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Jigsaw puzzles can be a fun way to challenge your mind. There are so many puzzles. From simple easy childrens puzzles to difficult and many-pieced adult puzzles.
Some feature pictures and some are one solid color.
The most important thing when trying to complete a one color puzzle is organization and recognizing patterns. Rather than organizing the pieces by what is on them you have to do it by the shape of the pieces.
When working on a single colored puzzle the first thing you need to do is make sure you have plenty of workspace for the finished puzzle plus extra room for the puzzle pieces. Then lay all the pieces the right way up.
Find all of the corners and edges and separate them into piles. Do the same separation for curved and straight pieces.
Now, go back through the curved pile and separate all of the ones that are only curved on one side. Do the same with the straight pieces taking out and separating all the double length ones.
Going back through your piles you can then organize them by all the “knob” and “hole” pieces in each pile.
Now you’re ready to start putting your puzzle together.
Do the exterior edges first and then start working your way inside from the outside in sections. Most 1000 piece puzzles have a recurring pattern with these sections.
If it helps at all, you can use the box as a reference.
The backside of a one colored puzzle usually has markings that may help separate sections as well.
Some popular one color puzzles:
- Ravensburger Krypt Black Puzzle. This challenging puzzle has completely black pieces and is sold on Amazon if you are up for the challenge of solving it.
- White Heaven Puzzle. All white pieces make up this puzzle and it can also be purchased on Amazon if you want to put your brain to work.
- Tinyouth 1000 Piece Rainbow Palette Puzzle. Although not completely one color, it can be difficult with its array of colors in its circular shape and can also be found on Amazon
- Heinz Ketchup Puzzle. Yes, you heard me right, a ketchup puzzle that has all red pieces and is difficult to put together.
If you are bored with your regular puzzles try one of these options and put your brain to the test! Warning – they may make you a bit frustrated if you need to take a couple or more days to finish it.
After it is completed you will have a sense of accomplishment along with bragging rights.
What Is The Fastest Way To Solve A Jigsaw Puzzle?
When trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle as quickly as possible it is important that you choose a puzzle according to your skill level as well as one that will keep your attention.
The fastest way to complete a jigsaw puzzle is to do everything in order, be organized and look for patterns. You’ll get the hang of it in no time!
Now we’re ready to do our puzzle! Start by flipping all the pieces upwards so you can see the picture on every piece. This helps you know what you’re working with.
Next find all the edge pieces.
This gives you a border that you can work inside as you build it. Then sort out all your pieces by color so that you know the location where they all need to be placed.
Some “impossible” puzzles have recurring patterns and colors so for these you may have to sort them out by shape.
If some pieces have a special shape or look unusual compared to the rest of the pieces, set them aside until you find where exactly they go.
Pay attention to the shape of the puzzle pieces.
The “knobs’ and “holes” may look like they will fit in with another piece but don’t. So if you want to be extra organized, you can organize your pieces into “knobs’ and “holes” piles.
Working on small sections at a time is a great way to help you stay focused and you can see how far you’ve come.
You can place these finished sections in where they might go even if they aren’t connected to the border just yet. If you have your pieces separated by color, shape, etc. You may want to try to connect the sections to the border next.
Finally, don’t give up!
If you feel like you are starting to get frustrated or tired, take a break and come back to it later! Puzzles are good brain work but should also be fun!
Some additional tips for solving a puzzle faster are:
Choose a puzzle according to your skill level.
You don’t want to go all out and choose the hardest one with the most pieces right off. You’ll thank me when you are able to complete the puzzle without getting too frustrated.
If you are a beginner puzzle solver, start out small so you don’t give up halfway through.
Know what you will do with the puzzle after it is completed.
Will you just take it apart or will you frame your masterpiece? They even sell puzzle accessories such as mats that keep your puzzle just the way it is long term.
Have a workspace on which to do your puzzle.
Make sure there’s enough room for you to do the whole puzzle and have a portable surface such as a mat or piece of cardboard that is good for when you need to move the puzzle.
Plastic baggies or Tupperware containers can hold the extra pieces so they don’t get lost while you are completing your puzzle.
Do Puzzles Have Patterns?
Did you know that puzzles were invented to be educational? The first puzzle was actually a map
that was cut in pieces for the public to put back together.
No matter how hard a puzzle may seem, there’s always a method to the madness.
Most puzzles have patterns in the way the pieces are laid out. This can help you when you are solving a difficult puzzle or one that you are just struggling with.
For example, puzzles of 1000 pieces have a smaller cut pattern that is repeated four or six times over the whole thing. That pattern usually has 180 degrees of rotational symmetry.
So, a certain shape can appear eight or twelve times throughout the puzzle. Completing the framework first helps with finding the pattern of a puzzle as well as the layout of the pieces.
If you figure out the pattern then you won’t have a problem with finishing the entire thing quickly. Just remember, organization is really helpful.
What Are The Hardest Puzzles To Solve?
Puzzles range from easy to hard and if you are a beginner it is better to start small so you don’t get frustrated and give up.
Some of these puzzles can be quite tricky even for advanced puzzlers.
The hardest puzzles to solve are ones with many different colors, all the same color, or with lots of pieces (tens of thousands)!
The hardest puzzles include:
- Educa Jigsaw Puzzle: This puzzle has 33,600 Pieces and is the world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle. It takes professional puzzlers 9-12 months to complete it.
- The Baffler Jigsaw Puzzle has 214 Pieces and is a 3-in-1 puzzle with unique shapes, randomly cut pieces, no edge pieces and no overlapping images.
- Impossipuzzle Beans/Sprout Jigsaw Puzzle has 550 Pieces and is double sided
- Mission Impossible Blank Jigsaw Puzzle has 500 Pieces and completely black pieces
- Double-sided Marble Jigsaw Puzzle has 1,000 pieces and a mirrored image on the other side.
- Fishy Impossibles Jigsaw Puzzle has 755 pieces and no edges
- Jelly Belly Pile Of Beans has 1,000 pieces and lots of colors
- Dalmatian Jigsaw Puzzle has 529 pieces and so many spots!
- Blank Jigsaw Puzzle has 654 Pieces and no picture to go by at all!
Are you interested in tackling one of these baffling puzzles? Look for patterns, organize your pieces, and enjoy putting your brain to work.