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A reader writes:

I am sending a photo of a puzzle that my mother-in-law had in her possession. Years ago she asked me to take a picture of it to perhaps send to a magazine or newspaper to see if anyone could identify it. It was passed down to her with one of her parent’s possessions and all she remembered was that it was a puzzle of some kind. I laid it on a piece of paper to take the photo and it was about eight inches long. As you can see from the photo it is a series of interlocking rings and the extra rod was separate, although I set it down with the main part so it would be part of the photo. My mother-in-law assumed it was a homemade puzzle but had no idea how it was played or what to do with it. She has been gone now for a few years and I feel bad that I never tried harder to solve the mystery of her puzzle for her. Perhaps a reader of the Co-operator will know what it is and how to do the puzzle.

If you have any ideas send them to me at [email protected]or Crossroads, 1666 Dublin Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3H 0H1 and maybe we can help out.

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