you're looking for something to do today then get ready to flex your
brain because it's National Puzzle Day! There are a variety
different types of puzzles you can solve. Let's get right
celebrating National Puzzle Day!
WHY IS THIS A
While there isn't really a specific reason for this day to
chosen, people have been challenging their minds to solve puzzles for
years so why not celebrate puzzles? It's a fun way to pass the time and
it actually helps stimulate your mind. One of the most common
types of puzzles that will come to mind are jigsaw puzzles. The first
jigsaw puzzle was created around the year 1760 by John Spilsbury, an
engraver and map maker from London. He attached a map to a piece of
wood and then sawed around each country. So the first puzzle was
actually used as a way to teach geography! Another common
would be crossword puzzles. The first crossword puzzle was created way
back in 1890 by Giuseppe Airoldi and was titled "Per passare il
tempo.", which means "To pass the time." in Italian. It might have only
been a four by four grid, but the idea eventually caught on and in 1913
Arthur Wynne, a journalist in England, created what is credited as the
first crossword puzzle, in the style that we're use to seeing today.
And then of course there are Sudoku puzzles. These numeric
puzzles got their start in France way back in 1892, but they weren't
exactly Sudoku puzzles. In 1895 they were modified to become slightly
closer to what we're use to today, but they weren't quite there yet.
Fast forward to 1979 and hop on over to Indiana and you might find a
puzzle called "Number Place" in Dell Magazines. This version is the
first modern Sudoku puzzle that was created by Howard Garns.
it wasn't until the mid to late 1980s that these puzzles started to
become popular. A Japanese puzzle company called Nikoli started
publishing them in their newspaper called the Monthly Nikolist and they
really took off. The name Sudoku actually means "single number".
But there are a variety of different types of puzzles out
for you to choose from to really challenge your mind and pass the time
in a fun way.
So how can you celebrate today? Well, you could simply go to
a local store, find a cool jigsaw puzzle and bring it home to put
together with your family or friends. You could even buy a
small ones and compete to see who can get theirs together the
fastest. Or, if you have kids, you can use the puzzle as an
educational experience. Heck, if you're really creative you
glue a picture to some cardboard, cut it into puzzle pieces and create
your own homemade jigsaw puzzle! That would be a crafty way
create your own custom puzzle of any picture you want. Or you
could grab a newspaper and take a stab at the Sudoku or crossword
puzzle in there. Get two papers and compete against your
to see who can complete the Sudoku puzzle the fastest. Or get
your family together and see if you can find every word in the
crossword puzzle without looking anything up. You could even
create your own maze and see if your friends can solve it in a certain
amount of time. It doesn't matter what type of puzzle you
to solve today, just have fun using your brain!