Omar Guerrero, 11, a fifth-grader at West Oak Middle School in Mundelein, asked, “How did jigsaw puzzles get their name?”
Have you ever put together a jigsaw puzzle? Small, irregularly-shaped cardboard pieces are linked to make one large picture, the same picture as the one featured on the box containing the puzzle.
Jigsaw puzzles come in all shapes and sizes. They can be round, square or rectangular. They can follow the outline of the picture, like a puzzle in the shape of a puppy or a windmill. Some puzzles are three-dimensional. There are online jigsaw puzzles. Some puzzles are very [Read More...]
At SmartKit you can find an unique online Flash jigsaw puzzle.
It took over two months to design this neat twist on the jigsaw puzzle concept. Use your mouse to move the puzzle pieces around and the arrow keys to rotate a puzzle piece. Hopefully more of this kind of unique jigsaw puzzles will appear on SmartKit in the near future.
If you like to read more about jigsaw puzzle please read our jigsaw puzzle page. Happy Puzzling!
Tags: Jigsaw Puzzle
The games at MathDoku are is loosely similar to killer Sudoku and based on the same rules of Kenken, an educational puzzle invented by Tetsuya Miyamoto in Japan. MathDoku games go by a number of names including KenKen, KenDoKu, kenduko, cancan, square wisdom, minuplu, calcudoku, Math Sudoku and latincalc. It is also slightly similar to a crossword or jigsaw puzzle since it requires trial and error to solve.
MathDoku features games in 4×4, 6×6, and 8×8 tables and each have difficulties ranging from easy, medium, hard, and no-op [Read More...]
In graduate school, I spent time procrastinating by solving a 10,000-piece jigsaw puzzle of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. The pieces lived on my dining room table for about a year, taking up almost the entire surface area. Whenever people came by, they insisted on trying to fit in pieces, choosing heaven or hell according to their desires (someone wanted desperately to complete the pig nun).
Of course, the German puzzle company made every piece incredibly nuanced, so that anyone who had completed a regular jigsaw puzzle was not actually classified to fit two pieces together.
Eventually, I [Read More...]
In one twist, you’ll solve the Rubik’s Cube puzzle of this clock’s popularity.
Twist the top row, and the display changes between time, temperature, alarm or date, so you’re always just one turn away from exactly what you need. Requires one AA battery (not included). Rubik’s Cube Alarm Clock is made of plastic and measures 3″ square. Available via Puzzle Master for approx. US$ 20.
Tags: Rubik’s Cube | Alarm Clock
The UK branch of the Mensa society for smarty pants has released a brain training alarm clock that combines grogginess, loud noises and puzzles (a winning combination).
Here’s how it works: when the alarm sounds, you will need to memorize and repeat a random sequence of colored lights on one of three difficulty levels. If you get the sequence wrong, or you are too slow, the alarm gets progressively louder until you get it right (or hurl it against a wall). If you are up to the challenge, the clock can be yours for about $41 shipped to the US. [Read More...]
A superhumanly patient puzzle enthusiast has become the first person in Britain to complete the world’s most difficult jigsaw – all 18,200 pieces.
Ian Browncey spent more than 350 hours over three months assembling the puzzle’s tiny pieces in his conservatory. The 43-year-old steelworker battled backache and sore fingers as he tackled the 10ft by 6ft puzzle – regarded as the Everest of jigsaws because so many people have failed to conquer it.
Married Mr Brouncey said: ‘A lot of people start the puzzle but so many people drop out half way that it has become known as “the Everest”. [Read More...]