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Nerds of the world unite: find a puzzle pen pal!

Bit of a Puzzle Nerd®? Wanna meet like-minded puzzlers? Or simply looking to make new pals? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re looking for a friend to share your puzzle struggles with, or someone to swap and share designs with, we’re here to help.

Find a puzzle pen pal!

Yep, that’s right: we’re turning this very blog post into a meeting place for puzzlers. If you want to give it a go, it’s super simple to get started. Just write a line or two about yourself in the comments section below. You can write anything you like (see below for some topic ideas) but it’s a good idea to include something about yourself, and what you’d like to chat about.

Important bit: make sure you include your email address in the post itself (not just the email field) so that people can reach out to you. It’s a good idea to write your email in this format: hello[at]cloudberries.co.uk so your message doesn’t get eaten by our spam filter.

If you’re a bit too shy to post here yourself, that’s okay… just keep your eye on the comments below and send a message to the puzzler (or puzzlers!) that seem like a good match. Be sensible, stay safe, and let the good times roll – puzzlers are a lovely bunch, and we hope this idea can help to kick-start some new friendships!

44 puzzle-based topics to help break the ice

  1. What’s your favourite puzzle ever?
  2. What’s the longest time you’ve spent on one puzzle?
  3. Why jigsaw puzzles?
  4. What’s the largest jigsaw puzzle you’ve done?
  5. What was the weirdest puzzle experience you’ve ever had?
  6. Have you ever heard of this puzzle before?!
  7. If you were a puzzle, what design would you be and why?
  8. How much of a Puzzle Nerd® are you? Side note: take our quiz here to find out!
  9. Did you know (insert puzzle trivia here)?
  10. Here are 3 of my favorite puzzle accessories
  11. Any puzzle tips and tricks you’d like to share?
  12. Look at this cool puzzle I just finished/am working on!
  13. Any cool puzzle discounts and deals you know of?
  14. Experiences of ‘cute’ pets stealing and/or messing with your puzzles
  15. Important stuff you really should be doing instead of talking about puzzles
  16. On a scale of 1 to 10, how impulsive are you when it comes to buying puzzles?
  17. Ever heard of a puzzle tracker? If yes, how have you personalised yours? (Try our free puzzle tracker here)
  18. Help! I can’t solve this puzzle!
  19. I’m new to puzzling… what other brands do you recommend?
  20. Have you ever skipped work for a puzzle?
  21. What do you do when you’re not puzzling?
  22. What jigsaw puzzle gift should I get for this person I know?
  23. What do you get out of puzzling?
  24. Which puzzle accounts do you follow in Insta? There’s a list here to get you started!
  25. If you had one Puzzle Nerd® wish, what would it be?
  26. What does your puzzle space look like?
  27. Check out this funny puzzle meme I found: Here’s a goodun
  28. How did you get into puzzling?
  29. What do you think is the most effective puzzling strategy?
  30. Share your puzzle pet peeves
  31. What jigsaw puzzles should I do next?
  32. Any cool puzzle events you’ve heard about?
  33. What’s the most challenging puzzle you’ve ever seen?
  34. What do you think is the future of jigsaw puzzles?
  35. Music and/or podcast recommendations while puzzling. Why not start by trying these?
  36. Fun things to do with a jigsaw puzzle after you’ve solved it. Here’s an article to get you started
  37. Worst puzzles you’ve tried
  38. Share your best puzzling experiences
  39. Check out my puzzle collection!
  40. I’m interested in … -themed puzzles! What about you?
  41. How do you frame a jigsaw puzzle?
  42. Your puzzle heroes: Share the puzzling legends you look up to!
  43. What would be your worst puzzle nightmare? Mine is …
  44. Who do you puzzle with?

3 replies on “Nerds of the world unite: find a puzzle pen pal!”

  • Hi.
    I’m Janina, 38, from Germany and have been an avid jigsaw junkie for most of my life.
    My stash usually exceeds 2000 different puzzles but I rarely do a puzzle more than once and then it’s sold off again.
    I guess I always had an eye for details which made me choose a career in criminal investigations. (Finding that last piece of evidence is a bit like hunting for that one jigsaw piece that your pet stole, right?)

    Anyway:
    I’d love to make new friends 🙂 find me on insta @addieccq
    (Nope, not a lot of posts there. I am a mere lurker. But be prepared to find a puzzle pics there at some point)

  • Hello Puzzle People!
    My name is Cori, I am 34 years old and live in Boston. I work as a graphic designer by day and I am also completing my MFA in interactive media design part-time at MassArt. I quickly become puzzle-obsessed a few months ago. I love taking breaks from screen time with this tangible analog hobby. As a Virgo, I love order and attention to detail. My day job involves lots of colors and visualizations to communicate various messages on different platforms so puzzling is really complimentary. All-day. every day I puzzle in my free time and flex that muscle! I have a healthy weekly average of completing 1,000 pieces but recently I just completed “Life Before Social Media” by Toby Triumph in 2.5 days. My email is frontsidejap@hotmail.com. Hope to hear from someone!

  • Hello! I’m Caitlin and I started doing puzzles like a year ago because I live alone and I realised I’d go from working in from of a screen all day to being in front of a screen at home. I’d love to make some puzzle friends too! I’m 25 and I live in Germany but I’m from New Zealand. Feel free to contact me @caitlindoespuzzles on Instagram or caitlinthorn[at]hotmail.co.nz

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