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The 2020 Pagey Elliott Puzzle Exchange Guidelines

Note: If there are any questions about these guidelines, please ask the 2020 Exchange Organizer, Carol Ottenberg,

  • The 2020 Exchange is open to jigsaw puzzle cutters who register for the 2020 Puzzle Parley in Sturbridge MA. The Exchange will take place on the first evening, Friday July 24. Plan to arrive by 6 p.m.

  • Registration for the Exchange closes on April 30, 2020. Your registration form must be received by Carol by April 30. Late registrations will not be accepted.

  • Each Exchange participant must bring twelve (12) of the same jigsaw puzzle to the Exchange. "Same" means the same image, same size, and same cutting style, but does not require that pieces should be interchangeable among the 12 puzzles. (Note: A participant may make extra Exchange puzzles to sell at the Parley.)

  • If more than 12 cutters sign up for the Exchange, each may choose one of two possible levels of participation. Cutters in Group A will exchange with every other cutter, i.e. they will cut as many puzzles as there are participants. Cutters in Group B will exchange with only 11 other participants according to a randomly generated list of exchanges.

  • For display during the Parley, each participant must bring one assembled Exchange puzzle, along with a short text describing the creation of the puzzle. After the Parley ends, the display puzzle will go to the Strong Museum Of Play in Rochester, New York, for its permanent collection of jigsaw puzzles.

  • Participants must cut their own jigsaw puzzles with a saw, laser, or water jet; this means no die-cutting and no subcontracting to other cutters.

  • In the past, the typical puzzle has been about 5"x7" and 65 to 85 pieces, cut out of plywood or solid wood. Cutters of all levels are encouraged to participate. Cutters new to the Exchange should consult Carol with any questions about whether their planned puzzles meet the Exchange standards of size, composition and quality. In some cases, and only with Carol's prior approval, Exchange puzzles may be larger or smaller, or made from other materials.

  • Each Exchange puzzle must have re-sealable packaging that will stand up over time, for example, a sturdy box or case, or cloth drawstring bag. Temporary packaging, such as shrink wrap, is not acceptable.Smaller packaging is preferable to outsized boxes or cases for ease in transporting and storing puzzles.

  • Each puzzle must have a label that includes:
    • Title
    • Artist (if known)
    • Puzzle maker's name and contact information
    • Size
    • Piece Count (which can be approximate)
    • these words: "Cut for the 2020 Pagey Elliott Jigsaw Puzzle Exchange"
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