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Cowboy's Hobble
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Cowboy's Hobble

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ObjectRemove the ring
DifficultyLevel 9 - Gruelling
BrandPuzzle Master
TypesPuzzle Master Wire Puzzles, James Dalgety
Dimensions3 5/8 in 3 1/4 in / 9.2 cm x 8.3 cm
PackagingClam Shell

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A 40 year old classic, the Cowboy’s Hobble is a reminder of how simplicity in a puzzle’s design can be mistaken by easiness. Made from nickel plated wire and rope, this gruelling puzzle will challenge your wits as you try to remove the ring from the string. To make matters worse, the bead is larger than the ring’s width and it can’t go past the wire loop. Be careful not to make unnecessary knots. Designed by James Dalgety in 1971, who owns one of the largest mechanical puzzle collections in the world. Also known as “The Manacle” and “The Ball and Chain”, as marketed by Pentangle in 1972 and 1974 respectively. Winner of the London Design Centre Award in the 1970’s. From our PuzzleMaster Wire Puzzle Collection.


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    On Saturday February 10th Anxos wrote,
Fantastic puzzle. Very elegant solution. Must own. Took a lot of persistence.
    On Wednesday August 12th Shaggy wrote,
Extremely difficult! I also was able to put the ring on easier than take it off. It is very intriguing how there are two ways for the ring to enter the wire loop and a solver is close to never coming up with the idea about the second way, which is part of the solution. I will give it to family and friends to see how they will do.
    On Thursday January 15th Phillip & Joanne Seymour wrote,
Consider put the ring on twice and really stump your friends.
    On Saturday December 20th George wrote,
This puzzle is very simple in appearance but is fieldishly difficult. You may convince yourself it is not possible. I found that it is easier to put the ring on than take it off, so if you are really stumped and have an extra ring you might try to put the second ring on.
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