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National Geographic and Smithsonian daily puzzles!

Updated on September 2, 2013

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National Geographic is the official journal of the National Geographic Society and it was first published in 1888. It is published monthly and contains articles about geography, popular science, history, culture, current events, and photography. It has a worldwide circulation in 32 languages of nearly nine million copies and more than fifty million people receive the magazine every month!

Looking for more sources of jigsaw fun I recently came across their site and they don’t only offer the usual jigsaw puzzles, but also high quality pictures, which seems to add another dimension to the whole experience!

The pictures they feature are a selection of their Daily Dozen, which are pictures selected daily by the NGM’s Photo Editor. The Daily Dozen are picked from pictures sent by people for possible publication in the National Geographic. Those pictures are then organized by year and included under the following topics:

  • animals
  • landscapes
  • plants & fungi
  • people
  • sunset, sunrise & weather
  • cars & machines
  • abstract
  • black & white

You have the option to:

  • Time yourself as you solve a puzzle from the Daily Dozen. You must first choose a picture and then click on it. The pieces are then scattered and in the middle there is an area for you to solve the puzzle. At the end one is told the number of minutes and seconds it took to complete the puzzle, or
  • Test your memory by playing the Match Game, which are 24 pictures from the Daily Dozen. After completing the game you are told the number of minutes and seconds it took, as well as the number of turns.

When you have finished with the jigsaw puzzles, you can also have a look at the NGM site, as it has these main areas:

  • Daily news
  • NG Magazine
  • Maps
  • Video
  • Science
  • Education
  • Games
  • Music
  • Blogs
  • Movies

Which are further subdivided into the following topics:

  • Photography
  • Animals
  • Environment
  • Travel
  • Adventure
  • TV
  • Kids
  • Shop

All those topics are not only interesting, but also very challenging! Their games section, for example, has a never-ending list of games to play online, in multi-player mode or they can also be downloaded!

I wish I had Internet and that website when I was a child going to school!

Both the Daily Dozen jigsaw puzzles and the Match Game are relatively easy to do and entertaining and they should help you to keep your brain exercised!

The shop is also very interesting, especially now that Mother’s Day is fast approaching, as they have many presents suitable for that special occasion!

The Smithsonian Institution

The Smithsonian is America's national educational facility with 19 museums, 9 research centres and over 140 affiliate museums around the world! Their magazine has an in-depth coverage of history, science, nature, the arts, travel, world culture and technology. They have a very dynamic and interactive approach to exploring modern and historic perspectives and they use videos, blogs and their own magazine to achieve this.

Every year, they also make puzzles of their Annual Photo Contest winning pictures. It is similar in a way to the National Geographic, as it also features high quality pictures, as well as a section about jigsaw puzzles and games, like crossword, sudoku, Hidato and Hitori!

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