National Puzzle Day
Celebrated on the 29th of January every year, the National Puzzle Day is to remind ourselves how puzzles can keep our brains working smart.
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Why National Puzzle Day?
Puzzles have been quite popular among all age groups across the world and they come in different forms and kinds. There are Sudoku puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and many more different types of puzzles in the world. Irrespective of your age and the kind of puzzle you choose to work on, they help in stimulating your brain cells and making them active. And when the puzzles require you to work with others, you will develop and hone your social interactive skills as well. It is also helpful in keeping your focus intact and that is why it makes perfect sense to celebrate these brain developing games in one day. That is why we have a National Puzzle Day every year on 29th January.
How to celebrate National Puzzle Day?
From word searches to Sudoku grids, there are plenty of puzzle options available to you to stimulate your brain. On this National Puzzle Day, here are some ways to celebrate the role of puzzles in your life.
- The best and the most obvious way is of course to spend your time-solving puzzles. It could be a crossword or a word search puzzle depending on what you want to do. Enjoy doing it by yourself or share a competition with your friends on the fastest completion of the game and so on.
- If you are already a lover of puzzles and do it as a pastime, then you can switch to a new kind of puzzle on the National Puzzle Day. Try your hand in learning to crack a new puzzle now and activate your brain cells this day.
- You can search for many different types of puzzles online and create a quiz or a puzzle game among your friends. You can announce the winner on your social media with the hashtag #NationalPuzzleDay.
- If there are kids in the family, then you gather them for a puzzle night and offer them prizes for those who solve the puzzles first and right. This would develop interest for the puzzles among kinds as well.
- You can also learn about puzzles, how they came into being, and the science behind the creation of different kinds of puzzles.
- You can even create a puzzle of your own and find out if your friends can solve it.
Spread awareness about the National Puzzle Day and how puzzles can be a stimulant to our brains using the online forums with the #NationalPuzzleDay on your post.
Interesting facts about National Puzzle Day:
On the National Puzzle Day let us get to know some interesting facts about Puzzles itself.
- The first of the jigsaw puzzle is believed to be created by Mr. John Spilsbury in the year 1767. He used a saw to cut a map mounted on a hardwood sheet and that is probably why the name jigsaw to these puzzles.
- The first crossword puzzle was published in 1913 on the 21st of December in the New York World, a Sunday Newspaper. Arthur Wayne, a journalist was the creator of this puzzle.
- Crossword puzzles are symmetrical vertically most times so you can even flip them and still solve it the same way.
- Jigsaw puzzles were also known as the dissected puzzles as the pieces are literally dissected and have to be put correctly to solve.
- Rubik’s cube inventor did not set out to create a puzzle. He realized that it is a puzzle only after he scrambled it and tried to put it back.
- People who played Foldit, which was an online protein folding puzzle game solved the enzyme structure that will help resolve AIDS in monkeys. This problem was puzzling researchers for more than a decade.
- The study of puzzles is known as enigmatology and Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of New York Times is probably the only person to hold this degree.
- If you are an ace puzzle breaker, then you would want to look out for puzzles posted by Cicada 3031 which posts puzzles, quite challenging ones online probably in an effort to recruit the best codebreakers.
- Since jigsaw puzzles are recyclable, they were the best form of entertainment during the Great Depression, for they were also cheaper.
- People were afraid of crossword puzzles in the 1920s as they believed it would make them illiterates.
- Lewis Carroll, the author of the famous Alice in Wonderland, is the inventor of word ladder puzzles.
History of National Puzzle Day:
The National Puzzle Day was established by Jodi Jill in the year 2002 to share her love of puzzles with everyone. Jodi Jill is a professional quiz maker and a syndicated maker of puzzles. Jodi Jill has been involved in the development of lesson plans for classrooms for improving observations which have been rising in popularity over the years.