Puzzles have a tendency to grasp the attention of a person without the person actually realizing that he or she is so engrossed in it that it has become a their hobby. Most puzzle hobbyists do not realize that their new hobby is solving and creating puzzles, since it becomes the part of everyday life. There are different types of puzzles that can get a person hooked onto them and become a part of their daily lives.
People who solve puzzles as their hobby love being challenged everyday by a puzzle that pitches their ego against the complexity. No wonder after solving one puzzle, most people go for the second one to see if they can solve it in a shorter time. It is sort of like addiction to some who can't seem to let go of a puzzle until they finish it and move onto the next one. It is considered since a very long time to be a staple of inexpensive fun for the entire family, even before television and radio invaded homes.
According to Wikipedia, puzzles are defined as "a problem or enigma that tests the ingenuity of the solver." Puzzles are this and much more than just a way to test the ingenuity of the solver. Puzzles test the dedication, concentration, patience, logical ability and other parameters of the brain. Puzzles are usually considered to be a source of entertainment; however they are excellent source of learning logistical and mathematical skills and other mental abilities.
History: Puzzles have a history that dates back to more than 250 years. The first known puzzle was created by John Spilsbury of England in 1760. Spilsbury was a map maker and used his skills to create a map on a wooden sheet and then sawed off the countries, to let others join them. This products was initially used as a tool to aid teaching of geography in classes. This was the first popular form of jigsaw puzzle and gave birth to other sorts of puzzles. In the 20th century, newspapers realized the importance of puzzles of different types in their newspapers and started publishing them on a daily basis. Many people began buying papers for the puzzles and pushed other news publishers to include them in their papers. By 1930 sharp metal dies were used to create large number of jigsaw puzzles, making it easier to produce a larger number of puzzles in a shorter time. Many other new puzzles came into the market which were either based on the same known puzzles or were based on new ideas.
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