This is an 89 piece Ecru wooden jigsaw puzzle of "The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba" by Kawase Hasui. Our Ecru puzzles line is characterized by a closer cut and a matte finish to reduce glare. This 20th Century woodblock print puzzle, though small, offers a challenge. The design by Amy Tang is built with generally hexagonal pieces with varied foliage-themed connectors and includes some especially interesting whimsies. The puzzle is harder than average. Like all our puzzles, made of 1/4" thick laser-cut wood and made in the USA. Packaged in a blue box with a magnetic clasp.
Formerly Mystery Puzzle #7
6" by 6.75"
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Review: Who would have guessed that such a tiny puzzle could be packed with so much fun? Small price but big AHA moment: priceless! It's probably my favorite puzzle and I suspect that now I am looking for the same kind of surprise when I start a new puzzle. The image is gorgeous and with enough similarities (parts of lily pads, clouds and bridge look almost the same), to make it just a bit challenging (but not too much).
Name: Diane D
Review: This puzzle is a beautiful little gem. It took an hour or so to complete at a leisurely pace with my Sunday coffee and a podcast. Heaven! I got it through Artifact's Hoefnagel Puzzle Club, and plan to add it to my permanent collection as soon as it is available again.
Name: Timothy Wright
Review: I am an adult with ADD. My whole life I have been accused of having poor impulse control as if that is some horrible behavior. After six and a half decades I concluded that sometimes “poor impulse control” can be a wonderful asset. It has an essential place in this world. I have worked wooden jigsaw puzzles from companies other than Artifact and they are interesting and attractive; they are OK however they have never given me the rush or surprise that Artifact puzzles communicate. Honestly they bore me. It would be like sharing a cigarette sans cigarette load, where is the fun in that? Exhibit “A”: "The Pond at Benten Shrine in Shiba" by Kawase Hasui Neither large nor expensive, call it intimate in scale and investment. The puzzle is not very difficult to finish. By looking at the box I was done in 35 minutes. Knowing what I do now this puzzle is a good candidate for changing my habit of referencing the box. I would have received more of an entertainment return on my investment. Several very attractive whimsical pieces when built around help complete areas of the whole puzzle. What distinguishes Artifact puzzles from so many other wooden jigsaw puzzle makers is: 1) The attention to detail, often pieces are cleverly cut to provide minimal or no clue to adjacent pieces. One has to really scrutinize the pieces; the design is not condescending in this way. 2) Call it Cracker Jack syndrome, the prize in each box. The “poor impulse control” that Artifact designers and management exercise to package magic and sizzle in every box; they go beyond in imagination and execution all their competitors. It is enough to make me sincerely envious, share your time with talent that will not be hidden. Wise men say we should be accepting and grateful for every aspect of ourselves, be it trivial like freckles or a serious congenital life long condition. I am not wise but I can appreciate “poor impulse control”, in my spontaneous puppy, in children at play and in devious puzzle designers who wow me with clock like regularity. Am I going to spill the surprise? No but I’ll offer you a smoke.
Review: The colors on this Mystery Puzzle are beautiful and, I found the puzzle quite easy. Even though the picture is in the bottom of the box, I refused to look at it!
Review: LOVE this mystery puzzle!! So much fun!!