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From time to time we post highlights about our gamepuzzles on social media Listed below) and email special flyers to our customers. In case you missed seeing the postings, we show condensed versions here. Browse also our virtual "booth"—our whole website—for easy shopping and FREE SHIPPING within the U.S. throughout 2021.

  • April 6, 2021 Golden ratio
  • April 16, 2021 Black-white-red collection
  • May 1, 2021 Classic wooden gameboards
  • May 7, 2021 Quintapaths
  • May 11, 2021 Intarsia
  • May 16, 2021 Art Blumberg's board games
  • May 21, 2021 La Ora Stelo fences
  • May 24, 2021 Fine Touch Collection
  • May 26, 2021 Hopscotch
  • May 27, 2021 Diamond Rainbow
  • May 28, 2021 Rombix Jr.
  • May 28, 2021 Octiles
  • May 29, 2021 Ochominoes
  • May 29, 2021 The Game of Y
  • June 1, 2021 Fractured Fives
  • June 3, 2021 Twenty-Tans
  • June 4, 2021 Triangoes, Triangoes Jr.
  • June 5, 2021 Chasing Squares
  • June 7, 2021 Tiny Tans, Trio-in-a-Tray
  • June 9, 2021 StarHex I and StarHex II
  • June 10, 2021 Pentarose
  • June 10, 2021 Transpose
  • June 11, 2021 Colormaze/Flying Colors
  • June 13, 2021 Mini-Iamond Ring
  • June 14, 2021 Hexdominoes
  • June 14, 2021 Brace
  • June 15, 2021 Quintachex
  • June 18, 2021 Throw a Fit
  • June 21, 2021 Iamond Ring
  • June 22, 2021 Manoover, Manoover Plus
  • June 23, 2021 Rhominoes
  • June 27, 2021 Poly-5
  • June 30, 2021 Trifolia

  • April 6, 2021—Golden ratio
    Greetings, friends, fans, visitors, and customers of gamepuzzles.com— We hope Spring is brightening your weather and your spirits, and that our puzzles and games have helped make the past months a little more enjoyable for you.

    Let us now take a closer look at a peculiar aspect of the Universe, namely the golden ratio. We've been exploring it through hands-on puzzles that mix math and art in fascinating ways. The four lasercut acrylic sets spotlighted here are well documented to tease you through a great variety of challenges. Once you have contemplated infinity, your thinking will be expanded forever. Order now and catch that cosmic view. Order all four, get 10% discount. FREE SHIPPING within the USA till shows are back to normal. See also all of our other unique and original gamepuzzles throughout our website. They are gifts for a lifetime of pleasure.

    Here's a brief description of these four, from left to right. Color mixes may vary. For full descriptions, please click on their names.

    • Deka-Mosaik—35 tiles are golden triangles and pentagons in 7" tray. Ages 8-adult.   $42
    • Deka-Star—40 tiles, 20 each thin and wide diamonds, show regular and non-periodic tilings named for Nobel winner Roger Penrose. Wonderful symmetries and patterns. 7" tray. Ages 6-adult.   $42
    • Kite-Mosaik—45 tiles in 4 shapes (kites, darts, golden triangles) also derive from Penrose research. Form kite shapes of every size and so much more. 7" tray. Ages 10-adult.   $42
    • Arc Angles—25 arc-shaped cousins of the kites connect paths, form rings and loops, play a domino-like strategy game. In drawstring pouch. Age 8-adult, 1-4 players.   $35

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    April 16, 2021—The black/white/red collection
    Greetings, friends, fans, visitors, and customers of gamepuzzles.com — We hope Spring is brightening your weather and your spirits, and that our puzzles and games have helped make the past months a little more enjoyable for you.

    Today we bring you a gallery of our dramatic, colorful and creative tilings—the "black and white and red-all-over collection"—that also let you play fascinating strategy games. Please see their descriptions below.

    Here's a brief description of these eleven sets, counterclockwise from upper left. To see full descriptions of them in our website and order your choices easily and safely, please click on their names. We provide FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. during 2021.

    • Hexmozaix—12 tiles are hand-inlaid with rhombs and chevrons to look like cubes, join to form rivers of colors and score points in games. Ages 8-adult.   $65
    • Hexmozaix II—18 tiles, more intricate companion to Hexmozaix, go grand combining all 30 tiles. Ages 12-adult.   $95
    • Ten-Yen—10 tiles of sizes 1 through 5 squares can fill the 5.5" tray in 17,995 ways, only 34 of which have colors separated. Hundreds of other shapes and challenges to solve. Ages 6-adult.   $32
    • Pocket Vees—6 V-shaped tiles, 3 each white or black tops. Small but mighty for creating artistic designs, play a strange tic-tac-toe. In pouch. Age 6-adult, 1-2 players.   $12
    • Intarsia—32 trapezoid-shaped tiles, hand-inlaid with black diamonds or triangles, form billions and billions of patterns, play 5 original games in or out of 11" tray, with dsplay stand. For 1-2 players, ages 10-adult.   $95
    • Quintapaths—20 stick-shaped 1x5 tiles, each differently inlaid with 0 to 5 black squares, fill an 11" tray with thousands of patterns. Strategy games included. Ages 10-adult.   $95
    • Diamond Star—23 tiles in 5 shapes, hand-inlaid with diamonds to look like cubes, fill the 11" tray and many free-form figures. Can you see all 12 stars? With game for 2 or 3 players, pawns included. Ages 10-adult.   $95
    • Multimatch IV—24 all-different tiles, hand-inlaid with 3 kite-shaped segments each, fill the 9" tray and dozens of free-form shapes. Match colors or form symmetries. 1-2 players, ages 8-adult.   $65
    • Multimatch III—24 tiles are hand-inlaid with 3 triangles each, match colors to fill 9" tray and solve hundreds of other shapes. 1-2 players, ages 8-adult.   $65
    • Multimatch II—24 tiles are hand-inlaid with four squares each, match both colors on each edge to form circle patterns in 9" tray. 1-4 players, ages 8-adult.   $65
    • Multimatch I—24 tiles are hand-inlaid with four triangles, match edge-colors for wondrous designs in and out of the 9" tray. 1-2 players, ages 8-adult.   $65

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    CLASSIC WOODEN BOARD GAMES

    May 1, 2021—Abstract wooden board games
    Greetings, dear friends and fans and customers of gamepuzzles by Kadon Enterprises, Inc. Today we'd like to share with you the joy of playing deep and absorbing abstract games that interest the mind and lighten the hours. Our criteria, that our games should be challenging with friendly competition, not hostile or predatory, show strongly in these classic sets. Check them out. Nine Men's Morris is an exception, but then we didn't invent it and it is millennia old. At least we made it with a very handsome board and a versatile flip side.

    Our games will entertain all your family and friends, and we give FREE SHIPPING within the USA. See also all of our other unique and original, award-winning gamepuzzles on our website. They make fine gifts for all occasions and provide a lifetime of pleasure.

    Here's a brief description of these five games, counterclockwise from top left. For full descriptions, click on their names or links.

    • Proteus—a meta-game with changing rules. The rules are on the 9 tiles: 3 shapes in 3 colors tell how to move, how to trade tiles, and how to win. Rules change when a matching shape of disk enters a tile. A game lover's game, with deep strategy and intricate combinations. For 2 players, ages 12-adult.   Deluxe 16" wood board, $95; softpack, $75
    • Six by Six—A trilogy of game systems and solitaires, a rich and fascinating collection of over 100 themes, with two separate sets of playing pieces and three handbooks, a virtual game room in a tailored carrybag. Handcrafted 14" wood board is laser-engraved. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8-adult.   $149
    • Game of Y—Deep, subtle and beautiful, Y has the simplest rule: place one stone per turn, connect all three sides of the board with a toninuous string of your color. No draws! Defense is exquisitely important. Six other games plus solitaires included. 15" wood board, 80 glass stones, tailored velvet carrybag. Ages 10-adult.   Deluxe wood, $95; softpack, $49
    • Nine Men's Morris/Fox and Geese—A centuries-old game on a handsome, laser-engraved 11½" board. Ancestor of tic-tac-toe; slide pieces to get 3 in a row, remove one opponent piece when you do. Win when opponent has only 2 pieces remaining. On flip side, play Fox and Geese and jumping solitaires. Black and white stones, 18 each; felt slip case. Age 6-adult, 1-2 players.   $65
    • Void—The sculpted 4x4 grid serves for five progressively more complex game concepts and four puzzle themes—enduring play values. Handpainted wood pieces with single or double arrows point, respectively, one or two spaces away to direct playmate's moves or to block spaces. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8-adult.   Deluxe 8" wood board, $55; softpack, $35

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    QUINTAPATHS

    May 7, 2021—Quintapaths
    Greetings, dear friends, fans, visitors, and customers of gamepuzzles.com—
    Here is a closer look at one of the special sets in our Black, White, and Red Collection—Quintapaths, a unique tiling puzzle created by Scott Kim when he was in his teens. The cool design in the 11" tray consists of 20 stick-shaped 1x5 tiles, each differently inlaid with 0 to 5 black squares. This is just one of thousands of different arrangements possible with this ingenious brainchild of Scott. Kadon Enterprises, Inc. has been making Quintapaths since 1997, and it is one of our most highly regarded puzzle sets. Age 10-adult.   $95

    May 9, 2021—Addendum
    It's interesting to rearrange the 20 sticks to try to achieve symmetrical designs. The solution shown above has mirror symmetry on the horizontal axis and opposite-color (anti-color) symmetry on the vertical center line. One day it occurred to one of us that we really love the pentomino shapes. With 50 black squares in Quintapaths, could it possibly create a solution with 10 pentominoes? It was a big thrill when our friend Anneke Treep found this one. Even Scott Kim was surprised to see how much is possible with his "playable art".

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    INTARSIA

    May 12, 2021—Intarsia
    Greetings, dear friends, fans, visitors, and customers of gamepuzzles.com—
    Here is a closer look at another one of the special sets in our Black, White, and Red Collection—Intarsia, created by Henrik Morast. Intarsia had its world premiere at the prestigious International Puzzle Party in August 2008 in Prague, the Czech Republic. The 32 reversible trapezoidal tiles carry either a white or a black diamond, paired with a black or white triangle, respectively. Forming them into three-fold symmetries in their 11" tray is elusively difficult, even with billions of possibilities. Intarsia was chosen by Games Magazine for their list of the 100 best games in 2009.

    Kadon Enterprises, Inc., has been making Intarsia for nearly a quarter century, and it is still one of our most captivating puzzles. For 1 or 2 players, ages 10-adult.   $95

    May 12, 2021—Addendum
    Sue had been playing with her Intarsia set and discovered a new two-fold rotational symmetry solution we haven't seen before. See other cool solutions.

    May 13, 2021—Addendum 2
    What a marvelous arrangement—not only rotational symmetry, but opposite-color rotational symmetry. That's one of the rarest configurations to find. I call that a feast for eye and mind. Here's a large collection of patterns we've found—if you find a gorgeous new solution, send us a photo and we'll add it into that showcase. What makes it extra challenging to form such symmetries with Intarsia is that there are 32 trapezoidal tiles, and 32 is not divisible by three or 6, while the tray is a perfect hexagon. Oh, my.

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    BOARD GAMES BY ARTHUR BLUMBERG

    May 16, 2021—Original abstract games
    We are proud to present Art Blumberg's original board games. They are brilliant games with abstract strategies to intrigue the mind and soul. Beautifully designed and crafted for years of enjoyment—

    Here's a brief description of Art's abstract games, clockwise from upper right. See full details of them in our website and order your choices easily and safely. Just click on their names for a link. We provide FREE SHIPPING in the USA throughout 2021.

    • End Point—A gameboard like no other... the grid is a swirl of arches, a network of intersections. Handcrafted, laser-engraved 24" wood gameboard. Dark and light wood pieces have felt on one side. Three intriguing games of positional and movement strategy use a unique element: a piece flips on every move from slider to jumper and back again. See our YouTube video for how to play. For 2 players, ages 10-adult.   $95
    • More or Less—Another brilliant innovation of strategy. Handcrafted 17" wood board is laser-engraved with an intricate decagonal matrix of intersections. 25 wood pieces have felt on one side. Each player "owns" a different side. Having "more" is not the only goal. Win by having more than 18 or less than 7 of your color on top. One or two players, ages 10 to adult.   $65
    • Over-Pass—This intricate lattice is a multipurpose game grid of spaces, lines, and vertices for movement strategy. Handcrafted 17" wood board is laser-engraved. The pieces are jewel-like disks in four colors. Two wood dice determine how many actions you take on a turn: trade pieces on parallel lines, overpass a series of pieces on connected vertices, slide along a line, or exit a piece from an outermost corner. First player to exit all 10 pieces wins. For ages 10 to adult, 1 to 4 players.   $65
    • Ternion Factor—Art's newest game, drawing on new themes and classic abstract strategies on a graceful, intricate board design. Handcrafted, laser-engraved 17" wood board. Dedicated gamers will appreciate the beautiful logic and complex interactions. Yet the goal is simple: just get all your pieces onto the board. For 1 to 4 players, ages 12 to adult.   $85
    • The Power of Two—A totally unique concept, play method, and board design. Handcrafted, laser-engraved 17" wood board. Dark and light wood pieces have felt on one side. The goal is to bring all 16 of your pieces onto the board. When two pieces on the board meet on adjacent intersections, a new piece enters on the third vertex of their triangle. See the full YouTube video for how to play. For 1 or 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $65

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    LA ORA STELO/FENCES

    May 12, 2021—La Ora Stelo fences
    Kadon Enterprises, Inc., is proud to present La Ora Stelo and the new supplemental Fences created by Jacques Ferroul. Here's a brief description. See full details in our website showcase. We provide FREE SHIPPING in the USA throughout 2021.

    LA ORA STELO—The tiles of La Ora Stelo are an original polyform set, the polyores, based on the two golden triangles. The "wide" isosceles triangle, with angles of 36-108-36; The "tall" isosceles triangle, with angles of 72-36-72. The base of the wide triangle matches the sides of the tall, and the base of the tall matches the sides of the wide. The 32 Lucite tiles are in 8 luminous translucent colors. The 12" tray's floor has 9 rings for forming ascending sizes of pentagons, rhombs, trapezoids, stars and more. Display stand included. For ages 10 to adult. $72

    FENCE KITS—New in 2020: three kits of fence segments, total 142 pieces, to build borders for special figures—they are an art in their own right. Here is a brief description of the fences. For more in-depth details, see this colorful report.

    • Kit 1—To coordinate with the sizes of La Ora Stelo tiles, the square has unit 1 length; the rectangle has length phi, the golden ratio (an infinite decimal that starts like this: phi = 1.618033988749894848...). The third shape is a slender 36-degree "kite". The three shapes match by height when they interlock. $20
    • Kit 2—The 252-degree angle piece can be combined with the phi-1 (phi minus 1) width mini-rectangle in 4 ways and assembled into larger fences. $9
    • Kit 3— contains 10 of the 216-degree chevrons, 10 of the 288-degree inner kites, 10 of the 288-degree phi~1 and 10 of the 288-degree 1~phi angles (we call these bookends); each has a jigsaw-style interlock. The ~ linking two digits indicates the respective lengths of two sides. Combined with Kit 1 and Kit 2 fences, every combination of angles can be explored. $16
    Treat your puzzling to double the excitement with this new art form!

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    THE FINE TOUCH COLLECTION

    May 24, 2021—The Fine Touch Collection
    Kadon Enterprises, Inc., is proud to present a selection of our play-by-touch puzzles. Here's a brief description of the featured fine-touch sets. To order your choices easily and safely, just click on their links. See full details of these and more play-by-touch puzzles in our website. We provide FREE SHIPPING in the USA throughout 2021.

  • Ochominoes ... created by Dan Klarskov
    Since each piece is different, this puzzle is ideal for the visually impaired. The 24 tiles of this set are paired octagons (octagon dominoes) with 0 to 6 squares attached on their edges—a new polyform set called polyocts. The Ochominoes tiles are level two, or diocts. The booklet has rules for 2 games and is chockful of fun and creative themes. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult.   $65
  • Trifolia ... designed by Kate Jones
    Another wonderful puzzle for the visually impaired, since all the pieces are unique. The 24 wavy tiles are a complete set of all the combinations of four types of edge: straight, hills, valleys, waves. All-acrylic, in bold and mellow colors, with 8.5" tray. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.   $65
  • MiniTouch-I ... styled by Elijah Allen
    This gracefully contoured little set of 9 pieces is a tactile lattice version of our MiniMatch-I, with cut-outs instead of colors to make it playable even by the visually impaired. The four edge shapes are unequally distributed. 5.5" acrylic tray with white pieces on blue background. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult. $29
  • Four on a Match ... by Kate Jones
    This very attractive filigree form of MiniMatch-II is even solvable by touch alone. Between matching and non-matching of the cut-out shapes, it offers plenty of easy and hard challenges. Six tiles have four different cut-outs, each in a different order. 5.5" acrylic tray. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult.   $29
  • MultiTouch I ... squares with edge contours
    Notches on the sides of the square tiles create open spaces shaped like diamonds, circles and rectangles when two tiles match correctly. For the most advanced solution, all the outside edges can be the same shape!   $59
  • MultiTouch II ... squares with corner contours
    Notched corners of the square tiles create open spaces shaped like diamonds, circles and squares where 4 matching tiles meet.   $59
  • MultiTouch III ... triangles with edge contours
    Notched sides of the triangular tiles create spaces shaped like rectangles, diamonds, ovals, and stars where 2 tiles match.   $59
  • MultiTouch IV ... triangles with corner contours
    Notches along the tips of the triangular tiles create spaces shaped like stars, hexagons, webs and circles where six matching tiles meet. Not easy!   $59

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    HOPSCOTCH

    May 26, 2021—Hopscotch
    Greetings, puzzle lovers! Our exciting feature for today's showcase is Hopscotch, created by our own long-time associate and dear friend, Thomas Atkinson. The inspiration for Hopscotch came from the arrangement of tiles on Thomas's ceiling, where alternate rows of squares are moved over by half a space. Every combination of one to four connected squares makes the delightful family of 24 puzzle pieces we call polyhops. They let you solve an awesome range of beautiful figures. We make Hopscotch in marble-grained acrylic in four color mixes, with display stand. Addictive fun for 1 and 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $72

    See a full description of this fabulous puzzle in the Essential Polyforms showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    DIAMOND RAINBOW

    May 27, 2021—Diamond Rainbow
    Kadon Enterprises, Inc., is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Diamond Rainbow, a beautiful set of tiles, peaceful and artistic, invented by our dear friend Anneke Treep from the Netherlands. This set stands out in any crowd. The concept: 24 diamond-shaped tiles and 6 triangular tiles carry the 6 dominant rainbow colors in every combination. Join them so colors meet only their own shades or their neighbors in the spectrum. Wonderful patterns emerge as you rearrange the tiles. Solve symmetrical shapes outside the 8.5" tray, as well. Lasercut, hand-inlaid acrylic. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult.   $65

    To see full details and to order, visit the Edgematching showroom. We provide free shipping in the USA throughout 2021.

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    ROMBIX JR.

    May 28, 2021—Rombix Jr.
    Greetings, puzzle lovers!— Another puzzle celebrating its 25th anniversary is Rombix Jr., inspired by Alan Schoen's Rombix. This delightful little set of lasercut acrylic has just four shapes, each in four colors: a single rhomb, a square, a chevron (pair of rhombs), and a "boot" (paired rhomb and square). These four pieces also form a small octagon in a mathematically interesting way and countless other mosaic designs—true playable art, beloved by young and old. The variety of pretty designs that Rombix Jr. can make is astonishing—the pieces are a natural for creating kaleidoscopic symmetries. It is also an introduction to the fascinating mathematics of "rhombic circle tilings", turning math into art. Rombix Jr. has a 5.5" tray and includes an illustrated booklet containing many activities suitable for 1 and 2 players, ages 5 to adult.   $32

    For a full description of this fabulous puzzle, see our Essential Polyforms showroom and a gallery of pretty patterns to inspire you.

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    OCTILES

    May 28, 2021—Octiles
    Greetings, dear friends, fans, visitors, and customers of gamepuzzles.com—
    Octiles, created by Dale Walton and published by Kadon since 1984, is one of our most acclaimed sets, repeatedly one of Games Magazine's 100 best games. We frequently hear raves about it from satisfied customers. The 18 all-different octagonal wood tiles have four paths each. Players join the tiles to create paths across the board as their five "runners" race to the opposite side. Tiles move and paths change on every turn, creating a dynamic whirl of strategies. Octiles' handcrafted wood board and tiles are laser-engraved and store in a handsome fabric satchel, good for travel, too. The book includes three game variations plus 29 puzzles. For 1 to 4 players, ages 10 to adult.   $145

    For more details and ordering, see our Abstract Games showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

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    OCHOMINOES

    May 28, 2021—Ochominoes
    Ochominoes was created by Dan Klarskov of Denmark, a jazz musician and schoolteacher, and a longtime friend of Kate Jones. Together, Dan and Kate collaborated on the development of this amazing set. The 24 tiles are paired octagons (octagon dominoes) with 0 to 6 squares attached on their edges—a new polyform set we’ve named polyocts. Many look like goofy little cartoon characters. They are color-coded for the number of squares they carry. The solution shown is a rare arrangement where no two of the same color touch. There are a dizzying number of different awesome figures and patterns to build with some or all of the tiles, and splendid symmetries in and out of the 8.5" tray. The booklet has rules for 2 games and is chockful of fun and creative themes solved by Dan through months of determined exploration. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult.   $65

    For a full description of this addictive puzzle, see our Tiling showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    THE GAME OF Y

    May 29, 2021—The Game of Y
    The Game of Y was invented and developed in the 1970s by two eminent Michigan professors, Charles Titus and Craige Schensted. Deep, subtle and beautiful, it has the simplest of rules: two players place one stone per turn on a vacant intersection to connect all three sides of the board with a continuous string of their color. No draws! Defense is exquisitely important. Rules for six other games are included, plus several jumping solitaires. The elegantly handcrafted, laser-engraved 15" Baltic birch gameboard, with 80 glass go stones, stores in a velvet carrybag, nice for travel, too. For 1 and 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $95

    For full details and to order it, see our website's Abstract Games showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    FRACTURED FIVES

    June 1, 2021—Fractured Fives
    Created in 1986 for an annual puzzle party, this ingenious double puzzle languished in our archives for 25 years. We were pleased finally to publish it on its 25th birthday. Five 4" reversible blocks of wood—handfinished, handpainted—carry two sets of laser-engraved images: partial pentominoes on one side, tangled ropes on the other. Join them to form any of the 12 pentominoes such that images match across joined edges. For hardy solvers, only all-different pentominoes will appear, or one rope will traverse all five tiles. Supplied in a pocketed green felt bag for easy travel and storage, with multiple challenges and game rules included. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult.   $49

    For a full description and the long history of this intriguing puzzle, see the Polyominoes showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    TWENTY-TANS

    June 3, 2021—Twenty-Tans
    In the beginning were Tangrams, a set of 7 tiles based on triangles derived from squares cut in half diagonally. They date back to the 17th century. Here is their latest brilliant and colorful embodiment created by our distinguished associate, Hans Weidig IV—a teacher in real life and the game master at our Maryland Renaissance pavilion, Ye Olde Gamery. True to their mathematical purity, the 20 tiles contain 5 each (a "hand") of four colors, covering a total of 16 squares. Form hundreds of figures large and small. A rare solution is shown at left: the "stretched hexagon" with colors fully separated. The graceful oval tray displays your creative designs as an ever-changing work of art. For ages 6 to adult,   $49

    For a full description of this fabulous puzzle, see our Tilings showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    TRIANGOES, TRIANGOES JR.

    June 3, 2021—Triangoes
    Today we're showcasing a modern descendant of the historical tangram puzzle. Triangoes is based on an inspiration of Manuel Garcia, a longtime Kadon friend and inveterate inventor and cartoonist. (Here are some samples of his humor and inventiveness.)

    Triangoes is one of our larger creations. Over 6 years in development! Squares, parallelograms, and triangles in every combination of 5 colors form 80 unique, hand-inlaid acrylic tiles. The booklet provides hundreds of progressively more intricate puzzles plus rules for 15 games—yes, fifteen! The two-sided vinyl gameboard is a 13x36" art banner with rod and cord ready to hang on the wall as a colorful accent for any room. For 1 to 10 players, ages 8 to adult. Please allow 2 weeks for shipping, as this masterpiece is made to order.   $225

    Triangoes Jr. is a 15-piece, two-color subset of Triangoes and has continued to delight us with its variety of shapes and color symmetries, even years after we originally explored it. The hand-inlaid, all-acrylic set has its own 8.5" tray with two corner triangles that double as wildcards. Its color mix may vary. For 1 or 2 players, ages 8 to adult.   $65

    For more information and to order, click on their names. Shipping within the U.S. is free in 2021.

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    CHASING SQUARES

    June 5, 2021—Chasing Squares
    This ingenious puzzle, that can form the most beautiful and varied designs, was presented by Jerry Farrell originally to the International Puzzle Party in Prague in 2008, under the name "Prague Six." The challenge was simply to combine the 8 right isosceles triangles and 8 "sheds" to form 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 squares in or out of the 7" tray, with a unique rule: each square had to be "traceable". All four sides of a square had to be exposed, either on the outside or the inside, or a combination of the two. No two squares could have tiles stuck together by a joined side. An empty square ("negative space") also counts! Can you count the 14 squares hiding in the solution at lower left? Can you build more? The world record is 26. Find more and win a prize. Two friendly games are also included. Recommended for ages 8 to adult, 1 or 2 players.   $42

    See a full description of Chasing Squares in the Tilings showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021.

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    TINY TANS | TRIO-IN-A-TRAY

    June 7, 2021—Tiny Tans, Trio-in-a-Tray

    Tiny Tans — These mini-puzzles have just 4 pieces each, based on combinations of right triangles, like their cousin, the classic tangrams. Dozens of silhouette patterns pose various levels of difficulty for each of the three styles. The "Tantalizing T" puzzle may look familiar, but we've changed its traditional proportions to make it more versatile. "U Can Do It" has 4 all-different tiles. The T and U are 5 squares in size (pentominoes). "Square and Fair" looks like a diamond but is really a 2x2 square (tetromino). All pieces are size-compatible for mix-and-match explorations. For ages 8 to adult. Sold as trios or singly.
    Colorful acrylic, group of 3, $27 ($10 singly)
    Solid wood, group of 3, $42 ($15 singly)

    Trio-in-a-Tray — For Tiny Tans' 25th anniversary in 2014, we introduced a special Trio-in-a-Tray that combines all three individual Tiny Tans as one large octagon in a 7" framed tray. Over 230,000 solutions! Each color belongs to a different 4-piece puzzle, so you can easily select them for their individual challenges. Trio-in-a-Tray includes all three of their pattern cards, plus an extra one for combined figures.   $42

    Those two solutions shown above for Trio-in-a-Tray have something special going on—did you notice? The one on the right has each color as a single region, with opposite-color rotational symmetry around a symmetrical center. The left solution has no two pieces of the same shape nor the same color sharing sides. Only 8 solutions were ever found to meet this goal. For more details and to order them, click on their name.

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    STARHEX-I | STARHEX-II

    June 7, 2021—StarHex-I, StarHex-II .... These dynamic puzzles build on a grid of hexagons surrounded by triangles. The many symmetrical figures and themes are surprisingly difficult and very satisfying when found. Laser-cut translucent acrylic gives these puzzles a stained-glass look. A pamphlet with challenges that combine the two sets is included when purchased together.

    StarHex-I, created by Theo Geerinck, has all the different ways of joining 0 to 6 triangles to the edges of a hexagon. The 14 tiles are color-coded by the number of triangles attached; 0 and 6 share one color, and 1 and 5 share one color. The 6" round tray with stellated border is its most compact symmetrical shape. Booklet includes activities for 1 and 2 players, ages 8 to adult.   $35

    StarHex-II, created by Jacob Lettie, has all the different ways of joining not more than four parts: one, two or three hexagons with one, two or three triangles attached. The 17 pieces are color-coded by type. The oval 6x7.5" tray with inverted borders is its most compact symmetrical shape. Booklet includes activities for 1-2 players, ages 10-adult.   $39

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    PENTAROSE

    June 10, 2021—Pentarose
    Dear visitors, you may know us as the creators of "playable art"—and Pentarose is surely one of our most gorgeous art puzzles, in its hundreds of designs. Transformed pentagons and sections of stars are the very shapes that fit together on the infinite plane without leaving holes, yet without repeating an exact pattern (thanks to their "golden ratio" properties). We've styled it with four luminous acrylic colors in an 11" circular tray, with a display stand included. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.   $72

    Pentarose has an amazing story. It's based on a research project into non-periodic tilings by Sir Roger Penrose, the world-famous astrophysicist, co-author with Stephen Hawking, and co-winner of the Nobel Prize in 2021 for his work on black holes. We were asked to turn one set of his tiles into a puzzle, and Pentarose (the name playfully captures a five-fold rose + Penrose) is the result. Read about Sir Roger's amazing life in Wikipedia.

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    TRANSPOSE

    June 10, 2021—Transpose ....
    Today we celebrate the silver anniversary of one of our most beautifully styled and versatile board games: Transpose, created and crafted by our friend Christopher Clark, a former Englishman and now a Californian. The board has feet and racing stripes on the bottom and a mirror-smooth finish overall. The 24 handcrafted wood checkers also have a distinctive wood grain stripe across the top. This is craftsmanship of the highest order, made by a woodworker with a passion for perfection and long-lasting excellence. It was named by Games Magazine as the No. 1 strategy game of 1996. The 10x10 grid serves for many excellent games. In "Transpose," be the first to exit 8 checkers off the board, but watch out... some opposing pieces may switch places with yours! Includes seven other good games plus solitaires. For 1 and 2 players, ages 10 to adult. We make the set in two beautiful styles, each 15.5x18" with fabric carrybags:

    Traditional style: Christopher's finely crafted wood board, wood checkers, two wood dice.   $175
    Contemporary style: Black-on-gray inlaid acrylic board, red and blue accents, inlaid acrylic checkers. The board can be mounted on the wall as art.   $125

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    COLORMAZE/FLYING COLORS

    June 11, 2021—Colormaze/Flying Colors ....
    Today we show one of our earliest and well-loved family games, invented by Dwayne Mears as a thesis when he was still a college student. We developed it further to include even more activities for using the attractive game equipment.

    Colormaze (above left) is playable as two games of strategy, plus two categories of solitaire puzzles. In Colormaze, form a 6-color pattern with tiles on the board to match the secret pattern on your card, while strategy options may let you reposition tiles, even those placed by other players. In Alphamaze, gain points by getting 5 different colors in a row or by blocking opponents' colors.

    Flying Colors (above right) is a huge collection of original games by Stephen Sniderman that spliced neatly onto the Colormaze set and earned it a place on Games Magazine's list of the 100 best games of 2002. With 12 additional tiles and a bag of black and white stones, the Colormaze set's possibilities expanded to over 1000 new games! The 40-page book of variations, especially for games that never have a tie, also added many intriguing solitaire puzzles using the 36 tiles, 6 each in 6 colors, a rainbow-like visual treat.

    The handcrafted deluxe wood board, laser-engraved and with handpainted trim, was introduced for Colormaze's 25th Anniversary, 1984-2009—a worthy embodiment to celebrate this good game's staying power. In velvet satchel, including the Flying Colors companion.   $95

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    MINI-IAMOND RING

    June 13, 2021—Mini-Iamond Ring ....
    Here’s a look at one of our small but immensely playable puzzles: Mini-Iamond Ring. We celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Nine easy pieces—shapes made of 2, 3, 4 and 5 equilateral triangles joined—fill the encircled pattern in 15,140 ways and form a large variety of shapes outside the ring, too. For the toughest challenge, have no two of the same color share sides in the ring (only 2 solutions!). All acrylic, five-color mix in a 5.5" tray. For 1 or 2 players, ages 6 to adult.   $29

    For more information on this puzzle and to order, click on its name. And why is it a "Mini"? Because it's a small part of the full Iamond Ring. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

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    HEXDOMINOES

    June 14, 2021—Hexdominoes ....
    This delightful rainbow set, all hand-inlaid acrylic, was an instant hit and never ceases to surprise us with its variations and versatility. The 21 double tiles ("dihexes") are all the ways 6 colors can be paired. Add the 6 single hexes, one of each color, and explore a landscape of color matches, color patches, non-matches and much more. Here we show you stripes and flowers. Outside the 11" tray, discover 89 other exquisite figures, and then create countless other designs of your own. Three competitive games are included. For 1 to 5 players, ages 8 to adult.   $95

    For a full description and to order, visit our Tiling showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

    See a beautiful YouTube video by Teja Krasek with music by Sergei Novikov, showing many of these Hexdominoes designs in artistic motion.

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    BRACE/MÜHLE

    June 14, 2021—Brace/Mühle ....
    Did you know we've been creators of beautiful, award-winning gamepuzzles since 1979? This year we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Brace, named by Games Magazine as one of the 100 best games of the year 1998. Brace's striking board design has 3 path colors that determine how pieces may move. Goal: move pieces to "brace," or embrace, an opponent piece between two of yours to gain points; reach 3 points on large scoring cube to win. Rules for four other games and some solitaires are included.

    • The large (24") tapestry gameboard can hang as a banner or roll for storage in long corduroy sleeve. The 18 layered acrylic disks, six each in three colors to match the board, reverse to 9 black and 9 white. On Brace's reverse side, by popular demand, we offer Nine Men's Morris, also known as Mühle... one of history's oldest games. The goal: get 3 of your pieces in a row to remove one opponent piece from the board. (It's the ancestor of TicTacToe!) Player with fewer than 3 pieces remaining loses. For 1 and 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $68

    • The large (24") handcrafted wood gameboard and 18 matching wood disks are laser-engraved and handpainted. A separate printed grid lets you play Nine Men's Morris. Felt slipcase serves for storage and as table pad. For 1 and 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $115

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    QUINTACHEX

    June 15, 2021—Quintachex ....
    Quintachex is a checkerboard like no other—it's a puzzle made of 12 uniquely checkered, reversible pieces of 5 squares each ("pentominoes") plus a 2x2 square. They let you fill the 8.5" tray as an 8x8 checkerboard in 1,294 ways and solve dozens of other shapes plus play three strategy games. The pieces are hand-inlaid with 128 individual squares of laser-cut acrylic, divided 65/63 between the two colors. Yes, that difference accounts for its difficulty. For 1 to 4 players, ages skilled 10 to adult.   $68

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    THROW A FIT

    June 18, 2021—Throw a Fit ....
    Greetings, game and puzzle lovers. This time we're throwing a fit. Throw a Fit, invented by Jeff Dender, has ten different 3-color dice with all the combinations of how three colors can be apportioned to cover a cube. They sort into 1-1-4 and 2-2-2 and 1-2-3 divisions. A point-scoring game gives each player 5 rolls to gain the most cubes of the same color on top. Another game is similar to poker.

    We've added tricky color puzzles, including a series in 3-D. One such challenge is to build a 2x2x2 cube with any 8 of the dice so as to model the color pattern of any of the 10 individual cubes. There is a small affinity to Rubik's torment here.

    The cubes make a good travel game for all ages, easy to pack in drawstring pouch. For any number of players, ages 9 to adult.   $25

    For full details and to order, see the Abstract Games showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

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    IAMOND RING

    June 21, 2021—Iamond Ring ....
    Puzzle lovers, today we bring you polyiamonds, shapes made of equilateral triangles. Iamond Ring contains all the shapes from 1 through 7 unit triangles in size, each size in its own translucent color, in an acrylic hex-ring tray, 8.5" square. The booklet provides a vast repertoire of forms and themes to solve, as complex as you like. For 1 to 4 players, recommended ages 12 to adult.   $65

    For full details and to order, see our Polyforms showroom. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

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    MANOOVER / MANOOVER PLUS

    June 22, 2021—Manoover / Manoover Plus ....
    Greetings, game lovers. Today we bring you two sizes of the Manoover game, both honored on Games Magazine's list of the year's 100 best games, 2008 and 2012.

    Manoover — This brilliantly original game of strategy was created by Don O'Brien. The rules are simple: Roll 3 dice, make a maneuvering adjustment to any of your pieces whose number matches the dice, then move your 6 pieces in numerical order one step in the direction their arrows point. Your goal: to enter your pieces into your goal space and, if possible, to push opponent pieces into your goal as well. The handcrafted, 11.5" wood board is laser-engraved and handpainted. The 3 wooden dice really roll. The 6 engraved, handpainted wood disks per player are numbered 1-6. Average playing time: 20 to 30 minutes. For 1 or 2 players, ages 10 to adult.   $49

    Manoover Plus — This expanded version of Manoover allows for three-player games on one side of the beautifully handcrafted, handfinished 17" wood board. Laser-engraved on both sides, with handpainted accents. The order-5 grid accommodates 8 pieces each, numbered 1 through 8, for the two-player game and uses 4 octahedral dice that let you roll up to the number 8. For 2 or 3 players, ages 10 to adult. We make Manoover Plus by special order.   $95

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    RHOMINOES

    June 23, 2021—Rhominoes ....
    Greetings, puzzle lovers! Rhominoes has a unique history. It was created for the 25th anniversary of the founding of our company, Kadon Enterprises, Inc. Hence it has 25 rhombus-shaped dominoes, in all the different combinations of 5 colors joined, pairing a "kite" and a "dart" per domino. Match tiles by color and leave 2, 3, or 4 holes in various places. This one is hard! All acrylic, hand-inlaid tiles form a hexagon in the round 8.5" tray. Make many other shapes, too. For 1 to 5 players, ages 12 to adult.   $65

    For full details and to order, click on its name. Browse also our extensive website for our many other fine games and puzzles, a great way to acquire something wonderful for yourself and for gifts. Shipping within the U.S. is free throughout 2021!

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    POLY-5

    June 27, 2021—Poly-5 ....
    Here is one of our most popular puzzles of all time. Poly-5 is a set of all the shapes of 1 through 5 squares in size. You may recognize that the size 4 pieces are what made the game Tetris famous. Filling their 6" tray has thousands of solutions. The colorful lasercut acrylic pieces also serve for six games and hundreds of other puzzle patterns, as shown in the 52-page handbook. For 1 to 4 players, ages 8 to adult.   $42

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    TRIFOLIA

    June 30, 2021—Trifolia ....
    Greetings, puzzle lovers. The 24 graceful wavy tiles of our Trifolia set are all the combinations of four types of edge—straight, hills, valleys, waves—and they fit by snuggling matching curves together. Over 2.3 million solutions, yet only very few with checkerboarding! We intended it as a gentle tribute to M.C. Escher's genius in geometric transformations. Then we found that, mathematically, they are also cousins of our Multimatch III triangles that join by matching colors. All-acrylic tiles, in bold and mellow colors, with 8.5" tray. Recommended for ages 12 to adult.   $65

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