The High School Jigsaw Puzzle Solution

Added a fourth Buffalo Games “talking jigsaw puzzle” lately (previous: The Office Building, The Fitness Center, The Beach). In summary, these puzzles require you to complete each of the 4×4 squares before you can then find their correct location based on the clues given in the various conversations and scenes on each one.

This new puzzle was The High School, which I smartly assembled on top of a glass table top allowing me to verify the results using the “congratulations” pattern on the back. The left side pieces were frustrating in that there were some which were virtually interchangeable (but not), but I enjoyed the challenge of the clever interior classroom pieces. Here is the final result, for posterity:

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solution — click to embiggen

At this point, I believe that the only two other Talking Jigsaw Puzzles are The Hospital and The City Hall.

The Beach Talking Jigsaw Puzzle Solution

Snagged a third Buffalo Games “talking jigsaw puzzle” the other day, to go with The Office Building and The Fitness Center puzzles that I already had. To recap, with these puzzles you need to complete each of the 4×4 squares before you can find their correct location based on the clues given by the various conversations and scenes on each one.

The newly acquired puzzle was The Beach, and again I assembled it on top of a glass table top so that I could verify the results using the “congratulations” pattern on the back. Along with the hot tub from The Fitness Center puzzle, there were a couple more sections here (volleyball net, lifeguard stand) which were larger than the standard 4×4 grouping. I found a two or three areas to be a bit misleading and a bit less than obvious, but otherwise this was as entertaining as the previous puzzles were to put together. Here is the final result, for posterity:

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solution — click to embiggen

New Twins HOF

Congrats to new Twins HOF inductees announcer John “Gordo” Gordon and outfielder Torii Hunter. Here are are few recent pickups of Twins HOF’ers (yes, I know, not yet Joe):

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clockwise, from top left: 1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Autograph Collection Harmon Killebrew (auto); 2014 Topps Five Star #FSA-RCA Rod Carew [108/149] (auto); 2004 Upper Deck Etchings Etched in Time Silver #ET-MA Joe Mauer [200/375] (auto); 2007 Upper Deck Spectrum Swatches Gold #SSW-TH Torii Hunter [64/75] (jersey); 2004 Upper Deck Awesome Honors #AH-HU Torii Hunter (jersey); 2004 Topps All-Star Stitches #ASG-EG Eddie Guardado (jersey); 2004 Fleer Hot Prospects MLB Hot Materials #HM/TH Torii Hunter [192/325] (jersey); 2002 Donruss Playoff Piece of the Game #POG-74 Rod Carew (bat)

…and some possible future Twins HOF players:

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clockwise, from top left: 2006 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Game Materials #UGM-JN Joe Nathan [06/50] (jersey); 2006 Upper Deck Artifacts AL/NL #AL-JN Joe Nathan [246/250] (jersey); 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Captured on Canvas #CC-MO Justin Morneau (jersey); 2005 Fleer Patchworks By the Numbers Die Cut #BTN-JS Johan Santana [087/199] (jersey); 2005 Donruss Leaf Certified Materials #71 Johan Santana [166/250] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck Artifacts MLB Apparel Rainbow #MLB-JJ Jacques Jones [67/99] (jersey); 2005 Upper Deck MVP Jersey #GU-JS Johan Santana (jersey); 2009 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials #WM-JM Justin Morneau (jersey)

The Fitness Center Talking Jigsaw Puzzle Solution

After the entertainment we got from putting together The Office Building by Buffalo Games, I decided to see if I could pick up one of the other “talking jigsaw puzzles”, and managed to find a reasonably priced Fitness Center (paired with another of The Office Building, which I gifted to my AZ nieces and nephew). Again, not only do you need to assemble each of the 4×4 fitness center workout spaces correctly, but you then must place each one in the correct spot based on clues given by the conversations on the puzzle.

This time around, I did assemble it on a glass table to easily determine if I had the correct results — I found this puzzle was a little ambiguous in a couple locations, unlike the last one. I didn’t check if the answer was posted anywhere on the web — here it is anyway:

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solution — click to embiggen

I was surprised that these are such collectors items. They came out in the early ’90s, from the looks of it. I’ll keep monitoring for any of the others to be offered at anything resembling affordable. Stay tuned!

The Office Building Talking Jigsaw Puzzle Solution

One of the items I laid out for the Snow Day Party we hosted was a fun puzzle that we’d enjoyed working on one time in the past, The Office Building “Talking Puzzle” by Buffalo Games. Not only do you need to assemble each of the office rooms/windows correctly, but you then must place each window in the correct spot based on clues given by the conversations on the puzzle. It’s a fun challenge.

Unfortunately, unless assembled on a glass table or checked frequently on the underside pattern on the pieces, it is difficult to determine if the correct results were obtained. I was surprised that no solution could be found on the web, so I’m resolving that shortcoming here:

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solution — click to embiggen

Supercollector? Well, Maybe…

I haven’t mentioned it here before, but I’ve been slowly working on my Brett Graves Project, in which I’ve been attempting to “supercollect” the cards of Oakland A’s prospect Brett Graves. Why Brett? Because he’s a local boy whose family I know; among other things I sing once a month with his mother and a few other friends at a local nursing home. Brett’s been making nice progress in the A’s minor league system, pitching in the Midwest League All-Star Game this past summer.

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a page of 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft #8

Although I pursue all Twins player cards, I don’t supercollect any of those players because:

  • I only collect players while they were on the Twins
  • I don’t (actively) collect minor league cards
  • I don’t (actively) collect unlicensed products (post-2010 Upper Deck, post-2005 Donruss, Panini, etc)

So far the experiment is going well — even staying within reasonable costs, I’ve snagged a large percentage of Brett’s cards, including four printing plates. There are a handful I still need out on eBay, but until they have realistic prices, I’ll stand my ground. My checklist is based on research I’ve done, and there are at least a few cards I’m questioning their existence.

Also, some additional pickups…
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A Brassy Trade

I’ve been doing trades on The Bench almost exclusively for the past few months, so it’d been a while since I’ve traded with any of the neighborhood gang of card collecting bloggers. After finishing a trade with my Good Trading Buddy™ at Peggy’s, I had quite a few Braves cards left on my Tradebait webpage, so I contacted The Trumpet Man at Tomahawk Chop. Not only did he find some cards he could use, but he had some nice Twins cards I needed, cards like:

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clockwise, from top left: 2008 Upper Deck SPx Winning Materials Position #WM-JN Joe Nathan [27/75] (jersey); 2014 Topps Chrome Refractor Gold #144 Joe Mauer [14/50]; 2015 Bowman Chrome Refractor Purple #4 Byron Buxton [218/250]; 2014 Topps Finest Refractor Green #60 Joe Mauer [028/199]

I need to frequent the websites of the old gang again. Thanks once more for a great trade — trombone 7th position salute to you, sir!

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A few others I’ve picked up:

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clockwise, from top left: 2015 Topps Update All-Star Stitches #STIT-GP Glen Perkins (jersey); 2004 Fleer Hot Prospects #83 Trevor Plouffe [139/299] (auto); 2004 Fleer Hot Prospects #99 Matt Fox [120/299] (auto); 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Memorabilia Series #GCM-MO Justin Morneau (jersey); 2015 Bowman Chrome Prospects #BCAP-AM Amaurys Minier (auto); 2009 Upper Deck UD X #UDXJ-JM Joe Mauer (jersey); 2005 Donruss Prime Patches #45 Justin Morneau [148/150] (bat); 2004 Fleer Hot Prospects #89 Kyle Waldrop [159/299] (auto)