About Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to spend time with family and keep your mind active. These games are also a lot of fun and can be enjoyed by just about anyone who likes intellectual stimulation involving problem solving and focus. As many have attested, jigsaw puzzles are de-stressing and in a way therapeutic. Initially made in London by John Spilsbury, an old English mapmaker and engraver, these puzzles were constructed by simply painting an image on a square or rectangular piece of wood and then the pieces were subsequently cut out using a jigsaw, a type of saw capable of cutting abrupt curves and angles. Jigsaw puzzles can range in size from big to small in either piece size to piece count or both. Jigsaw puzzles are also rated in difficulty using a scale that indicates the number of pieces. For instance, puzzles that have five hundred pieces or less are usually rated as 'beginner' and puzzles with five thousand or more are regarded as 'ultra extreme' in difficulty. If you feel up to a challenge you could in theory race to complete any of these in a given amount of time. However, the more pieces the more difficult and longer the puzzle will take to complete. With this said, it is inevitable that some will develop strategies to aid in their efforts to reconstruct the desired image. Most players will use the cover of the box in which the puzzle came in to give them a clue as to what they are supposed to be building. However, those of us that are a bit more competitive will opt not to use this clue and try to solve the puzzle with just deductive reasoning by itself.

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