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Stave Puzzles in the News

In 1991, business management guru Tom Peters named Stave Puzzles "Product of the Year".

Said Peters: "The folks at Stave Puzzles represent a class of unsung companies that do things right—deliver superior service, on time, in a way that satisfies and even delights customers." Here's some of our recent press:

July 2009

"Stave, maker of the world's best hand-cut jigsaw puzzles..."

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Reader's Digest
July 2009

"The one-of-a-kind brainteasers are indeed so intricate in detail and devilish in design that they humble their conventional rivals."

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Wired Magazine
June 2009

"fiercely difficult jigsaw puzzles.....Stave hand-cuts its oddly shaped puzzles from cherry-backed plywood and adorns them with confounding patterns."

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CBS Sunday Morning
June 2006

"It takes a certain type of person to put a maddeningly difficult puzzle together, and . . .
It takes a particularly diabolical type of person to create one."

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Forbes FYI
June 2005

". . . Stave Puzzles have attracted a loyal following, and it's easy to see why. Spill the thick, smooth pieces into a tabletop, fit a few together and you're immersed in the job at hand."

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The New York Times

"An enterprise dedicated to state of the art vexaciousness."


House & Garden
March 2003

"If you're willing to risk temporary loss of hair and sanity, but later relvel in the thrill of conquest, Stave Puzzles, handmade in Norwich, Vermont, are for you."

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National Public Radio

"People who buy them tend to get carried away."


March 2003

"After you've mastered Monopoly and your eyes are crossed from crosswords, break out a puzzle with a different kind of edge."

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Town & Country

"Don't let the puzzles' friendly appearances beguile you; they feature plenty of hair-tearing deceptions."


Fortune Magazine
December 9, 2002

"The folks at Stave Puzzles in Norwich, VT take themselves very seriously. Too seriously? Well, consider that company head Steve Richardson refers to himself as the Chief Tormentor..."

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Inc. Magazine
June 2002

"Putting It Together: Conjuring 'sadomasochistic thrills for Bill and Melinda"

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The Peak, Singapore

(quoting Barbara Bush) "The Puzzle table is where a mother can hear lots of secrets! After Stave came into my life I began learning lots more about our sons."


Cigar Aficionado
May/June 1997

"Considering the frustration it foments, the profanities it provokes, the hours of sleep it steals from scores of folks worldwide, Steve Richardson's design notebook looks unremarkable..."

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"Stave Puzzles are becoming widely recognized as the most elegant in the world."


May 1990

"Not called 'Mr. Diabolical' by chance, his fake-you-out jigsaw artworks torment his delighted customers."

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February 1998

"Does your life lack frustration? Join the likes of Bill Gates and Tom Peters and buy one of the toughest jigsaw puzzles ever made."

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