We asked some of the winners of our Speed Puzzling Contests how they puzzle so darn fast!
For those of you who think sorting first is the right way, prepare to be surprised!
"My style is very chaotic. I don't do much sorting except what's very easy as I turn over pieces, and I never look at the picture. I stick with things that are easily visible on the pieces themselves, like areas of color or unusual shapes. I do try to turn over all the pieces first, but even then if something obviously matches I will often stop and do it because that can give clues to where the next piece goes."
Another contest winner tells us:
"I always start by flipping all the pieces face up, then looking
for pieces that obviously go together. I'll pick them out to
put together, and do as many such groupings as possible.
When possible, I'll try to place the group in its approximate
location, using the picture of the box to figure that out.
For team puzzling, we do practice together, but the most
important thing we do is communicate. We tell each other
what we're doing, or what we plan to switch to. That way
we can each make the best decision on what to work on
Maya (our founder)
doesn't do contests, but is a notoriously fast puzzler. Here's how she does it:
"I'm very greedy - if I see a match I take it, and while I'm often focused on one color/texture, I'm keeping a lot of possible matches in my mind at once, and happy to take advantage of whatever I notice. It's doesn't feel organized, but it feels like parallel processing and not focusing so much on any one thing that you miss opportunities."
Are you a super fast puzzler? Leave a comment letting us know your tips!