Friday, July 29, 2011

Worlds largest puzzle completed!

A couple who are recently married, are the first in the UK to complete putting together the 32,000 pieces which make up the Ravensburger jigsaw Double Retrospect. They spent just under 12 weeks putting together the jigsaw which has a finished size of 544 x 172 cms. Read more about them here

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New jigsaws

Stocks are limited on these beautiful jigsaws, so don't miss out.

Splash! Shaped. 1000 pieces.

Sunset in the Maldives. 1000 pieces.

Hein. 1000 pieces.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Jigsaw Puzzle Solving Style Reveals Your Personality

Jigsaw style - are you hoarder, border obsessive or opportunist?
Have you ever experienced 'jigsaw rage?' Researchers at the University of Bath studied this issue and discovered that people have different approaches to puzzling and that, when there are two different approaches, there can be trouble.

What sort of trouble you say? Well how about when your brother hides the last piece in order to be the winner? How about when your spouse does not allow you to touch 'her' part of the puzzle. How about when you withhold the extra pieces and refuse to allow your partner to touch them?

University of Bath researchers used jigsaw puzzlers to study how people collaborate. They had individuals work on a 120-piece jigsaw puzzle, either alone or in a group.

They discovered categories of puzzlers including hoarders, border obsessives and opportunists.

Hoarders will shield parts of the finished puzzles or hide the picture on the lid from others.

Border obsessives must complete the border before they move on to the rest of the puzzle. They often dominate groups -- controlling decisions and behaviors.

Opportunists sort piles by criteria. They use different ways to solve the puzzle - from the top to the bottom, from a major part of the picture, etc. Opportunists did better when completing a puzzle alone.

Puzzlers altered their approach when they were asked to work in a group, especially if the person they worked with was of a different personality style.

The strategy you use to solve your puzzle likely is indicative of your personality and level of skill although in a lesser way than the extremes shown during puzzle solving.