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April 17 2021 Speed-Puzzling At-Home Contest

April 17 2021 Speed-Puzzling At-Home Contest

$ 55.00


Got feedback? Write a customer review for this product to help us decide whether to run a similar contest in the future. 

REGISTRATION CLOSED. Contest puzzles have been mailed out - do NOT open the shipping box until you are told to do so. 

How Many Contestants Will There Be?: 140 people signed-up across the two categories (Individual and Pairs), so we're guessing we'll have ~70 contestants in each category. 

We're partnering with Speed Puzzling to bring you a fastest-time puzzle contest you can do at home using Zoom. As far as we know, this is the first virtual wooden jigsaw puzzle contest ever! Join us and make history! 

Individuals/Pair Categories: You pick if you'd like to complete solo (Individuals) or in a team of 2 by showing up on Zoom (link will be sent) at the right time.  

When: 

  • Contest happens Saturday April 17, 11:30am CDT for Pairs and 2:30pm CDT for Individuals
  • The puzzle and directions arrive early April.  Do NOT open the white shipping box

What:  In early April, everyone will get shipped the same never-before-seen Artifact wood jigsaw puzzle of 220-250 pieces, opens up their boxes at the same time on Zoom, and whoever's fastest wins! Do NOT open the white shipping box! You keep the wooden puzzle. 

Cost:  $55/entry, mostly goes to cover the cost of the wooden jigsaw puzzle, which you get to keep, and a bit to cover the costs of running the contest. It's the same $55 cost whether you enter as an Individual or Pair. 

Prizes: Yes! Four prizes for each of the Individual and Pairs categories:

How To Register:  Just purchase this product. 

More Details: 

  • We'll ship you the puzzle early April. 
  • Do NOT open the white shipping box!
  • The puzzle is a new Artifact Puzzles that has never been seen before, and will not be listed or available for sale on the Artifact Puzzles website.
  • The puzzle will be average hard, maybe even on the easy side, as we expect the best puzzlers to be able to complete it in a couple of hours. 
  • We'll email contestants a link a few days before to join the Zoom meeting on April 17th.
  • The judges will check each contestant’s camera setup and that they have not opened the white shipping box guarding the puzzle.
  • There will be brief instructions given,and everyone will open their shipping box and remove the wrapping LIVE, on camera.
  • Then we will start the timer, and everyone will puzzle simultaneously.
  • Pairs contest starts at 11:30am CDT,  the contest for Individuals starts at 2:30pm CDT on  Saturday April 17.
  • You must choose ONE category to participate in, either Individual or Pairs. We will email everyone in early April and you'll have to commit to which category then. 
  • After the contest is over, and all entries have been verified, we will post the
    rankings, names, and completion times of all participants. Bragging rights!!
  • Puzzling Tools: Sorting trays and box top holders are allowed. Other tools
    (spatulas, magnifying glasses, cell phone cameras) are NOT.



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Name: Carol Brouillet
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Review: My husband "gifted" me the speed puzzling contest on Valentine's Day, so we ended up "practicing" on a number of puzzles to ready ourselves for the "big" day, which was today! I must admit that I was a bit disappointed when we opened the outer box and found the inner box (containing the puzzle) with the finished puzzle art already on the box. I usually hide the image to make making the puzzle more interesting and challenging. It feels like cheating, to me, to look at the finished image. But we had fun, anyways, although I didn't look at the finished image much, and we tried to divide what we were working on by color, so that we wouldn't "interfere" too much with one another. I worked on the top and my husband worked on the bottom. Normally, I usually start on the whimsies and go from there, but as it was a contest, we tried different techniques, which failed spectacularly. I THINK IT TOOK US JUST OVER AN HOUR TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE, while others finished incredibly fast, in almost half the time. Still, we had a good time and I couldn't resist doing it again, all by myself, right-side up, solo, to see how my time would compare to doing it with my husband and the other solo puzzlers. IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO DO A PUZZLE A SECOND TIME. It took me 25 minutes longer than when we did it as a couple. My suggestions to the organizers for the next time around. Please use different puzzles for the couples and the single contestants, then the puzzle fanatics can participate in both contests!). Be sure to give us "Mystery Puzzles- without the revealing completed image on them. I do realize that there were some people who didn't finish within 2 hours, maybe allocate 3 hours between the competitions... if the judge will be able to handle that. We both were glad for the experience. We had a good time, although I think that my husband felt more stressed about it than I did, especially with people announcing "Done!", "Done", when we were still struggling to put the big chunks together. It also was a little tricky as some pieces "fit" into the wrong places, so it was easy to "rush" and make mistakes. Thank-you, though, for organizing this and I do hope we can do it again someday!
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Review: Is it the same puzzle for pairs and individuals?