Knimpel (NIM pul) – n. The missing last piece of a jigsaw puzzle.
With summer days often comes summer storms, and your will often find yourself whiling away a siege of inclement weather until the front line passes, which would be anywhere from an hour to three days, depending on what part of the country you are in. Some of us might take the time allotted to us in this way in putting together a jigsaw puzzle. It can be anything from 100 to 5,000 pieces or more, but not matter how simple or complicated that puzzle might be, you are always going to be looking for the knimpel. It’s that piece that eludes you, that one that goes missing. It could have been stolen by a pet, and is currently being chewed on or tossed around. It could be under the rug, a chair, or end table, or somewhere where a pet might easily get at it. No matter what, you have to find the knimpel, or all those hours of work during those storms are for nothing, especially if you are a puzzle collector, and put the thing together to cover with clear varnish and hang on a wall. The hunt for the knimpel might become more of a puzzle than the puzzle itself. Good luck with finding the knimpel. The sanity you save may be your own.