St. Patrick’s Day Puzzles

There are puzzles for just about everything, isn’t there? Even St. Patrick’s Day! I was surprised how many puzzles we had for this holiday.

I love this job of blogging for you puzzle-people because it gets me thinking. After looking at all the wonderful green and Irish puzzles, I realize I didn’t actually know all that much about St. Patrick’s Day, besides “wear green or you’ll get pinched.”

So who was St. Patrick and why do we celebrate him?

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St. Patrick by Purrfect Puzzles. 1000 pieces.

St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the Irish people in the fifth century. Born in Roman Britain, he was captured as a slave at age 16 and escaped to Ireland. It’s believed that he died on March 17, 461—the day we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day now.

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Irish Charm by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. Finished size: 32.5″ x 26.5″ shape.

One famous legend about him is that he taught people about the Holy Trinity using the three leaves of a clover. Patrick would hold up a shamrock and challenge nonbelievers, “Is it one leaf or three?” Their answer that it  was “both one leaf and three,” evoked his response: “And so it is with God.”

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TWA Travel Posters – Explore Ireland by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces.

You didn’t need to travel to Ireland for the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade, though. While since the 9th or 10th century, the Irish have been celebrating the feast of St. Patrick, the first parade actually happened in the US on March 17, 1762. Irishmen in the English military marched through New York City and played traditional Irish music to reconnect with their Irish roots and each other.

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Irish Pubs by White Mountain. 550 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

 

Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day was a religious occasion where families in Ireland would go to church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon; it was a day in which the Lent prohibition against eating meat was waived and people would dance to music, drink, and have a feast. Up until the 1970s, pubs were mandated to be closed on March 17 because of the sacredness of the holiday. In 1995, the government began using interest in the holiday to drive tourism and showcase Irish culture to the rest of the world.

Green Man by Purrfect Puzzles. 1000 pieces.

It’s said that originally the color associated with St. Patrick’s Day was blue. It switched to green sometime in the 17th century. Green has a lot of associations with Ireland—it’s one of the three colors on the Ireland flag, it’s the color of the shamrock, a symbol of spring, and Ireland has been dubbed “The Emerald Isle.”

Irish Chain by SunsOut. 500 pieces. Finished size: 18″ x 24″.

We wear green on St. Patrick’s Day because some people thought that wearing green made you invisible to leprechauns. Leprechauns are fairy people that pinch anyone they can see, so people began pinching people to remind them what was at stake by being sans-green on March 17!

Nostalgia Puzzles: Classic Cars

Feeling nostalgic lately? With spring around the corner and the focus on things being new and fresh maybe now’s as good a time as ever to do a little look back and focus on revivals…revivals of the beautiful look and feel of some classic cars.

If you or someone you know loves tinkering around on engines, especially of the old variety, maybe they’ll also like to build some puzzles that celebrate the sleekness of some classic Chevys. Seeing how things fit and match together to create a seamless new product is an activity for both the car-lover and the puzzle-lover, after all!

American Cars of the Fifties by Eurographics. 300 pieces.

America’s Best by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Summer Time Drive 2Pack by Jumbo (2 puzzles in 1 box!). 500 pieces each.

Doo-Wop by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Going Steady by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Honest Al’s Used Car Lot by Master Pieces. 1000 Pieces.

 

Can’t get enough? Not to worry – we have dozens of vintage cars, trucks, boats planes and trains in our Vehicles & Transportation Puzzles section.

 

 

Wrebbit’s Return and the Spirit of Puzzle Designer Paul-Émile Gallant

As part of our new inventory this year, we’re happy to now have Wrebbit 3D puzzles back in stock! For any serious 3D puzzle fan, Wrebbit has the best three dimensional puzzles out there. Need some data to back up this claim? Wrebbit offers:

  • Larger models with more pieces
  • Fair prices for high quality materials
  • Sturdier structures with  new technology
  • High-quality illustrations that will knock your socks off

Wrebbit is committed to continuing the spirit of ingenious puzzle designer Paul-Émile Gallant, who created the famous Puzz 3D line in the 1990s. Gallant became a renowned toy designer, making 3D puzzles of famous landmarks that incorporated flexible foam pieces that were “rigid enough to be portable and beautiful enough for display.” In 2008, Gallant was recognized for his contribution to the toy world and was included in the Canadian Toy Industry Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Gallant passed away in September 2011, but his revolutionary visions paved the way for the new beautiful puzzles of Big Ben, the Taj Mahal, and even Hobbiton!

Check out these lovely new additions, perfect for any 3D puzzlers’ dream displays.

big ben wrebbit puzzlesAbove: Big Ben is 890 pieces and measures 18.9″ x 10.63″ x 28.74″ when assembled. Recommended for ages 12 and up. If these seems a bit intimidating, try starting with a smaller Big Ben 3D Puzzle – we have several from other brands, too!

lord of the rings puzzlesAbove: Citadel of Minas Tirith from Lord of the Rings The Hobbit is 819 pieces and measures 17.52″ x 16.54″ x 25.98″. Want more of The Hobbit? We also have the Hobbit Collector’s Puzzle, a regular 500 piece jigsaw.

germany puzzles, germanAbove: Neuschwanstein Castle is a whopping 890 pieces and measures 21.95″ x 11.42″ x 15.26″. This castle in Germany is the subject of many jigsaw puzzles – from 550 pieces up to 4000!

Wizard of Oz Jigsaw Puzzles

Are you going to see Oz: The Great and Powerful this weekend? For many that have been anticipating the release of Sam Raimi’s theatrical motion picture, today couldn’t come any sooner!

James Franco plays the leading man, Oscar, who is a small-time circus magician thrust into the vibrant Land of Oz. In the epic battle between good and evil, Oscar must put his magical arts to the test to transform into a better man and the great and powerful Wizard of Oz himself. Watch the trailer here.

To keep the magical fun going, we’ve collected some of our favorite Oz inspired puzzles and games. Enjoy!

Wizard of Oz by Artist Scott Gustafson Jigsaw Puzzle

Wizard of Oz by Artist Scott Gustafson – 1000 piece panoramic jigsaw puzzle from SunsOut.

Wizard of Oz Potato Heads

Dorthy & Friends Mr. Potato Head Set! This special collectors set includes Dorothy and all her friends; The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion. Each figure is extremely detailed and features over 25 of components to mix and match. Even Toto is included in the fun!

Ruby Slippers Wizard of Oz Jigsaw Puzzle

These 500 piece shaped puzzles from Paper House feature whimsy pieces in custom shapes.

Wicked Witch Jigsaw Puzzle

These 500 piece shaped puzzles from Paper House feature whimsy pieces in custom shapes.

Dorthy, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion from Wizard of Oz

These 500 piece shaped puzzles from Paper House feature whimsy pieces in custom shapes.

Wizard of Oz Book Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle

Classic Books series features Wizard of Oz puzzle in collectible book shaped boxes with magnetic closure.

CLASSIC BOOKS - WIZARD OF OZ II

Classic Books series features Wizard of Oz puzzle in collectible book shaped boxes with magnetic closure.

Find It - Wizard of Oz Themed Game

Especially for Wizard of Oz lovers, this Find It Game contains 30 themed items. Spin it, shake it, twist it – and be the first to find Dorthy’s basket, Toto, or the flying monkeys!