Jigsaw puzzle of man on bicycle.
Photo by Dan Feighery


Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.
Note: Both singles and doubles will be held at the same time.


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

Note: This event may move if Arlington Mill is used for COVID testing or vaccinations in September. Participants will be notified of any change.

Event Director

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

Results & Records

See the results of the NVSO 2021 jigsaw puzzle event.


See photographs from the NVSO 2021 jigsaw puzzle event.


General Rules
Please go here for rules covering all events.

Jigsaw Puzzle Rules

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.