By rough estimates, I have done about eleventy-billion jigsaw puzzles since the pandemic started.
I know, right?
But a random comment during a family dinner last night has me freaking out… because maybe my super-awesome puzzling skills aren’t actually all that impressive after all!
As we were chatting about puzzles — like people do — someone commented that once they take the pieces out of the box, they put the box away. And I was like… what??? But how do you know what it’s supposed to look like?
And they told me that they look at the picture before they start, but that’s it.
AND THAT’S HOW REAL PUZZLE PEOPLE DO THEIR PUZZLES.
Which basically implies…
I’ve been cheating all along!?!?!?!?!?!
It has never once occurred to me NOT to keep the puzzle box cover handy as a reference while working on a puzzle. Am I not supposed to? Are we supposed to just do our puzzles blind?
I’m shocked and dismayed and doubting my super puzzling abilities.
What do you think?
Has all my puzzling been in vain?
I won’t be able to sleep nights until I get some answers! Please share your thoughts!