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Any puzzlers out there? (Original Post) cilla4progress Jan 2021 OP
I do my jigsaw puzzles on line and always do the edges first Siwsan Jan 2021 #1
Patience Chipper Chat Jan 2021 #2
Should be a really good lesson for me, cilla4progress Jan 2021 #3
If you have a cat, do not let the cat near the puzzle CrispyQ Jan 2021 #4
We colorblind puzzlers do it by shape Clearly fogged in Jan 2021 #5
Wow! cilla4progress Jan 2021 #6
Absolutely Clearly fogged in Jan 2021 #7
we call them male, female, dog leg, puffer foot, wrench end, etc... Phentex Jan 2021 #11
Ah - that's clever Clearly fogged in Jan 2021 #13
Nice! cilla4progress Jan 2021 #14
She started you off in the big leagues. lark Jan 2021 #8
we love puzzles. I love crosswords and Ken ken and the various ones NRaleighLiberal Jan 2021 #9
When you organize the pieces diddlysquat Jan 2021 #10
I finish the edges forst, and then separate pieces into sections of the same color. Then Nay Jan 2021 #12
Excellent tips - cilla4progress Jan 2021 #15

Siwsan

(26,513 posts)
1. I do my jigsaw puzzles on line and always do the edges first
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 03:54 PM
Jan 2021

I'm sure Sophie Stinky Toes would GLADLY volunteer to help me sort the pieces of an actual, in person puzzle but I am skeptical of her motives.

Anyway, after I get as much of the edges done, I sort pieces into groups like sky, grass, building, and then start filling in from there.

Clearly fogged in

(1,896 posts)
5. We colorblind puzzlers do it by shape
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 04:18 PM
Jan 2021

This includes orientation of the M/F tabs, proportional spacing of the tabs, the angle/slope of the corners, and of course how dark or light the adjoining piece is. Any questions?

Clearly fogged in

(1,896 posts)
7. Absolutely
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 04:52 PM
Jan 2021

It's a difficult scenario - one with a large and unused table to put it together on only has that much space because they aren't in the habit of filling up those spaces. I suppose you'll be fine if you are somewhere between being a hoarder and a minimalist.

Phentex

(16,338 posts)
11. we call them male, female, dog leg, puffer foot, wrench end, etc...
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 05:21 PM
Jan 2021

we just finished one and we sorted the last hundred pieces or so by shape because the pattern was pretty difficult! But we don't like them too easy either.

lark

(23,382 posts)
8. She started you off in the big leagues.
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 04:52 PM
Jan 2021

We usually do 500 piece puzzles because 1000 pieces puzzles are too hard to see without glasses.

So, after the edges, we look to see anything that stands out and work on that or start at an edge where there is a distinct pattern and work out from there. We just started doing puzzles this year since going out isn't safe. We're not naturals, but have found we enjoy this activity and it's something we can share.

NRaleighLiberal

(60,074 posts)
9. we love puzzles. I love crosswords and Ken ken and the various ones
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 04:54 PM
Jan 2021

in the Sunday NYT mag even more. I solved my first Acrostic last week (those throw me). Worst on the diagramless and puns and anagrams

diddlysquat

(1,156 posts)
10. When you organize the pieces
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 04:58 PM
Jan 2021

lay them out on aluminum cookie sheets with edges. That way they won't take-up so much room. You can stack the aluminum sheets when not in use.

Nay

(12,051 posts)
12. I finish the edges forst, and then separate pieces into sections of the same color. Then
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 06:44 PM
Jan 2021

I start putting each section/color together. 1000 pieces, though -- I don't like them much! They take too long.

cilla4progress

(24,967 posts)
15. Excellent tips -
Fri Jan 1, 2021, 07:33 PM
Jan 2021

Thanks!

We had put pieces by color into bowls, due to limited space. Clearly that was not a good plan! So we moved it to the dining room table. Much better!

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