This issue’s in the pink, with a colourful bouquet of spring flowers by Renoir on the cover. Winter and Spring were the themes of the January virtual meeting. Two Swedish club members talked about their puzzle collections: Per-Martin gave us a potted history of Brio Puzzel, while new member Henrik collects Victory Gold Box puzzles. Nicki’s series on puzzle clubs covered the earliest known examples – the two Original Puzzle clubs, established in Cornwall in 1908 and in London in 1909. Barbara has a large collection of Mammoth puzzles, including one showing a mystery village, but wonders why four puzzles are missing from the series. Kerstin showed us two more of her Zeitvertreib puzzles, in an article about poems and puzzles which had sparked a lively discussion in our flickr group. Martin, meanwhile, illustrated the work of an extraordinary British cutter, B B Dickinson. I feel sure he was a Mathematics don at Cambridge University! Bronwen told a tale of woe about a difficult vintage puzzle repair.

Modern puzzles weren’t overlooked. Puzzle cutter Shay, also in the pink, has a new website, where she is cataloguing her personal puzzle collection, as well as a puzzle diary of every one of her hand-cut puzzles. She also offers video guides to puzzle design and cutting, and will offer puzzles for sale in future. The new Victory laser-cut company was profiled, and Katherine reviewed Life of Puzzles, a puzzle rental club. Nicki made a surprising puzzle purchase at a rural market in South Africa. Members of our Facebook group swapped tips on how to mount cardboard puzzles for display. Alison explained how to buy job lots of puzzles at auction, while Helen reminded us of the simple pleasure of a charity shop find.

The next magazine will be an extended issue, covering the annual house party, and much more!

Jigsaw Pieces Issue 148 – Spring 2023
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