THANKS, John Spilsbury... 1000 Times Thank You For Inventing Puzzles!

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Who was he? How did he do it? Why did he do it? OK, everyone, stop tweeting and cool down. Let me ‘Spilsbury’ the beans … (lol) Answers are coming in hot. 

Mr Spilsbury was a British cartographer and engraver. He was assistant to the official geographer of King George III in the 1700s. One day he cut up one of his wood-mounted maps into the Kingdoms of Europe. He thought it would be a good way to help school kids remember their geography. It became a little more than a fun lesson. The concept was clearly monetisable, and Johnno started to offer cut-up pics of farms and religious scenes, all for people to put back together again. At this point, they were called ‘dissected puzzles’, and it wasn’t until much later, in the1880’s when the cutting ‘jigsaw’ tool was invented and subsequently used to splice up the pics. 

Spilso would be amazed at how far we’ve come: now you can get them at Bunnings! Jigsaws, not Puzzles. Puzzles you can find with us at Pulp. And we have a cornucopia of them  - where the kids (and adults) can learn without even realising it: triple win!

For example, Journey of Something 500-piece puzzles will turn your brain left, right, upside down and inside out. Just the thing for the school hols. *Wink. Available in the themes Full Moon, Memory Lane, Lighthouse Foundation and Upside Down (1000 pieces). 

The Carnovsky Ocean Jigsaw Puzzle is a real doozy. It’s a multicolour experience that the kids will appreciate: You even get red, green and blue viewing spectacles for an enhanced puzzle experience. Think of a 3D movie without the action sequences…

Finally, the Space Romance and Party Animal Puzzles are 24 pieces perfect for the family's littlest members. Good for smaller fingers and a beautiful way to learn using pics that can be taken apart and reconnected over and over again for years to come. 

So deliberately perplex yourself and puzzle your way through the Solstice. Your inner cartographer will be so happy.

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