Rainy days and puzzles

Rainy days are the perfect day to work on a puzzle. I was just waiting for the perfect weather when I could make a fire in the woodstove and gain access to it.

There are a few rules and tools I have for puzzles. Once I start a puzzle I like to leave it in place but I do it on a felt that I can roll up in case I need to but I don’t. You can buy them or make one yourself. Last year I discovered the puzzle piece sorter and it eliminated the hokey TV tray I was using on the side of the coffee table. This way I can sort the parts by color and group them for sorting. If people visit, they just have to take care of the coffee table the puzzle is on and they are welcome to work on it, but don’t mess with my color organization. It bothers me when you take a piece from one color area and then put it back in a different area. Why would someone do something like that?

I have tried different types of puzzles over the years. 2,000 coins is too hard and takes too long. My goal is to finish the puzzle. 500 coins is too easy. 1,000 pieces is fine with me. Thanks to Wikipedia, I learned that there are even more puzzle sizes:

Small puzzles are often considered to be 300, 500 and 750 pieces. More sophisticated, but still common, puzzles come in sizes of 1000, 1500, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000, 7500, 8000, 9000, 13200, 18000, 24,000, 32,000 and 40,000 coins.

I also learned that the largest commercially available puzzle in the world is produced by the Czech company MartinPuzzle and contains 52,110 pieces showing a collage of animals. Who knew?

Here’s a bonus Wikipedia fact: engraver and cartographer John Spilsbury of London is said to have produced the first puzzle around 1760, using a marquetry saw.

I collect the puzzles from different places. Amazon and Zulily have a great variety. After I finish it, I pass them on. Believe it or not, there are many hidden puzzles. I don’t think they share this information freely though. If you haven’t done one in a while, this can be the perfect adventure on a rainy day, when the electricity is out, or while watching TV. It’s also a fun group activity and you’ll be surprised that when people walk past they can’t help but find a single piece to adjust.

Your da . . .

So what’s the next riddle?

Sources:

Wikipedia Puzzles