Friday, 4 February 2011
Little puzzles where you have to roll ball-bearings around until they drop into the holes seem to be called 'dexterity puzzles', on eBay at least.
I have a very few of these. My favourite is probably the cowboy above, for the mild colours and his staring empty eye sockets (not improved by the fitting of his steel eyeballs).
The puzzles are similar to cracker toys, in that one can only wonder at anyone going to such trouble to design and make them. Imagine being a dexterity puzzle designer; it would play havoc with your mind. 'Why am I doing this?'
On eBay there are splendid old versions of the puzzles -- very covetable, but also rather expensive. I particularly covet these ones: