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The Chief Tormentor

The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

A Good Time For All!

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Tired But Happy

Iím tired. Weíre all tired. Donít feel sorry for us because itís a great feeling! We had an amazing time last weekend at the Woodstock Inn, celebrating our 35th anniversary with a fabulous group of puzzlers. Weíre lucky enough to be able to talk with a large number of you when you call but we donít get to meet our puzzlers very often. Not only does a party give us an opportunity to get some face time with our fans, it gives you a chance to spend time with others who are just as crazy about puzzling as you! Plus, you get to work as many puzzles as you want !!!

Wild Times

We had a bunch of arrivals Friday night for quiet puzzling but the official festivities began Saturday morning. Paula and Bri, our Star Party Planners, organized a bunch of games to keep everyone puzzled throughout the day. Our guests were challenged with games like Guess the Rebus, Scrambled Names and Guess the Silhouettes, among others. We were handing out prizes left and right!

Big Winners

In honor of our 35th Anniversary we gave away over $35,000 in prizes. We had prizes as simple as Stave bumper stickers and note pads and biggies like a $3,500 gift certificate. The Grand prize of the weekend was the complete Final Edition of our Dollhouse Village, worth over $25,000!! Congratulations go out to Y.Y., Annandale, VA who won the gift certificate and P.A., Glen Head, NY who won Edition #100/#100 of the Dollhouse Village. Thank you all so much for coming. You are what make our jobs fun and I hope you all walked away feeling like you were a winner. I hope to see you at the next party!

Jennifer

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Steve Torments 6 Best Puzzlers at 35th Puzzle Party

Here I am instructing the 6 finalists (narrowed down from 45) on the Trick TroubleMaker puzzle I have specially designed for their 2 hour marathon race. Basically the first one to get both solutions within the 2 hours would win the $3500 (in puzzles) first prize. Guess what? No one came close. In fact, no one got one solution which made my day!! YEAAAA!!

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Wedded Bliss

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I Do
I bet most weddings take place in the summer. The weatherís good, itís easier for the guests who have to travel, and you can be outside. Another reason why I make this assumption is because we cut more wedding puzzles now than at any other time of the year. A puzzle is the perfect way to commemorate the special day. Whether itís your day from 20 years ago or tomorrow, a son or daughterís wedding, or your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special someone, you feel like youíve found that missing piece, right? They seem to fill that little spot in your heart thatís been empty, waiting for just the right fit. Why not create a puzzle to remember this incredible time in life? The moment can be relived every time the puzzle is worked. We can fill it with the silhouettes that represent your perfect day: the proposal on one knee, a horse and carriage ride to the church, a dog standing in as best man, the honeymoon safari to Africa. No matter what made your day unique, we can help you create a keepsake that will be enjoyed for years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your anniversary, the music is softly playing in the background, the champagne is poured and the candles are lit on the puzzle table. Wonít it be nice to have a few hours of your loveís undivided attention while you work to put together the pieces of your lives? We all know times like this are few and far between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer

35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

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Steve and Martha Start Puzzling… Again.

OK, I’m turning over a new leaf by actually working a Stave puzzle every day… at home. So this past weekend I cleared out a puzzle spot in our living room… see below. I’ve been at this wonderful business for 35 years and rarely have I taken time to actually work our wonderful puzzles. Most of the time I am dreaming up new diabolical designs. So I selected a puzzle Martha crafted for me 20 years ago and started it… see below, also. Martha is chipping in, too. Behind the puzzle table is my Lionel electric train set-up for me and 5 year old grandson Simon… what fun!

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A Good Time For All!

party

Tired But Happy

Iím tired. Weíre all tired. Donít feel sorry for us because itís a great feeling! We had an amazing time last weekend at the Woodstock Inn, celebrating our 35th anniversary with a fabulous group of puzzlers. Weíre lucky enough to be able to talk with a large number of you when you call but we donít get to meet our puzzlers very often. Not only does a party give us an opportunity to get some face time with our fans, it gives you a chance to spend time with others who are just as crazy about puzzling as you! Plus, you get to work as many puzzles as you want !!!

Wild Times

We had a bunch of arrivals Friday night for quiet puzzling but the official festivities began Saturday morning. Paula and Bri, our Star Party Planners, organized a bunch of games to keep everyone puzzled throughout the day. Our guests were challenged with games like Guess the Rebus, Scrambled Names and Guess the Silhouettes, among others. We were handing out prizes left and right!

Big Winners

In honor of our 35th Anniversary we gave away over $35,000 in prizes. We had prizes as simple as Stave bumper stickers and note pads and biggies like a $3,500 gift certificate. The Grand prize of the weekend was the complete Final Edition of our Dollhouse Village, worth over $25,000!! Congratulations go out to Y.Y., Annandale, VA who won the gift certificate and P.A., Glen Head, NY who won Edition #100/#100 of the Dollhouse Village. Thank you all so much for coming. You are what make our jobs fun and I hope you all walked away feeling like you were a winner. I hope to see you at the next party!

Jennifer

photo page

Steve Torments 6 Best Puzzlers at 35th Puzzle Party

Here I am instructing the 6 finalists (narrowed down from 45) on the Trick TroubleMaker puzzle I have specially designed for their 2 hour marathon race. Basically the first one to get both solutions within the 2 hours would win the $3500 (in puzzles) first prize. Guess what? No one came close. In fact, no one got one solution which made my day!! YEAAAA!!

2107Party11

Wedded Bliss

summer love

I Do
I bet most weddings take place in the summer. The weatherís good, itís easier for the guests who have to travel, and you can be outside. Another reason why I make this assumption is because we cut more wedding puzzles now than at any other time of the year. A puzzle is the perfect way to commemorate the special day. Whether itís your day from 20 years ago or tomorrow, a son or daughterís wedding, or your favorite niece, a Stave puzzle is the perfect gift.

The Missing Piece
When you meet that special someone, you feel like youíve found that missing piece, right? They seem to fill that little spot in your heart thatís been empty, waiting for just the right fit. Why not create a puzzle to remember this incredible time in life? The moment can be relived every time the puzzle is worked. We can fill it with the silhouettes that represent your perfect day: the proposal on one knee, a horse and carriage ride to the church, a dog standing in as best man, the honeymoon safari to Africa. No matter what made your day unique, we can help you create a keepsake that will be enjoyed for years to come.

couple-silhouetteFit Me In
Picture this . Itís your anniversary, the music is softly playing in the background, the champagne is poured and the candles are lit on the puzzle table. Wonít it be nice to have a few hours of your loveís undivided attention while you work to put together the pieces of your lives? We all know times like this are few and far between in our day to day lives.

Love you to pieces, Jennifer

35 Years! Where Did They Go?

As the saying goes, time flies when youíre having fun. I think everyone at Stave would agree! Weíre all wondering where the time has gone. Steve has created another new puzzle design in honor of our 35th Anniversary. Here’s a sneak peek at what he’s cooking up!

35-puzzle-sneak

Steve and Martha Start Puzzling… Again.

OK, I’m turning over a new leaf by actually working a Stave puzzle every day… at home. So this past weekend I cleared out a puzzle spot in our living room… see below. I’ve been at this wonderful business for 35 years and rarely have I taken time to actually work our wonderful puzzles. Most of the time I am dreaming up new diabolical designs. So I selected a puzzle Martha crafted for me 20 years ago and started it… see below, also. Martha is chipping in, too. Behind the puzzle table is my Lionel electric train set-up for me and 5 year old grandson Simon… what fun!

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