Grid Ribbon Random Cut Pieces 

All I can say is - massive variety! There is such an array of different jigsaw puzzle cut pieces in the world. Not often we stop and think about it, but I have now.

 It’s quite the variety once you see it on a list. But before we get to the list (below) - I want to mention this puzzle that is actually figurine piece-shapes that makes up the entire jigsaw puzzle.

Kinda cool to share here. See the following puzzle.

 MC Escher Shapes Jigsaw Puzzle - Artist:  M.C. Escher  
Pieces: 40 large shaped images - Size: 19" x 16"

Brand: Holland 1999 - Title: MC Escher Shapes Jigsaw Puzzle - Artist:  M.C. Escher - Pieces: 40 large shaped images - Size: 19" x 16"

Above Pieces Assembled:

Brand: Holland 1999 - Title: MC Escher Shapes Jigsaw Puzzle - Artist:  M.C. Escher - Pieces: 40 large shaped images - Size: 19" x 16"

Grid, Ribbon and Random Type Cuts

GRID - RIBBON CUT PIECES               VERSUS                    RANDOM CUT PIECES

GRID - RIBBON CUT PIECES               VERSUS                    RANDOM CUT PIECES

When people talk about “grid cut” pieces, they are talking about pieces that match their adjacent pieces at all four corners. The cut lines flow in a continuous line from left to right and from top to bottom. “Ribbon cut” pieces have a continuous cut line ONLY from left to right OR top to bottom, but not both. However, often the 2 are referred to as ribbon/grid cut.

Ideally the puzzle can be built line by line. The shapes and size of the individual pieces will be fairly consistent sometimes even so far as to identify by the thickness of the knobs or center area of the pieces as all horizontal or vertical directions.

Random cut pieces do not follow a 'grid' as described in the grid cut to the left.

Each piece is individually shaped.

When it's being built, clusters of pieces tend to happen more often.

Borders tend to be random cut as well, making it more challenging to assemble but not likely as difficult as a jigsaw puzzle that is known as a 'Shaped' puzzle. 

Grid and ribbon or strip  visual

The following image shares an extreme close up difference between a Grid cut and a Ribbon/Strip cut with a brief description. 

More On Different Cut Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

NOTE: When puzzles companies state 'no two puzzles are cut the same' some of the difference is making a shift on the grid before cutting. That means it's impossible for 2 puzzles to be cut the same so replacing the puzzle piece is not an option.  This can happen on grid/ribbon or random puzzles.

Also, there is an option to change only one or two pieces on the cutting grid for variations.

Finally, it is not uncommon for a company to use the same puzzle cut on more than one image which allows puzzle images to be interchangeable  like following image courtesy of Tim Klien who has an entire gallery of images that are combined jigsaw puzzles with the same cut.


Here is another creative idea I have seen on Ceaco Brand jigsaw puzzles known as the Double piece.

The small pieces actually fit into the larger pieces.

Interesting indeed. Got to be cautious of those little escapees!


How about the cut of the old days? This is a cut similar to the Escher puzzle above where the pieces just 'butt' up to each other. 

One thing I know for sure - IF this cut (to the left) was how all jigsaw puzzles were cut today, I would not be doing puzzles. 

That said, special thanks to Don Lewis from our Jigsaw Puzzle Connections Facebook Group for sharing this fantastic vintage puzzle with no missing pieces.

Now here's a descriptive quick list of what types of piece cuts are out there:

- thick, thin, almost paper thin

- small, mini and micro small

- medium, large, extra large
- whimsies, random

- glitter, foil, velvet, cork
- cratch’n sniff 
- glow in the dark
-wood, plastic, glass(yes glass),
- recycled board, standard board
- pieces have been known to be called ‘bits’
- puzzles have be known to be ‘armed’ or a ‘ride’

- cut fit loose, tight, taut

-don’t forget digital pieces for the options available there


We have collected a massive list of jigsaw puzzles in numerous categories on our Amazon Store link. It's a quick way to browse most current puzzles and/or specific seasons, accessories and themes. Makes for a terrific one-stop jigsaw puzzle gift giving shopping centre. CLICK HERE

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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)