How would you like to add the Cadbury Gift jigsaw puzzle to your hobby collection? Talk about combining the best of life's little treasures together! Yummy!
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What is your opinion? Is this a jigsaw puzzle cheat sheet? If there is a poster included with the exact same measurements of the actual jigsaw puzzle, how would you use it?
Method #1: Would you set the poster beside your work area to use as a guide?
Method #2: Would you set the poster IN the work area and build the puzzle on top of it using it as a guide?
Would you consider Method #2 to be cheating? I know this may ruffle a lot of puzzlers....especially those that do not even use the box cover image to assist with assembling their puzzles, much less a poster included.
However, take a look at this Cadbury Gift jigsaw puzzle. It is presented as a jigsaw puzzle gift with chocolate candy inside.
Do you think they purposely used a poster size 'cheat'-sheet to be the exact same size of the actual jigsaw puzzle to assist with the assembly for the 'would-be-recipients' of this gift?
Take a look at the above image. It appears nearly impossible to most non-puzzlers, therefore it would limit the amount of purchases of this candy gift. People who know puzzlers would likely buy it for them knowing it covers their perfect gift goal - chocolates and a very tricky yet colourful jigsaw puzzle.
It is still very attractive to the puzzler too because it has good elements of a puzzle and the chocolate candy is a bonus. I think the image is kinda ironic in the sense of 'eye-candy'. It really is an image of candy, it has candy in the box and the image holds the elements of tricky and challenging.
I received this gift from my Facebook 'phantom-friend' Helen SS. (Those who follow these posts will know that she does not have access to Facebook but sees the 'Feed'). When I saw this gift I was immediately thrilled as many of you would be too. Chocolates and a puzzle united - YES!
While eating the candy, I contemplated on how to complete the 500 piece Cadbury Gift Jigsaw Puzzle ....ok so the border pieces were the easiest to pick out of the box.
While I sorted for those, I piled the pieces that resembled some of the main colours, then laid them out as follows;
Now you can see in the image above how all the pieces are lined up by 'colour zones' and the poster is at the top of the image. Once I seen this image, I thought to myself - "self?.... you have never had the opportunity to try this - will it be considered cheating?" (likely by most) But I decided to go for it merely for the fun of it!!!
I purposely left the puzzle poster on the workstation and decided to find out just exactly how much help would the poster be by assembling it this way.
So was there an advantage here? Yes of course, but the real question is, just how much of an advantage compared to just looking at the poster. Think about it.
I could have just as easily looked at the poster, followed along with the specific colour candy for the particular section I was working on.
I can tell you this...the advantage was not as much as I thought it might be....I'd say it had about a 20% advantage in saving time looking for pieces - all the rest of the experience was the same as other puzzles other than the fact that it was a different way to do a puzzle and had made it quite FUN!!!!
Take a close look at these sections of the Cadbury Gift Jigsaw Puzzle clearly showing the puzzle pieces covering the poster.
AND the advertisement actually states "A perfect sized photograph is included to make the puzzle over if you choose." Now do you think I was cheating?....just sayin'....work smarter not harder ;)
Title: Cadbury's Roses Jigsaw Puzzle
No. of Pieces: 500
Size: 50 x 35cm - approximately 14" x 20"
Appears to be available in the UK only.
Special thanks to Helen SS for snail-mailing this parcel from overseas Scotland to Canada. I really enjoyed putting this together because it did have an extra twist to it by following the poster under the puzzle itself.
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About: Mastering the Art of Choosing the Right Jigsaw Puzzle
Tips to Avoid Buying Overwhelmingly Difficult Images
Jigsaw puzzles offer a delightful challenge, but there are times when the level of difficulty can be overwhelming. Whether you're a seasoned puzzler or a novice looking for an enjoyable experience, it's important to choose the right puzzle image that matches your skill level and personal preferences. In this article, we'll explore the world of difficult jigsaw puzzles and provide you with a list of tips to help you avoid buying images that might leave you feeling frustrated.
1. Know Your Skill Level
Understanding your own puzzle-solving skills is key when selecting a jigsaw puzzle. Be honest with yourself about your experience and comfort level. If you're a beginner, it's best to start with puzzles that have a lower piece count and simpler imagery. As you gain confidence and experience, you can gradually challenge yourself with more complex puzzles.
2. Consider the Piece Count
The number of puzzle pieces directly affects the difficulty level. Larger piece counts, such as 1,000 pieces or more, can be more time-consuming and mentally demanding. If you prefer a less challenging experience, opt for puzzles with smaller piece counts, such as 500 pieces or even fewer.
3. Analyze the Imagery
Before purchasing a puzzle, carefully examine the image. Complex and intricate designs, such as landscapes with numerous details or abstract patterns, tend to be more challenging. If you're looking for a less daunting puzzle, choose images with clearly defined sections, distinct colors, or simpler motifs.
4. Read Product Descriptions and Reviews
Take the time to read product descriptions and reviews. Puzzle manufacturers often provide information about the level of difficulty, which can help you make an informed decision. Additionally, reading reviews from other puzzlers can give you insights into the puzzle's complexity and whether it aligns with your preferences.
5. Look for Beginner-Friendly Collections
Many puzzle companies offer collections specifically designed for beginners. These collections often feature puzzles with larger pieces, simpler imagery, or even hints and guidance to assist you along the way. Exploring these beginner-friendly options can be a great way to ease into the world of jigsaw puzzles.
6. Seek Variety in Piece Shapes
Some puzzles feature unique piece shapes that can add an extra layer of difficulty. If you're looking for a more accessible experience, consider puzzles with standard grid-shaped pieces. However, if you enjoy a challenge, look for puzzles with irregular or whimsical piece shapes, as they can make the assembly process more complex and engaging.
7. Check for Puzzle-Specific Features
Certain puzzle manufacturers offer features to indicate the level of difficulty. For example, some puzzles may have a "difficulty rating" on the packaging or specify whether they are suitable for beginners, intermediate puzzlers, or advanced enthusiasts. These indicators can be valuable in making an informed decision.
8. Consider Collaborations with Artists
Many jigsaw puzzle companies collaborate with renowned artists, resulting in a wide range of puzzle images with varying levels of difficulty. Some artists may have a distinctive style that makes their puzzles more challenging, while others may focus on creating accessible and enjoyable designs. Research the artist's work and style to ensure it aligns with your preferences and skill level.
9. Seek Recommendations from Fellow Puzzlers
Engaging with the puzzle community, whether through online forums, social media groups, or local puzzle clubs, can provide valuable insights and recommendations. Experienced puzzlers can share their thoughts on specific puzzle images and brands, helping you make informed choices.
10. Trust Your Instincts
Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose puzzles that genuinely spark joy and interest for you. While it's important to consider the difficulty level, it's equally crucial to select images that you find visually appealing and personally satisfying. Enjoying the process of assembling a puzzle is just as important as the challenge itself.
By following these tips, you'll be better equipped to choose jigsaw puzzles that match your skill level and provide an enjoyable experience. Remember, puzzles should be a source of relaxation and fun, so don't be afraid to explore different options and challenge yourself while staying within your comfort zone. Happy puzzling!
(ChatGPT, personal communication, June 20, 2023)