The Puzzle That Will Freeze Your Brain

The Puzzle That Will Freeze Your Brain by Clive Branson – Wentworth – 34 pieces

These puzzles with the scary titles from Wentworth are so entertaining for me, and the beautiful and interesting shapes of the pieces are a joy to work with. Of course, I only do the micro puzzle versions of them, because assembling these difficult images with several hundred of the similarly shaped pieces actually would be scary!

At only 34 pieces, this one wasn’t that difficult, and I love the Christmas tree shaped pieces. This image is one I definitely would shy away from in a larger piece count, it doesn’t look like one that would be fun at all – at least not for me.

Putting together a difficult image isn’t something I go out of my way for, though some do enjoy the challenge of a formidable assembly. Normally, I do not. A puzzle that seems like a chore just doesn’t do it for me, it isn’t fun. I puzzle because it’s entertaining, relaxing, and a great little mental workout. If it feels like an intellectual marathon just to get a few pieces together – uh, no thank you.

Luckily, thanks to Wentworth micro puzzles, I can put together some difficult images without the stress of too many pieces. Lovely!

Driving Home for Christmas

Driving Home for Christmas by John Francis – Wentworth – 33 pieces

What can I say about this puzzle? It was my absolute favorite of all the cracker puzzles from Wentworth this year, the image is completely charming and colorful and I adore it. The bright colors, the overloaded car, even the license plate – all fantastic!

The cut of this puzzle was odd and wonderful and the whole thing took much more concentration than I thought it would – which was perfect. Have you ever assembled the perfect puzzle at the perfect time? One that was exactly what you needed at that very moment? That’s what this puzzle was for me.

I had a very challenging 1000 piece puzzle on my board, yesterday’s Life Rules, which was there to keep me from getting too burned out on holiday puzzles. It was very tall and thin so that it could be scooted to the back of the board when necessary. That way I could stop when I was frustrated or tired of the tedium and work on some of my small wooden holiday puzzles.

When I was sick of that difficult puzzle one day I scooted it to the back of the board and started working on Driving Home for Christmas; and it was precisely what I needed.

It’s a great puzzle that had me completely absorbed in the assembly from the very first pieces. The beautiful colors and interesting cut wiped away all the frustration I was feeling about the large puzzle; I was just in the moment and enjoying putting this little beauty together.

The perfect puzzle at the perfect time. Perfection!

Sprouts Sprouting

Sprouts Sprouting by Assaf Frank – Wentworth – 30 pieces

So adorable! This is a lovely holiday image if you ask me; no Santa, no perfectly decorated tree with exquisitely wrapped presents, no falling snow – this is my kind of Christmas puzzle. Brussels Sprouts in winter hats. Perfect!

As usual, a fantastic Wentworth puzzle; the image and interesting cut made it a little more challenging than their usual micro puzzles. But I absolutely enjoyed assembling this one.

I love the artwork, and am looking forward to finding more of puzzles with Assaf Frank’s images if they’re as fun as this one!


**Can someone from the UK tell me what it is with brussels sprouts and Christmas? Are they just one of the traditional holiday foods or do you all (generally speaking) love them?

The Puzzle that Ruined Christmas

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The Puzzle that Ruined Christmas – Wentworth Wooden Puzzles – 30 pieces

Luckily, the name of the puzzle was scarier than the actual assembly, this one was great fun, and the colors are absolutely beautiful!

Like The Puzzle that Froze Christmas, this was made into a larger puzzle as well – 245 pieces. I believe in that piece count it would have been much more of a challenge, but so lovely when complete. And what an accomplishment! Wentworth puzzles are so wonderfully made and such fun to put together. I’ve got four 250 piece Wentworths yet to assemble, but I’m trying to make them last; I thought about starting one of them yesterday, but decided to wait a bit longer before I grab another one to do. 😇

It wasn’t that difficult to put together, but the shapes were so interesting and fun to work with, Christmas trees everywhere!

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These micro puzzles are perfect to throw into my purse and take with me when there’s a doctor’s appointment or a hospital visit. When there is waiting to do these puzzles are perfect to pass the time, and can easily be broken up and put back into their box to take home.

I love pretty much all jigsaw puzzles, but these small ones especially make me very happy! 😎