Expert Puzzle Sorters and Builders

There are several ways to organize your pieces as you puzzle. The bigger the puzzle, the more organizing is required.

Here are two videos from Youtube of people putting together some of the largest puzzles around. First there’s the Creation of Adam, a Clementoni Puzzle topping out at 13,224 pieces! The puzzle comes divided up in sections to make your challenge a little more doable (although each of those sections is over 2,000 pieces!)

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Click here to watch the first of 6 videos of the completion of this massive puzzle!

In the first video, you can see how meticulous the sorting is. First, they build the details of the picture, meaning anything with color is organized and sorted and put together. After, they’re left with hundreds of pieces of the same color. Whew! Imagine.

From there, they sort those pieces by shape, a recommendation we give in our strategy guide. This helps because the ribbon cut of the puzzle makes it easy for them to figure out exactly what shape they’re looking for when they need another piece, so they know exactly which pieces to try.

The Creation of Adam puzzle-building spans over 6 videos. Check them all out: 123456Final Compilation Video

We currently do not carry this puzzle in stock, but there is a 750 piece Creation of Adam puzzle offered by Eurographics.

Creation of Adam by Eurographics. 750 pieces. Finished size: 36″ x 12″

In another video, two people put together the 5,000 piece Ravensburger puzzle “Beneath the Sea.” Here you can see them organize all of their pieces into bowls (much better than the plastic baggies I currently use to sort mine!)

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Click here to watch them put together this giant puzzle!

In just 14 days, these women seem to put this puzzle together mostly by color and trial-and-error. Impressive, huh? Does seeing it completed before your eyes inspire you to believe you can do the same? We hope so!

Beneath the Sea by Ravensburger. 5000 pieces. Finished size: 48″ x 32″

Going Big… and Bigger! 2,000-4,000 piece Puzzles

The survey we put out last week to get a response on how you, our readers, are enjoying this blog ended Tuesday night. The winner has been chosen, the stats have been analyzed, and I’m ready to deliver you some of the posts you guys have been looking for! Thank you for your input and creativity—there’s a lot you want to know about puzzles, and I’m happy to oblige! To start, we’ll feature a post on 2,000-4,000 piece puzzles suggested by Linda.

The master stage of jigsaw puzzling starts at 2,000 pieces. It means you’re done with the intermediate stage and ready to tackle twice the job! Use the same helpful tips: sort by shape piece and color, and definitely stay patient. These are big jobs, but the reward is twice as satisfying!

Napolean’s Winter by Heye. 27″ x 38″ when completed.

Talk about a challenge! The sheer size of this puzzle is daunting enough, but throw in the amount of white snow there is and the similarity of images of people on horses and wagons, and you’ve got yourself a puzzle that’ll challenge you for weeks! Make sure to carve out a space in your home for this puzzle to be up for a while, or check out our puzzle storage.

City by Heye. 38″ x 27″ when completed.

This bright, eccentric puzzle is the work of cartoonist Guillermo Mordillo, who has many other puzzles of this brightness and quality offered in 1000 piece counts for those that aren’t quite ready for this challenge.

Crime Scene by Heye. 38″ x 27″ when completed.

This puzzle is fantastic because if you get bored of one scene, just switch to another! Featuring a background space and 5 rings of interior spaces to help you solve the “horrible mystery of Vampshire Castle,” this puzzle by artist Michael Ryba will surely keep you entertained the whole way through!

The Times of the Day by Educa. 37.8″ x 26.8″ when completed.

If cartoon art isn’t for you, this puzzle by Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha will be sure to please you! It offers some repeating images (such as the design underneath each woman’s portrait) but also different color schemes for variation.

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Step it up a notch with 3,000 piece puzzles. There are fewer of these offered because they are more challenging, and the subject tends to be more in favor of high art  instead of cartoons. These would look gorgeous mounted and framed through the process of gluing a puzzle.

Around the World by Ravensburger. 48″ x 32″ when completed.

You’ll never get bored with this one. So many sceneries and places to see all over the world in this one! See the night life come alive of Paris, Monte Carlo, Quebec, and Tokyo… and even spot Puzzle Warehouse’s hometown of St. Louis!

Guernica by Educa. 56.7″ X 26.8″ when completed.

What’s the fun of just buying a print of Picasso’s lovely painting when you can reconstruct it yourself—with the added challenge of only hues of black and white to guide you instead of colors?

Typus Orbis Terrarum by Educa. 47.25″ x 33.5″ when completed.

After spending so much time with this sepia-hued challenge, I doubt you’ll ever forget your geography lessons again!

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4,000 piece puzzles seem to feature even more realistic art, especially with the travel theme in mind. I guess the bigger it is, the more likely you’ll feel inspired to go and see it in the flesh! These beautiful puzzles will definitely enflame your travel itch.

Portofino by Educa. 53.5″ x 37.75″ when completed.

This scene is so beautiful and colorful, for a moment I didn’t realize it was a painting!

Times Square by Buffalo Games. 52″ x 38″ when completed.

This a new puzzle from Buffalo Games, and the largest puzzle we offer of the iconic Times Square scene.

Vernazza by Clementoni. 52.6″ x 38.5″ when completed.

The many different colors of this puzzle will be helpful in the construction, but the sheer size of it will still make things more challenging! Try starting out with the ocean pieces in order to get the bulk of the challenge done first!

A Look at Impossible and Extremely Difficult Puzzles

For the avid puzzlers – we are always looking for a new challenge. For some, increasing the piece count is enough – moving up from standard 1000 piece or 1500 piece puzzles into the giant masterpieces like a 9000 piece Underwater Paradise or even bigger like the world’s largest puzzle at 32,000 pieces. For others, it’s not just about the piece count, but adding some other kind of dimension to the puzzle that makes it more difficult to solve. Today, I’ll take a look at a few specialty puzzles you’ll find at PuzzleWarehouse.com, and why they have the thrill you’re looking for in your next jigsaw.

 

Most difficult jigsaw puzzle with no edge pieces

Raining Cats and Dogs – an Impossibles with extra pieces and no edges.

Impossible Puzzles

University Games has come up with a few unique obstacles that are sure to throw a wrench into your typical idea of puzzling. Their Impossibles series are puzzles with no edge pieces (which means there is no border to help guide you), and also FIVE extra pieces in the box that don’t fit any other piece. And then, if you do manage to solve the puzzle without a flat edge for a clue, there are also hidden images in the completely puzzle to find within. The puzzles are only 750 pieces – but don’t let the size fool you – aside from the extra pieces and no edges, the images are also very repetitive – with similar colors and objects that make assembling the pieces even harder.


Non-Interlocking Puzzles

Scramble Squares - Classic Cars Puzzle Brainteaser

Scramble Squares – Classic Cars.

Don’t the simplicity fool you – just because these puzzles only have 9 pieces does not mean they won’t be a challenge! The object is to arrange the nine squares into a 3×3 square so that the graphics on the edges match perfectly all the way around to form a complete design in every direction. Scramble Squares slogan? “Can you unscramble the squares without scrambling your brain?” They even have an in-store challenge – if you can solve one in under 5 minutes, you get a free puzzle! Not many do!

 

Wasgij Puzzles

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WASGIJ? MYSTERY – DRAMA AT THE OPERA

That’s right – jigsaw spelled backwards, or Wasgij, is a whole new way of puzzling. Created by Jumbo brand puzzles and drawn by artist Graham Thompson, these creative jigsaws are not what you’d expect. The puzzle you put together is not the same as the image you see on the box – in fact, solving the puzzle is part of solving the mystery! To complete the puzzle, you have to imagine what the character on the box image sees, or in come cases, will see! The puzzle art is bright and colorful along with humorous cartoons. Can you imagine yourself as part of the picture and put together what you might be seeing?

 

For even more specialty puzzle types – like ones that glow in the dark or feature hidden images and creative shapes, visit our website. Have you done one of these types of puzzles – tell us what you thought in the comments below.

Happy Puzzling!