Issue 150 already! And in it, we celebrated Frances, our 1,000th member!! John Hyde paid a heartfelt tribute to this ‘friendly and worthwhile organisation’.

There were two quarterly meetings, one in Shalford and the other virtual, with very different themes – Wild cards (taken very literally by some) and Summer and autumn.

Some of our Facebook group members bemoaned The one that got away, in the hope that a reader would have the puzzle they wanted, and be prepared to part with it. Bronwen made a spirited defence of flickr. Maria continued her Mapping the world series with a map puzzle that had parts of the world in the wrong place…

Jackie asked for information about a British cutter, the mysterious JT according to his/her signature piece. American puzzle expert Anne Williams contributed a fascinating article about the links between American Falls puzzles, the British Royal family, and Liberty puzzles. Kerstin’s interest was in two Swiss women puzzle cutters. David Mullett, aka Bungalow Bill, answered the editor’s questions about his puzzles.

The co-founder of the fairly new British cardboard puzzle company, Cloudberries, explained the puzzles’ appeal and offered readers an incentive to try them. Cicely gave us a delightful account of the charity shop puzzle which brought back memories of her early life in Southend.

David explained how our invaluable resource, The Jigasaurus, had been updated, and reminded us how best to search this huge puzzle archive. The final reminder was about the annual house party – book now, to avoid disappointment!

Jigsaw Pieces Issue 150 – Autumn 2023
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