Puzzle Susan puts new spin on lazy Susan

The Kickstarter project Puzzle Susan takes a lazy Susan and adds meshed gears. When put together, the tabletop set offers a fun way to interact at the dinner table.

The Puzzle Susan is a fun condiment contraption that encourages, nay requires, cooperation at the dinner table. Shown above is the underside demonstrating how it all fits together.
The Puzzle Susan is a fun condiment contraption that encourages, nay requires, cooperation at the dinner table. Shown above is the underside demonstrating how it all fits together. Kickstarter/Nam H. Le

The Puzzle Susan is a Kickstarter project designed by Nam H. Le that playfully rethinks the traditional lazy Susan. While it may not be as practical as one large rotating tray, it sure looks a lot more fun -- and will definitely spur the dinner conversation beyond the ordinary, "Please pass the salt."

Designed to hold condiments, sauces, and the like rather than full plates of food, the Puzzle Susan, which Le also calls the Puzzo Susan, works via a set of interconnecting gears. Spin one rotating tray and the next spins, and on and on and on. The result is a fun dance of condiments that sway to and fro.

Cooking can be a lot like putting together a puzzle; some pieces fit together and some pieces do not. Of course, unlike most puzzles where the pieces fit together one way and one way alone, cooking allows a huge variety of different combinations. Sometimes those combinations work out better than others, but that's where creativity comes in.

Here we see that creativity in the kitchen is not confined to the cooking area; it can show up on the table as well. If you've got an unfinished puzzle cluttering up the dinner table, perhaps it's time to put something easier together. This Kickstarter is in early days yet, so take a look and see if you want to show your support.

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