a dictionary, encyclopedia, or other comprehensive reference work describing the terminology used in assembling jigsaw puzzles
an elderly person, like myself and possibly born in the Mesozoic Era, who enjoys assembling jigsaw puzzles
Each of these terms came to mind in the process of assembling a puzzle. Most are common terms, given new meanings.
For example, when working on a puzzle from both the bottom up and top down, the pieces didn't meet in the middle. I had to adjust the puzzle a bit, and in doing so coined the term Chiropractic Adjustment.
Enjoy, and please share some of your own terminology!
Parade Grounds: The area of the table where the puzzle is being assembled.
Stockyard: The collection of pieces that have not yet been moved to the Parade Grounds.
Outback: The other side of the puzzle table.
Cow Tipping: Turning the upside-down pieces right side up.
Natural Selection: Setting aside the edge pieces.
Par: When laying out the puzzle you find all of the edge pieces.
Bogey: When laying out the puzzle you find all but one of the edge pieces; Double Bogey for two, and so on.
Herding: Sliding pieces together with the side of your hand and pushing them into the Stockyard.
Piling: Collecting pieces of an area or object that you aren't currently working on into piles for future use. They jump out at you, and it's too hard to keep passing them by.
Stacking: Similar to Piling, except that the pieces are carefully stacked pancake-style in stacks often reaching great heights.
86: When you return a piece to the Stockyard that didn't belong in a Piling or Stacking.
Segregating: Sorting pieces by color, shape, or any other distinguishing characteristic that make one piece different from others.
Framing: Assembling the outer pieces of an area containing similar pieces, like those of a brick wall or green lawn. The outer pieces are easier to identify as they contain a partial image of something on the perimeter, and assembling them first reduces the number of similar pieces belonging to the area being assembled.
Chiropractic Adjustment: An adjustment made to the alignment of a partially assembled puzzle so that the pieces fit together properly.
Scanning: Looking over the Stockyard.
Cross-Hatching: When you normally scan the Stockyard horizontally, but try scanning it vertically after failing to find a particular piece; or vice versa.
Gold Strike: When you thought you found all the pieces to complete an area or object of the puzzle, but came up short and on re-scanning the Stockyard find a number of them in close proximity.
Amelia Earhart: A piece that went missing, and you're determined to keep looking till you find it.
Freebie: Two pieces found locked together when setting out the puzzle. Certain purists would consider accepting a Freebie highly inappropriate and immediately separate the pieces.
Missing Link: A border piece missed when setting out the puzzle, which ended up in the Stockyard with all the other pieces. Note that these are most often pieces that didn't require Cow Tipping, which tends to call attention to them.
Kibble: A piece that fell on the floor and was chewed on by your dog.
Klingon: A piece that stuck to your hand when you leaned over the table.
Lost Child: When picking up a piece you were looking for, you grab the wrong one. Realizing your mistake, you frantically return to the Stockyard trying to remember where you last visited.
Black Hole: A single "hole" in a large area of the puzzle that you thought you had completed long ago. You've been baffled that you haven't been able to find a place for the piece that goes in it.
Stray Cat: A piece that doesn't belong to the puzzle you are working on, and you don't know where it does belong.
Cat Tails: "Knobs" that have been bent upward and won't lie flat no matter how long and hard you press on them. Those who only do a puzzle once may not realize the irreparable damage that is done by folding a puzzle to get it back into the box.
Doubting Thomas: You, when you're starting to think the piece you're looking for was missing when you opened the box, or your dog ate it. In most cases, it turns out to be a Misnomer.
Misnomer: A piece that, when you finally find it after an exhaustive search, doesn't look like you thought it would.
Miscreant: You, when you aren't following your rules for assembling puzzles.
Delinquent: One who doesn't follow any rules for assembling puzzles.
Marrying: An emotionally stimulating occasion when you suddenly realize that two blocks of assembled pieces can be joined together.
Spontaneous Combustion: When you have placed a great number of pieces in the area where they belong, but none connect. Then finally one does, and it leads to another and another until most all connect.
Critical Mass: The state preceding a Spontaneous Combustion, which may have a negative impact on mental and emotional stability.
Twofer: When you place a piece that ties two other loose pieces together.
Wrong Way: Frustrated that you can't find a missing border piece, you realize that you already placed it in the border interlocked with the wrong piece.
U-Turn: Correcting a Wrong Way, often resulting in a feeling of euphoria.
Unidentical Twin: A piece that doesn't quite fit till you flip it around 180 degrees and it goes right in.
Flying Blind: Assembling the puzzle without looking at the box, a technique many reserve for only the last pieces.
Hidden Treasure: Pieces in areas that are obscured on the box by text or graphics placed over them.
Northern Lights: Reflections on the surface of puzzle pieces that make it difficult to see them clearly.
Death by Lemming: When you go to pick up a piece from the very edge of the table, and accidentally knock it off onto the floor.
Enough is Enough
Last Call: You pick up a few more pieces, promising yourself they will be the last as you need to tend to other business or get to bed.
Final Call: The last in a seemingly endless string of Last Calls, i.e., a successful Last Call.
Curtain Call: Your puzzle is complete, and you enjoy the feeling of running your fingers across its surface.
Encore: Any Curtain Call other than the first.
Puzzleitis: Lower back strain resulting from leaning over the puzzle table.
Off-line Puzzle: A term used by those who do digital puzzles on-line to describe the good, old-fashioned physical puzzles Puzzlesauruses like us assemble on our dining room tables.