Puzzle Solutions

Yesterday our friend Carrie sent over some photos of her puzzles inside her puzzle room.

IMG_2205A couple of observations:

  1. She has a puzzle room.
  2. She has lots of cool puzzles.

Clearly Carrie is one of the one percenters of Puzzledom.

Those vying to become our leader agree on few things.  And in these strange and fearful times, they present even fewer options.

  1. I can vote for Donny and then I will become a winner so that one day I can have a puzzle room and lots of cool puzzles of my own.
  2. I can vote for Bernie in which case we will seize Carrie’s puzzle room and puzzles and redistribute them to all the other citizens in the land of Puzzledom. (BTW, if this happens, I call dibs on the 4D puzzle of San Francisco.)
  3. I can vote for Teddy, but then only God knows what will happen (and I mean his own particular God which doesn’t include all the other Gods floating around out there.)
  4. I can vote for Hilary which will result in Carrie keeping her puzzle room and puzzles and me keeping mine and Puzzledom will muddle along much as it always has.

There is, of course, the option presented by another friend, Mary Anne, who sent over an image of her recently completed puzzle of the door to Francis Bacon’s Reece Mews studio in Kensington.


Mary Anne presently lives in Scotland. In her world they will one day declare independence and establish their own self-governing Puzzledom in which they will drink Scotch, do drunken imitations of Scotty from Star Trek and while away the long dark evenings puzzling wistfully at Bacon’s door.

It doesn’t sound too bad at all.

9. Paisley

ImageStaci adds the table extensions and dresses the table with a paisley cloth.  Paisley.  How strange.  Where does it come from?

The answer is found in the densely woven tapestry hanging in the dining alcove.  The table cloth is only a slightly more abstracted version of the other.

ImageAlthough the word comes from the village in Scotland, the boteh jegheh design itself originated in Persia.  It’s a Zoroastrian symbol for the eternal and infinite as it gives expression in life.  The abstracted floral pattern decorated royal regalia and became associated with richness and opulence during the Qajar and Pahlavi Dynasties.

The boteh design eventually spread throughout Asia and eventually made it’s way to the Scottish town of Paisley by way of the East India Trading Company.  From there, the chattering looms of satan’s mills brought the design to the masses of Victorian England, and eventually Victorian San Francisco.

But if you look long enough, it might be that the boteh contains in it’s complexities the very essence of that great idea spaketh by Zarusthra.  Of the power of right thought and right word.  Of the need to keep the chaos at bay.  Of the power eminent in flame and the twisting currents of water.