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6 of the best jigsaw puzzle accessories

The best jigsaw puzzle accessories

If you’ve committed yourself to the wonderful world of jigsaw puzzles, there are plenty of ways you can up your puzzling game.  With the right accessories, you can enhance your experience by making it easier to sort and stack pieces, tidy your puzzles away or even frame your completed puzzles.

Whether you’re looking for gift for your favourite puzzle nerd, or you just want to treat yourself to some new kit, here are some of the best jigsaw accessories for new or experienced puzzlers.

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9 celebrities that love a good puzzle

Famous fans of jigsaw puzzles that might surprise you.

Do you ever wonder what the rich and famous do to unwind after a long day? You’ll be pleased to hear that a number of celebrities turn to the humble jigsaw puzzle to relax, keep their mind active or even just create something beautiful.

Some celebs are lifelong fans with a framed collection of their favourites, while others are new to the activity, having turned to puzzling as a way of keeping busy during time at home. Which one on this list of famous puzzlers is a surprise to you?

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Meet the artist: Matt Lyon

The wonderful puzzle designs of artist Matt Lyon

If you’re a fan of Cloudberries puzzles (well, you’re here, after all!), you might have found yourself wondering how we come up with such colourful, creative and sometimes challenging images. Well sometimes we get help from truly gifted artists whose work we love.

One of these talented folks is London-based illustrator Matt Lyon, who designed our 1000-piece Symmetry puzzle. We spoke to him about his inspiration, his proudest moment (featuring Lady Gaga) and, of course, puzzles.

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10 of the craziest jigsaw puzzle world records

There are more jigsaw puzzle records than you might think

We all love a good jigsaw, but some of the planet’s biggest puzzle nerds have taken this hobby to a whole new level. Guinness World Records has recognized lots of amazing feats in puzzling, like solving puzzles at lightning speed, maintaining the biggest collection or gathering a massive crew of puzzlers to solve one together. We can’t help but admire these puzzle fanatics for leaving nothing on the table and reaching their puzzling goals!

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What skills do jigsaw puzzles help you to develop?

Puzzles are cool again! And guess what? There are lots of proven benefits when it comes to doing jigsaw puzzles (for both adults and kids). Here’s a quick round-up of some of the different skills that doing jigsaws can help you to develop. You never know, this may be just the push you need to rediscover your love of puzzling!

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Fun reasons to start a local puzzle club

Looking for a new way to make friends or strengthen bonds with work pals? Or perhaps you’re just keen to find a new way to dive further into your obsession with jigsaw puzzles! Well, then we have just the thing for you! Puzzle clubs are a great chance to meet new puzzle lovers, learn new skills and strategies, and do even more puzzles.

Here are just a few reasons why we think you should take the plunge and start (or just join) a local puzzle club.

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3 fun ideas for a jigsaw puzzle party

You might consider yourself quite geeky. But have you ever thrown a jigsaw puzzle party? Yep, that’s right – you can throw a whole entire party based around puzzling. And you know what? People might actually have fun!

As all true puzzle nerds know, doing a jigsaw is one of the ultimate solo activities. But hosting your own puzzle party is a genuinely great way to enjoy puzzles with others!

You may have seen this idea being used for children’s parties, but there’s nothing to stop you bringing puzzles to the party as a fully grown human (especially if you choose one of our 1000-piece beauties).

Here are a few ideas for hosting a jigsaw puzzle party. You can use this whole party plan or just pieces of it (see what we did there?!)

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Puzzle nerd interview: Cronicas Puzzleras

Cronicas Puzzleras is one of the best puzzle blogs online!

We’re big fans of Cronicas Puzzleras, the Spanish puzzle bloggers who review puzzles (including several of our own) and have been attending puzzle competitions since 2016.

We got the chance to interview Jimena, who runs the blog with her partner Jose Luis, and got to learn more about them, their competitive puzzle strategies, and their upcoming puzzle plans!

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8 of the world’s best independent puzzle stores

This store in Oregon is one of the best places to find new puzzles

These days it can be hard to find a brick-and-mortar shop that’s dedicated to helping people browse and buy puzzles.

Yeah, yeah, we know – it’s easy to order from the big online retailers (we sell there too!), but at Cloudberries we believe that shopping at independent stores is vital to keeping the puzzle community alive.

Many independent shops have closed down but there are still a few going strong! While you can’t yet find Cloudberries puzzles in stock at all of these places, we’re always happy to support them – and we hope you’ll do the same!

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