National Puzzle Day

National Puzzle day is on January 29. Jodi Jill created the day in 2002. She is a newspaper puzzle and professional quiz maker. It is a day to enjoy puzzles of any form, from jigsaws to escape rooms.

A puzzle is anything that has a well-defined solution while also entertaining the solver. It’s no puzzle why they are so popular! Engaging in puzzles is a great way to exercise both sides of the brain. Puzzles can stimulate memory, ignite problem-solving skills, enhance concentration, and engage in collaborative skills.

Let’s piece together some more fun information all about National Puzzle Day.

National Puzzle Day.

Ways to celebrate Puzzle Day?

Piece together your perfect day with some of these activities:

Enjoy a relaxing solo puzzle, such as word searches, anagrams, crosswords, Sudoku, Rubik’s Cube, jigsaw, or maze.

Join a friend or get a group together for a puzzle party. Enjoy classic puzzles like Boggle or a jigsaw puzzle that everyone can do together.

Sign up for an escape room with your friends. These are timed games in which you need to complete a series of puzzles and riddles in the quickest amount of time. They usually have fun themes, like escaping a haunted house or saving NASA.

Fun Activities

Social media party games are a great way to virtually connect with friends while also connecting puzzles.

Create your own unique puzzle with your photos that can be printed and cut into jigsaw puzzles.

Learn about the history of puzzles, including the science behind creating them.

Watch a detective movie or show filled with puzzles. “Elementary, my dear Watson.”

Find a cornfield maze, and then find your way out of it!

How jigsaw puzzles are made video

Fun Facts About Puzzles

Puzzles can be divided into different types. Some of these categories include tiling puzzles, mechanical puzzles, tour puzzles, and logic puzzles.

John Spilsbury was a mapmaker in London and created the first jigsaw puzzle in 1767. It was a map of the world and was used as an aid to teaching geography.

The world’s first crossword was created by journalist Arthur Wayne and published on December 21, 1913, in the New York World’s Sunday paper.

Jigsaw puzzles were initially expensive because they were made of wood and had to be cut one piece at a time.

The popularity of jigsaw puzzles decreased significantly during the Great Depression. It wasn’t until 1933 when sales reached 10 million per week.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974 by Ernő Rubik, a Hungarian sculptor and architecture professor.

A 1,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle has 1,008 pieces. This piece count needed eight additional pieces to keep its shape as a rectangle.

Instagram Captions about Puzzles

  • Sorry I can’t. I have a puzzle to do.
  • The dining room table is mine!
  • Easily distracted by puzzles.
  • I am his/her missing piece.
  • You complete me.
  • It’s a puzzling life.
  • Jigsaw master.
  • Every day I’m puzzlin.
  • I puzzle way past my bedtime.
  • We fit together like puzzle pieces.

Puzzle Jokes

I finished a puzzle all by myself. It only took me a few days, even though the box said 4-5 years.

A part of my puzzle just died, and all I have to say is rest in piece.

Don’t interrupt someone working intently on a puzzle. Chances are you’ll hear some crosswords.

If you keep trying the same Sudoku puzzle, you will eventually solve it. It’s really just a numbers game.

I got my son logic puzzles for his birthday. He needed some presents of mind.

I got a joke about jigsaws, but I can’t get it together.


Check out these puzzles frequently asked questions.

What is the oldest puzzle?

The world’s oldest puzzle may be a riddle that can be traced back to about 4,000 years ago. It’s from an ancient civilization in an area in modern-day Iraq. They tested critical thinking with this riddle: “There is a house. One enters it blind and comes out seeing. What is it?” A School.

Are there puzzle competitions?

You can often find local jigsaw puzzle competitions in most cities. There is also a World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship. It was first held in 2019 and organized by the World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation.

Ravensburger also plays host to the Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle Championship North America.

What’s the largest jigsaw puzzle?

Made by Ravensburger, the “Memorable Disney Moments” is a jigsaw puzzle with over 40,000 pieces. The Guinness World Records confirmed it is the largest commercially made puzzle globally in the number of pieces and overall size. Ravensburger also made the longest puzzle in the world during German Puzzle Day in 2006. The puzzle was about 2.5 miles long.

Why and when did we first start calling them ‘Jigsaws’?

In the early 1900s, manufacturers decided this type of puzzle needed its own name. They settled on ‘Jig-Saw Puzzles’ after the tool that made them.


The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
Douglas Hortan

The solution often turns out more beautiful than the puzzle.
Richard Dawkins

There are no extra pieces in the universe. Everyone is here because he or she has a place to fill, and every piece must fit itself into the big jigsaw puzzle.
Deepok Chopra

Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle.
Lewis Carrol

I do the ‘New York Times’ crossword puzzle every morning to keep the old grey matter ticking.
Carol Burnett

The world’s a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it.

Not every puzzle is intended to be solved. Some are in place to test your limits. Others are, in fact, not puzzles at all…
Vera Nazarian

Lauren is a teacher and an adventurer who enjoys a good puzzle. Especially escape rooms with friends!


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