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The Chief Tormentor

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Friends One and All

A Reunion

We just wrapped up another successful, funfilled, spirited weekend at Blackberry Farm. We look forward to this every year and it never disappoints. I’ll try my best to give you a feel for what it’s like but I know I can’t do it justice. Soon after we organized the tables and unpacked the puzzles, Michael arrived to stake his claim. He’s got a favorite puzzling spot and wasn’t taking any chances someone else might grab it. We also made sure to have Victor’s big, comfy chair ready. He doesn’t puzzle but likes to keep his wife company, in addition to providing much entertainment for the rest of us. What a character!

When everyone arrived and got settled in, it was like a family reunion. We have 3 couples who have attended all 6 Blackberry Farm events and many others who’ve come multiple times. In addition to the 3 couples, this year included 3 mother-daughter kinships, 1 father-daughter, 2 sisters, 2 friends, and an engaged couple. Our group spans 7 decades! It makes us so proud that Stave can bring about this kind of connection. It really demonstrates the intrinsic value of puzzling together.

6 Degrees of Separation

While we love our old friends, we always encourage new guests, so it was with open arms that we welcomed a young couple from NYC. When they arrived at the Guest House and asked, “Who’s in charge?” Several unruly puzzlers in our group quickly claimed the title. Thankfully, Carol stepped up and greeted them but not before they had gotten a quick view of what they were in for. True camaraderie.

We ’ve alway s felt puzzlers are a tight knit group and here’s the proof in the pudding. Over the course of the weekend it was discovered that Rob & Debra, from NY, have a daughter who attends Duke. Guess who her roommate is? First time attendee, puzzler Carol’s, daughter, from Boston! What are the odds of that?!

But wait. It gets better. Remember our new puzzlers from NYC? We discovered that Matt went to Dartmouth and graduated with Carol’s (Stave’s Carol) daughter, Inga. He’s even been to Carol’s VT house. And, he’s friends with a young man I used to babysit.

They were meant to be part of our group, for sure.

Jennifer, already missing my buddies.

 

What Was He Thinking?

Have you been catching Steve’s crazy mystery photo contest? If you have, then you’re getting a very clear picture of just what a kook he really is! Steve has been taking intriguing photos of various things and posting them on his blog and our PuzzleNuts website, stavepuzzlenuts.com. If you’re the first person to correctly guess what is shown, you win a $25 gift certificate. If no one guesses correctly, the prize gets rolled over to the next week. Here are a few shots from previous weeks.

This is a shot that Steve posted… What is going on here?

Take a close look and you’ll see wing tip impressions in the snow. Steve and Martha think a hawk swooped down and grabbed whatever was running through the snow. They have a Coopers Hawk that uses their backyard bird feeders as its fast food outlet.

Here’s another shot. What is it???

We had some great guesses for this: a soda-bottle rocket toy sitting on its “launch pad” (i.e. the top of a two liter bottle), One of those pull-down cork screws to open wine bottles on Valentine’s Day, The knob to an air tank to fill balloons.

But E.M guessed correctly: It’s a party noise-maker/clacker!

This is the latest photo.

Go to the Tormented Tuesday page for more information and details on how to place your guess.
You could be the next winner of a $25 gift certificate.

 

Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

25October10a

Wedded Bliss

summer love

I Do
I bet most weddings take place†in the summer. The weatherís good,†itís easier for the guests who have to†travel, and you can be outside.†Another reason why I make this†assumption is because we cut more†wedding puzzles now than at any†other time of the year.†A puzzle is the†perfect way to†commemorate the†special day.†Whether itís your†day from 20 years†ago or tomorrow,†a son or daughterís wedding, or†your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle†is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special†someone, you feel like youíve found†that missing piece, right? They†seem to fill that little spot in your†heart thatís been empty, waiting for†just the right fit. Why not create a†puzzle to remember this incredible†time in life? The moment can be†relived every time the puzzle is†worked. We can fill it with the†silhouettes that represent your†perfect day: the proposal on one†knee, a horse and carriage ride to†the church, a dog standing in as†best man, the honeymoon safari to†Africa. No matter what made your†day unique, we can help you create†a keepsake that will be enjoyed for†years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your†anniversary, the music is softly†playing in the background, the†champagne is poured and the†candles are lit on the puzzle table.†Wonít it be nice to have a few hours†of your loveís undivided attention†while you work to put together the†pieces of your lives? We all know†times like this are few and†far†between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer

Friends One and All

A Reunion

We just wrapped up another successful, funfilled, spirited weekend at Blackberry Farm. We look forward to this every year and it never disappoints. I’ll try my best to give you a feel for what it’s like but I know I can’t do it justice. Soon after we organized the tables and unpacked the puzzles, Michael arrived to stake his claim. He’s got a favorite puzzling spot and wasn’t taking any chances someone else might grab it. We also made sure to have Victor’s big, comfy chair ready. He doesn’t puzzle but likes to keep his wife company, in addition to providing much entertainment for the rest of us. What a character!

When everyone arrived and got settled in, it was like a family reunion. We have 3 couples who have attended all 6 Blackberry Farm events and many others who’ve come multiple times. In addition to the 3 couples, this year included 3 mother-daughter kinships, 1 father-daughter, 2 sisters, 2 friends, and an engaged couple. Our group spans 7 decades! It makes us so proud that Stave can bring about this kind of connection. It really demonstrates the intrinsic value of puzzling together.

6 Degrees of Separation

While we love our old friends, we always encourage new guests, so it was with open arms that we welcomed a young couple from NYC. When they arrived at the Guest House and asked, “Who’s in charge?” Several unruly puzzlers in our group quickly claimed the title. Thankfully, Carol stepped up and greeted them but not before they had gotten a quick view of what they were in for. True camaraderie.

We ’ve alway s felt puzzlers are a tight knit group and here’s the proof in the pudding. Over the course of the weekend it was discovered that Rob & Debra, from NY, have a daughter who attends Duke. Guess who her roommate is? First time attendee, puzzler Carol’s, daughter, from Boston! What are the odds of that?!

But wait. It gets better. Remember our new puzzlers from NYC? We discovered that Matt went to Dartmouth and graduated with Carol’s (Stave’s Carol) daughter, Inga. He’s even been to Carol’s VT house. And, he’s friends with a young man I used to babysit.

They were meant to be part of our group, for sure.

Jennifer, already missing my buddies.

 

What Was He Thinking?

Have you been catching Steve’s crazy mystery photo contest? If you have, then you’re getting a very clear picture of just what a kook he really is! Steve has been taking intriguing photos of various things and posting them on his blog and our PuzzleNuts website, stavepuzzlenuts.com. If you’re the first person to correctly guess what is shown, you win a $25 gift certificate. If no one guesses correctly, the prize gets rolled over to the next week. Here are a few shots from previous weeks.

This is a shot that Steve posted… What is going on here?

Take a close look and you’ll see wing tip impressions in the snow. Steve and Martha think a hawk swooped down and grabbed whatever was running through the snow. They have a Coopers Hawk that uses their backyard bird feeders as its fast food outlet.

Here’s another shot. What is it???

We had some great guesses for this: a soda-bottle rocket toy sitting on its “launch pad” (i.e. the top of a two liter bottle), One of those pull-down cork screws to open wine bottles on Valentine’s Day, The knob to an air tank to fill balloons.

But E.M guessed correctly: It’s a party noise-maker/clacker!

This is the latest photo.

Go to the Tormented Tuesday page for more information and details on how to place your guess.
You could be the next winner of a $25 gift certificate.

 

Chief Tormentor Gets Tormented

Below is a Stave puzzle I started 2 days ago, a bit big for the tray but I’m too lazy to go find a bigger tray. This puzzle was a surprise Christmas present from Martha in 1989. She had been working for Stave for 5 years then and somehow she secretly cut it without my knowledge. Talk about a surprise!! Now I’m hoping all the pieces are there because this is the puzzle I used to creat the youTube video where these pieces form a butterfly in slow-motion, then explode into the air and form a flying butterfly. Keep your fingers crossed.

25October10a

Wedded Bliss

summer love

I Do
I bet most weddings take place†in the summer. The weatherís good,†itís easier for the guests who have to†travel, and you can be outside.†Another reason why I make this†assumption is because we cut more†wedding puzzles now than at any†other time of the year.†A puzzle is the†perfect way to†commemorate the†special day.†Whether itís your†day from 20 years†ago or tomorrow,†a son or daughterís wedding, or†your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle†is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special†someone, you feel like youíve found†that missing piece, right? They†seem to fill that little spot in your†heart thatís been empty, waiting for†just the right fit. Why not create a†puzzle to remember this incredible†time in life? The moment can be†relived every time the puzzle is†worked. We can fill it with the†silhouettes that represent your†perfect day: the proposal on one†knee, a horse and carriage ride to†the church, a dog standing in as†best man, the honeymoon safari to†Africa. No matter what made your†day unique, we can help you create†a keepsake that will be enjoyed for†years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your†anniversary, the music is softly†playing in the background, the†champagne is poured and the†candles are lit on the puzzle table.†Wonít it be nice to have a few hours†of your loveís undivided attention†while you work to put together the†pieces of your lives? We all know†times like this are few and†far†between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer