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Project Genius

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Puzzle-solving is at the heart of every innovation. Faced with a challenge, great thinkers for centuries employed logic, ingenuity, and creative thinking to solve the toughest problems. What resulted were brilliant inventions that changed the world. We’ve honored the original thought-leaders from ancient cultures by connecting their inventions to our brainteasers to create a challenging line of puzzles worthy of the title, True Genius.

Collection includes 5 puzzles with different difficulty levels.

Chinese Tea
Goal: Take the puzzle apart and put it back together.
Legends credit China’s Emperor Shennong as the first person to infuse tea leaves with boiling water during a march with his army in 2737 BC. For thousands of years since, this aromatic brew warmed social gatherings and was sipped as a medicinal cure. Now the second most-consumed beverage in the world (after water), the history of tea has deep roots in China’s rich culture.Our classic puzzle is a staple ingredient in any puzzle collection and is as time-honored as China’s true genius.

Roman Keys
Goal: Separate the two keys.
While the Babylonians and Egyptians were the first to create a lock and key mechanism, the Romans applied the innovative use of metal alloys to reduce the size and improve the security of locks. Their durable design remained unchanged for more than 17 centuries and is still the model for the locks we use today.Our puzzle challenges you to unlock these two keys and crack the code of the Romans’ true genius.

Aztec Passion Flower
Goal: Take the puzzle apart and put it back together.
The Aztecs pioneered homeopathic medicine by harvesting the healing power of herbs and spices. The discovery of the passion flower was a pivotal moment in this field as it proved to be a powerful pain reliever. Prized in Victorian times for the beauty of its flowers, this timeless ingredient is still used today to treat a wide range of ailments.Our puzzle offers a classic, stress-releasing challenge that harnesses the passion of the Aztecs’ true genius.

Greek Water Mill
Goal: Remove the metal piece from the bronze housing.
Greek engineer Philo of Byzantium revolutionized food production by refining the design of the water mill. Its primary use of grinding grain led to the increased production of edible staples including rice, cereal, pulses, and flour. This surplus of food helped sustain the Greek empire and remained unchanged for centuries.Our challenging puzzle offers a simple mechanical design as refined as the Greeks’ true genius.

Egyptian p:
Goal: Take the puzzle apart and put it back together.
The Egyptians were the first civilization to approximate the value of p, which was instrumental in accomplishing many of their engineering feats. Writings dating back from 1650 BC show that they had a procedure to find the area of a circle, which was eventually transposed into the precise engineering of the pyramids. Our puzzle offers a challenging circle inspired by the precision of Egypt’s true genius.

For Ages: 14+

WARNING! Choking hazard. May contain small parts. Not for children under 3 years. May contain splinters