SoCS — Puzzle

My mother used to have these huge jigsaw puzzles spread out on our dining room tabletop and she would spend countless hours putting them together. Then, once she successfully finished with her puzzle, she’d toss all of the pieces back into the box and put the box on shelves that were already crammed full of other completed puzzle boxes in a closet in the basement of our house. I don’t think she ever did any one puzzle twice.

My wife is into crossword puzzles. There are two of them each day in our daily newspaper and she spends a good portion of each morning working on them. And she does them with a pen!

I never had patience for jigsaw puzzles and I’d rather spend my mornings on WordPress than working on crossword puzzles. But I do enjoy reading mystery novels and watching detective shows on TV. I always try to figure out the puzzle of the crime or to solve the mystery before the protagonist of the book or the main character in the show can. I’m thrilled when I can do that, but then I think that maybe the solutions to these puzzles were too easy and would have been obvious to anyone paying attention, which makes me feel disappointed.

Yeah, I know. That’s kind of puzzling.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where she gives us the word “puzzle.”

14 thoughts on “SoCS — Puzzle

  1. ladysighs September 18, 2021 / 7:03 am

    I do some on line jigsaw puzzles but they are not as fun as leaning over the kitchen table.

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  2. Carol anne September 18, 2021 / 7:29 am

    I love mysteries and detective shows also! 😀

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  3. Maggie September 18, 2021 / 8:23 am

    Sometimes trying to solve the puzzle in show or a book takes me out of the rhythm of the story. Doesn’t stop me, though. It’s all a puzzle after all.

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  4. Sadje September 18, 2021 / 10:03 am

    That’s how tv shows work! They are mostly predictable. I think father Brown of BBC is an exception.

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    • Fandango September 18, 2021 / 10:30 pm

      I don’t think I’ve seen that one.

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      • Sadje September 18, 2021 / 10:36 pm

        It’s on bbc! But we watched it in USA as well.

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  5. Gloria September 18, 2021 / 10:11 am

    Ah, my mother used to do those big jigsaws. She framed a few of them. I used to love doing crossword puzzles. Haven’t done one in years!

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  6. Marilyn Armstrong September 18, 2021 / 1:26 pm

    I love almost all word games. I used to get through (almost) the entire NYTimes puzzle when I was working in Manhattan and had the whole train ride (the whole week if I was doing the Sunday version) to figure it out. Now, not so much. I’ve lost touch with so much current stuff, I just don’t KNOW the answers. It helps to know what’s going on, I guess.

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  7. cagedunn September 18, 2021 / 3:22 pm

    The reason mysteries and who-dunnits are so popular is because lots of people like to see if they’re smart enough to figure it out before the end. It’s what keeps them coming back, sifting through each little event and object to see how each piece fits the particular puzzle.

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  8. Nope, Not Pam September 19, 2021 / 2:35 am

    I think some crime shows try to keep you guessing, others are a bit blah.

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    • Fandango September 19, 2021 / 7:23 am

      I prefer those who try to keep you guessing.

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      • Nope, Not Pam September 20, 2021 / 2:52 am

        Me too

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  9. leigha66 September 30, 2021 / 11:46 pm

    Ages ago I used to do the TV Guide crossword puzzles. But now it is Words With Friends and Sudoku puzzles I do. Oh, and Dad was the big jigsaw puzzler in the family. I would do them now but with three cats I KNOW there would be pieces carried off.

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