Wil Strijbos – «Lotus Puzzle»

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Wil Strijbos – «Lotus Puzzle»
Name:Lotus Puzzle
Brand:Wil Strijbos
Level (Complexity):Mind-bending (10)
Type:Metal Puzzle
Object:Free the coin
Estimated time:2-4 Hours
Size:11 x 5.5 x 1.9 cm / 4.3 x 2.2 x 0.75 in
Packaging:cardboard box
Materials used:anodized aluminum
Safety:Small parts, choking hazard
Where to Buy:Check Price for Lotus Puzzle by Wil Strijbos

Visual Description

Originally developed in 1979 by ingeniously creative puzzle maker Wil Strijbos and now refurbished and redesigned to have a great electric blue color and perfect and glossy aluminum interior.

The puzzle is, in its original form, looks like a rectangular block with a few notches and a screwed in bolt. The design is very bold and aesthetic at the same time. It is quite heavy despite the size (consider it to be a first hint) and if you shake it, you will hear a lot of crackling.

Of course the puzzle’s configuration will change upon your progress, but it is always very important to remember that there much more to it. 😉

Main Features

The main idea of the puzzle is to understand why it is called a “Lotus” puzzle which is obviously not apparent from the very beginning.

The puzzle has four stages and will require you to use all your knowledge of previously sold puzzles, and in the absence of such — all your creativity and out-of-the-box thinking:

  • Stage with the screw
  • Stage with a spring
  • Stage with the coin
  • ????

Well, we will not spoil you the last stage, we’d rather give you a small hint.

I have found the first 2 stages to be excruciatingly hard and the last 2 to be much easier. Once you get how the mechanism inside works — it becomes quite clear.


Amazing puzzle that will require a lot of skill to be conquered. Definitely worth every penny and will make you a champion of puzzle world. Also, an immortal classic and a must-have for every serious puzzler out there.

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Assembly Tips

  • Do not solve over any open holes. This thing has several very tiny pieces, and you don’t want to be picking them out of the grass or losing it in your heating vents.
  • Wil Strijbos Lotus Puzzle solution video can be found below

Important Notes

  • Made of anodized aluminum
  • Please note that there is a small black pin found on one end of the Lotus.  This pin must not be removed from the puzzle – (it has nothing to do with the solution) and it is there for your safety.  The Lotus is spring-loaded.


  • Detailed answers on Frequently Asked Questions about Wil Strijbos puzzles you can find here.
  • If you still have questions, ask them in the comments. We will answer in detail and include them in the FAQ list.

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