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Cowboy's Hobble Wire and Metal Puzzle: Level 9

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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.