Photograph by Dan Feighery

When

These events occurred on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

Where

Arlington Mill Community Center
909 S Dinwiddie Street
Arlington, VA 22204

Event Director

Riley Geary
Questions about the jigsaw puzzle events? Email Riley Geary.

Results & Records

Results of the NVSO 2022 jigsaw puzzle events:

Photographs

Photographs from the NVSO 2022 jigsaw puzzle events taken by Dan Feighery.

Rules

General Rules
Please go here for rules covering all events.

Jigsaw Puzzle Rules (NEW – DOUBLES)

Singles and Doubles events will be run concurrently with each other. Participants must choose one or the other and may not register for both, though a doubles player may switch to the singles event if their partner is unable to participate and they do not wish to pair up with any other unattached doubles players.

SINGLES

Competition will be as individuals in 10-year age groups (50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+) with no gender divisions. NVSO will provide the 300-piece jigsaw puzzles, which will be identical within the same age group.

General Rules

  1. Participants will have 2.5 hours (120 minutes) to complete their puzzles and may use whatever sorting devices they might bring to the contest, though none will be provided by NVSO other than the puzzle box itself.
  2. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the contestants in each age group who successfully complete their puzzles in the shortest amount of time. If fewer than three participants in the same age group complete their puzzles within the 2.5-hour limit, remaining medals will be awarded based on the least number of loose pieces/groups left not locked into their correct positions, where a group of two or more pieces only connected to each other count as a single loose piece.
  3. Participants are free to examine their neighbors’ puzzles for any clues but may never take from or exchange any pieces with those other puzzles, nor may any piece be altered or forced to fit into a position where it does not belong.
  4. When participants believe they have successfully completed their puzzles, the Event Director or an assistant will record the elapsed time providing all pieces are properly placed, or will point out any errors in need of corrections for a later submission.

DOUBLES (NEW)

Competition will be as teams of two in 10-year age groups (50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89, 90+) with no gender divisions, based on the age of the younger team member. NVSO will provide the 500-piece jigsaw puzzles, which will be identical within the same age group.

General Rules

  1. Participants will have 2.5 hours (150 minutes) to complete their puzzles and may use whatever sorting devices they might bring to the contest, though none will be provided by NVSO other than the puzzle box itself.
  2. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the teams in each age group who successfully complete their puzzles in the shortest amount of time. If fewer than three teams in the same age group complete their puzzles within the time limit, remaining medals will be awarded based on the least number of loose pieces/groups left not locked into their correct positions, where a group of two or more pieces only connected to each other count as a single loose piece.
  3. Participants are free to examine their neighbors’ puzzles for any clues but may never take from or exchange any pieces with those other puzzles, nor may any piece be altered or forced to fit into a position where it does not belong.
  4. When a team believes they have successfully completed their puzzle, the Event Director or an assistant will record the elapsed time, providing all pieces are properly placed, or will point out any errors in need of corrections for a later submission.