Carbonated Colours Puzzle 
by Guest Writer Roberta Shore

We invite you to read Roberta Shore's review on the following jigsaw puzzle. Since she has discovered the advantages of jigsaw puzzling, she has reviewed/journaled several that will be available on this website.

Carbonated Colors

Springbok
Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

Carbonated Colours Puzzle - Roberta's Review

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Carbonated Colors

Springbok
Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

Carbonated Colors

Springbok
Random Cut
500 pieces
Finished dimension: 20” Round

My (advancing) Newbie rating: Easy

The copy of this puzzle I put together was flawed. It had one broken piece and a few damaged pieces. The piece fit was so loose no two pieces would stay together. Loose fit seems to be a possible issue across brands. The previous Springbok puzzle I completed did not have any issues that ruined my puzzling experience. Springbok has an excellent reputation.

So, stuff happens. I want to recommend this puzzle to new puzzlers. Because it is an easy puzzle to complete, it would be a great introduction to random cut pieces, round puzzles, and the art of sorting.

Specific to this puzzle:

  1. The random cut was typical, not many traditional piece shapes, some large pieces, sometiny, false edge pieces, and pieces that did not lock together.
  2. The round puzzle frame had almost straight edges and used several of the tiny pieces.Piecing it together following the bottle colors was a simple task.
  3. The Puzzle Hobby sorting order works wonderfully! Do a general sort by color while findingthe edge pieces. Build the frame. Sub-sort by color value, and layout all the pieces by shape (easier with ribbon cut puzzles) on a foam core board. Well, I don’t have the practical space for the luxury of that last step. So, I use trays and sort by recognizable areas of color or items. For this one, I sorted by label. If there was no indication of label on a piece, I sorted those by color. There were relatively few. I also sorted out the center and a row or two of surrounding pieces.

From there the construction was a breeze - it was equivalent to doing 23 little puzzles. As soon as the sorted labels were put together, they could be attached to the frame.

When I finished this bothersome puzzle and there were no missing pieces it still evoked a moment of pleasure to see it complete. And, it can be fun to do an easy puzzle; not every one has to be challenging and take days to complete, to enjoy the process. Because that is always the same — a mind clearing, calming activity. It’s a good thing!

My ratings: Quality C, Fun Factor B+

Note: Loose piece fit is second perhaps to missing piece, but it is a disappointment from beginning to end. This review and ratings have to be honest based on my experience with the box of puzzle pieces I put together. Please don’t be deterred.


ABOUT THE AUTHORWith her self-published book and  over 300 jigsaw puzzle reviews,  Linda has established herself as a prominent social media marketing influencer and jigsaw puzzle-preneur.  If you want to send Linda a quick message, visit her contact page here.

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