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JIGSAW PUZZLE TOURNAMENT

Today is National Puzzle Day, and our puzzle of choice is a jigsaw puzzle.  Here’s a bit of trivia… did you know that John Spilsbury, a London engraver and mapmaker, invented the jigsaw puzzle in 1767 as a map learning tool for children.  From there, it was commercialized and children and adults of all ages developed a love for the game.  Personally, I was an avid jigsaw player in my youth and got back into it as a senior with more time on my hands.  Today, we have 10 puzzles with the same picture and level of difficulty… a lovely ocean scene… how appropriate for our little beach community.  Our usual number of  teams participated, and then, the fun began.  Each team had two hours to solve the puzzle.  Notice Murry in the photo below.  He’s so serious and formal–he always wears a tie.  He’s difficult to get to know, but once you do, he’s a sweatheart.   A real mensch.  The team with the most completed puzzle won.  And, our winners were Jeffrey, Nicole, John and Pam with 90% of their puzzle solved, their prizes being… you guessed it… a puzzle!   A large, beautiful seascape that will give them hours of enjoyment.  Pam is already planning on mounting her completed jigsaw on her wall.  We all had an enjoyable day complete with a nice lunch before the tournament.  Chef went for a summer theme with hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers (my favorite), coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, chips and salsa, dill pickles .. and a fresh fruit salad and delicious chocolate cupcakes decorated with jigsaw puzzle pieces–how fun!  After the games, game tables were cleared away and we all gathered around.  Some watched TV, others went outside to soak in the warm ocean air and read or mingled about.  Others slipped into the dining area to sip coffee/tea/hot cocoa and eat leftover cupcakes. It was just a nice relaxing time to wind down the day.

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