Have you ever been to a restaurant where they leave a wooden puzzle on the table for you to solve while you wait for your food? Around here, every Cracker Barrel has one. It is usually triangular-shaped with golf tees as pegs and does help pass the time while waiting for breakfast. I also recall having one of these growing up in the shape of a plus sign. The object was the same, fill up the puzzle leaving one blank space and then jump until there are as few left as possible. The ultimate win was to get down to one piece.
Again, setup is the same. Fill the entire puzzle with pegs leaving only one starting spot. In this case a yellowish peg is used to mark your starting position. Remove the yellow marker and begin eliminating pieces by jumping over other pieces along the marked puzzle lines.
At first it seems rather easy to not strand a piece, but as you remove more and more pegs, it becomes much harder. The included scoring parameters attest to this difficulty by giving you a range to shoot for.
On my first try I didn’t do too bad, leaving only six pieces. One away from being a “True Talent”! Another game or two and I’m sure I’ll be well into that title, but getting to just one may take quite a while to master.
Our edition of Think & Jump was manufactured in 1984, but amazingly is still available new today on Amazon! Pressman Toy has been around since 1922 and was recently purchased by Goliath Games. I’m sure with the longevity of this puzzle we’ll see it make it into Goliath’s expanded product line.
If you like brain teasers and solitaire puzzles, Think & Jump will keep you busy for hours and hours. Consider picking up a used copy on eBay or your local thrift store!