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Un-mapped Corners of the World

Bryn Barnard, with Camel           A hundred miles northwest of Seattle lies a pebble throw of unexpectedly sunny islands.  These San Juan islands are home to killer whales and seas, and the artist Bryn Barnard, who is the illustrator of our Dragon Mountain puzzle.    Well, until a few months ago. Bryn left the quiet of Friday Harbor  and journeyed to Kuwait City, to teach art.  Here's a recent missive from Bryn about the cultural differences (and similarities?) he's discovering in Kuwait:   To those of us who ride the bus here, it's self-evident that transportation...

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Discontinued Puzzles on Sale

We are dis-continuing a few puzzles (packaged in our old narrow wood boxes), and they are now on sale: Aircraft Carrier, Derain Thames, Stalking the Unicorn, and Fisherman Hairstylists. We are also dis-continuing the Bosch Death and the Miser (packaged in a bag) because the print quality is not as high as we'd like. 

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Wide Boxes Now Standard for Puzzles Roughly 250 Pieces or More

In response to customer feedback, we've now switched all of our "big" puzzles to a wide and flat wood box with a larger picture than our previous narrow wood boxes.  However, a few of our older puzzles in inventory are still in the old narrow boxes - it will take a couple months to complete this change.

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In Honor of Dora Goldstein, Trailblazer

We meet a lot of great people in this business.  One of them was Dora Goldstein (Dody).  Dody was born in 1922, and in 1945 she was in the first class of women to go to Harvard Medical School. "Well, they ran out of men, you see, because of the war," she told me when we got together to do one of the Parr puzzles in her collection. But I don't think they let Dody into med school because they were out of guys, I think they let her in because she was an extraordinary woman that challenged their assumptions...

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Joe Vaux TV Special on Family Guy

Joe Vaux has master-minded a special Family Guy episode, and it will air this Sunday Oct. 2 at 9pm. You can probably catch it afterwards on hulu.com for free, or definitely on Amazon.com using their "Watch Instantly" streaming video service, but it will cost you $2.

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