Please help me with Jigsaw Puzzle
If you are a seasoned pro or just a beginner – please post your question about the Jigsaw Puzzle here and hope we get all kinds of helpful hints to improve our score.
A trick that works for me. After forming the outside rim of the puzzle, and having it on one side of the screen (I prefer the left side) I then “show all pieces” and drag all of the colored pieces outside the rim, leaving the white pieces inside, it helps me “see” where the puzzle pieces will come into play easier by having the white and colors separated. When the puzzle is mostly white or all colored..well, I do the best I can.
boodlemum – WOW – that is a famulous answer – from start to finish I think you have covered everything. Tonight I will try to “lasso” all those puzzle pieces to the side of the board as your directions say. Right now that is what takes away from my time. Removing all the pieces separately from inside the frame so you have room to work. I am sure by getting all the pieces out of the way in one step is going to cut my time a lot. Thank you so much for sharing.
Here are some Jigsaw Puzzle Tips I’ve posted before but it’s been over a year since I last posted them. I include some that others have posted too. It is a fairly long post, and you may already know a lot of this, but you may pick up something new. Your mileage may vary – Some tips work for some people, maybe not so much for others.
Rules for Winning. With the most recent rules change (13 Jan 2015), each time you complete the puzzle with a score >0 you get one chance in a daily random drawing for Spendable Kash in the value of the Today’s Special depicted in the puzzle, up to a maximum prize of $499. Multiple plays, multiple chances. You do not have to have the fastest time.
I don’t know if this works for all the power players, but here’s how I play:
– Click on main menu and then “show edges”; this shows just the border pieces. Put the outside frame together.
– Then click to “show all” the pieces again.
– Then I drag the frame over to one side of the screen, and then I grab all the other pieces on that side of the screen at once and drag them to the other side. That way, pieces won’t hide under the completed part. To do this, first move the completed outer frame all the way to the left side of the screen, then place your cursor on the blue background near the top left of the completed frame, click and hold while moving the cursor to the lower right of the frame to draw a box. Then let go and all the individual pieces you grabbed will be highlighted. Then click and hold on any ONE of those pieces, and drag them all at once to the right side of the screen. Complicated to describe, but easy to do
– Then I click “main menu” to get rid of the menu bar at the bottom — it takes up valuable screen space, and sometimes a piece gets hidden under the little picture. (the picture of the TS is over to the right if you need to look at it).
– after that, it’s like solving a “real” jigsaw puzzle – I usually start with faces, or something in a unique color, edges, words, etc. and go from there. If you see pieces that fit, put them together even if you don’t know exactly where they fit in the main frame. At the end, I usually have all background pieces (usually white); then it’s down to fitting the shapes into place.
It also takes focus, and it helps to play the same puzzle over and over! You get more and more familiar with the picture to the point where you can look at most pieces and know exactly (or pretty close to) where they go. Don’t waste time picking up pieces and not using them. When you pick up a piece, think about where it goes, and place it.
While the puzzle is loading on the screen, I memorize the top row of puzzle pieces, giving each piece a “name”.
Pieces with a left arm are named “left”.
Right arm, named “right”.
Two arms, named “two”.
No arms, named “nothing”.
As the top row loads, I mentally call out the name of each piece and memorize it. For today, it spelled out “Nothing to write, nothing left to write”. Easy to memorize.
I then set the puzzle to just the frame/outline pieces.
This really helps when I get s-t-u-c-k trying to put together that top row.
boodlemum’s comment on this tip:
My brain couldn’t handle justwanthelp’s suggestion of left/right/two/nothing, so I just mentally call out whether the piece has its two sides the same (“2”) or if they’re different (“1”). Even then, I only get about halfway through the top row, but sometimes it helps, especially when all the pieces are white.
Fitting pieces together before you click “show edges”
Before you set the game to “show edges”, you will see all of the pieces. Now sometimes, you may have noticed, there are a few pieces that you just know will fit together quick and easy.
So here’s the tip: Go ahead and take a second to fit those pieces together BEFORE you click “show edges”. Those pieces will actually hold together, so when you finish the edge pieces and go back to “show all pieces” you will see they are still put together.
Play in Theater Mode. I work with the larger version instead of regular, it helps me see little edges on pieces that I don’t see other times, which really helps when you are doing alot of white pieces and might just have a sliver of an edge to match.
Don’t watch the clock! it takes your eyes and focus off the game. I check it only once, after I put all the frame pieces together.
On “50 shades of gray” puzzles, I find that it helps to play when the lighting in the room is slightly dimmed, or if the weather cooperates, a cloudy day helps. It may also help to dim the brightness on your monitor. There usually is some shading, but it may be hard to see in a bright room. Sometimes I find that it helps to do the background pieces first.
When pieces refuse to click together even though they belong. I think that sometimes the pieces are just not in the same plane, either from being piled one on top of the other, or from grabbing a few at once, or from double-clicking on one. What I will try first is to quickly double click on the piece causing the problem and try again, OR go to the OTHER piece or part of the puzzle I’m trying to connect it TO, and try with that one instead. One way to avoid it is to be careful and pick up one piece at a time and place it. If you can’t place it right away, then move it somewhere where it won’t sit on top of another piece.
There are never missing pieces and you don’t need to turn the pieces.
All the pieces are oriented correctly. You don’t need to rotate them or flip them.
I’ve never had pieces missing from a puzzle, but sometimes they hide. Some things to try:
1 – If moving the puzzle around doesn’t reveal any hidden pieces, click “main menu”, then click “toggle depth” – that will bring any pieces that are behind the puzzle to the top. Sometimes you have to look very carefully, especially if it’s a background piece laying on top of another background piece.
2 – click on main menu, and if “show all” is showing, click on it. One time, I accidentally clicked on “show edges” when I meant to click on “toggle depth.” If the puzzle is only showing edge pieces, and pieces attached to it, “toggle depth” isn’t going to help.
3 – click “main menu” to remove the menu bar – sometimes a small piece can hide under the little puzzle preview picture on the menu bar.
How fast was that?
Scores are computed by subtracting 1 point from 5000 for each second it takes to solve the puzzle. So if you finish in 6 minutes, 10 seconds, that ‘s 6 x 60 = 360 + 10 = 370 seconds, subtracted from 5000 = 4630.
To convert a jigsaw puzzle score into the time it took to complete the puzzle, subtract the score from 5000, and you get the number of seconds it took. So for example, a score of 4820, subtracted from 5000 equals 180 seconds or 3 minutes. A score of 4567, subtracted from 5000 equals 433 seconds, or 7 minutes, 13 seconds.
You get 250 tickets if you finish less than 4 minutes 59 seconds.
200 tickets if you finish in 4 mins, 59 secs up to 8 minutes.
150 tickets if you finish in > 8 minutes.There are additional tiers beyond 8 minutes, but I’m not sure of the cutoff.
The “50 ticket problem“ occurs when you only get 50 tickets for a game instead of what you think you should have gotten. That’s because the puzzle has anti-cheat software built in that triggers if it thinks your computer is running too slow. This can occur if you pause the game for more than a few seconds by clicking on the “?” or if your system is overburdened because it’s running intense updates or scans in the background. So avoid clicking on the ? and don’t play the puzzle if your computer is busy doing housekeeping.
I have only recently learned from other gamers that there is a button on the lower left corner of the puzzle that when you press it, all the pieces disappear except the edges. Once you complete the edge you click on that same button and all the other pieces come back. This has saved so much time and really improved my score. But my next question is I have read you can “lasso” a bunch of pieces at once to pull them off to the side. How do you do that?
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08.18.16 8:16 PM