Following a recent posting on this site about investigating a mystery, a friend told me about Mystery Jigsaws.
As I’d recently set up a new jigsaw puzzle in the living room, this was interesting news. To think I’d reached retirement age without ever knowing that all jigsaws aren’t made to the same formula. The mystery ones, apparently, provide a murder scenario where completing the picture provides the solution – or at least gives you further clues needed to solve it. Sounds intriguing.
My friend has promised to loan me one of hers once I’ve completed the behemoth that is crowding out my home at the moment.
But this news got me thinking about whether there are different ways to enjoy doing jigsaws.
#67 Rediscover Jigsaw Puzzles
Because unless you live in a multi-roomed mansion, they really are quite unwieldy and space-hogging.
This view of what’s happening at the moment will show you what I mean (and I had to move it from the living room onto a bed and crowd it all together just to fit it into this panoramic shot).
First, there’s the large board – backed with non-slip material – needed to support the emerging puzzle, then the almost-as-large, also non-slip board to house the pieces that are still homeless, plus the inverted lid for further leftover or special pieces and of course the all important lid photograph to help with identification and placement.
It’s the stuff of nightmares if the living room has to be reclaimed when visitors arrive.
And don’t get me started on the risks of losing pieces and never being able to complete the final picture to your complete satisfaction. Or the discomfort of bending forward in an extremely uncomfortable position whenever you work on it. Or the horror possibility of the dog jumping on the boards and scattering pieces as he romps around. (Yes, he did.)
Not to mention that French puzzle I tried to complete during the Olympics. It not only had the last piece missing, but gave me a duplicate bit I didn’t need, instead!
Who’s ever seen this before?
But I may have found a solution to all these problems.
After a visit to the App Store, I downloaded this for iPad:
Does this mean there are ‘adult-friendly’ jigsaw puzzles? Ooh…
If 8.92K users score it 4.5 stars, it must be pretty good.
And it is.
Its maximum size is 550 pieces – but they can be rotated to increase the degree of difficulty – and you scroll up and down in the side panels with a flick of your fingers before dragging the required piece into place, beginning, as usual, with the borders.
AND you can change the background to suit your picture, choosing from an assortment of colours available. From this:
to the boring, but easier-on–the-eyes:
AND, if you click on the round icon at the bottom of the screen, you can simultaneously view the whole picture while you’re solving the puzzle. The image can be dragged and positioned so it’s never in the way:
AND, by upgrading the app for a few dollars, you can use your own photos to create jigsaws, which also removes the advertisements. (That’s Oddies Creek, above, near home) .
NO missing pieces, NO extra pieces, COMPLETELY transportable, NO back strain, NO space restraints and NO dog incidents. And did I mention the satisfying ‘click’ you hear when a piece fits into place?
AND you get a gold star when you complete it!
Something rather unexpected has happened, though.
Waiting endlessly for doctors’ appointments, for late trains, or for fog-delayed planes is such a pleasure now.