Extraordinary Facts About Puzzles
July 14, 2020

I have a confession, I am addicted to jigsaw puzzles. When I’m not planning unforgettable travel experiences or creating clues for Cluventure, I am often working on a jigsaw puzzle. Here are some facts about puzzles and the people who like to do them. 

History of Jigsaw Puzzles

Dating back to the eighteenth century, people have been assembling those pesky little pieces into one beautiful completed project. The first puzzle was actually a map, carefully cut, and then used to teach geography and eventually other subjects. According to this article, after a couple of centuries, puzzles began being produced and sold for entertainment purposes too. Their popularity exploded during the Great Depression and personalized puzzles are now the latest trending puzzle style. 


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What kind of person likes to do a jigsaw puzzle?

Typically, people that enjoy jigsaw puzzles are: 

Detail-oriented- They have to pay attention to many small details, lines,  and colors. Every piece has to fit just right. 

Problem solvers- People that like to make sense of it all. They tend to be organized and persistent.  

Creative- Puzzlers like having an interactive way to appreciate art. Consistent puzzling allows you to think outside the box!

 Patient- This is especially true for those who like jigsaw puzzles with a lot of pieces!


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Tips for doing jigsaw puzzles

We all get flustered! No worries, here are some helpful tips to get you through your next puzzling challenge.

 Know your limits: If you’ve never done a puzzle, don’t jump into a 2000 piece one to start. Work your way up and get confident and comfortable with your problem-solving skills. 

 Start with the edges: Build a solid outline before starting on the ambitious middle. 

Only connect pieces to at least two other pieces: Once you’ve built your outline, especially for monocolored or puzzles with a lot of detail (sky, grass, black/white space, etc.), only connect them if they click with at least two other pieces. If you’re not 100% confident the piece belongs there, just go ahead and assume it doesn’t. 

Sort by color: Organize your pieces by common themes and colors. These will usually end up connecting together or near each other. 

Get the big picture: Take time before and during to really study the picture and leave it propped up while working on it. Notice as much as you can before you dive in. Trust me, it’s easier that way. 

Look at the direction of lines/blurs/brushstrokes: There are more details hidden in those pieces than you think!

 Step away: Sometimes, the best solution is to take a break and come back after a good stretch and water break.

 Call your friends: They might come help! 

 Have fun with it: It’s just a game, after all. 

Did you learn something new about puzzles today? Puzzling can teach us a lot about life and how to face its challenges. Go here or here for more on how puzzles have helped me!

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