Monthly Archives: May 2013

Desert Landscape Jigsaw Puzzles

Recently we did a post on the beach and the mountains to prepare you all for summer, but we know some of you have been enjoying the warm days and cool nights almost all year round! You’re the desert people, with misters spraying water at you to keep you cool for your outside errands and pools to dip into as soon as you arrive home. Plus, you can’t beat that beautiful desert scenery! So, we’re letting everyone join in on the beauty of the desert with these puzzles of the unique plants and that desert stunning sky.

Desert Dusk by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

The Sleeping Gypsy by Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. Piece count varies, starting at 430 pieces.

Grand Canyon by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone by Pomegranate. 1000 pieces.

August Evening by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Desert Storm Vista by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Delicate Arch by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces.

Cathedral Rock by Springbok. 1000 pieces.

Southwestern Pots by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

May 26th is John Wayne’s Birthday!

Fans of the famous cowboy can celebrate John Wayne’s birthday—May 26—with our puzzles that wonderfully capture him as a person that was stubbornly independent, morally dignified, and a believer of fair play.

John Wayne Slim Puzzle by Aquarius. 1000 pieces. 12″ x 36″.

Wayne is one of the most famous film icons and starred in nearly 250 movies! We should’ve known he was going to make a sizable impact on the world—considering he came into the world a sizable baby, weighing 13 pounds!

John Wayne – Movie by Aquarius. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.

One trait Wayne is remembered for is his unique body language, specifically his easy, fluid gait. Wayne’s feet were relatively small in comparison with his large body, but he moved gracefully and his movements became a famous part of his screen persona. Actress Katherine Hepburn said she was impressed by his “light dancer’s steps.”

If you’re looking for a movie that celebrates Wayne, watch (or rewatch!) The Shootist, Wayne’s last film before he died of cancer. Semi-autobiographical, the character he plays is also an aging cowboy fighting cancer. The director, Don Siegel, lets Wayne’s well-known and recognizable walk play out with no cutting or editing in the climax scene, where he traverses the length of a saloon. Montages in the opening credit sequences, too, show a highlight reel of clips from earlier Westerns that Wayne acted in.

John Wayne by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 20″ x 27″.

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!

Ocean or Mountains? Puzzles for Outdoorsy People

A classic getting-to-know you question is “Do you prefer the ocean or the mountains?” If you answered “the mountains,” then I have some puzzles for you!

Yesterday I did a post on ocean puzzles because I’m so excited about summer beach trips, but today I’ve got something for those of you that like the shade that tall trees provide while you go hunting, fishing, or camping in the forest, along a lake or near a river.

Forest Path by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Crystal Mill, White River National Forest by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1000 pieces.

Bear Lake, Estes Park by Springbok. 500 pieces.

Autumn Bridge by SunsOut. 1500 pieces.

Autumn Innocence by Buffalo Games. 300 pieces.

Bear Creek Crossing by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.


Mountains Needle by Educa. 500 pieces. 5000 pieces.

A Time to Dream by Clementoni. 1500 pieces.

Lake Louise by Eurographics. 750 pieces.


Summer’s Just Around the Corner: Beach Puzzles

Yesterday I visited the beach for the first time this year. For Oregon, the weather was quite good—sunny and savagely windy. I came home with sand in my socks, sea salt sprayed all over my pants, and a belly full of clam chowder and raw oysters. We collected sea shells to make sea shell mason jars and I found my first-ever in-tact sand dollar! All in all, it was a lovely day and it inspired me to share some of our equally lovely seaside puzzles since summer’s just around the corner and beach days are going to be much more common for those of us flanking the coasts!

Seashells by Springbok. 1500 pieces. 29″ x 36″.

Shell Seekers by White Mountain. 550 pieces. 18″ x 24″.

Ocean of Devotion by Lang. 500 pieces. 18″ x 24″.

What a Beach! by White Mountain. 1000 pieces. 24″ x 30″.

Beach Puppies by Cobble Hill. 1000 pieces. 26.625″ x 19.25″.

Key West by Dowdle Folk Art. 500 pieces. 16″ x 20″.

Twilight Moon by SunsOut. 1000 pieces. 16″ x 34″.

Sunset by Educa. 1000 pieces. 68 x 48 cm.

Boats on a Tropical Beach by Lafayette Puzzle Factory. 1500 pieces. 23″ x 33″.


Learn while you puzzle with Eurographics!

Eurographics is a great brand that offers you a learn experience while you puzzle. As one of the leading art distributors in North America, Eurographics has a great selection of puzzles and games relating to art history, but also world history, geography, and more! Their puzzles feature many images for those people that love to organize and catalogue almost any and every topic!

saturn, pluto, jupiter, solar system puzzles, space puzzles

Solar System. 750 pieces.

Pluto was recently downgraded to a dwarf planet and joined 3 other known dwarf planets in our solar system: Ceres, Eris, and Makemake. With improved telescopes, scientists expect to discover more.

Circulatory System. 1000 pieces.

If you were just to count the cells, you might be horrified to find that you have more bacterium cells living inside your body than human cells. Most of these bacteria cells are friendly, some are even beneficial.

science puzzles, educational jigsaw puzzles, periodic table

Periodic Table of Elements. 1000 pieces.

Currently there are 118 elements on the periodic table, 90 which occur in nature and the rest being manmade. Most of the elements are metals. Scientists are now working on creating Element 120, which would change the way the periodic table now looks.

History of Trains. 1000 pieces.

One of the first movies ever made by the Lumiére brothers was a simple fifty second film of a train arriving in a station. It mesmerized people that a moving image could capture something that happened in the past and be replayed. There’s a myth that the people ran from the theater because they thought the train would jump out of the screen to run them all over.

fish puzzles, reef puzzles, ocean

Coral Reef by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

The Great Barrier Reef is about 500,000 years old, with the current structure at about age 8,000 years old… pretty young, considering the first coral reefs started about 500 million years ago and the first close relatives of modern coral reefs popped up approximately 230 million years ago.

Da Vinci. 1000 pieces.

It was pretty rare for his time period, but Da Vinci was actually a vegetarian for humanitarian reasons.

Great Composers. 1000 pieces.

The Baroque Period of Art and Music came after the Protestant Reformation, and it changed the focus of art. The interest in a capella music waned and there was a surge of interest in art which could evoke visceral and emotional responses. In the Baroque era, the first opera house came into existence in Venice in 1637.

The Atom. 1000 pieces.

There are 2 sextillion atoms of oxygen in one drop of water. Imagine how many are in a puzzle piece—or in 1000 puzzle pieces!

Take our Survey, win a Prize! [Free Puzzle Giveaway]

We’re trying to make our blog even better every day, but we need your help! Sometimes writing about puzzles can be puzzling in itself, so we want to know: what types of posts do you enjoy reading most? This little survey will take less than 2 minutes to answer, and in return you will be entered into a drawing to win a free 500 or 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle or your choice!
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The survey will be open for 1 week until May 21st at 11:59 pm PST, so if you’ve never gotten a chance to read the blog before, you’ll have some time to browse it. Don’t forget to leave your email address if you’d like to be entered to win any 500 or 1000 piece puzzle —any one you want! Look some of these over to get inspired.

Atlantic City by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

White Tiger Face by SunsOut. 1000 pieces.

Balloons Aglow by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

Garden Border by Pomegranate. 500 pieces.

Buttons by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Duomo – Milan by Clementoni. 500 pieces.