It's A Puzzle, Alright

There's a quote from Catherine early on in CSI that says something about how she got into the job because she likes solving puzzles. Well if you take that literally, that's what I just did.

Awhile ago my sister and brother-in-law sent me a holiday care package that included a CSI puzzle. But it was no ordinary puzzle. For one thing, the photo on the box is not the photo on the puzzle. For another, it comes with a crime booklet and a mini UV light. So basically you read the crime, assemble the puzzle to view the crime scene, and then use the UV light to search the crime scene for clues. At which point you solve the crime. Note: there is no solution given. Presumably this is because on CSI you just assemble the evidence to solve the puzzle but you never get to appeal to an answer book to find out if you're right or not. Life: it's just like a puzzle!

This is the puzzle mid-way through assembly. It took about a week to complete. Look, when you're working without a photo guide of any kind and the scene is set in a casino which features roughly thirty of the same slot machine and a repeating carpet pattern... you know, it's not easy.

And this is the finished puzzle. Awesome. Did I examine the crime scene with the UV light? You bet I did. Did I solve the crime? Hell yes! Ten years of CSI have at least taught me how to analyze basic evidence when it's laid the hell out in front of me.

Am I going to tell you what the UV light revealed and who did the deed? No. At least not here. If you want to know, you can ask me in the comments. I run a strictly no spoilers Crypt here. (*cough*The Titanic sinks*cough*)

So Torch and Seistor? Thank you. This was truly a great gift. They say you're supposed to give gifts for the recipient, not for yourself. A lot of people find that difficult. But this just proves that you guys, as always, understand the true beauty of gift-giving.