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The Hospital Talking Jigsaw Puzzle Solution

Slowly the last of the Talking Jigsaw Puzzle series are coming home to roost, this one being The Hospital “Talking Puzzle” by Buffalo Games. These puzzles require you to not only assemble each of the 4×4 piece hospital rooms correctly, but then you have to position each of the windows in a way that the conversation clues make sense. They’re fun to work on.

The timing on this one was meaningful in that I’ll be having hip surgery once more very soon. Again I made it easy for myself by putting the puzzle together on a glass table top so that I could more easily check the underside of the puzzle to see that the pattern was correct. I found that there were 2-3 room pairs that didn’t seem to readily make their respective positions apparent, but overall The Hospital was as much a treat as the others have been:

solution — click to embiggen

Only The City Hall remains…

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:

puzzle 2
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:

solution — click to embiggen

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people.

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

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Happy Birthday Lew!

Happy 36th Birthday, Lew Ford — may all your AB’s* be good ones.

*the ones not against the Twins, of course

clockwise, from top left: 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Signature Framed Blue #132 Lew Ford [15/25] (auto); 2003 Fleer Hot Prospects Game Graphs #94 Lew Ford [002/400] (jersey&auto); 2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters #147 Lew Ford [641/999]; 2004 Donruss Statline Career #68 Lew Ford [185/329]

Feeding Thousands

For a second year, COS sponsored a weekend of Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit based in Minnesota that uses volunteer work and an incredible 94% of donations towards shipping healthy, life-sustaining food to those who most need it. Mo, K, and I were there for the opening shift on Friday, anxious to do our part again where we could help.

We got over the jokes about the white hair nets (everyone is required to wear them) by the time the orientation meeting is over, and then volunteers are split up between tables to get down to the work at hand. With jobs such as doling out the measured ingredients, checking meal weights, sealing packages, boxing the sealed packages, refilling ingredients tubs, hauling boxes, weighing boxes, stacking pallets, labelling packages, etc., there is enough going on that the two hour shift goes relatively quickly.

Here’s another box!

I decided to be a box jockey again this year, and haul the full boxes from the various tables over to the weighing table. Mo and K were busy at a table weighing packages, and K did some ingredients measuring as well.

Looks like they’re enjoying themselves!

Our shift filled boxes with 32,616 meals. Over the entire two days, we packaged and boxed enough for over 128,000 meals! That is a lot of lives touched.

If you get a chance to participate in one of these events, DO IT! If not, please donate at the Feed My Starving Children website.