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Related: Culture Forums, Support Forums# Any puzzlers out there?

My daughter gave me a 1000 PIECE puzzle, about 2x2.5 ft.

I'm a complete novice! I think she thinks it will keep me out of trouble! 😇

Need some strategy ideas. Edges are done - with her help.

Whew!

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#### Siwsan

(26,513 posts)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.

#### Chipper Chat

(9,756 posts)#### cilla4progress

(24,967 posts)then!

#### CrispyQ

(36,819 posts)or you will NEVER have a complete puzzle. Truly.

#### Clearly fogged in

(1,896 posts)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?

#### cilla4progress

(24,967 posts)Impressive!

Don't you agree 1000 pcs. is a bit much for a novice?!

😅

#### Clearly fogged in

(1,896 posts)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)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.

#### Clearly fogged in

(1,896 posts)I am positively stealing those terms - directly from your post into the notepad!

#### cilla4progress

(24,967 posts)I had a lot of spade-y looking outie pieces, but couldn't find innies!

#### lark

(23,382 posts)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)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)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)I start putting each section/color together. 1000 pieces, though -- I don't like them much! They take too long.

#### cilla4progress

(24,967 posts)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!