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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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10 strange uses of jigsaw puzzles in stock photos

Strange puzzle stock photos

Sometimes puzzle pieces appear in the strangest of places! And we don’t mean ‘down the back of the sofa’ – we’re talking about online photo libraries, where jigsaw puzzles are used to illustrate everything from relationship woes to serious team-building adventures.

Need a photo of businessmen playing with an enormous puzzle? Or how about a couple of puzzle pieces with big, wobbly eyes? Whatever you’re after, it seems the internet’s photo libraries have you covered. Here are some of the best (okay, worst) uses of puzzle pieces that the world of stock photos has to offer.

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Six surprising health benefits of doing jigsaw puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles have some surprising health benefits!

Puzzles are often thought of as ‘toys’ and of course they are a lot of fun. But they also provide a range of health benefits!

From helping you relax with near-meditation, to improving your brain processing speed, to even preventing serious illnesses later in life, puzzles have a lot to offer. Check out these six ways that your love of jigsaw puzzles can help improve your health!

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Puzzle nerd interview: Karen Kavett

If you’ve ever searched ‘jigsaw puzzle’ on Youtube, you’ve seen her videos. Karen Kavett (Karen Puzzles) is one of the biggest names in the puzzle world. Her Youtube channel is full of beautiful time-lapse videos of her completing puzzles of all shapes and sizes, plus honest and helpful reviews on a range of brands (including Cloudberries, of course) and even some tips and tricks that are great for puzzle lovers of all levels. Put simply, Karen is puzzle royalty!

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21 podcasts to listen to while puzzling

Podcasts to listen to while you puzzle

What do you like to do when puzzling? Are you someone who thrives off silence or someone who likes some extra entertainment?

At Cloudberries we love podcasts; they make it easy to learn about anything, catch up on the news, and even play a game of trivia – anywhere, anytime! Here are 21 of our favourite podcasts for puzzling – try one the next time you sit down for a puzzle session!

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How to complete a jigsaw puzzle quickly

Sorting your puzzle pieces early can save you a lot of time when it comes to putting together a jigsaw puzzle

Jigsaw puzzles are great when you’re looking for something relaxing to do, but it can also be fun to challenge yourself to complete a puzzle in record time (and by record time, we mean your personal record – but if you wanna go for the Guinness World Record, we support you!)

If you want to spice up your puzzle routine by challenging yourself to complete it fast, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help keep your speed up and stay on track! Also be sure to check out the video below by Karen Kavett (@KarenPuzzles on YouTube) who shows you how to do a jigsaw quickly using our puzzle, ORIGAMI!

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