What is a Wasgij Puzzle?

Wasgij (which is Jigsaw spelled backwards) is a range of fun jigsaw puzzles. You have to use your imagination and the clues provided to piece together a completely different picture than what you see on the front of the box. This presents a great challenge for the accomplished puzzler.

Wasgij Original

This is the unique ‘What are they looking at?’ puzzle concept. You have to use your imagination and the clues provided to piece together a completely different picture than what you see on the box. You have to imagine that you are one of the characters in the scene printed on the box and piece together what they are looking at.

Wasgij Destiny

This is a ‘Time Travelling’ puzzle concept. You have to use your imagination and the clues provided to piece together a completely different picture than what you can see on the box. Imagine how the scene will look in the modern day and how the characters and surroundings have changed from the scene printed on the box.

Wasgij Mystery

A ‘What Happens Next’ puzzle concept. You have to imagine what turn of events are about to happen to the characters in the image printed on the box.

The latest Edition is the Wasgij What If… ? series. With What If… ? you have to imagine what would happen if the scene printed in the box happened to the characters and the surroundings.

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These challenging puzzles are not for the faint hearted! However, they are amongst the most popular ranges on the All Jigsaw Puzzles store. Click on the button below to view the range.

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Top 10 Scenic Jigsaw Puzzles

Scenic-BannerThere are a beautiful selection of scenic jigsaw puzzles available. Scenics are a very popular style of jigsaw as they depict stunning vistas which can evoke a memory or help us day dream of where we could be. Here we have picked out our favourites, we hope you enjoy.

If you want to find out more about each of these click on the image of the puzzle.

Country Cottage Collection No. 3 – The Fisherman’s Cottage
This 1000 piece puzzle is illustrated by leading artist Howard Robinson, this pretty puzzle showing a Fisherman’s Cottage is just charming. Fishermans Cottage 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzle
Through the Beach Hut Door – 500 pc Jigsaw Puzzle
Create the view from your brightly decorated beach hut in this colourful, happy jigsaw from Falcon de luxe Through the Beach Hut door 500 piece jigsaw puzzle
Spring Garden 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
Spring has sprung in this beautiful puzzle presenting stunning flowers and varied wildlife in this countryside garden. Spring Garden 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
Happy Days no. 14 – Scarborough
The Happy Days range of scenic jigsaw puzzles are popular and this one depicts the view from Scarborough’s South Cliff Gardens in the 1960s. Happy Days no. 14 - Scarborough 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
Power of Nature – Northern Lights
A stunning 1000 piece jigsaw showing the Northern Lights in all its glory sparkling the mountain and pine forest in the distance. Northern Lights Jigsaw Puzzle
Village Life, 2 x 500 piece Jigsaw Puzzle Set
2 charming jigsaw puzzles showing idyllic village settings. Click on the box image to view the 2 puzzle images in this great value puzzle set. Village Life 2 x 500 piece jigsaw puzzles
99 Beautiful Places on Earth
This challenging and entertaining puzzle is an interesting montage of pictures from around the world. 99 Beautiful Places on earth 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
River at Knaresborough 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Spanning the River Nidd, this is probably one of the most recognisable viaducts in England. With stunning Autumnal colours on the trees next to the river, uncovering this scene is a pleasure. River at Knaresborough 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle
A Busy Day at the Canal 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Imagine piloting your boat down idyllic canals whilst enjoying the sun on a summers day. This puzzle will probably be very close to what you imagine! A Busy day at the Canal Jigsaw Puzzle
The Whitesmith’s Cottage 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle
This picturesque painting captures a thatched roofed cottage which is smothered in an array of flowers. The pretty garden bench outside the cottage makes you wonder how many pleasant evenings have been wiled away while sitting on it. Whitesmiths Cottage 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle

To view the whole range of Scenic Jigsaw Puzzles click on the image below.

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All Jigsaw Puzzle of the Week

Every week we pick a puzzle to feature as our Puzzle of the Week. Here is a list of what we’ve selected every week since we started

Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn on

2nd September 2016

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“The Christmas Grotto”  Limited Edition Christmas 2016 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle from Gibsons

9th September 2016

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Cobh Harbour 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

16th September 2016

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Wasgij Original 25 DEAL BREAKER! 1000 piece Limited Edition Jigsaw Puzzle

23rd September 2016

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“A Christmas Delivery” Waddingtons Christmas Jigsaw Puzzle 2016

30th September 2016

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Falcon de Luxe 20th Anniversary Special Edition: 1940s and 1950s 2 x 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles

14th October 2016

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Personalised Map Jigsaw Puzzle

21st October 2016

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Great British Bake Off 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

28th October 2016

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Santa’s Christmas Party, 1000 piece Jigsaw puzzle – Limited Edition

3rd November 2016

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A Dickensian Yuletide – Ambler Cartoon 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

11th November 2016

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Gamekeeper’s Cottage by Gill Erskine-Hill 

24th November 2016

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Christmas 2016 Limited Edition 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Jackpot Christmas ShoppersThe All Jigsaw Puzzle of the week is the Limited Edition Christmas 2016 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle from Gibsons. The best thing about this puzzle is the high level of detail in this classic Christmas scene. If you look carefully you will see Santa and his elf in his grotto surrounded by children and stall holders selling chestnuts or serving mulled wine or a young lady hanging a christmas wreath out of her window. It is such a nostalgic puzzle showing people enjoying all the season has to offer.

CHRISTMAS 2016 LIMITED EDITION 1000 PIECE JIGSAW PUZZLE

This design was created by Marcello Corti. He was born in 1961 in Bergamo, a beautiful medieval town in northern Italy that has been home to many artists.

Gibsons Jigsaws – a proud British Family business

Gibsons Jigsaws produce the UK’s largest range of puzzles made from premium quality board. They have been a proud British family business since 1919. What makes them unique is their wealth of experience as well as their passion for quality products. Their jigsaw puzzles are made from 100% recycled board that have firmly interlocking pieces and feature beautiful images from the finest artists.

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Christmas 2016 1000 piece Jigsaw Puzzle

This jigsaw puzzle is the fourteenth in this ever popular Christmas series. Each Christmas 2016 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle contains a unique serial numbered certificate and measures 49 x 68cm.

This 1000 piece puzzle will be a nice challenge for anyone who loves a puzzle and are feeling a little nostalgic for Christmas times of old.

Jigsaw Jackpot

We are sure that this puzzle will be very popular this Christmas so will be giving away one of these puzzles on our face book this week (giveaway ends at 12 noon on Monday 12th Septemeber 2016. Find out more about our Jigsaw Jackpot Weekly giveaway by clicking here.

Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn On Jigsaw Puzzle

Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn OnThis week’s Puzzle of the week is the hilarious Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn On.

As usual, this new Wasgij puzzle is proving very popular with our customers.  These brainteaser puzzles are great fun as they really challenge puzzlers. The picture on the box is not what you will puzzle, you have to use your imagination and the supplied clues to figure out what you should be making. You have to put yourself in the position of one of the characters in the picture and imagine what it is that they are looking at.  That is the image that you puzzle!

The Wasgij Christmas puzzles from Jumbo are very popular every year. These unusual jigsaw puzzles are loved by puzzlers everywhere. Take a look at the full range by clicking on the button below.

Wasgij Jigsaw Puzzles

In Wasgij’s Christmas 12 The Big Turn On jigsaw puzzle you will have to imagine what the lady in the red dress could possibly be preventing her daughter from seeing! As a bonus with this puzzle, you also get to puzzle the image on the box. 2 x 1000 piece jigsaws in one box!

As we know our customers love these so much we are giving away one Wasgij Christmas 12 The Big Turn On Jigsaw Puzzle on our facebook this week (giveaway ends at 12noon on Monday 5th September 2016).  Find out more about our Jigsaw Jackpot Weekly giveaway by clicking here.

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Jigsaw Jackpot! A Weekly Facebook Jigsaw Giveaway

All Jigsaw Puzzles Jigsaw Jackpot

Do you love puzzles? Check out our weekly jigsaw giveaway!

Starting on Friday 2nd September 2016, we will be giving away a fabulous Jigsaw Puzzle every week in our Jigsaw Jackpot Puzzle Giveaway. This free prize draw will open every Friday at 12 noon on our facebook page and close on the following Monday at 12 noon.* It’s easy to enter, simply like and comment on the Jigsaw Jackpot post and you’ll be entered into the Jigsaw Jackpot draw.

*Closing date can be subject to change and competitions may run longer if necessary, which will be stated on the facebook post.

At All Jigsaw Puzzles we have a huge selection of jigsaw puzzles for the novice to expert puzzler! Every week we will choose a puzzle to tell you about and giveaway on our facebook page. The puzzles we choose for the Jigsaw Jackpot will either be the latest new jigsaw puzzles or ones that our customers love. Make sure you like our facebook page and check back regularly so you will be one of the first to know about the Jigsaw Jackpot giveaway. We will also tell you all about the jigsaw puzzle on our blog so check back every week.

We are afraid this giveaway is only available to residents of the United Kingdom, United States and Europe. (We are working on making this available world wide, please bear with us!) The winner will be notified through Facebook, if the the winner does not respond within 4 weeks we will randomly select another winner.

Terms and Conditions for the All Jigsaw Puzzle Jigsaw Jackpot Facebook Giveaway

By submitting your entry you agree to these rules.

  1. The promoter of the giveaway is All Jigsaw Puzzles on behalf of Map Marketing Ltd.
  2. You must be aged 18 years or over to enter this competition
  3. All entries will be entered into the competition and the winner will be randomly selected.
  4. The decision is final.
  5. We will post a closing time and date for each giveaway we will not accept any entries after this time.
  6. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by facebook. You are providing your information to All Jigsaw Puzzles and not to facebook. Any information you provide will not be shared with any party outside of Map Marketing and is protected by UK Data Protection laws.
  7. This giveaway is currently only available to UK, US and EU residents and not available to any employee of Map Marketing or their immediate friends and family.
  8. We will contact the winner through Facebook, if the winner does not respond within 4 weeks we will randomly select another winner.

The Pieceful Puzzle – A colouring-in jigsaw puzzle

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The Pieceful Puzzle – A Unique and Relaxing Gift

This colouring-in jigsaw puzzle will make a unique gift that will leave the recipient feeling happy and relaxed.

Exclusive Colouring-in Jigsaw Puzzle

We have created an exclusive colouring-in puzzle which means you will start by colouring-in your chosen design, then break up the puzzle and continue this therapeutic activity by making up the puzzle! You could even frame the coloured-in puzzle to put up on the wall!

3 designs to choose from with a personalisable message

There are 3 designs to choose from and you can add your own message in the centre.

Patterns

This intricate high quality wooden jigsaw is 108 pieces and is delivered flat and ready to colour in. It comes in a colourful envelope-style package which keeps the jigsaw secure while it’s being coloured in.

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Pieceful Puzzle - a colouring-in jigsaw puzzle
Pieceful Puzzle – a colouring-in jigsaw puzzle

This unique jigsaw puzzle can be coloured in with pencils, but we have found that you will get the most beautiful effect from fine point felt tip pens.

This personalised colouring-in jigsaw combines the therapeutic activity of colouring and the relaxing pastime of puzzle making. It would make a lovely gift which you can personalise with a special message.

 Click here to view on our online shop.

How to do a Jigsaw Puzzle – for the first time

How to do a jigsaw puzzle, using a map puzzle of London

Before I began

I wanted to learn how to do a jigsaw puzzle and as someone who had never done a jigsaw puzzle I decided I would get as much advice I could from the All Jigsaw Puzzles Facebook community to set me off on the best foot. I got some great advice especially from Sue Corbett and Neal Cracknell. They suggested starting by sorting the edge and corner pieces into separate areas, followed then by pieces by colour or text size. Sue mentioned using bags or bowls to keep the sorted pieces separate. Neal suggested using a flat surface and to have good lighting.

Starting off

The jigsaw puzzle I was given for the project was a site centred map jigsaw from Butler and Hill, which was centred on our London office, an area I know well. I started with a ‘Puzzle Snug 2000’ as my flat surface, which is built for making jigsaws on and has a felt top to make sure the pieces don’t move around too much while you are puzzling. I brought in some empty containers from home and was set to use these along with the box lid to help sort pieces. Putting the advice I’d received into practice, I made a cup of tea and set to work.

Sorting the pieces

I began by getting out all the pieces out of the bag and started turning them all to be face up and putting the edge pieces into the box lid and the corner pieces into a ramekin I had brought along. Taking the edge pieces, I had to sort these into groups depending on which side of the jigsaw they belonged to. This was fairly easy, as on a map jigsaw each piece is likely to contain some element of text; which on maps tends to be orientated in the direction. This meant I could orientate the pieces according to the text being the correct way up. The straight edge would let me know which side of the map the piece belonged to.

I then started sorting the pieces by colours which in the case of a map tends to be specific to mapped features. This meant I could identify the River Thames by the blue pieces, the A and B roads by their colours, and the parks by a green colour. From there I started with the place I knew and was in the centre, the house shaped piece of the jigsaw; our office location. The next thing I did was build pieces out of places I recognised, such as the local shopping centre and various streets and landmarks close to our office. The horseshoe shaped area of the Thames was a key part to get together first and really help orientate other locations.

Completing the puzzle

Perhaps the hardest part to complete, and therefore the last pieces to go in the puzzle were the little residential streets which radiate across London’s landscape. These all look very similar, and in most cases these were the exceptions to the rule of having their text aligned. The text tended to follow the direction of the road rather than being orientated with the horizontal upright text on the map.

It was at this point when I first really realised that I was doing the jigsaw without a guide image to work from. It would have been much easier to have a printed guide of the map at this point, but after a while searching though and reading unfamiliar street names, I realised that that it was far more interesting ‘exploring’ the area, rather than copying from an image. We do sometimes receive feedback asking why there isn’t a guide image with the Site Centred Map Jigsaws and now after personally completing one, I feel it’s far more rewarding to complete without one and really enjoy the discovery a map jigsaw can offer.

Reflections

I really enjoyed learning how to do a jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw took around three and a half hours to complete. On reflection, I really enjoyed my puzzling experience. At one point I was so engrossed in it that I forgot to drink the cup of tea my colleague kindly made me! I seemed to be able to shut off the world and get lost in the jigsaw and the music coming from the radio. There was a great sense of satisfaction in finishing it and I look forward to doing more in the future.

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Jigsaws to celebrate the Queen – Royal Memorabilia

Are you looking for Royal Memorabilia to celebrate the Queen?
Our Queen The Longest Reign Jigsaw Puzzle by Gibsons
Our Queen The Longest Reign Jigsaw Puzzle by Gibsons
A Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's reign Jigsaw by Jumbo
A Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign Jigsaw by Jumbo

Today is the day that Queen Elizabeth II becomes Britain’s longest-reigning monarch when she passes the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria. Gibsons and Jumbo have both put together jigsaws to commemorate the milestone. Both manufacturers have taken a similar approach, namely a montage of images covering the reign; the Gibson images are shaped irregularly whilst the Jumbo frames are arranged in a more structured grid, almost like postage stamps. Gibsons have opted for a regal purple coloured frame compared to the nostalgic brown chosen by Jumbo.

 

Finally we have created our own Jigsaw Puzzle celebrating the Queen’s 90th Birthday. This limited edition jigsaw puzzle is the official portrait of her Majesty on her 90th Birthday and is the perfect piece of Royal Memorabilia.

QUEEN ELIZABETH'S 90TH BIRTHDAY HEIRLOOM WOODEN JIGSAW PUZZLE

Why do Adults do jigsaw puzzles?

A partially completed 1000 piece jigsaw
A partially completed 1000 piece jigsaw

At first glance it seems odd that adults do jigsaw puzzles. People’s first thoughts when you mention ‘jigsaws’ are that they are for children, everyone has a memory of doing jigsaws when they were young or has most recent experience of encouraging learning with their own children. So why do some many adults enjoy completing jigsaws? After all a 1000 piece jigsaw, which is the most popular size, takes at least three hours and will take an inexperienced puzzler much longer.

1. They present a challenge – and they’re fun!

An adult jigsaw presents a challenge, and therefore a sense of fulfilment when finished. If you’re going to dedicate hours of your time to a jigsaw, you want it to be enough of a challenge so that it’s not easy but also that it’s not impossible – there’s no fun in that. Each jigsaw is different and so presents a different challenge.

2. They’re great fun to do on your own…

Most people do jigsaws on their own

3. … And they’re also great to complete with others.

The most popular jigsaws are Christmas scenes and many of these are completed as an annual ritual when the family gathers for Christmas.

4. They’re good for dexterity

See our post about how jigsaws help dexterity.

5. They’re good for the brain and memory

Read our post about jigsaws and Alzheimer’s.

6. They’re inexpensive – and they last

A new jigsaw puzzle normally costs around £10.00 – £15.00 so while not exactly cheap it’s a similar cost to going to the cinema. When you’ve finished you can keep the completed puzzle (mount it or roll it using a jigsaw accessory), break it up and store to do again later or donate it to a local charity shop. You can’t do that with a movie you’ve seen! And of course you can buy second-hand puzzles cheaply from a local shop or online.

Photo credit: Christmas jigsaw, joint effort via photopin (license)