Introduction: Great Pocket-sized Puzzle

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This puzzle is a great nerve racker, this thing will eat your brain for lunch!

Step 1: Materials

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This a very good/ easy puzzle to make all you need is:
Cardboard, any size will do
String, any kind will do
A small key or a ring

Step 2: Cutting the Cardboard

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Cut the cardboard to the size you wish, I keep mine about palm size

Step 3: Cut Your String

Cut the string to about a 1 foot and tie a knot around one end.

Step 4: The Making of the Puzzle

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Make two small holes at the sides of the piece of cardboard
Make a third larger hole in the middle but make sure the key/ring can't pass through it.
Put the string through on of the holes until it catches on the knot you made.
Then put it through the center hole and loop it around the string. Make sure your key/ring is on it.
Then run it through the hole again then string it through the loop.

Step 5: Ta Da!

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Finish it off and, there you have it!

Your puzzle is now finished!
The objective is to get the ring to the other loop, ca you do it?

Make sure to vote for me!


Wafflicious (author)2009-09-14

I did it! i turned the puzzle around.

you, wafflocious, are epic win.

tell me something i dont know

um.. you won a lifetime supply of oxygen?

ErikBoard made it! (author)2017-08-02

I stumbled across this old Instructable and made it today. It took probably under a minute to solve, but I am already familiar with string puzzles. If you aren't, then this would be much trickier to solve. Almost all string puzzles involve a loop going through a hole. That key strategy made it easy. I noticed a lot of comments looking for the answer, so I decided to post it. Enjoy!

Photo1: Starting point. If you started on the right, just mirror the directions.

Photo2: Slide the ring up through the loop.

Photo3: Pull the loop in the string through the hole in the board.

Photo4: Follow the string through the two new loops formed.

Photo5: Come out the other side of the two new loops.

Photo6: Pull the loops in the string back through the hole in the board so that you have one loop again.

Photo7: Slide the ring down through the loop to end up on the other side.

Flying_MashedPotatoes (author)2010-12-31

ya, and you can see the difference of the edges of the holes. some are dented and also, different shaped.

Knave125 (author)2009-12-28

the fifth picture on this step is very confusing.....can you explain what our doing here to me?

whait86 (author)Knave1252010-12-28

the end of the string loops back into the hole and down again to make it look like picture six.

Mattrox (author)2010-12-16

What's the solution?
Need it for the one I made.

spiike (author)2009-08-02

ok, i give up, whats the solution PLEASE!! made the puzzle but cant get the same solution look as you do, what am i missing?

Iridium7 (author)spiike2009-08-02

thanks for making it! I will post the solution whenever I get the time. possibly tomorrow.

3DMHuff (author)Iridium72010-09-23

It's way past tomorrow.

WerdnaN (author)2010-07-20

The original name for this puzzle is "love's puzzle" and it originally had two heart-shaped beads on each side. The goal was to get both beads on one side. It can be found in a book called "The book of five hundred puzzles and curious paradoxes".

goku ssXXX (author)2010-03-11

i tried this puzzle on my brother and my dad and neither of them could solve it!

mfarooqi (author)2009-12-19

 have you flipped it... see the contour lines on card

xdoomzyx (author)2009-12-11

 Iridium7 can you please put up a solution as im doubting as to how you do it. PLEASE im begging you. Ive spent like 2 hours trying to do it

Matt526 (author)2009-07-02

that is a pretty good idea! its simple but yet no one thought of it yet. good job.

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