Even in today’s technology-driven world, the old-fashioned puzzle maintains a certain allure. Today is National Puzzle Day and if you haven’t worked one in a while, it’s a great day to spend time with the family and enjoy the unique gifts of some low-tech togetherness.
A puzzle with a reward at the end is the best kind! This wooden puzzle secures a bottle of wine (or non-alcoholic cider, if you prefer). A wooden cage holds the bottle’s bottom while a mortise and tenon joint caps the bottle’s top and “locks” into place with a corkscrew “pin”. Testing one to the very brink of teetotalling temperance, only a patient application of friction and sequence—or careful study of the included instructions—solves the quandary.
If you’re looking for a unique gift idea for a friend or loved one, this custom jigsaw puzzle can be personalized with a reproduction of a color or black and white photograph. Once you send a photograph or JPEG image to the manufacturer, a 408-piece jigsaw puzzle kit is created. It’s puzzle fun for today and a great keepsake for tomorrow.
Here is, perhaps, the ultimate puzzle. This three-dimensional spherical labyrinth will challenge the limits of your manual dexterity and spatial understanding to maneuver a wooden marble through its course. The Superplexus is a complex network of chicanes, multi-planar hairpin turns, spirals and staircases – even a vortex. The entire track, if laid out on a straight line, is longer than a football field and requires a minimum of 425 turns of the sphere without letting the marble fall off the track. Completion will be your life’s work!
Scientific research has proven that working a puzzle uses both sides of the brain and improves memory, cognitive function and problem-solving skills. National Puzzle Day is a great time to pledge to work on a puzzle every day for better brain health, not to mention rewarding family time.