Tim normally goes to a number of events every year, including big trade shows like the New York Toy Fair and the Nuremberg Toy Fair. He also goes to a number of much smaller events, which are normally not advertised, and are 'by invitation' only.
The puzzle enthusiast Peter Hajek holds an 'end of the year puzzle party' or EPP every December at his home in London. A small and select group of metagrobolists (puzzle enthusiasts!) are invited, some attend in person and some - especially recently - via video link. Part of the event is a 'show and tell', where everyone has to show the three best puzzles they have come across during the year. Due to lockdown, the December 2021 event was held entirely online.
Peter subsequently writes up an account of all the puzzles that were exhibited, with lots of illustrations, and has the booklet professionally printed. These are a wonderful record of the meeting for the attendees, and a few spare copies subsequently get taken to similar gatherings in Europe, and sold there. Because of the lockdown, Peter has ended up with a few spare copies which we have been able to buy from him, and to offer here on the Grand Illusions web site.
They are a wonderful reference and also a lovely insight into these private puzzle parties, where puzzle enthusiasts meet up and share their passion for the latest puzzles.
As you would expect, Tim attended this event, but as he is not 'zoom savvy' he went round to a friend's house, and they both attended virtually from there!
EPP 2021 Approx. 40pp. A4. Full colour.