Friday, 2 October 2020

Positively Puzzling, Vol.3

The third volume of Positively Puzzling begins with water, and more specifically, a tragedy on the water. The New York Times coverage of the sinking of the "unsinkable" Titanic, Tuesday April 12, 1912, contained twenty four pages and had a price tag of … are you ready for this? … One Cent. 

We had started this puzzle many years ago but never got around to finishing it. It was dismantled and boxed up again to be forgotten until it was recently rediscovered. Surprisingly, none of the pieces were missing. While the body of text was relatively easy, the top and bottom edges were a challenge with so many pieces being almost exactly identical. It ended up being a lesson in patience.

The water theme continues with the biblical account of Ark and Noah's sons fishing with all the various pieces of fish gathered around the bait. Begs the question of what they may have used for bait, given that there were only two of each species aboard. If one looks closely, near the bottom right, one also sees some human bones. Stands to reason if the flood wiped out all but eight of the human race.

A second Ark scene was also quite enjoyable with the artist's rendition of the Ark finally coming to rest on the mountaintop and the animals beginning to disembark. The word "tranquility" comes to mind as Creation is renewed. Prominent over the Ark is the rainbow, God's symbol of His promise and covenant to never again destroy the earth with a flood (see Genesis 9).

We now move off the water but stay with the moisture theme, albeit this time in the form of snow. I am generally not a fan of winter, but there is something peaceful in this scene. In the hustle and bustle of today's noisy world, this is therapeutic. Makes me want to take fur-baby for a walk through that snow-covered lane and then relax with a good book in front of the warmth of a fireplace.  

This image of a house being moved by a single horse from atop an interesting treadmill-like contraption took me back to a simpler time. In retrospect, it's odd that we call yesteryear "simpler." In truth, I'm sure that previous generations had to work much harder than we do today with all our modern implements and conveniences.

Finally, we finish this edition off with another wonderful cartoon puzzle; a day at the park. I find myself wanting to look very closely at these types of puzzles, as there is always so much interesting activity going on. It is unfortunate that there was a piece missing, but as we've seen before, that happens sometimes. While a bit of a bummer, it's "puzzling" but it's not the end of the world.

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