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In a world of Flash games and Xboxes, a carved wooden puzzle can seem a little anachronistic. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing…

Pacific Puzzleworks has been making the rounds at craft fairs for a while—most recently at the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. This particular model—which goes by the mathematical moniker “Knot Mass 36”—consists of three dozen slotted wooden tabs, which can either be assembled into a cube or left in an unassembled pile on your coffee table.

If you’re prone to fiddling, it’s a pretty good way to spend half an hour…especially if you’re in the mood for an entertainment that doesn’t involve a screen.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom