Do you like Jigsaw Puzzles?  I do.  My favorites are ones like Captain America in a great action pose.  150 pieces.  I can finish it in an evening.  Faster with help.  (That was a gift from my son and his wife- it was just right!)
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If you’re more serious about your puzzles, you might like more pieces.  Or a complex image.  If you’re really, really good at them, you may have to search out specialty puzzles.  I saw one years ago that was round, and solid white.  No image.  Just glossy white… on  both sides.  I can’t tell you how hard it was to do, because there’s no way on the face of this planet that I’d try to do that puzzle.

Monique and I got hold of a Ravensburger puzzle recently.  That’s one of the best known brand names.  Even I know them, and honestly, I don’t really do jigsaw puzzles that much.  (But you kind of knew that, didn’t you?)

We’ve sold a number of puzzles by this company.  They usually do quite well.  This one is different.  Not sure how well it’s going to do, because it’s one of those ‘specialty’ jigsaw puzzles I mentioned.  First clue:  It’s title.  “WASGIJ? High Tide – Solve the Mystery! ”  WASGIJ is, of course, jigsaw spelled backwards.  It’s a 1000 piece puzzle, measuring 20″ x 27″.

The next clue is the tagline:  “A jigsaw from another perspective!”  There’s a picture on the front of the box.  It is NOT the puzzle image. You have to put yourself in the position of the Lifeguard in the image center.  Then try to imagine what HE sees.  After that, just assemble the pieces.  Easy, right?  If you agree, “High Tide” might be the puzzle you’re looking for.

We’ve never seen a puzzle like this before.  Would love to open it and see, but ours is still sealed in the original factory shrink wrap.  So we can’t very well break it open out of curiousity, when it’s worth more unopened.  I have to imagine this kind of puzzle is meant to challenge puzzlers who don’t get stumped by the normal run of the mill.

My guess:  There’s probably a tidal wave coming at the beach-goers.  Maybe it’s carrying something with it, like a whale, or some surprised-looking sea serpents.  Maybe an ocean cruiser.  But the only way to know is to open it and build it.  Unless you want to cheat and Google it.  Now that I’ve stated my expectations, that’s what I did.  Curiosity is a powerful motivator.

Turns out, I was sort of right, and sort of wrong.  It’s a complex image.  I won’t spoil it here, in case you plan on assembling it.  For everybody else… Google it.