Extravaganza Puzzle

The Extravaganza puzzle is a very vibrant 1000-piece puzzle with an enormous amount of colourful details.

Ideally, this puzzle is for Puzzlers who enjoy a little extra challenge.

That said, the 'little' extra effort is well worth seeing this beauty assembled on your table!

Brand: Cobble Hill Puzzle Company

Title: Extravaganza Puzzle

Artist: Peggy Davis

Pieces: 1000 

Size: 19.25" x 26.625"

Extravaganza Puzzle Review

Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality:  Great

Board Quality: Firm

Shape Cut: Random 

Image Quality: Superb

Hardest Area: extra details in bottom area

Puzzle Dust? minimal

Finish Quality: Linen

Box Quality: Great

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: Picked for review

Recommend Level: High

Time:  12.5 hours

Extravaganza Puzzle Assembly

I did not do my usual sorting routine but decided to test the Grateful House sorting trays to see IF the Cobble Hill puzzle pieces could be all laid out onto the 8 trays.

So as I sorted, I surrounded the box of pieces with the trays. I even used the lid of the 8 trays (to make the 9th tray) for the edge pieces. I knew I would attempt some 

colour sorting but the image was quite full of different colours. I knew there would not be a lot to differentiate big sections of colours. As you can see in the sorted trays above, I managed to get some reds, pinks, oranges and yellow.

I was delighted to have all the pieces fit nicely onto the 8 trays with room to spare. I could not lay out all the edge pieces on the lid and about 10 pieces were stacked but that's ok because the edge pieces would start the assembly first anyway. 

The Extravaganza puzzle also comes with a large non-glare poster which is about the same size of the box as shown below. 

 Looking at the border  to the left, you can see the array of multi colours. I laid out all the boarder pieces in my assembly area first. I started to match up pairs as much as I could and placed them into the areas as they appeared on the image. 

I could tell from the image that this many colourful details was going to be a bit of a test to assemble. The border process confirmed that as I was referring to the image for each next piece. When it came to start the assembly, I knew the few large sections of flowers was the only way to get this puzzle to 'take off'.  As you can see below, the largest sections of the main flowers combined with the border, takes about 1/4 of the puzzle. 

I decided to continue with focusing on piecing together small sections of red, even if it meant only 2 pieces and sometimes even 1 piece - I put them into place on the board.  The section with the light bluish background in the upper left and right went together next. That left the bottom half portion where the process slowed down. The colours are 'busy' with lots to connect, and it was the area I spent most of my time on. That said, it totally slipped my mind to take a work in progress image.

The following images shows closeups of the beautiful and vibrant colours the artist chose to create this outstanding puzzle image and also the random cut pieces of the puzzle shapes.

Extravaganza Puzzle Comments

The matte-linen non-glare finish is always nice on these puzzles.  As is the cut and quality of Cobble Hill jigsaw puzzles.  I have also had the opportunity to assemble a second image by this same artist, Peggy Davis. It is a 275 piece, easy handling and just as colourful titled, Shady Garden.   

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