The New Yorker’s Jigsaw Puzzle Game

I knew The New Yorker had their own series of jigsaw puzzles but today I discovered they also have a pretty fun online jigsaw puzzle game! The puzzles are all different New Yorker covers and you can choose your level of difficulty from three options.

The controls are pretty simple. You drag your mouse over one or several pieces to move them and use your arrow keys to rotate pieces.

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The game will automatically time you so you can challenge yourself or your friends. You can also refresh and try as many different covers as you’d like! It’s pretty fun and also pretty easy to sneakily work on while you’re at work. I won’t tell if you won’t.

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If you don’t already have a New Yorker subscription, maybe this will be the thing to change your mind!

I’ve already completed three of these bad boys and don’t see myself quitting any time soon. Have fun puzzling!

An Unfinishable Jigsaw Puzzle

Science nerds rejoice, but if completing a puzzle is your favorite part of the puzzling experience, you will hate this.

They call it the “Infinity Puzzle”: a puzzle that has no fixed shape, no starting point, and thousands of configurations. It was designed after a fascinating scientific concept called the “Klein Bottle” which is essentially an impossible 3D shape where the inside and outside are mathematically indistinguishable. To clarify this even further, the pieces from the right side of the puzzle can attach to the left side but only after they are flipped over.

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In sum: the Infinity Puzzle has no inside, outside, up, or down side. It can start anywhere on any side! That pretty much eliminates the puzzling trick of beginning by flipping over all the pieces to be right side up.

The Infinity Puzzle also displays a picture of the galactic center of the Milky Way. The image is continuous on both sides.

It costs $130 and you can purchase it here, but people were so into this idea that they’ve already sold out! Expect to wait a few weeks for your Infinity Puzzle to ship.

Nervous System, the company responsible for this scientific puzzling gem, actually makes a lot of really cool puzzles you can check out here.

Unique Gift Ideas For The Puzzlers In Your Life!

Happy nonstop Christmas music month!

Have you started your gift shopping yet? I’ve come up with a helpful list of unique gift ideas for your favorite puzzlers and saved you a trip to the mall.

Peel & Stick Puzzle Saver

Easily preserve your finished puzzles without any mess! All puzzlers could use this.
Porta-Puzzle Caddy
The fabric makes this caddy the ideal surface to puzzle on. Build then store your puzzles inside.
Wooden Puzzle Board With DrawersPuzzle board fits most standard 1,000 piece puzzles and includes 4 sliding drawers for storing unused pieces. Personalized Hometown Puzzles
Just enter your zipcode and you’ll receive a personalized map of your hometown to assemble! Makes a great personal gift.
Wire Puzzle Rack
Store your small and larger finished puzzles on this wire rack!
Jigsaw Drink Coasters
These leather coasters are adorable. A must-have for the avid puzzler.
You Are The Missing Piece To My Puzzle Necklace

Give the gift of puzzle jewelry to your significant other or best friend.

The Jigsaw Puzzle Book


This book details the history of the jigsaw puzzle and famous puzzlers!

Hope you find something in here that’s just right for your puzzling pals. Happy holidays all!

Tips For Better Puzzling

Hey all!

I did a little trip around the world wide web and collected a bunch of tips from puzzlers on how to quickly assemble jigsaw puzzles. Here are some steps you should always take when assembling a puzzle:

  1. Set up your workspace (Make sure to allow enough space to assemble the puzzle and set aside unused pieces)
  2. Flip all the pieces right side up (It’s tedious, but it will make the next steps easier)
  3. Isolate all the edge pieces (Start out by constructing the border to give yourself a defined space to work in)
  4. Sort the pieces by color (Pieces with no dominant color can go in a miscellaneous pile)
  5. Use the picture on the box as a guide (See if you can assemble clear shapes like faces or words first)

OTHER TIPS:

  • Try working on small sections at a time instead of working on the puzzle as a whole.
  • Place completed sections in the rough area where they seem to go.
  • If you feel stuck or frustrated, try taking a break and returning to the puzzle later.

Check out the Puzzle Warehouse, Puzzling, Hobby Lark, and WikiHow for more information!

Apparently Jigsaw Puzzles Are Truly Timeless

I was reading through the news and came across this interesting article about the history of the jigsaw puzzle and it’s appeal.

Here’s something you might not have known (I certainly didn’t): The first puzzle is attributed to Englishman John Spilsbury who created the first one in 1767. He was a teacher and a cartographer and cut up a wooden map of England and Wales for his students to reassemble and simultaneously learn British geography.

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The article also contains a series of interesting facts about the jigsaw puzzle in its evolution from 1767 to today. For example, jigsaw puzzles exceed 10 million dollars a year (wonder how much we’ve all contributed to that number…).

Check out the article if you’re interested, and let me know if you have any more fun jigsaw puzzle facts! I’m thinking of compiling a list for a separate article coming soon.

Happy Thanksgiving all!

It’s Thanksgiving Puzzle Time!

If the price of Thanksgiving flights or the stress of planning a large gathering is getting to you, try taking a little you time with these awesome Thanksgiving-themed puzzles.

I did a little searching and came up with these puzzles below, but please share if you have any Thanksgiving favorites of your own! Looks like there’s a lot to be thankful for in the jigsaw world.

Harvest Basket

I’m definitely guilty of owning a bowl of decorative gourds… But if you’re not this will do the trick! A toughie at 1500 pieces.
Barn Turkeys
Just don’t think about the fact you’re eating them… 550 pieces!
Standing Turkey PuzzleThis adorable little guy stands up, so it’s less about puzzling and more about cute holiday decor. 11 pieces, 6 1/2″ x 5 1/4″. Snow Turkeys
It’s been a weirdly warm fall, but we’ll see what happens in a week! 500 pieces, 13″ x 19″.
Saturday Evening Post Thanksgiving
Kind of a cool, wholesome photo! It’s 1000 pieces and measures about 19″ x 27″.
Fall Harvest
Here’s another harvest puzzle. Gotta love those fall colors! 1000 pieces.
Prairie Turkeys

Surprise, more turkeys! Aren’t they cute before they’re cooked? 550 pieces, 24″ x 18″.

Cornucopia Puzzle


Something about Thanksgiving just screams farms. Here’s a cornucopia puzzle! 1000 pieces, 20″ x 28″.

 

Stay tuned for some winter-themed puzzles because I’m already getting excited about that.

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday.

Man Assembles World’s Largest Puzzle… Only To Find Pieces Missing

This was a story I came across that both made me sad and chuckle a little bit.

A puzzler from the Isle Of Wright assembled this epic 5.7 meter jungle scene only to discover there were 4 pieces missing.

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The puzzle was supposed to be 33,600 pieces. He spent over a year assembling it. Poor guy! I thought I knew the feeling but then again I’ve never exceeded 2,000 pieces!

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Apparently he aims to complete the world’s 10 largest jigsaw puzzles, which will probably take him years. Wish him luck on that.

You can actually buy the puzzle here for a cool $350. Just hope the pieces are all there!

Halloween Puzzles To Start On Early!

 

Summer’s coming to a close, which unfortunately means the end of warm weather but fortunately means fall is here! And with fall comes my all-time favorite holiday: Halloween!

Here’s a pretty great collection of Halloween puzzles I found. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m really excited to pop in “Monster Mash” and put these things together.

Halloween Town
This one is only 550 pieces so it’s not too tricky but it looks beautiful when it’s assembled!
Halloween Cupcakes
Looks delicious! 24″ x 30″ and 1000 piecces makes for a great kitchen decoration.
Candy Corn PuzzleThis one is little tricker with all the identical candy corn pieces. 24″ x 18″. Haunted House Puzzle
Creepy, largely dichromatic, and perfect for Halloween! 24″ x 18″, 500 pieces.
500 Piece Jack-O-Lantern Puzzle
Here’s a 14″ x 19″ pumpkin puzzle! A little trickier with the similar images but only 500 pieces.
Monsters’ Night Out
This one featuring our favorite Halloween monsters is my favorite. It’s also 1000 pieces
Trick or Treat

Here’s another Trick or Treat puzzle but this one’s a little more fun and playful than the last. 500 pieces.

Candy Wrappers


This one’s a classic White Mountain candy wrapper puzzle, so really it’s good for all seasons. 1000 pieces.

Let me know if you have any other Halloween favorites or find anything better out there.

Happy Haunting! I mean, puzzling.