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National Game & Puzzle Week – November 20-26, 2024

National Game and Puzzle Week is from November 20 to November 26, spanning Thanksgiving week. It’s a celebration of games and puzzles. It’s a week dedicated to enjoying and celebrating all things linked to games and puzzles. During the week, board games, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and other types of games and puzzles, as well as word games, are all popular. After the Thanksgiving holiday, National Game and Puzzle Week emerged to encourage families to spend more time together. It’s a way to appreciate your family, spend time with them, and unwind after Thanksgiving and other holiday celebrations.

History of National Game & Puzzle Week

Puzzles are games, issues, or toys that test one’s knowledge. It necessitates logically putting pieces together to arrive at the proper or enjoyable puzzle solution. Crossword, word search, number, relational, and logic puzzles are examples of distinct puzzle genres. Jigsaw puzzles are probably the most popular puzzle kind. Around 1760, British engraver and mapper John Spilsbury put a map on a piece of wood and cut out the outline of each country on the map.

In 1767, Spilsbury received credit for creating the first jigsaw puzzle. The principal usage of jigsaw puzzles as geography teaching aids persisted until around 1820, after which they became popular among the general public. Riddles were the earliest recorded puzzles — in Europe, Greek mythology created riddles such as the Sphinx’s riddle. The Middle Ages witnessed the creation of several puzzles.

By the early 20th century, magazines and newspapers had discovered that publishing puzzle contests, such as crosswords and, more recently, sudoku, might improve their audience. Adult puzzles first appeared around 1900; by 1908, they had become a full-fledged craze in the U.S. This puzzle saw a resurgence of popularity with the start of the Great Depression in 1929, peaking in early 1933.

National Game & Puzzle Week timeline

Solomon's Seal Puzzle

Germany creates “Solomon's Seal Puzzle,” another disentanglement puzzle.

Burr Puzzles

The Burr puzzle, one of the most popular puzzle games in the world, is first documented after being depicted on the title page of Chambers' Cyclopaedia.

Geography Teaching Tool

Jigsaw puzzles are used in American schools to teach geography to youngsters.

Creation of the Rubik's Cube

Erno Rubik invents the Rubik's cube, a three-dimensional combination puzzle.

National Game & Puzzle Week FAQs

Are there any free online puzzles?

“Jigsaw Planet” is a renowned website where you may play free online puzzles.

Is it true that all games are puzzles?

All games are puzzles at their core because they require players to solve problems.

Is chess considered a puzzle game?

A chess problem, also known as a chess composition, is a puzzle created by the composer and played on a chess board with chess pieces.

National Game & Puzzle Week Activities

  1. Plan a game night

    Organize a game night; when sending out invitations, request that guests bring a game or puzzle, including a dish. Be mindful of age groups so that everyone can participate.

  2. Share online

    Take out the cards, board games, and puzzles and have fun with your family. To share on social media, use the hashtag #GamesAndPuzzleWeek.

  3. Create your puzzles

    Invent puzzles and games. Form your rules and have fun with family and friends.

5 Facts About Puzzles

  1. Crossword puzzle light

    ‘Light’ refers to the blank areas in crossword puzzles.

  2. Crossword puzzles have symmetry

    Most crossword puzzles are vertically symmetrical and appear the same when flipped.

  3. The Rubik's cube

    Rubik wasn't aware he'd created a puzzle until he jumbled it for the first time and tried to fix it.

  4. Ladder problem by Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll, the creator of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, coined the term ‘ladder problem.’

  5. Enigmatology Degree

    Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at the New York Times, is the only person on earth with a degree in enigmatology ― the scientific study of puzzles.

Why We Love National Game & Puzzle Week

  1. Playing games improves the mood

    The brain produces dopamine ― a neurotransmitter that helps us concentrate and regulates our memory and emotions. Dopamine is released when solving a puzzle or playing video games, and this makes us happy.

  2. It boosts pattern recognition

    Puzzles help develop our ability to make logical connections. According to a study, our pattern recognition skills increase when we complete complex puzzles.

  3. It allows for quality family time

    Games and puzzle week is the perfect opportunity to get the whole family together and have fun. It's an enjoyable way of spending time with one another and making new fun memories while unwinding from thanksgiving.

National Game & Puzzle Week dates

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