11 Amazing Facts We Should All Know About Jigsaw Puzzles 



It was a general consensus that in 1767, Mr John Spilsbury, an English cartographer, made the very first jigsaw puzzle when he mounted a map on a sheet of hardwood and cut it using a saw.


John Spilbury portrait

He challenged the citizen to fixe each of the piece back,It then became a popular  educational tool.

In fact, the “Geographical Puzzle” was the first wooden puzzle produced in 1891 by Ravensburger, the world’s number one leading puzzle maker!


So without any  further delay, lets look into our lists below for our selected top jigsaw puzzle fact for your review!


  1. Global Market Value

According to MarketResearch.Biz,

The global Jigsaw Puzzle market was valued at 65.89 Million USD in 2021 and will grow with a CAGR of 1.48% from 2021 to 2027. 


  1. Enigmatology is the study of puzzles.

Enigmatology is the study and science of puzzles of any kind; mathematical, word or logic-oriented.


Designed by the American puzzle creator and editor Will Shortz, who also happens to be the one and only academically-accredited enigmatologist in the world,the course is taught at the Indiana University.

IMP majors undergo a personalized curriculum under the university’s Individual Major Program (IMP) .

It comprises in a final project such as a thesis, performance or internship.
So far, the university has only produced one degree holder,  Mr Shortz himself.


  1. They Can Be Done Competitively …

The World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship is a skill competition that recognizes and rewards the most skilled puzzle assemblers in the world. It is organised by the World Jigsaw Puzzle Federation, an organization made up of Associations and fans from more than 50 countries.

The WJPC consists of 3 independent categories: teams, pairs and individual, with the same person being able to participate in one or more categories. The tests are held at the Millennium Dome in Valladolid (Spain).

  1. They’re Used to Help Patients

There are puzzles designed specifically for those with Alzheimer’s disease. An example is Springbok’s puzzles to Remember collection of 36-piece puzzles designed to “present a cognitive exercise that also provides therapeutic value.” Jigsaw puzzles have been shown to improve memory and brain function, even in those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia



  1. There Are YouTube celebrity Known  for Solving Puzzles

A Google search for jigsaw puzzle experts led us right to. Karen puzzles, whose videos of expert jigsaw-solving tips regularly attract more than 200,000 views.

In a recent interview online,Karen who is in her late twenties and a resident of  Los Angeles said,

 “I’ve been doing jigsaw puzzles my whole life,” she says. “Everyone in my family is into all kinds of puzzles, from jigsaws to crosswords to logic puzzles. We always had puzzles around, and I always gravitated towards the visual nature of jigsaw puzzles.”



  1. Jigsaw Puzzles Can Be Very  Big Too

According to Guinness World Records, the largest jigsaw puzzle was completed in 2018 in Dubai, a feat that featured 12,320 pieces and was some 65,000-plus square feet.



  1. They’ve Been Used as Promotional Tools

When die-cut cardboard puzzles became more available, the prices also went down — and puzzles often became giveaways.

According to Puzzle Warehouse, Fast moving consumer brands and retail stores offered free puzzles with the purchase of a toothbrush, a flashlight, or other products to keep brand names in front of customers for the hours they spent working on a puzzle.


Customise jigsaw puzzle



  1. The Puzzles Were Once a Rich Man’s Game

Puzzle history continued into the 19th century, according to Ceaco,a majot global maker of jigsaw in the United States opined that owning a deluxe jigsaw puzzle became a draw for rich families to use as educational tools —a pasttime that was enjoyed by even with King George III,Queen and his entire families. Hardwoods, such as mahogany, were the material of choice.



  1. The Stave Company of America make and sell the most expensive range of modern jigsaws. As long ago as 1993 a Stave puzzle was sold for over $12,000.  Stave make many jigsaws each year that are eagerly snapped up at prices of over $5,000 each.
    Stave puzzles
Stave puzzles



  1. Puzzles are therapeutic tools for autistic children.

  Autism is a behavioral condition that affects an individual’s nervous system. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has different signs in different folks; it includes developmental disability to communicate, behave and interact with others. These symptoms typically appear between 18 months – 3 years old.

Research has shown that , unlike other activities, jigsaw puzzles help left and right brain cordination. The left brain as the logical hemisphere and the right brain as the creative one.


Therefore,Puzzle are best for children with autism to build fine motor skills, reading and writing skills, even explore new textures and sensory input. It is a great brain exercise to enhance cognitive development.



Deepika Ravichandran
  1. The record for the fastest jigsaw puzzle solver belongs to a 15-year old

Fifteen year old Deepika Ravichandran from East Hampton, University High School of Science and Engineering holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest puzzle solver in completing a 250-piece jigsaw puzzle.

She was able to fix  18 pieces per minute, she successfully completed the oval puzzle in just 13 minutes and 7 seconds, while fixing each of the piece without using a puzzle guide. 


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