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2020 at 18:01
  • $\begingroup$ @user3.1415927 Ah, you meant the Top-Spin. The topspin also turns very well. So if I understand correctly, you're looking for an intersecting rings puzzle (like the Hungarian Rings you have), but with round tiles instead of marbles? $\endgroup$ Jan 25, 2020 at 19:15

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