'Brought us together': How Olympia couple bonded through puzzles

Jigsaw puzzlers Gretchen and Jeff Klein finished 90th at the most recent world championship event.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — What started as a pandemic pastime has turned into an obsession for Olympia’s Gretchen and Jeff Klein.

“This is definitely something that brought us together,” said Jeff Klein.

In June, the couple finished 90th in Spain’s World Jigsaw Championship Tournament.

They were the eighth best team from the United States.

Married in the summer of 2019, the Kleins were still honeymooners when the pandemic began in early 2020.

Rather than bake or binge-watch television shows, they started doing jigsaw puzzles

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