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Jigidi Puzzle Site: A Review

I have to confess that I have an addiction. Whenever someone takes out a jigsaw puzzle, I feel compelled to help solve it like Sherlock Holmes is drawn to solving a mystery.

It's not always convenient to have a jigsaw puzzle with hundreds of pieces scattered across a table. Especially not if the puzzle is complicated and will take hours if not days to complete. Pieces can get lost and tables might need to be used for other purposes like family meals.

Enter, a site seemingly created just for puzzle addicts like myself. The site has been on the internet since 2007. It has both a Yahoo group and a Facebook page.

The puzzles on the site are submitted by registered site members. Some are photos taken by the submitters; others are attributed images from other sources. The puzzles are sorted into categories like Objects, Animals, Seasonal, Buildings, Outdoors and People. They range in size from small puzzles up to 60 pieces to huge puzzles with over 400 pieces.

I manage to piece together at least one puzzle per day. New images are added daily.

I have not interacted with other puzzle addicts on the site yet but I have submitted three images from my extensive collection of photos I have taken over the years. The process for publishing a new puzzle on the site is pretty simple. You click on the word Create and upload an image. After the image is loaded, you select the difficulty level by using a slide bar at the right hand side of the page.

After that, you have the choice to make the puzzle private or public. If private, that means only you will see it and solve it. But what fun is that, right?

Should you choose to share your puzzle with others, you will see a place to give it a title, tell where the image came from, give a description and choose the category you want the puzzle to be placed in. You also have a box to check indicating the image is appropriate for all users. That means no content which might offend someone else.

The one complaint I have about the site is that there is no search function within the categories. For instance, if you wanted to find an image of a lighthouse to piece together you must search through pages of different kinds of buildings to find one.

Despite that, there are things I like very much about Jigidi. Puzzles have extensive statistics showing how many people have solved it and who the leaders are and how quickly they were able to put the puzzle together. Favorite puzzles can be shared via links sent to email addresses and placed on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumble Upon or your own website or blog.

A menu bar under the word Puzzles allows you to find bookmarked puzzles, ones you have in progress and those you have completed. There is a search function to find other Jigidi users.

While you can't earn any money on the site, Jigidi is a fun site on which to unwind for an hour or so.

Image Credit » Sandra L. Petersen

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AliCanary wrote on November 18, 2014, 3:05 AM

Oh, wow! I could spend hours doing jigsaw puzzles, but it's challenging since we have cats, and you know they like to "help" with things. This sounds perfect for me!

carmela wrote on November 18, 2014, 3:30 AM

i have clicked on the site and i like it. i will sign up later today. thanks for sharing this site!

SandraLPetersen wrote on November 18, 2014, 10:36 AM

AliCanary We don't have the space in our house to be able to have a real jigsaw puzzle out for very long. We have no cats or young kids to mess with a puzzle . . . just limited space. I love seeing the new puzzles people put up each day on there. There are some gorgeous images on there.

carmela I'm glad I was able to share something for you to enjoy. My user name is Momtothree on the site.

oneoveralpha wrote on December 1, 2014, 12:37 PM

Given how many hours I'm going to spend on there instead of doing ... work, I don't know if I should thank you for pointing me to it or not. :D

SandraLPetersen wrote on December 1, 2014, 4:00 PM

oneoveralpha I'm sorry. I really am. I have to admit to spending way too long working on the larger puzzles than getting work done. A site like that can be habit-forming.

WordChazer wrote on December 28, 2014, 2:41 PM

I love puzzles but I just don't have the time to deal with them on top of everything else in my life emoticon :winking:

arthurchappell wrote on March 16, 2015, 5:26 AM

A great idea for a site - I always hate having to disassemble a partly completed puzzle to allow for other activities