Puzzle of the Day – Egyptian Pyramid

For those of you who are passionate about history and archeology, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day should get your attention. This 3D puzzle measures 8 by 8 inches at the base, and consists of 80 pieces, specially shaped to fit together into a pyramid shape. Each side features images representing four Egyptian Pharaohs, such as King Tut, Khufu, Cleopatra and Nefertiti.

The Egyptian Pyramids were ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures built as tombs for Egypt’s Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods. The pyramid of Khufu at Giza is the largest of all Egyptian pyramids and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.

The pyramid builders were not slaves or foreigners as some people might think. Some of the builders were permanent employees of the pharaoh. Others were conscripted for a limited time from local villages. As a reward they were given tax breaks, shelter, food and clothing.

The 3D Egyptian Pyramid puzzle by Master Pieces will not require too much manual labor to complete, and you probably won’t get a tax break for it, but it certainly is a challenge. When it is finished, you may even want to keep it assembled as a desk ornament and a trophy of your puzzle superiority.

Puzzle of the Day – Rosie the Riveter

This week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day features the American WWII icon Rosie the Riveter, by Norman Rockwell. Rosie represents the women who took hard labor jobs during WWII to replace the male workers sent overseas by the draft. She started out as a propaganda figure, motivating women to serve their country on the home front, and has since become an American feminist icon.

Norman Rockwell was an American painter whose knack for capturing the essence of working-class people and their everyday lives has gained him a place in the heart of American history. He is known especially for his illustrations on the covers of the Saturday Evening Post, which he did for 47 years, producing more than 300 covers.

Rockwell’s depiction of Rosie the Riveter on this puzzle shows her on her lunch break, perched in front of a huge American flag with a riveter in her lap and a half-eaten sandwich in hand. Her shoulders are squared and her chin lifted proudly. Her small face and delicate features contrast with a thick neck and muscular arms. The dirt-smudged, girly face on an otherwise manly body illustrates the dual role that women played in that era, of both wife/mother and industrial laborer.

Puzzle of the Day – Flags Over the Capitol

In honor of the midterm elections that took place in the U.S. earlier this week, today’s jigsaw puzzle of the day has a patriotic theme. Flags Over the Capitol, by Thomas Kinkade, is a 750 piece puzzle, showing a shimmering vision of the United States Capitol Building, decked out with dozens of American flags.

Thomas Kinkade, rightly known as the “Painter of Light,” has a distinct style defined by soft shapes and warm, glowing light. His paintings often have religious or patriotic themes, with an emphasis on family and community values. About Flags Over the Capitol, he said, “Nothing brings out American pride more than a celebration with flags flying overhead and banners strung from every window. This is a time when friends, families and neighbors join together in a spectacular display of unity and patriotism.”

Flags Over the Capitol is a popular one of Kinkade’s paintings, featured on everything from beer steins to refrigerator magnets, to—you guessed it—jigsaw puzzles! This one created by Ceaco! will literally shimmer as you piece it together, and will fill your heart with patriotic pride.

Puzzle of the Day – Country Village

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and visit the country with this week’s jigsawPuzzle of the Day. The puzzle called Country Village takes us back to simpler time and place, where you can break away from the stress of the everyday and relax to some pleasant scenery. The serenity pictured here is something we all can envy.

Imagine a sunny day in the country. A little village is nestled in a valley and you can see the hills rising in the distance. A shepherd herds his flock down a dirt path, taking them to graze in a pasture. A villager climbs a ladder to repair his thatched roof.

The children play at the edge of a stream, one waiting with his fishing pole in hand. In the stream, the ducks float lazily, and a row boat is docked at the shore.

The town is idyllic, and the villagers all seem content with their lives. The peaceful feeling extends to the animals as well. A dog calmly lies next to a cat, birds circle overhead, and the horses take a leisurely walk down the path. Even the colors in the picture seem to get along. The brilliant blues in the sky and stream mix well with the vibrant green in the hills and trees. Flowers nearly burst out of the scene.

Country Village by Jumbo! will draw you into a world of peace and beauty. With 1500 pieces, it’s perfect for adult puzzle-lovers who are looking for a challenge. Try it today!

Puzzle of the Day – Friends on Halloween

With Halloween just around the corner, this week’s jigsaw puzzle of the day is the aptly titled Friends on Halloween. Autumn colors, spooky decorations, and trick-or-treaters are all themes invoked, sure to get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday. Take a break from the routine and put together a whimsical puzzle to celebrate the season.

This puzzle by Sunsout features the artwork of Doug Laird. In the distance there’s a beautiful home. Light pours from the window and smoke drifts out of the chimney. The yard is decorated to the nines with floating bats, a skeleton hung from a gnarled tree, and brightly lit jack-o-lanterns. Their ghoulish faces leer at passersby. In the foreground, a black cat on a fencepost arches his back- an iconic Halloween image. The trick-or-treaters are dressed in an array of costumes, eager to carry away their haul of candy in plastic pumpkin buckets. Even the dog gets in on the act.

This beautifully composed image will leave you feeling nostalgic for your childhood, prepare you for the little ghosts and ghouls to come knocking at your door, and have you pulling out decorations and carving pumpkins of your own. The combination of light and shadow creates interesting variations in the picture.

With 1000 pieces, Friends on Halloween will keep you entertained for hours. There’s enough pieces to present a challenge for even the most seasoned puzzler, and enough variety to keep you interested. For an even more enjoyable evening, invite your friends over on Halloween to join in the fun.