Just when your friends thought they'd figured out Don't Break The Bottle by finally setting free that bottle of Rioja they'd been looking forward to since Xmas, we introduce the Vice Wine Puzzle. Maybe someone you know has a birthday coming up? Pick up a bottle of their favourite wine or liqueur and slip this little device over the top of it. They'll be sure to appreciate the booze all the more once the puzzle has been solved. We've had this in the office for the last few days and it's nearly reduced a grown man to tears trying to liberate a bottle of Baileys! If you're a fan of puzzles and brain teasers or know somebody who can't resist a challenge then you need to make sure this is your next party piece.
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The Vice Grip Wine Puzzle was as described and needless to say it hasn't been solved by the recipient yet. A few things wrong about it though, the instructions could be clearer on how to set the item together. The first bit building it was clear but when it came to attaching the string it was all too unclear and I ended up having to watch a video on YouTube to figure it out, and even then it was poor quality and took a fair bit of deciphering. Secondly it says to tighten the bolt but as I did this the wood was not strong enough and therefore stripped out the centre of the hole of any reasonable grip. If they sort these problems out then it would be an amazing quality item for people to solve.
The Vice Wine Puzzle is excellent.
Bought this on iwoot despite still having one from one of my son's from a previous christmas. Yes, the bottle is still unopened and puzzle still sat on the top of it's neck. This was good value and plonked onto a bottle of my best red and given to my brother for Christmas with the challenge, I'll bet I can get mine off before you can get yours off. Even though I now had the instructions off his bottle puzzle... he won! Never mind we had fun doing the puzzle and the bottle of wine which I am drinking now was well worth the 2 year wait. The good thing with this is that you can recycle the present by attaching it to another bottle and challenging your family or friends!
The Vice Wine Puzzle was so funny for my dad.
I bought the Vice Wine Puzzle as a Christmas gift, attached to a bottle. It looks really good and makes an impressive gift. The instructions were a little cryptic but you get the idea. It's a little fiddly to set the puzzle up correctly, as shown on the box. Unfortunately, it is possible to remove the clamp simply by pulling the large wooden pin out. It requires a bit of wriggling, but when you do it's possible to unwind the clamp and remove the puzzle from the bottle. I realised it's due to the holes in the two small flat pieces of wood being slightly too large, allowing the rod and cord to be pulled through. Not good. I'd set the puzzle a few times and 'solved' it correctly, and it looked exactly as the picture on the site and the box, so I knew it was done correctly. It's a shame, because it spoiled it a little.
I love annoying presents for my nearest and dearest and this one hits the spot! It took me a while to attach to the bottle but only because I didn't read the instructions properly. Certainly caused a buzz at our Christmas get together, everyone got involved trying to solve it while I sat there looking very smug. Great gift!
It actually takes longer to read and understand the instructions of the Vice Wine Puzzle than it does for the recipient to open the puzzle!
I got this for someone that normally just gets a bottle of wine as their xmas present, and it was a brilliant choice. It had the whole family entertained.
Bought the Vice Wine Puzzle for my brother's father-in-law who loves a puzzle and red wine so it was good to combine the two! A few days later and he'd still not cracked the puzzle and it's driving him nuts. I wrapped up the solution though so when he's had enough he can get his reward whether he's worked out the puzzle or not. Fab present!
The Vice Wine Puzzle is a great puzzle to set up, then fun to watch others struggle!
I was a bit apprehensive about Vice Wine Puzzle after reading previous reviews, however, if you are thinking of buying it go for it. With reference to putting it on the bottle, the instructions worked fine for me as long as you read them properly and follow the diagrams well. The one thing I will say is, leave plenty of time to put the item on the bottle. It can't be done in 5 minutes. Patience is a virtue but it is definitely worth it. I didn't have any problems with the build quality. Gave it as a present and it took quite a while before it was solved, with a few hints from myself.
I bought the Vice Wine Puzzle and attached it to a bottle of wine. It will fit just about any bottle. I gave it to my daughter-in-law and the instructions of how to get it off to my son. She struggled for some time before requesting the instructions. I think that only a few people would be able to solve the puzzle. It's very frustrating and even with the instructions is still not easy to resolve. Very good.
Bought the Vice Wine Puzzle for a friend as a fun Christmas gift. It's a fantastic, well made, fun, unique and inexpensive novelty gift. I have to say that the instructions to lock the wine into the vice are near on impossible to decipher from the leaflet. This is an excellent gift idea. I would recommend this item to all fun loving people.
I was looking forward to giving this as a gift however my optimism soon turned to disapointment when I not only could not actually get the puzzle onto the bottle, but one of the glued pieces came off in my hand. The instructions provided would give Stephen Hawking trouble. Big disapointment.
Bought this for my father and added a £15 bottle of wine. It took him 3hrs but it was good wine! Enjoyed every minute of the 3hrs watching him sweat....recommend it to all.
Although this is a fantastic idea for a gag gift, I think the gag was on me! Three of us followed the instructions to the letter for putting the vice onto a bottle in order to give it to my mates as an Engagement present and we could not get the last knot! In the end, I gave it to them in the box with a bottle of wine and they still haven't been able to do it.
I bought this for friends birthday, it kept 3 people occupied for about 2 hours before they cracked it! The only downside is the instructions - not helpful at all.
I got this for my dad for Christmas. Took me about half an hour trying to figure out how to put it on the bottle (with the instructions), and then took seven family members all of Christmas day trying to get it off - they didn't succeed! Since then a good number of other family members along with friends, neighbours and the local MP have all tried, but the bottle is still locked :) I have promised my dad that if he hasn't solved it by next Christmas I will get him some power tools and he can take it off! Really good fun, and hilarious watching people struggle with it! Just glad that it's a decent bottle of Champagne that won't go out of date (though it may explode due to all the shaking!)! I'd recommend it to anyone, even non-drinkers, as it fits on pretty much all bottles. Thanks IWOOT!
It took me about 45 minutes to set up the 'vice wine puzzle' on a bottle of Baileys as a little teaser for the Mrs. When she passed on trying to solve it, it took my 12 year old about 30 seconds to release the puzzle (and 'no' he didn't get he contents!). Hmmm!
The puzzle itself is great and a real talking point, but, and its a very big but, the instructions are terrible. The pic on website compared to the pic on the instructions are completely different. I managed to construct the puzzle after 7 hours because I read the reviews of others, still not convinced I did it correctly.
Awful product, with awful instructions. Bought it despite bad reviews saying that impossible to piece together with instructions - thought that would just take a bit of intuition to put together.... how wrong I was - threw it in the bin in frustrations - how can instructions be so bad?!
Good product, near impossible to set up! Worth it tho.
The puzzle works for the giver as well as the receiver. The instructions are so useless that I spent ages puzzling out how to attach the puzzle to a bottle.
spent ages trying to figure out the instructions. finally worked out the directions they give to sove the puzzle are actually the directions you should follow to lock the puzzle.
The instructions are not very clear and the device is impossible to do! ended up cutting the string to put it together and then burning it back together! think we are going to have to get it off the same way! ...it explains all the easy steps and then doesn't tell you anything about the difficult parts. wouldn't recommend this to anyone.. i had everyone i know trying to make it up!
I have seen reviews on this item complaining about the instructions but went ahead and bought it anyway, its great it was a challenge putting it together and I enjoyed it, but not half as much as I am when watching the recipient trying to get at there bottle. Great product loads of fun for all, and great service from Iwoot, Thanks
Once we mastered the instructions which were not very clear, or precise, we had hours of fun watching everyone in the bar trying to get their free drink!! Worth it just for that reason of watching so many confused people!
I bought this to add a twist to my bestmans gift at my wedding, and it drove him mad trying to get this undone.I took pitty on him and gave him the instructions in the end. great to add a twist to a gift.
Well, I think the title says it all. I bought this as a birthday present for my best friend, with a bottle of his favourite alcohol inside... The look on his face was hilarious!! I would upload the video I took, but its in the wrong format, so I can't put it on youtube which means it won't go on here... Darn!
BUT NOT AS MUCH FUN. Really, i've bought many things from IWOOT and they've never failed me but this was terrible. The instructions were dire and we couldn't even lock the bottle in let alone start to enjoy trying to unlock it. it was a present for my dad's 70th - wanted to attach it to a very nice bottle of wine. We gave up in the end and just drank the wine.