Great Minds "Set of 5" Puzzle Compendia

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Will you be able to master this challenging set of metal and wooden brainteasers? Pit your skills of logic, deduction and spatial understanding against some of the greatest minds of all time with these puzzles!

Check out the rest of our Professor Puzzle collection for more great games and brainteasers! 

  • Set of five brainteaser puzzles 
  • Choose between Great Minds: Women (5 x wooden puzzles) and Great Minds: Men (3 x wooden and 2 x metal brainteasers) 
  • Presented in a giftbox measuring 26 x 16 x 4.5cm
  • Each puzzle measures approximately 5cm 
  • Solutions available at

Great Minds: Women (wooden brainteasers)

Cleopatra’s Asp and Pyramid
Can you remove the ring from Cleopatra’s Asp and Pyramid? The last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, Cleopatra is one of history’s most famous and enigmatic queens. She took her own life by being poisoned by the bite of an asp, rather than being paraded through the streets of Rome as the mistress of the defeated Mark Anthony.

Boadicea’s Chariot Wheels
Can you rebuild Boadicea’s Chariot Wheels? A great warrior queen of the Iceni in England, Boadicea led a rebellion against the outrageous behaviour of the Romans following the death of her husband. She is famed for riding in her chariot encouraging the Ancient Briton rebel forces in battle against the Romans.

Curie’s Asteroid
Can you rebuild Curie’s Asteroid? A physicist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity, Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Her achievements include isolating radioactive isotopes and the discovery of two elements, Polonium and Radium.

Victoria’s Cross
Can you rebuild Victoria’s Cross? Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Emperor of India. Victoria reigned for sixty-three years. In recognition of honourable military service to the British Empire, she introduced the Victoria Cross medal in 1856, as the highest honour for military valour. It remains the most prestigious military award.

Nightingale’s Lamp
Can you rebuild Nightingale’s lamp? Founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale rose to fame during the Crimean war. There she organised teams of nurses, becoming known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ for tending the wounded at night.

Great Minds: Men (wooden and metal puzzles)

Kepler’s Star
Can you rebuild Kepler’s star? A key figure in astronomy, Johannes Kepler’s observations of a supernova in the Milky Way led to it being named “Kepler’s Star”.

Faraday’s Magnetic Field
Can you separate the magnetic field…and then put it back together again? An English scientist who greatly contributed to the fields of electromagnetism, Michael Faraday’s invention of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology.

Franklin’s Kit
Can you rebuild Franklin’s kite? Benjamin Franklin was a major figure in the scientific world for his theories regarding electricity. His most famous experiment involved flying a kite in a storm to prove that lightning is electricity.

Edison’s Light Filament
Can you separate the light filament…and then put it back together again? Thomas Edison developed many inventions that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera and a long-lasting electric light bulb.

Stephenson’s Railway Sleepers
Can you rebuild the railway sleepers? Robert Stephenson helped invent the first railway locomotive, The Rocket. He went on to became instrumental in the expansion of Britain’s early rail network.