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puzzle ring
A mechanical puzzle consisting of a group of interlocking rings that fit together to form an intricate design; when apart, the rings remain interconnected and pose a challenging puzzle. The puzzle itself has it's ancient origins in Egypt, though many stories have been told of it's use throughout the Middle East. According to one, a person would give the ring to their lover telling them of the magical qualities of the ring. If the ring was ever worn while being amorous to another, it would tell the giver of the ring about the unfaithfulness of the ring wearer. The wearer, wishing to avoid the watchfulness of the ring, might remove it from their finger so that it wouldn't witness an unfaithful act. But once removed, the ring would fall into its separate pieces and so the giver would know their lover had been unfaithful.


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