Taking a break from games this week to show you another 3D puzzle we picked up at our local thrift shop. Odds are pretty good that you have one of these or have at least attempted to solve one at one time or another. The Horseshoe Puzzle comes in many forms and sizes, sometimes with many chain links, or like ours with only one. Sometimes called “Old Shackles”, it is usually the version that introduces us to the wide world of metal 3D puzzles.
We love this type of toy for the challenge it provides in such a small and inexpensive package. But let’s be honest, most of them go unsolved. Today you’re in luck, we’re going to show you how to solve one for yourself!
If you have great spatial awareness you probably can figure out the solution on your own. I actually find it harder to get the ring back on the puzzle once I have it removed (odd, right?). Whether you have a version with multiple chain links or a single link like ours (more difficult to maneuver), the solution can be summed up like this: Put the ring at an angle and twist the horseshoes until they make a “W”. That’s it? Doesn’t make sense, check out this quick instructional video we threw together and it will all make sense.
Our study version only set us back a couple bucks at Goodwill, but you can find a wide variety of new copies for under $10 on Amazon. Once you have it mastered, you’ll be ready to try the next few in the puzzle line like “Satan’s Stirrup” or “Patience“!
What is the most difficult puzzle you ever attempted (or completed)?