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19 Puzzles That'll Give You Something To Do Now That It's Getting Dark At 4:30 PM

Plus some puzzle-buying tips from me to you!

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Jigsaw puzzles are the best damn thing.

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They are inexpensive and provide hours of wholesome entertainment for people of all ages! They give you something to do besides yell at people on the Internet! They make are a great gift, especially for people you don't know very well!

If you've never bought a puzzle before, here are a few puzzle-buying tips from me to you:

• The ideal number of pieces is really up to you. 500-piece puzzles are good for beginners and/or anyone who is looking to complete a puzzle in a single day, but I like doing 1,000 piece puzzles because you get double the entertainment for only a little bit more money. Meanwhile, my puzzle-loving coworker Terri says 750 pieces is the perfect size.

• Something I didn't really consider when I bought my first puzzles: 1,000-piece puzzles take up a lot more space while you're working on them than 500-piece puzzles. Also, vertical puzzles tend to require a bigger workspace than horizontal ones of the same size.

• While basically all puzzles are good, some are great, and that has a lot to do with the company who makes them. My coworkers and I love the puzzles from New York Puzzle Company, White Mountain Puzzles, Pomegranate, Galison, and eeBoo.

• If you want to shop for puzzles in a physical store, bookstores tend to have a much better selection than big-box retailers.


5. A 750-piece Thomas Kinkade/Disney mash-up.,,

PS There are a bunch of other Disney scenes available in this collection!

Get them all on Amazon: Beauty and the Beast for $11.97, The Little Mermaid for $11.41, and Aladdin for $11.99.

8. The perfect 1000-piece puzzle for Wonder Woman fans.


16. A no-nonsense 1,000-piece map.

OK, look: I like my puzzles to be a little cuter, but I know not everyone shares this view. Also, my coworker Terri, who is a mega puzzle enthusiast and map-lover recommends it. (She says it was very hard, but she learned a lot.)

Get it for $15.99 from Amazon or Walmart.