You have any number of small edge matching tile puzzles. What do you do with them? If you are like me, they are chucked in a drawer and forgotten. Left alone and unloved, they simply cease to exist as a puzzle. And yet, some of them are rather beautiful Most are very colorful, all are worthy of a second look.
We have this motto of "Display and Play", and this category of puzzle has been problematic for me. What do we do with them. If they stay in the drawer, unless I label it in neon paint, they will never see the light of day again. Last week after a conversation with Rob of Rob's puzzle page, we have a solution. Wall space in the corridor to the gym! We use part of this to hang magic puzzles and another part to hang sliding tile puzzles. You know the kind: those that every collector has but never really touches. Well, the edge matching tile puzzles are the same. And we have wall space in that corridor. The ceilings in there are 7 feet high and the length is 20 feet. Forget the door in the middle, there is room enough for at least 75 of those puzzles. Going against my natural need for order, I placed these puzzles rather randomly along the walls. I first hung the largest of the frames and followed that up with progressively smaller pieces. We end up with a rather large hodge-podge of puzzle viewing. Sprinkled throughout the corridor are a number of symmetric shape puzzles, a few folded playing cards, and any number of old IPP table cards.
After the frames came in, I decided that maybe I would solve most of them after all. The smaller 9 square versions take very little time now. I guess I've done enough of them that I can spot the similarities right away. The larger 16 and 25 piece puzzles are a bit trickier. I'll be honest, a few of them just gave me too much gas so I left them for someone else to deal with. As you saw from last weeks blog post, George even helped out solving that rather unique one we found. The final puzzle to be solved was the Rubik's tangle 10x10 grid. It combines all 4 of the 25 piece tangle puzzles. Unfortunately, it is unsolvable. It turns out the manufacturers printed a duplicate of the wrong piece. It's a good story to tell though.
I used small 3x5 and 4x6 frames to hold a number of symmetrical puzzles, IPP table puzzles, and impossible cards that we have been given. The final items to go on this wall area will be a few old Rubik's jigsaw puzzles that I got back in the 90's. It's about time I put them together.
All in all, I am quite pleased with the way this new display method has turned out. Thank you Rob for the suggestion. You helped rescue these puzzles.