A good puzzle is part problem-solving and part magic. In the following quiz, we test your knowledge of some of the world's most mystifying 3-D puzzles. Are you ready to get stumped?
What is considered to be the oldest mechanical puzzle in the world?
- The Chinese jigsaw puzzle
- The Loculus of Archimedes
- The Interlocking Rings of Babylon
What is the only 3-D puzzle made by the popular 3-D jigsaw puzzle company Wrebbit to be pulled from shelves for religious reasons?
- 3D Taj Mahal
- 3D First Temple in Jerusalem
- 3D Mecca
How many 3-D puzzles was the 3-D puzzle company Wrebbit churning out every day at its single Canadian factory to keep up with the pre-holiday rush in the late 1990s?
- 5,000 puzzles a day
- 15,000 puzzles a day
- 30,000 puzzles a day
What was Paul Gallant's day job before he struck it rich as the amateur inventor of 3-D jigsaw puzzles?
- Marketing executive
- Pastry chef
- Patent officer
How many possible color combinations can be made with a classic 3X3 Rubik's Cube?
- 43 million
- 43 billion
- 43,000 trillion
How many videos are there on YouTube featuring the Rubik's Cube?
The current world record for the fastest solve in an official speedcubing competition is how many seconds?
- 8.4 seconds
- 5.6 seconds
- 4.5 seconds
In a 2007 Rubik's world championship competition, how many times in a row did Hungary's Matyas Kuti solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded?
What is the slowest recorded solve time for the Rubik's Cube?
Which of the following is NOT the name of a method for solving the Rubik's Cube?
- Schmidt method
- Ortega method
- Fridrich method
What is the maximum number of sequential moves required to open the world's most complicated puzzle box?
According to calculations by IBM researchers, how many possible combinations can be arranged with a seemingly simple six-piece Burr puzzle?
- 35 million
- 35 billion
True or False: There is a class of 3-D puzzles called "Impossible Puzzles."
The Puzzle of Fifteen, a sliding block puzzle in a box, sparked a worldwide obsession with puzzles in what year?
When the Rubik's Cube was first released in Hungary, it was called Buvos Kocka, meaning what in English?
- Magic Cube
- Twisted Cube
- Crazy Cube
True or False: The Rubik's Cube world championship features an event where contestants solve the cube using their feet.
What's the world record for the most Rubik's Cubes solved in a single day?
- 548 cubes
- 2,869 cubes
- 4,786 cubes
The "New York, New York" 3-D puzzle created by Wrebbit is the largest on record. How many pieces does it include?
In what city is the world's largest Rubik's Cube located?
- Budapest, Hungary
- Tokyo, Japan
- Knoxville, Tennessee
The Pentamix is arguably the world's hardest variation on the Rubik's Cube. How many individual moving pieces does it hold?