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Ecru Puzzles - Van Hulsdonck Lemons Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

Ecru Puzzles - Van Hulsdonck Lemons Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle

$ 70.00


This is a 232 piece Ecru wooden jigsaw puzzle of "Lemons" by Jacob van Hulsdonck. Our Ecru puzzles line is characterized by a closer cut and a matte finish to reduce glare. The still life painting includes not only lemons but also oranges and a pomegranate, and the puzzle design by Jef-Bambas is composed of mini-hex puzzle pieces and a few whimsies. Like all our puzzles, made of 1/4" thick laser-cut wood and made in the USA. Packaged in a large silver box with a magnetic clasp.

Formerly Mystery Puzzle #1.

11" by 14"


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Name: Timothy Wright
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Review: This was sold as Ecru Mystery Puzzle #1, and as a mystery puzzle where one is supposed to not look at the image on the box lid; I would say this puzzle is next to impossible. I did try it first that way. First pick out the blue china pattern and try to make something with it. Not easy in this case, made worse by the hex piece shapes. Then not to insult lemons or passion fruit but from a distance either often looks much like their siblings. The good news is if one relaxes the no peeking rules this puzzle is no longer impossible. Maybe just “Really Hard”. If you or an acquaintance think much of your jigsaw puzzle skills this could a real test. Par for wooden jigsaw puzzle is about one piece per minute; so 232 pieces should require about four hours. Double that time allotment for not peeking at the box. I could bet someone lunch every day, gain weight and save money for weeks at a time, one sucker at a time. Six hours for a 1000 piece puzzle, this one is one-fourth that size; how bad could it be? If anyone could make or improve on those benchmarks I would be real impressed. I have an expert friend who never looks at the box lid; this puzzle has her stumped for weeks. She will never look at the box lid, not that she is stubborn. (eye roll) I’d almost feel bad for her if she wasn’t enjoying her discomfort.
Name: slugbiker
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Review: I love the mini-hexagonal-shaped pieces. beautiful image and fun whimsies.
Name: Barb
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Review: I normally use pictures, at least to get a good start. But I so enjoyed the Artifact 4-color puzzle...appreciated not being compelled to look at a picture....that I knew I'd be tackling the Ecru mysteries. This one is so appealing. The colors are crisp and the picture itself is beautiful. I wouldn't say it's an easy puzzle but I didn't have a problem with it. I really liked the cut design for this particular puzzle....a good counterpoint for the flowing lines of the subject matter. I have no idea of how long it took me to finish. Overall, I was working on it for a bit less than a week...but usually worked on it in fits and starts and not in dedicated time chunks. I'm pretty sure I can't compete with Mim. On to the next one....!
Name: Timothy Wright
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Review: I was able to make some headway but after 2 hours without peeking I gave up. I'm not sure if this puzzle calls for more caffeine or less. I would not say it is the most difficult Artifact/Ecru puzzle; but it is among the most difficult. Colors are clear and bright. The issue is not murky colors like the with the Kraken. Spatially the relative position of areas is extremely difficult to combine. One Tough Puzzle without peeking.