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Frik-n-Frak's Curio Shack is a online retail site familiar to many puzzlers! We specialize in offering quality Puzzles Boxes, Wooden Brain Teasers, Metal Mind Benders and Intriguing Curiosities. Who's behind it all? Who are these Frik-n-Frak characters? What do these folks think about and what do they do from day to day? This Blog will attempt to answer some of these questions and more. . .

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Friday, March 31, 2006

NEW Tavern Puzzle Difficulty Ratings at

NEW Tavern Puzzle Difficulty Ratings

You will notice a new look to the Tavern Puzzles product page at Frik-n-Frak’s Curio Shack! Along with a new layout reflecting the new difficulty groupings, we are also offering new Frik-n-Frak Value Packs (discounted pricing when purchasing all puzzles within a specific grouping).

According to Tucker-Jones House, Inc. (the manufacturers of Tavern Puzzles), the Tavern Puzzle Collection has gotten so large that a it has out grown the difficulty level rating of Basic, Intermediate, Difficult, and Complex. While still following that general concept, Tavern Puzzles are now divided into eight groups that we hope will provide a better idea of how the designs relate to one another.

Gone are the four levels of Basic, Intermediate, Difficult and Complex. In their places are Groups 1 – 8. The puzzles remain in their same order, but the new ratings better explain how the designs relate to each other. With so many puzzles in the old “Difficult” level, and with some designs straddling two levels, the product difficulty classification was becoming unclear. The new Tavern Puzzle groupings hope to better answer the question “Which one is harder?”

For example, Dirty Dog and Double Bypass work the same way. However, most people find Double Bypass more difficult. Why? Because of the close tolerances! Double Bypass is now grouped with two other puzzles that share the same “close tolerance” characteristic.

Wise Guy is another example. It falls somewhere between the old “Intermediate” and “Difficult” levels. The new grouping places it with designs that also have interactive multi-step solutions.

Groups 1 through 8

Group 1 – Antique designs; simple moves. Basic
Group 2 – Original designs based on Group 1, with more moves. Basic
Group 3 – Multi-step beginning level. Intermediate
Group 4 – Multi-step with more moves. Intermediate-Difficult
Group 5 – Close Tolerances; precise moves. Difficult
Group 6 – False Steps, misdirection must be overcome. Difficult
Group 7 – Flexible chain used in solutions. Complex
Group 8 – Extremely difficult. Experience necessary. Complex

The Frik-n-Frak Tavern Puzzle Value Packs precisely follow the groupings above. An extra discount is applied when all puzzles within a group are purchased together.

New Tavern Puzzle Boxed Sets

The convenient Tavern Puzzle Boxed Sets have also been reworked to reflect the new groupings. The new sets include the following Tavern Puzzles along with a four hook Tavern Puzzle Perch;

Basic: Iron Heart, iron Maiden, Old Shackles, and Blackjack
Intermediate: Blackbeard’s Revenge, Tinkers Bell, Wise Guy, and Dirty Dog
Difficult: Big Kahuna, U-Turn, Big Shot, and Tri Again
Complex: Sneaky Pete, Long Island Catch, Double Trouble and Patience Puzzle
2006 Blacksmith’s Choice: Self-Restraint, Traveler’s Woe, Tri Again and Matched Set.

Individual Tavern Puzzles are still only $15.25 at Frik-n-Frak’s

Last year (2005) saw increases in raw material costs, transportation costs, energy costs, etc. As a result, there was a modest retail and wholesale price increase. Frik-n-Frak’s Curio Shack has not increased the price of a Tavern Puzzle since 2004! We are very pleased to announce that there are no plans to increase prices in 2006!

Thanks to all of you who have remained loyal to Frik-n-Frak’s Curio Shack. It is because of you that we continue to grow and are able to expand one of the most extensive and affordable selections of unique brain teasers, mechanical puzzles and intriguing curiosities on the web!

We hope we’ll see you soon at Frik-n-Frak’s!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

NEW Heartwood Creations Secret Boxes & Puzzle Boxes at Frik-n-Frak's!

NEW Heartwood Creations
Secret Boxes & Puzzle Boxes

March 13, 2006

17 NEW Heartwood Creations Products!
  • Secret Boxes!
The flagship product of the Heartwood Creations line-up of products is their Secret Box! Frik-n-Frak continue to expand this very popular product line! Choose from a variety of "Dovetail" Lid boxes, Magnetic Pivot Boxes and clever Lock Top boxes. See all the new Secret Boxes HERE...
  • Knock Box Puzzle Boxes!
These small "Knock Boxes" feature a variety of randomly chosen top side inlay patterns. They are perfect for storing special treasures! These miniature puzzle boxes require a "knock" to lock and unlock their secret compartments!
  • Specialty Items!

Choose unique items such as a Cocobolo Toothpick Holder, a beautiful Round Pivot Lid Mirror or an exotic wood Business Card Holder! For a truly special gift, consider the secret locking Safari Jewelry Boxes! All are beautifully manufactured in the USA by the skilled Heartwood Creations craftsmen!

Save 10%on ALL Heartwood Creations Products!
...only through Friday March 17th!

10% Discount Code : FNFHWNPS

The discount code above must be used during final checkout at for your 10% discount to be applied. The 10% discount can only be applied to Heartwood Creations products and cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer or promotion. Offer ends Friday, March 17th at 11:59 PM EST.

Hope to see ya soon at Frik-n-Frak's!

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