Day 7 – Part Deux – The Da Vinci Code Puzzle

22 Sep

To start the day I decided to take in The Last Supper (the painting, not the meal). It’s located about a 15-minute walk from the site of the Lego commercial so logistically it looks like it’s going to be an easy day. Leonardo Da Caprio’s masterpiece was painted over 150 years ago and survived to the present day through many wars and famines. It’s massive too – about 15′ x 29′ (4.6 x 8.8 m). As I marvel at the breadth and beauty of this magnificent painting, I can’t help but wonder why no one has ever made a life-sized jigsaw puzzle with this image on it. I mean, how much fun would that be to put together?

Alright, everyone to this side of the table for the picture.

And speaking of jigsaw puzzles, if I was a jigsaw puzzle company I would put aside one of each puzzle and use it for spare pieces. If a customer lost a piece he could simply give the co-ordinates of the lost piece using an [x,y] notation system where piece [1,1] is the one in the bottom left corner, [1,2] is the one above it – you get the idea. He would supply this information along with an original receipt from an authorized reseller and a $15 processing fee and I would ship it to him. It would also be important to provide a physical description of the missing piece as well as the name and size of the puzzle.

Of course there would be some downsides. I’d have to pay someone to assemble the replacement puzzles so we could easily locate the replacement pieces. That would be expensive. Also, what if two people lost the same piece? It’s unlikely but it could happen. It would be just crushing to have to write the letter to the guy who sent in his application just a couple of hours too late.

Re: Application for Replacement Puzzle Piece

Dear George,

The purpose of this message is to notify you that your information and the non-refundable processing fee have both been received.

Puzzle Name: The Last Supper
Puzzle Size: 62 000
Location of Missing Piece: [173,90]
Description of Missing Piece: Jesus’ face
Processing Fee: $15 USD

We regret to inform you that just this morning another customer ordered the exact same piece that you have requested. As we have only a single puzzle to supply replacement pieces, we are unable to action your request at this time.

Regards

Joseph Puzzelman
Puzzelman Puzzles

3 Responses to “Day 7 – Part Deux – The Da Vinci Code Puzzle”

  1. Uncle Ross September 27, 2011 at 15:13 #

    That`s da Vinci and the painting is 513 years old.

  2. Nina October 3, 2011 at 14:35 #

    I really like your jigsaw puzzle company idea 🙂

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