Dog-Eared Books Puzzle Competitions

In honor of spring, our next puzzle competition is a Floral Fun Puzzle Competition. Dress up in your springy-est florals, and get ready for drinks! Your tipsy (or not so tipsy!) teamwork will be tested. Ten teams of 4 will compete to complete one 1,000-piece puzzle of the store’s choosing as quickly as possible. 

When: Friday, April 7, 2023, at 7 PM

Where: Dog-Eared Books Main Floor

Registration Price: $60 (includes the puzzle you assemble and can take home & registration for your whole team of four)


After the success of our first puzzle competition, we’re taking things to the next level. We’ll have a puzzle competition with a new theme every season! The theme may be a hint about the puzzle, and dressing to match it might just win you a prize.

Upcoming Puzzle Competitions:

Floral Fun Puzzle Competition: Friday, April 7, at 7 PM SOLD OUT

Chillin’ Puzzle Competition: Friday, July 14, at 7 PM

Spooky Puzzle Competition: Friday, October 27, at 7 PM

Puzzle Competiton Rules

Participating in the Cozy Puzzle Competition implies full acceptance of its rules (listed in the drop down boxes below). Any incident that arises that is not reflected in them will be resolved by the store staff.

Before the Event

Participants must be in the store and at the table with their team name on it by 8 PM sharp. We will have some introductory remarks and then begin immediately. If a member is not present at 8 PM, they will be disqualified with no refund. 

Due to space concerns, no spectators will be allowed at this event.

The puzzle on the table will be face down. No puzzler will touch or turn over the puzzle box until the host starts the competition timer and says go, or the team will be disqualified.

Each team can bring 1-2 trays to help them organize their puzzle pieces. No extra lighting or printed/digital puzzle templates will be allowed. Any help during the competition from someone other than your team members may be grounds for disqualification.

How We Score

Each team receives a 1000-piece puzzle and has 2 hours to complete it. Once complete, the team must yell for a judge to check their time and confirm their finished work. The teams that finish fastest will win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place with $20 gift cards, pint glasses, and stickers/ enamel pins respectively. If no team finishes, the teams with the most pieces correctly assembled win. 

10 seconds will be added to the final time for each lost puzzle piece. If you find the puzzle piece after your score has been recorded, it cannot be added after the fact, and the penalty remains. In case of more than 20 lost pieces, the team will be disqualified. (Only groups of 5 or more assembled pieces will be counted). 

The decisions of the judges during the tests are final.

After the Event

After the event, the jigsaw puzzle used in the competition is the property of its team members.

Dog-Eared Books reserves the right to post pictures and videos from the event as well as share your social media posts about it (please do post and tag us!).