How are puzzles made

The 10 Best Puzzle Strategies - How to Solve a Puzzle Quickly?

Making a puzzle is like working on a project. I think it's a good training to get to know “project work” with:

- Getting started right away without making any preparations is like “hectic action”. You may have a few initial successes, but in the long run this is not efficient at all and is a very bad strategy.

- Making space for the right project environment is very important and very conducive to solving the challenge. Just leaving the puzzle lying around without having to pull it out again and again is very beneficial (see later).

- A project can be solved much easier if you define sub-projects and implement them in a special way. So e.g. looking for the edge or areas of the same color. Because I have little space, I put these “subprojects” in hanging files so I can stack them in little space.

- After the above steps, I can only really start now. The margin defines the project framework very clearly, and I always put this first. Further “sub-projects” areas with conspicuous colors, clear 2 colored parts, etc. will follow.

- You also get to know motivation well: Sometimes you just can't get ahead and frustration occurs. Instead of getting worn out, get up and do something else or another strategy can be practiced here. Then there are phases where it just “slips”. Where you previously had a tough time you suddenly make great progress. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and have found the “solution”. I can experience almost the full range of emotions in a puzzle project.

- As the puzzle progresses, when it gets harder, I'll do another sort of sub-projects in my hanging files. So I'll go into the fine-tuning. In addition to the colors, I also sort according to the pure shape of the parts, e.g. with 1, 2, or 3 indentations or pimples and clearly lined up this line by line. In this way I can apply the “principle of exclusion” and only search in very specific groups, which makes it very efficient. Often I take a part out of the puzzle and go “peddling”, looking for the corresponding part only in the right areas.

- When you slowly get to the end of the puzzle, it is a very special feeling for me, as I have experienced ups and downs. Laying the last parts and the final part: project success.

Good jigsaw puzzle everyone!