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Jigsaw Puzzle

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Jigsaw Puzzles are just fascinating. They are challenging, yet fun games. It gives you an incredible feeling of happiness when you have found another fitting part, and even more when you have finished the puzzle and look at the completed picture.

As a jigsaw puzzle enthusiast, it was quite obvious that one day, I’ll combine my two hobbies – puzzles and LEGO. This day has come now, resulting in this 24-parts jigsaw puzzle. At first, you assemble each puzzle piece, afterwards, you try to bring them into the correct order and orientation – so in fact, you build two puzzles one after the other! As the number of pieces is quite low, also inexperienced people can easily solve the puzzle, maybe leading them to puzzle even real ones. The puzzle consists of 24 pieces – so why don’t you put them into an advent calendar and guide this person to puzzling? On Christmas, he finally could receive a real 1000 parts puzzle! But also puzzle maniacs will enjoy such an advent calendar!

Just like real ones, this puzzle has a picture as motif, depicting a nature scene with a lake, a field and a house on a green meadow. In the background, some mountains reach into the cloudy sky being illuminated by the sun. The image features some artistic effects like broken lines making the scene look more interesting. To give the impression of more realism, you might look from further away, so the outlines will disappear and make everything more smooth. However, the motif can be chosen quite arbitrarily, only the availability of the parts in the specific colours give limitations. This allows the building of hundreds of different puzzles – a dream for people like me! What about a castle scene, a waterfall or a pure-white puzzle? The method of construction even doubles this number: the image can be flipped by just turning the parts!

I created four types of puzzle pieces: one for the middle with two tabs and two cuts, two for the edge with either two tabs and one cut or one tab and two cuts, as well as one type for the corners with one tab and one cut. The dimensions of the final jigsaw puzzle can be freely chosen (with an increment of 10 studs = 1 piece), as the pieces always fit into each other. You get a space filling tiling. So in conclusion: the flexibility of the puzzle is endless. You can build nearly everything, only limited by your own imagination.

Information about size and weight:
Total (assembled state): 2694 parts, 60 x 40 x 2 studs, 1744 g
Middle piece: 116 parts, 18 x 10 x 2 studs, 73 g
Edge piece type 1: 125 parts, 18 x 10 x 2 studs, 83 g
Edge piece type 2: 98 parts, 10 x 14 x 2 studs, 63 g
Corner piece: 107 parts, 10 x 14 x 2 studs, 72 g

All parts are existing in the used colours. I’ve also built a physical model of two puzzle pieces, which proved the possibility and simplicity of assembling and disassembling the jigsaw puzzle, as well as the stability of each piece.

Note: The white puzzle pieces in the images above are only for showing the shape, they are not part of this LEGO Ideas project.