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The Opportunity of a Lifetime!

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Brownie Points

What employee doesnít try to earn extra points with their boss? Anyone with half a brain knows you try to impress them with your skills, charm, wit and if you can score a golf date for them at one of the most coveted courses in the country, You Do It!

Who You Know

Thatís just what happened a few weeks ago. I love to chat with our puzzlers when they call to order so when Mr. G. from Birmingham, AL., called to order a golf puzzle for his son I found myself telling him what a golf nut Steve is. Mr. G. casually threw out an offer that went something like this. ìLet me know if Steve ever wants to play Augusta National.î I responded with something like, ìOh, how nice of you. Iíll be sure to tell him.î Little did I know the impact that offer would have on Steve. If he had mentioned Tiffany and Company or a Porsche Carrera I would have ëgottení it but I guess I just donít appreciate the finer things in the golf world.

He Said What???!

Once the snow began melting in Vt. I knew Steve would be getting the golf bug so I got in touch with Mr. G to see if he was serious about the offer. It just so happened he was putting together a foursome for AGNC in just a couple of weeks.

If you could have seen Steveís face when I told him about the invitation you would have laughed. His jaw practically hit the floor. ìAre you kidding?! Thatís the toughest ticket in town! Itís the opportunity of a lifetime! A dream come true!î It was May 3rd and Steve had barely blown the dust off his clubs from the winter hiatus. Could he get his game in shape by May 14th? After a mad flurry of trips to our local course, he had worked the worst of the kinks out of his swing. He was as ready as heíd ever be!

Up To Par

Steve flew in the night before and met his fellow golfers the following morning at the airport where they were picked up by an Augusta National van. Iím guessing he had goose bumps when they started driving down Magnolia Lane. Itís one thing to see it on TV year after year but to really be there!! The guys took a few swings on the practice range and then they were off ! Steveís first drive was a respectable 210 yards. Mr. G. made an impressive 290 yards!

Caddy Shack

Steveís caddy, Randy, was invaluable, coaching him along the way. Apparently the course was very different from what we have around here and Randyís knowledge helped keep Steve out of a few rough spots. (Though he did leave a few balls in the Par 3 water holes!) After the nerves wore off and he found his groove he even managed to par 3 out of 4 holes on the back 9. What holes, you ask? The 13th, 15th, and 16th. My parting words to Steve as he was leaving for his adventure? ìDonít embarrass us!î Not to worry, he came home with a respectable score, even breaking 100! And the icing on the cake? After they finished playing the regular course they played the Par 3 course, too!

Ever the gracious host, Mr. G. gave Steve and the other two gentlemen a tour of the entire grounds where they saw the coveted Masters Trophy and the lockers of some of the greatest golfers of all time: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson. Amazing!

The August National Golf Course is now closed for the summer season but Steve is still talking about it to anyone who will listen. I think heís re-lived every hole at least 10 times. Somehow, I think any place he plays in the future is going to pale by comparison.

Making the Most of Things

Steve has thanked me profusely since the moment this began to fall into place. Itís a little silly because I really had nothing to do with it. All I did was open my big mouth and mention how much Steve enjoyed the game. Itís Mr. G. who should get the prize. But Iím hoping I can get a lot of mileage out of this. Steve now refers to me as Princess Jennifer (you can, too) and I expect Iíll be signing my lifetime contract any day now. If I wreck a puzzle or something and Steve starts raising an eyebrow at me I think Iíll just pull out my tiara and perch it right there on top of my pretty little pink ANGC ball cap!!

The Bossís favorite,

Jennifer

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Woody is now Wilma

Remember our little woodchuck friend who has been hanging out on our lawn? It turns out he is a she and we have babies! I noticed she was only coming around a couple of times a day lately and wondered if he/she was nursing a litter of little chucks. Sure enough, she brought them out for a snack this morning. Maybe we should have a Name the Baby contest! DSC01502

La ville de l’amour

Bonjour mes amis! We’ve been working with Stave artist, Susan Berry, to develop a new TroubleMaker puzzle series and it is just beautiful! Can you guess the theme? Yep, Paris. You’re going to love the presentation of the Eiffel Tower, I just know it. It (the tower) was my clever idea so please be generous with the praise ;) It’s such a neat set we thought it deserved its very own mailing piece so Paula and Ruth are working on that now. You should see it in your mailbox in a few weeks. Au revoir.

The Gift that Always Fits

garden-splendors-puzzle

Perfect For Anyone

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Any Day!!

If youíre like most people youíve got someone on your gift list that can be tough to shop for. It could be because theyíve already got all the latest gadgets or maybe itís because youíre just out of ideas.

The great thing about puzzles is they always fit. Weíve got every style of art imaginable, something for every skill level. Whether youíre introducing a young child to the world of puzzling or choosing something for your great grandmother, we have just what they need.

ship-of-dreams

You Did This For Me?

Never underestimate the power of making someone feel special. Who wouldnít be thrilled to see the special pieces you chose to have cut into their puzzle? A boy with a soccer ball or a girl on a pony. A woman with a trowel or a man with golf clubs. Weíll cut a bride and groom for the lucky couple or a person in a cap and gown for the graduate. No matter the recipient or occasion, we can help you create the perfect gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Be Unique

Everybody brings a bottle of wine to the neighborís house when invited for dinner. How many business card holders does your boss really need? Do you honestly think the friends who hosted you at their lake house really want another dust collector?! Donít be like everyone else. Surprise your friends and boss with their very own Stave Puzzle. Youíll be the first in the office to get promoted and youíll be receiving more invitations than you can handle. I promise.

Jennifer

Puzzling: It’s Good for Everyone!

Painting Party

Did you know we offer Kid Kut puzzles? If you have a youngster whoís not quite ready for our regular piece size of 2 pieces per square inch, weíll cut larger pieces for them. Give us a call for piece size options and pricing. Theyíre great for the older generation, too.

Feel like a trip to the city but donít want to leave the country? Give Central Park Sunday a try. Youíll enjoy the hustle and bustle without ever leaving home!

Central Park Sunday

Take Notes!!!

We got quite a laugh the other day when H.S. of Waltham, MA., called with a request. ìCan you tell me what the names are of the four puzzles I bought last November?î It seems that when he received the Christmas gifts he tucked them away to put under the tree the following month. And then he promptly forgot about them! The puzzles were discovered just the other day at the top of a closet, nicely wrapped and awaiting their debut. Hereís where it gets funny. Mrs. S. wonít let him open the puzzles. She says heís got to save them for this Christmas! Not being totally sure what he had ordered, he gave us a call so he didnít accidently order the same things this year. I told Mr. S that I wouldnít want to live at his house. It would drive me crazy knowing there were gifts tucked away, just waiting to be opened. He said he was going to start working on that. After all, Fatherís day is coming right up! The moral of the story? Open your puzzles up as soon as you get them!!!

Love is in the air!

Hey all you CHAMPions of Champ… guess who’s getting a girlfriend! Steve promised he would return from vacation last month with a new Trick puzzle design and he did. Lily is her name and puzzlement is her game. She’s Champ’s new girlfriend and if you enjoyed being puzzled by him you’re going to love Lily. She’s being tested right now by our Ace puzzler in Delaware and we can’t wait to hear his screams of frustration and delight. Puzzle designs take time and usually go through several prototype versions before we go to final art but we know how hungry you are for a new 2-way Trick puzzle so we’re keeping on top of this one so you will see it soon. Listen for those screams of agony from the East coast. Hopefully our Tester won’t cry Uncle!

The Next Big WOWOWOWOWOW!!

I don’t want to steal Susan’s thunder but I’m so excited about an artist we’ve just begun working with I have to say something! (Does this make me a big mouth?) His images are incredibly beautiful, full of imagination and Fabulous for puzzling. You’re going to be seeing some very special and unique puzzles offered in the next mailing and you’re going to be thrilled. I promise. Have I ever lead you wrong??? Want a hint to help you figure it out while you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Think back, way way way back. Millions of years ago…

The Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Golf1

Brownie Points

What employee doesnít try to earn extra points with their boss? Anyone with half a brain knows you try to impress them with your skills, charm, wit and if you can score a golf date for them at one of the most coveted courses in the country, You Do It!

Who You Know

Thatís just what happened a few weeks ago. I love to chat with our puzzlers when they call to order so when Mr. G. from Birmingham, AL., called to order a golf puzzle for his son I found myself telling him what a golf nut Steve is. Mr. G. casually threw out an offer that went something like this. ìLet me know if Steve ever wants to play Augusta National.î I responded with something like, ìOh, how nice of you. Iíll be sure to tell him.î Little did I know the impact that offer would have on Steve. If he had mentioned Tiffany and Company or a Porsche Carrera I would have ëgottení it but I guess I just donít appreciate the finer things in the golf world.

He Said What???!

Once the snow began melting in Vt. I knew Steve would be getting the golf bug so I got in touch with Mr. G to see if he was serious about the offer. It just so happened he was putting together a foursome for AGNC in just a couple of weeks.

If you could have seen Steveís face when I told him about the invitation you would have laughed. His jaw practically hit the floor. ìAre you kidding?! Thatís the toughest ticket in town! Itís the opportunity of a lifetime! A dream come true!î It was May 3rd and Steve had barely blown the dust off his clubs from the winter hiatus. Could he get his game in shape by May 14th? After a mad flurry of trips to our local course, he had worked the worst of the kinks out of his swing. He was as ready as heíd ever be!

Up To Par

Steve flew in the night before and met his fellow golfers the following morning at the airport where they were picked up by an Augusta National van. Iím guessing he had goose bumps when they started driving down Magnolia Lane. Itís one thing to see it on TV year after year but to really be there!! The guys took a few swings on the practice range and then they were off ! Steveís first drive was a respectable 210 yards. Mr. G. made an impressive 290 yards!

Caddy Shack

Steveís caddy, Randy, was invaluable, coaching him along the way. Apparently the course was very different from what we have around here and Randyís knowledge helped keep Steve out of a few rough spots. (Though he did leave a few balls in the Par 3 water holes!) After the nerves wore off and he found his groove he even managed to par 3 out of 4 holes on the back 9. What holes, you ask? The 13th, 15th, and 16th. My parting words to Steve as he was leaving for his adventure? ìDonít embarrass us!î Not to worry, he came home with a respectable score, even breaking 100! And the icing on the cake? After they finished playing the regular course they played the Par 3 course, too!

Ever the gracious host, Mr. G. gave Steve and the other two gentlemen a tour of the entire grounds where they saw the coveted Masters Trophy and the lockers of some of the greatest golfers of all time: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson. Amazing!

The August National Golf Course is now closed for the summer season but Steve is still talking about it to anyone who will listen. I think heís re-lived every hole at least 10 times. Somehow, I think any place he plays in the future is going to pale by comparison.

Making the Most of Things

Steve has thanked me profusely since the moment this began to fall into place. Itís a little silly because I really had nothing to do with it. All I did was open my big mouth and mention how much Steve enjoyed the game. Itís Mr. G. who should get the prize. But Iím hoping I can get a lot of mileage out of this. Steve now refers to me as Princess Jennifer (you can, too) and I expect Iíll be signing my lifetime contract any day now. If I wreck a puzzle or something and Steve starts raising an eyebrow at me I think Iíll just pull out my tiara and perch it right there on top of my pretty little pink ANGC ball cap!!

The Bossís favorite,

Jennifer

augusta1

Woody is now Wilma

Remember our little woodchuck friend who has been hanging out on our lawn? It turns out he is a she and we have babies! I noticed she was only coming around a couple of times a day lately and wondered if he/she was nursing a litter of little chucks. Sure enough, she brought them out for a snack this morning. Maybe we should have a Name the Baby contest! DSC01502

La ville de l’amour

Bonjour mes amis! We’ve been working with Stave artist, Susan Berry, to develop a new TroubleMaker puzzle series and it is just beautiful! Can you guess the theme? Yep, Paris. You’re going to love the presentation of the Eiffel Tower, I just know it. It (the tower) was my clever idea so please be generous with the praise ;) It’s such a neat set we thought it deserved its very own mailing piece so Paula and Ruth are working on that now. You should see it in your mailbox in a few weeks. Au revoir.

The Gift that Always Fits

garden-splendors-puzzle

Perfect For Anyone

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, Wedding, Any Day!!

If youíre like most people youíve got someone on your gift list that can be tough to shop for. It could be because theyíve already got all the latest gadgets or maybe itís because youíre just out of ideas.

The great thing about puzzles is they always fit. Weíve got every style of art imaginable, something for every skill level. Whether youíre introducing a young child to the world of puzzling or choosing something for your great grandmother, we have just what they need.

ship-of-dreams

You Did This For Me?

Never underestimate the power of making someone feel special. Who wouldnít be thrilled to see the special pieces you chose to have cut into their puzzle? A boy with a soccer ball or a girl on a pony. A woman with a trowel or a man with golf clubs. Weíll cut a bride and groom for the lucky couple or a person in a cap and gown for the graduate. No matter the recipient or occasion, we can help you create the perfect gift that will be enjoyed for years to come.

Be Unique

Everybody brings a bottle of wine to the neighborís house when invited for dinner. How many business card holders does your boss really need? Do you honestly think the friends who hosted you at their lake house really want another dust collector?! Donít be like everyone else. Surprise your friends and boss with their very own Stave Puzzle. Youíll be the first in the office to get promoted and youíll be receiving more invitations than you can handle. I promise.

Jennifer

Puzzling: It’s Good for Everyone!

Painting Party

Did you know we offer Kid Kut puzzles? If you have a youngster whoís not quite ready for our regular piece size of 2 pieces per square inch, weíll cut larger pieces for them. Give us a call for piece size options and pricing. Theyíre great for the older generation, too.

Feel like a trip to the city but donít want to leave the country? Give Central Park Sunday a try. Youíll enjoy the hustle and bustle without ever leaving home!

Central Park Sunday

Take Notes!!!

We got quite a laugh the other day when H.S. of Waltham, MA., called with a request. ìCan you tell me what the names are of the four puzzles I bought last November?î It seems that when he received the Christmas gifts he tucked them away to put under the tree the following month. And then he promptly forgot about them! The puzzles were discovered just the other day at the top of a closet, nicely wrapped and awaiting their debut. Hereís where it gets funny. Mrs. S. wonít let him open the puzzles. She says heís got to save them for this Christmas! Not being totally sure what he had ordered, he gave us a call so he didnít accidently order the same things this year. I told Mr. S that I wouldnít want to live at his house. It would drive me crazy knowing there were gifts tucked away, just waiting to be opened. He said he was going to start working on that. After all, Fatherís day is coming right up! The moral of the story? Open your puzzles up as soon as you get them!!!

Love is in the air!

Hey all you CHAMPions of Champ… guess who’s getting a girlfriend! Steve promised he would return from vacation last month with a new Trick puzzle design and he did. Lily is her name and puzzlement is her game. She’s Champ’s new girlfriend and if you enjoyed being puzzled by him you’re going to love Lily. She’s being tested right now by our Ace puzzler in Delaware and we can’t wait to hear his screams of frustration and delight. Puzzle designs take time and usually go through several prototype versions before we go to final art but we know how hungry you are for a new 2-way Trick puzzle so we’re keeping on top of this one so you will see it soon. Listen for those screams of agony from the East coast. Hopefully our Tester won’t cry Uncle!

The Next Big WOWOWOWOWOW!!

I don’t want to steal Susan’s thunder but I’m so excited about an artist we’ve just begun working with I have to say something! (Does this make me a big mouth?) His images are incredibly beautiful, full of imagination and Fabulous for puzzling. You’re going to be seeing some very special and unique puzzles offered in the next mailing and you’re going to be thrilled. I promise. Have I ever lead you wrong??? Want a hint to help you figure it out while you’re waiting for your newsletter to arrive? Think back, way way way back. Millions of years ago…