Jigsaw Puzzles With an Added Twist

 

Many commercially available cardboard jigsaw puzzles come with additional things to do with them besides assembling the puzzle.  Most of them are aimed at individuals who just hate taking puzzles apart after spending so many hours piecing them together, while others involve knowing trivia or solving crosswords prior to assembling the puzzle.  Solve-the-mystery type puzzles are mentioned elsewhere so are deliberately excluded here.

 

This list is in a very beginning stage and I am quite certain it is nowhere near complete.  I will be updating the list as time permits.  Types of puzzles I plan to include:  Puzzle Plus, quiz jigsaws, contest jigsaws, hidden object puzzles, Stereograms (a.k.a. Wallpaper effect, Autostereogram, deep vision, 3D illusion), secret message, secret image, and jigsaw puzzle games.  I am deliberately excluding online, electronic, or computer puzzles.

 

Due to the rapid growth of this page, children’s puzzles have been moved to a separate page.

 

* = I have a copy of the puzzle in my collection and can answer questions about it.

 

 

American Publishing Co.

*Wizards Lair, The – by Greg Hildebrandt,1983 – 1000 pieces, 23 x 29” – find 15 objects hidden in picture

 

Bamberger, L. & Co.

Contest Set – 1932 – set of 4 wood puzzles, each 5½ x 7Ύ”, approximately 75 pieces, including figural pieces.  Artwork by Arthur Birch.

 

bePuzzled – see also separate listing of bePuzzled Mystery Jigsaw Puzzles

Impossibles – 750 pieces + 5 extra pieces – 24 x 24” – borderless jigsaw – repetitive image makes it harder to tell which end is up.  Solutions are available for most, but not all of them at this page.

  9 Lives – 1998 – find the mitten hidden in the picture

  Bearfoot in the Park – 1996 – hidden honey pot

  Book Smart – 1998 – find the diploma hidden in the bookshelves

  Born to be Wild – 1997 – find the pacifier and 5 other hidden images

  Butterfly Kisses – can you find the "red lips" hidden in the floral scene?

  Car Pool – 1996 – find the hidden chalk in the pool cues and cars

*Cat & Mouse – 1994 – locate hidden mouse

  Chow Bella – hidden image of the Mona Lisa

  Cow Country – The hidden map will tell you where "Cow Country" is

  Euphoria – find the hidden piggy bank

  Fish & Chips – 1994 – find three microchips hidden among the goldfish

  Flower Child – by Anne Geddes, 1995 – find the peace sign hidden in the daisies

*Fourteen Carrot – 1995 – find 14 karat gold carrots among the gems

  Great Wall of China – 1994 – find the Great Wall of China hidden among the china plates

  Heaven on Earth – 1994 – find Mother Earth hidden among the angels

  Hoo’s on First – 1995 – find the “Baby Ruth” bar image nestled in the “woods”

  Hook Line & Sinker – 1996 – find the Titanic hidden in the fishing gear

  Lost in the Woods – 1994 – find 5 golf balls hidden in picture

  Morning Buzz – find 3 bees hidden in picture

  Potty Training – by Anne Geddes, 1995 – track down the choo-choo train hidden in the flower pots

  Raining Cats & Dogs – 1996 – locate 2 hidden cats

*Return to Sender – 1995 – locate blue suede shoes hidden in picture

  Rock-A-Bye Baby – by Anne Geddes, 1996 – find the cradle in the field of hydrangeas

  Roses Are Red – 1997 – find the hidden sugar and sugar bowl

  Something Fishy – 1999 – find the hidden kitten

  Stroke of Luck – hidden four-leaf clover

  Take a Coffee Break – 1997 – find the alarm clock hidden in the beans

  Tee-Time – 5 hidden images

  Tick Talk – locate tiger phone and Big Ben

  Tis the Season – 1997 – hidden present

  When Pigs Fly – 1995 – find 3 airplanes hidden among the pigs

 

Bits & Pieces

 

 29 Stories – by Merry Kohn, approx. 1992 – 1500 pieces, 24 x 33” – with 29 Sherlock Holmes Mystery stories to find and name.  Puzzle title refers to the approximate height of Big Ben.

 

Butterfly Bounty – by Fred Szatkowski, 2006 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided.  Solution was later provided on company website.  Find over 50 butterflies.

 

Cat Conundrum – by Geoffrey Tristram, 2005 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided.   Solution was later provided on company website.  Find 40 items, phrases or symbols that start with C-A-T, then solve the cryptogram.

 

Catchphrases – 2001? – 1000 pieces, 29 x 27” – issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided.  Solution was later provided on company website for a short time & then removed.

 

D.L. “Rusty” Rust puzzles – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27”  – Assemble the jigsaw, study the scene and try to find answer to puzzles within each jigsaw.  Issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided – later copies included the solution.

1.  *Who's At Fault (1997) – unjumble all the misspelled words in the picture, place them in correct order and form a sentence to find out who's at fault.

2.    What’s Wrong At Rusty's Diner (1997) – find mistakes intentionally added to the picture.

 

Gale Pitt puzzles

Alphabet Farm – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find one item for every letter of the alphabet – $1000 contest puzzle

Alphabet Jungle – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, find an animal (including insects) to represent each letter of the alphabet (except for X, that’s an item)

Catchphrases Past and Present – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the 31 catchphrases – $1000 contest puzzle

Christmas Market – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find ten different items for every letter of the alphabet.

Seaside Market – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find one item for every letter of the alphabet – $1000 contest puzzle

 

*Human Zoo, The – by Mark Mazut – 1500 pieces, 24 x 38” – #03-0429 – no date – locate 50 human types best described in animal terms – e.g., fat cat, bookworm.

 

Kitchen Chaos – 2005 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find 40 things that are not quite right.  Issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided. 

 

*Old Swiss Mill, The – 308 wood pieces, 16½ x 13” – 12 hidden images (no date).

 

Reflections – 2003 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find 50 items in the picture.  Issued as part of a contest, with no solution provided.  Solution was later provided on company website for short time and then removed.

 

               Steven Michael Gardner puzzles

Bear River – by Steven Michael Gardner, 2002 – 500 pieces, 20 x 27” – Find the 14 grizzly bears – solution enclosed.

Cougar Cliffs – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the 9 hidden cougars

Eagle Valley – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the nine majestic birds – solution enclosed.

Just Humming Around – by Steven Michael Gardner, 2002 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – how many hummingbirds can you find?  Originally issued as part of a contest with no solution provided – later copies included the solution.

Valley of the Wolves – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 27½ x 32½” – find the seven hidden wolves

Wolves at Dawn – by Steven Michael Gardner, 2002 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the 17 wolves – solution enclosed.

 

T.E. Breitenbach puzzles – 1500 pieces, 24 x 33”

  Catchpenny – by T.E. Breitenbach – locate over 100 fairy tales – solution enclosed (also issued by SunsOut)

  Eats – by T.E. Breitenbach – search for 169 recipe and food terms – solution enclosed

  HouseCalls – by T.E. Breitenbach – find 170 houses and homes – solution enclosed

*Kingdom Quest – find 31 hidden objects

  Proverbidioms – by T.E. Breitenbach – locate over 300 proverbs and idioms – solution on box bottom (also issued by SunsOut). For similar puzzle, see Jumbo Games “Proverbs

  SportTease – by T.E. Breitenbach – find 200 sport terms – solution enclosed (also issued by SunsOut)

 

Blue Opal (Australia) – see University Games

 

Briarpatch – see also children’s puzzles

               I Spy Adult Puzzles

I Spy – Bulletin Board – 1000 pieces – 19 x 26”

I Spy – Crafts – 500 pieces, 14 x 18”

I Spy – Flight of Fancy – 500 pieces, 13 x 19”

I Spy – Marbles – 500 pieces, 13 x 19”

I Spy – Marbles – 1000 pieces – 19 x 26”

I Spy – Mirror Maze – 500 pieces, 13 x 19”

              

Look-Alikes Adult Puzzles – 500 pieces, 14 x 18”

General Store by Joan Steiner – find 152 everyday objects

Soda Shop by Joan Steiner – find 88 everyday objects

 

Buffalo Games

 

Art Fraud series – 1026 pieces, 27 x 20”

               Mona Lisa

               The Luncheon of the Boating Party

 

Judy Larson Puzzles – 1000 pieces,  27 x 20” – 2004?

               Child’s Play – by Judy Larson – look closely to find the children playing among the wolves

Crow Ponies – by Judy Larson – find the 3 swirling crows among the ponies

Paws and Reflect – by Judy Larson

Protestors, The – by Judy Larson – find 3 men on horseback hidden in the picture

Silent Spring – by Judy Larson – 4 cubs are hidden in the picture

With Freedom for All – by Judy Larson

 

Lost in a Jigsaw series

*Lover’s Labyrinth – 1988 – 2 sided – there are millions of different ways to put the 36 pieces of the puzzle together – solution was never included;  directions and view of pieces as they were shipped – note that this is NOT a solution.

I.  *Escape from Eden – 1997 – copyright Don Scott & Associates – 515 pieces, diagonal cut – 19½ x 17½” includes instruction sheet with rules and hints

II. Survival of the Fittest – 2001 – 515 pieces, diagonal cut – 18½ x 17½”

 

Quiz Jigsaws – see also Crystal Lines (International) – 252 pieces, 18Ύ x 24” – any piece will fit with any other – match pieces by connecting the trivia with the correct answer – use the background image to match up the pieces to form a scene.

  What Animal is That?

  What Movie is That?

  What Riddle is That? – 1999

*What TV Show is That?  Copyright by Crystal Lines (International) P/L, Australia, 1998

                 What Word is That?

  Where in the World is That?

  Which Golfer Did That?

  Which Sports Star Is That?

  Who Said That?

  Who Sang That?

 

Talking Jigsaw Puzzles – 2 sided, 560 pieces, 21 x 15”

               (The creator of this series, Don Scott, maintains a Talking Jigsaw Yahoo discussion group for questions/comments)

(If you like puzzles in this series – check out the new talking puzzle series from BV Leisure)

City Hall

The Beach

The Fitness Center

The High School – 1993

The Hospital – 1991

The Office Building – 1991

Elvis’ Heartbreak Hotel – this was the only 1000 piece puzzle made in this series

 

Where’s Elvis? – 1993 – 515 pieces, 21Ό x 15” – Can you find the King of Rock-and-Roll hidden in the picture?  Also hidden are “Santa Claus, at least 2 former Presidents, the Statue of Liberty, and more”

 

BV Leisure Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Crossword Jigsaw – 550 pieces – double sided jigsaw puzzle – different crossword on each side – 630 clues and answers are included for each crossword

               First Edition (black, white and red box)

               Second Edition (black, white and green box)

 

Map Mysteries – 1000 pieces – contains a mystery location that can only be found when the puzzler uses the included magnifying glass to solve the clues contained on the border of the assembled map

Egypt – solution

The Fountain of Youth – solution

The Lost City of Atlantis – solution

 

Puzzle a Month Jigsaw Calendars – 6 double-sided, 200 piece jigsaws each 226 x 281mm – comes with hanging frame and wall calendar

The Beatles

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Cats

Disney’s Winnie & Friends

MasterPieces II

The Simpsons

 

               Talking Puzzles – new in 2006 – 1000 pieces – style similar to the talking puzzles from Buffalo Games

                              Talking Elvis

 

Ceaco

Alphabet Challenge – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces – find 10 items for each letter of the alphabet

1.      Alphabet Car Boot Sale

2.     Zoo with Oddities

3.     Alphabet Island

4.     Victorian Market

5.     English Country life

6.     Alphabet Shop Long

 

Bev Doolittle Puzzles

               The Earth is My Mother – 750 pieces, 22 x 22” – hidden images

 

Dream Angels – by Cynthia Hart, 1995 – 577 pieces, ultra thick corkboard pieces – find the 34 piece star hidden in the puzzle

 

Growing Concern, A – 1992 – 530 pieces, 23 x 29” with irregular shape border and custom cut out pieces – #1015 – there are 13 letters hidden in the puzzle, find them and unscramble the secret message.  Also included is an educational key identifying 53 endangered species and their country of origin (distributed in Canada by Playtoy Industries)

 

I Spy – Clown Dressing Room – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – #2131

 

Joan Steiner’s Can You Find series – 1000 pieces, 27 x 20” – solution on box bottom

               *Elves’ Workshop – 2005 – #33163 – locate 168 objects that fool the eye

  Grandma’s Kitchen

*Hotel Lobby – 2005 – #33165 – locate 120 objects that fool the eye

  Juanita’s Bodega

  Look-Alike City – 2006 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find 207 items hidden in the picture

  Park & Zoo – 2006 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – locate 176 items hidden in the picture

*Sweet Shop – 2005 – #33166 – locate 116 objects that fool the eye

  Trump’s General Store – 2005 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – locate 116 hidden items (Note:  there was also a similar, but larger, version issued in 1987 – see “no series designation” below.)

 

Magic Eye 3D Illusions – complete the puzzle, learn the 'deep vision' technique (really easy- just look at the puzzle from a few inches away) and the 3D image will appear.

Butterflies – 1993 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” (light green box – star image will appear)

Flower – 550 pieces (blue box)

Football – 1995 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” (green box)

Hummingbirds – 1993 – 100 pieces, 11 x 15”

Kangaroos – 1997 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – #2200-4 (orange box)

Magic Hat – 1994 – 100 pieces, 11 x 15” (blue box)

Pegasus – 1994 – 100 pieces, 11 x 15” – #1723-5

Rabbit – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” (yellow box)

Space and Planets – 1993 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – #2200-2 (light blue box – space shuttle will appear)

untitled – 550 pieces, 18 x 29” (red box – geometric maze image will appear)

 

Silhouette Jigsaw Puzzles

Holiday Traditions – by Jane Wooster Scott – 530 pieces, 23 x 29” – find the 34 piece Christmas Tree hidden in the picture

The 12:09 – on time again! – 528 pieces, 23 x 29” – find the 10 hidden railroad cars

 Wet Your Whistle and Warm Your Toes – by Jane Wooster Scott – 530 pieces, 23 x 29” – find the 18 ice skaters hidden in the picture

 

No series designation – 1000 pieces, 23 x 29” – no solutions were provided.

…And Away We Go! – find the 166 airports represented by their baggage claim codes

  Food for Thought – find the hidden objects listed

*Patch Match – 1988 – #3018 – quilt shown is made of 30 squares that can be matched into 15 pairs

  Seashore Shenanigans – by Jane Wooster Scott, 1992 – #1013 – locate hot air balloon hidden in picture

*Trump’s General Store, “Where Things are Never What They Seem” – 1987 – #3006 – locate over 150 items hidden in picture (Note:  there was also a similar, but smaller version issued by Ceaco in 2005 as part of Joan Steiner’s Can You Find series – see above.)

  Val’s Variety – by Joan Steiner and Walter Wick – no date, #3022 – locate 100 common items hidden in picture

 

No series designation – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27”

  Eggs-Tra Special – only 2 eggs are identical – can you figure out which ones?

 

Wordamajig – 1995 – set includes 200 piece jigsaw and 4 crossword puzzles.  Find the answers to the crossword clues in the jigsaw puzzle

 

 

Cheatwell Games (United Kingdom)

               3-D Jigsaw

Virtual Impossibility – 768 pieces

 

Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Colgate Mystery Mountain Puzzle – 1981 – 100 pieces – help Colgate’s Happy Tooth find the 19 hidden plaque monsters.  Comes in a round cardboard canister.  Appears to have been a mail-in offer - mailing label on side of canister.

 

Crown and Andrews

Alphabet Garden – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 19 x 27” – find 10 items for each letter of the alphabet

Alphabet Island – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 19 x 27”

Alphabet Shop – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 19 x 27” – find items for each letter of the alphabet – also issued in a 48 piece version by SunsOut and a 100 piece version.

Raining Cats and Dogs – by Gale Pitt – 1000 pieces, 19 x 27” – Count the number of dogs and cats – can you name each species shown?  (Also issued by Great American Puzzle Factory.)

 

Crystal Lines (International) P/L, Australia – see also Buffalo Games

*Who Said That? 1994 – 504 pieces – match each famous quote with whoever said it to complete the overall design – contains giant poster with all the answers.  Poster-sized Solution.

 

Falcon Puzzles (United Kingdom)

Scrabble Jigsaw Puzzles – 625 pieces, 45 x 45 cm – complete the jigsaw then solve the scrabble word puzzle on the surface.

1.      Double Trouble

2.     The End of the Game

 

Tom du Bois puzzles – 1000 pieces, 68 x 49 cm – each contains hidden images

1.      Snow White – 2003

2.     Pinocchio – 2003

3.     Cinderella – 2003

4.     Alice in Wonderland – 2004

 

Fink & Company

*Curiosity Shop, The – 1997 – 1000 pieces – 22Ύ x 22Ύ” – count the mistakes in the picture – also issued by Hallmark Springbok in 1988 in their Puzzle Plus series.

 

Game Makers, Inc.

Jig Chase – 1930s – set of 4 cardboard puzzles, each 2½ x 23Ό”, approximately 30 pieces – pieces create a race track – contains instructions for speed contest for four players.

 

Gibsons Puzzles

Movie Madness – by Adrian Chesterman, 2004 – 1000 pieces, 27 x 19” – find 100 movies represented in the picture.

 

Graphicut Corp.

Eureko! – 1942 – set of 4 cardboard frame-tray puzzles, each 13” x 10”, 36 pieces – contains dice, markers, and rules for playing several bingo-type games with puzzle pieces.

 

Great American Puzzle Factory

              

Fishing at Eagle Rock – by John Van Straalen, 1995 – #817 – 500 pieces – 20½” round – how many different animals can you identify camouflaged throughout the scene? (also issued as a square puzzle by SunsOut)

 

Puzzle Within a Puzzle series – 550 pieces, 18 x 24”

  Alphabet Garden – by Gale Pitt – locate over 240 flora and fauna from A to Z – also issued by Crown & Andrews

*Cat House – by Susan Sturgill – #9620 – How many cats can you locate in picture?

  Catnip – by Susan Sturgill, 2000 – #9752 – locate 55 cat phrases and words

*Clandestine Clichιs – by Gil Eisner – identify 56 clichιs represented in the picture – originally issued as part of a contest – early boxes did not contain solution – later boxes have solution included

  Face the Music – by Peter Fasolino, 1998 – decipher over 70 hidden song titles

  Flights of Fancy – by Gale Pitt – how many flying machines can you name?

*Hidden Pictures – by Larry Evans, 1984 (reissued in 1987) – locate 49 hidden images – includes answer sheet showing locations of hidden objects

  History Puzzles, The (picture shows 2 different puzzles but no specific titles) – How many historic people can you identify?

*Hollywood High Jinks – by Jeff Shelly, 1997 – #9750 – decipher over 60 hidden movie titles – solution

  King Neptune’s World – by Nancie West Swanberg? – Find the hidden King of the Ocean and 19 hidden mermaids

  Knight & Day – by Larry Evans, 1993 – #9732 – follow the maze – journey from night to day then find the hidden princess and knight

  Lost Kingdom – solve the maze, find the 40 hidden objects and the Princess.

*Movie Madness – by Gil Eisner, 1993 - #9731 – Find the movie titles represented in the picture – solution

  Ocean Fantasy – solve the maze and find the  hidden animals and point out the animals that don’t belong

*Painters Paradise – by Mike Wilks, 1994 - #9737 – point out over 800 particular parts starting with “P”

  Princess Returns, The – find hidden members of the Royal Court

  Queen of Hearts – by Broeck Steadman – #9753 – find 89 hearts in the puzzle

  Raining Cats and Dogs – by Gale Pitt, 1997 – Count the number of dogs and cats – can you name each species shown?  (Also issued by Crown & Andrews.)

  Rhymes and Reasons – find 42 nursery rhymes

  Royal Flush – by Peter Fasolino –can you guess all the “royal” titles? – answer sheet included

  Scavenger Hunt – by Broeck Steadman – #9755 – identify 100 things that do not belong

*Sleepy Shopkeeper, The – by Mike Wilks, 1994 - #9738 – spot 1000 things starting with “S”

*TV Time – by John Patience, 1998 – 80 hidden TV show titles – solution

  Twister – by Gale Pitt – locate over 250 things flying around in the twister – solution sheet included

  Wish You Were Here – by Rick Wetzel – #9754 – identify which state postcard is missing from the picture

 

Tell-Tale Press Mystery Series – 2006 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – complete the puzzle and then complete the story.  The back of the box tell the beginning of an adventure.  Go to the website and write an ending for yourself.  Company offers cash and prizes for the best submissions.

1.      Camp Caffeine Tell Tales

2.     Lethargy Lodge Tell Tales

3.     Precipice Inn Tell Tales

4.     Designer Liner Tell Tales         

 

Tribond Jigsaw Puzzle – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – how many threesomes can you find?

  Bookstore, The – by Tom Barrett

  Flea Market, The – by Tom Barrett – 1999

 

Where’s Waldo? – by Martin Handford, 18 x 24”

The Deep-Sea Divers (500 pieces)

The Land of Waldos – locate Waldo with the missing shoe and then locate the missing shoe (this one has 550 pieces)

The Nasty Nasties – locate Waldo and 24 other items (500 pieces)

              

Where is Carmen Sandiego? (300 pieces – 20 x 27 – includes 20 page Crimesolvers Handbook containing 10 crime cases with solutions to solve thefts)

*Where in the U.S.A. is Carmen Sandiego? – 1993

  Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? – 1993

 

Hall Brothers, Inc.

Cross-Word Jumbles – 1930s – 9 x 9” – 73 pieces – reversible with Corot painting on one side, completed crossword puzzle on the other.  Contains clues for crossword.

 

Hallmark – see Springbok

 

Heye

Most Wanted! Jigsaw Puzzles – 1000 pieces, 19 x 27” – there is an interesting story behind each one and a cartoon character criminal hiding in each puzzle that cannot be seen in the image shown on the box top.  Assemble the puzzle and locate the criminal.

               Safe-Cracker Suzie

Door Lock Tonio

Diamond Dick

Getaway Car Fred

 

Spot the Difference Jigsaw Puzzles – 1000 pieces – find the 33 differences between the image on the box and the completed puzzle.  (Also issued by Paul Lamond.)

Boat Race Bonanza

A Day at the Races

Anyone for Tennis?

 

Hoyle Products

               *Big Surprise – 1997 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – locate hidden image in picture

 

Jumbo Games (Hausemann en Hotte - Netherlands)

*Proverbs – 1990 – #80074 – 1500 pieces, 23.5 x 35.5” – Find 118 proverbs in the finished puzzle. Peter Bruegel’s painting “Flemish Proverbs” – includes solution.           

(This is similar in style to Breitenbach’s Proverbidioms puzzle.)

 

Lagoon Games (London)

Amazing Maze jigsaws – 250 pieces – there's a maze to solve once the jigsaw has been completed and hidden objects to find in the maze.  Images by Rolf Heimann.

Cryptic Crusade
Canoe Conundrum
Celebrity Challenge
Heavenly Voyage
Flag Fortress
Thirsty Work

 

               Look Twice – 1000 pieces – complete puzzle then find the hidden images

Puppy Love

Spy the Spies

Special Delivery (postage stamps)

 

Ultimate Maze Jigsaw – 1000 pieces – only 1 solution

1.        Skyscraper Caper

2.       Taxi Turmoil

3.     *Freeway Frenzy – 1998 – once assembled, drive a miniature car (included) through the maze

 

Lombard Marketing – see bePuzzled – see also separate list of bePuzzled mystery jigsaws

 

Maclean Hunter Ltd. (Canada)

*Maclean’s $100,000 Treasure Hunt – designed by Wasn’t That a Party Inc., 1989 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – includes 14 page story booklet – solution NOT included.  Originally sent to new and renewing subscribers of Maclean’s magazine.  Locate the treasure by reading the story and finding clues hidden in the puzzle picture.

 

MasterPieces Puzzle Company

Featuring the Art of Steven Michael Gardner

Dolphin Daze – #60422 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – find the 14 hidden dolphins

Eagle Spirit – #30403 – 500 pieces, 19½” round – find the 13 hidden eagles (also glows in the dark)

Fall Frolic – 2007 – #60706 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – find the 15 hidden bear images

Majestic Eyes - #30604 – 500 pieces, 13 x 19” round

Spirit Dancers – 2007 – #70709 – 1000 pieces, 19Ό x 26Ύ” – find 17 horses hidden in the picture

Thunder – #30404 – 500 pieces, 19½” round – find the 14 hidden horses (also glows in the dark)

White Tail Autumn – 2006 – #60603 – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – find 12  hidden deer images

Wolf Crossing – #60423 – 550 pieces – find the 14 hidden wolves

Wolf Rider – 2007 – #70710 – 1000 pieces

 

Hidden Images Series – 1000 jumbo pieces, 39 x 19.5” – by Kim Norlien

               Country Music – 2005 – #70505

Golden Moments –2005 – #70501

Moonlight Bay – 2003 – #70317 – find the 9 hidden images

Rivers of Light – 2007

Sanctuary – 2003 – #70315 – find the 8 hidden images

               Secret Garden – 2004 – #70402 – find the 8 hidden images

               Sweet Serenity – 2003 – #70316 – find the 8 hidden images

 

Legends of the Silver Screen Series – 750 pieces, 18 x 24” – find the hidden clues as you piece the puzzle together

Blue Plate Special – #70410

Classic Interlude – #70305

Game of Fate – #70205

Highway 51 – #70206

Java Dreams – #70203

Legal Action – #70204

Legendary Crossroads – #70306

Midnight Matinee – 2005 – #70507

Royal Flush – 2007 – #60711

              

Mythic Mazes series – 1000 pieces, 27 x 19” – includes decoder disc (also sold by BV Leisure, but manufactured by MasterPieces)

Escape from Alcatraz by Al Lorenz

Escape from Merlin’s Dungeon by Al Lorenz

Escape from the Haunted House by Al Lorenz

 

Pirates of the High Seas – by Don Maitz – #70219 – 1000 jumbo size pieces, 19.25 x 39” – Find the "Forty Thieves" (Hint: Not all of them are human!!).

 

Running the Sacred Cliffs – by Bob Quick – #70995 – 1000 pieces, 19Ό  x 26Ύ”  – find 7 hidden images hidden in the cliffs

 

Milton Bradley

               Indian Squaw by Firelight – 1994 – 1000 pieces, 66.5 x 50cm – 9 hidden objects

               Joan Steiner’s Look-Alikes – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – find 195 hidden objects

 

Northern Games Co. Ltd.  (Edmonton, Canada)

*Eye Jinxx: the jigsaw puzzle boardgame – Premiere Edition, NGC 404 – copyright 1990, Strathcona Mosaic Ltd., Manufactured by Northern Games Co – 305 pieces, 19½ x 30” – for 1 to 24 players, age 8 to adult. – also contains 8 hidden objects worth special bonus points if located and placed on the board.  Box includes:  game board, 3 minute hourglass timer, 1 dice, 4 pencils, 3 hidden object cards, color poster of finished puzzle picture, scoresheets, and rules pamphlet.  It can be assembled cooperatively, without rules or time constraints. Or, it can be assembled competitively, by two or more players/teams, in accordance with the rules, time limits, and scoring format provided.  Players earn points by locating and placing puzzle pieces from the box, or by raiding other players' work areas, in their correct spot on the board.  Also, putting 8 or more connecting pieces together in a players work area constitutes an Eye Jinxx and is worth added points.

 

Oxford Specialty Co.

Budge:  Ships – 1933 – 17 x 17” – 288 cardboard pieces – contains instructions for four players to race to assemble their quarters first.

 

Parker Brothers, Inc.

            Pastime Series

Contest Set for Eight Players – 1932 – set of eight wood puzzles, each 3½ x 5½”, 30 pieces, including figural pieces.

 

Situation 4 – 1968, for 2-4 players, ages 8 to adult.  The game consists of two identical rectangular puzzles in different shades (one green and one brown).  Two separate teams compete to assemble their parts the fastest while preventing the other side from completing their sections.  Tanks defend territory by preventing the player's opponent from playing a puzzle piece which would connect to the piece the tank is on. Paratroopers allow the player to play a puzzle piece which connects to their opponent's puzzle instead of their own.  Rules are available as a PDF file.

 

Situation 7 – 1969, for 2-4 players, ages 8 to adult.  Set of 2 round cardboard puzzles, one blue and one purple, each 19” in diameter and 90 pieces – played on a circular board and set in outer space with astronauts, satellites and rockets replacing the paratroops and tanks.  Contains playing board and implements for game where each player races to complete puzzle without having pieces claimed by opposing players. Rules are available as a PDF file.

 

Paul Lamond Games Ltd (United Kingdom)

Spot the Difference puzzles – 1000 pieces, 70 x 50 cm (27 x 19”) – look for 33 differences between the box cover and the finished puzzle.

1.      Boat Race Bonanza

2.     A Day at the Races

3.     Anyone for Tennis

4.     Tea Vicar

 

Ravensburger/FX Schmid USA Inc.

 

Hidden Horses – by Steven Michael Gardner, 2000 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27”

              

Look and Find Puzzles

               Horses – 1000 pieces, 27½ x 19½” – find 21 hidden horses

Hummingbirds, The – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 27½ x 19½” – 70cm x 50cm – find 15 hidden hummingbirds

Ladybirds – 500 pieces, 49 x 36 cm – When the puzzle is completed there is a word and a symbol to find.

Land of the White Tiger – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 27½ x 19½” – find 10 tigers hidden in picture – solution included

Lovebugs – 500 pieces

 

Magic Eye 3D illusion puzzle – 500 pieces (red box) – most in this series were made by Ceaco – this one has Ravenburger on the box cover.

 

*On the Wings of an Eagle – by Sally J. Smith, 1999 – 500 pieces, eagle-shaped puzzle, 23 x 38.5” – puzzle image contains 26 visible animal/subjects and 14 hidden animals within the eagle shape – solution NOT included

 

Polar Parenting – by Sally J. Smith, 2001 – 1000 pieces – bear shaped puzzle with over 30 hidden images

 

Tracker, The – by Sally J. Smith – 1000 pieces – wolf shaped puzzle – 3 feet long when completed – has over 100 hidden paw prints

 

Wind Dancers – 1500 pieces, 23½ x 33” – how many hummingbirds can you find?

 

Rose Art Industries Inc. (a subsidiary of Mega Brands, Inc.)

In Spirit Only – by Judy Larson, 1995 – 500 corkboard backed pieces – includes hidden images to test your “eagle eyes”

 

Schmid, F.X. – see Ravensburger

 

Scholastic – see Briarpatch

 

Serendipity Puzzle Company

Meeting in the Lilacs – by Kim Norlien – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the hearts hidden in the picture.  (This picture is identical to the one issued by White Mountain Puzzles entitled “Love Song.”)

 

Spilsbury

Tournament At Camelot – by Kinuko Craft – 800 pieces, horse-shaped, 24½ x 35” – find the hidden dragon within the image

 

Springbok

3D Sensations– uses stereogram method in imaging – explains how to view image without needing any special equipment

  Go for the Green – 1994, PZL4507 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23 ½”

  Merry Olde Santa – 1994, PZL4506 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23 ½”

*Star Trek Keepsake Ornaments – 1994, PZL4505 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23 ½” – discover the 3D image of the 1995 Star Trek Keepsake Ornament when you assemble the puzzle.

  World Class Flags – 1000 pieces, 24 x 30” – PZL6184

 

Puzzle Games series

  Amazing Maze, An – 1975, PZL5010 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – has overlay sheet showing solution

  Horse Trader – 1975, PZL5016 – 4 puzzles in one box that can be played as a game with 3 or players.  Each puzzle is a picture of a horse and has 40 large pieces.  Includes instructions on how to play the game.

*World’s Most Remarkable Crossword Puzzle, The – by Dr. Eugene T. Maleska – 1975, PZL5011 – 500 pieces, 20Ό x 20Ό” – with patented “Stepquote” secret message.  Crossword solution printed on jigsaw surface.

  Your Secret Self, 1975, PZL5015 – reveal your subconscious personality – has instruction booklet and grid

 

Puzzle Plus series

*101 Bloopers – by M. Willard, 1985, PZL3415 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – find the errors in the picture – answer list on back of box

  101 Mistakes – 1987, PZL3424 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – find all the goodies in Grandma’s kitchen – answer list on back of box

  2-in-1 Crossword – 1989, PZL3431 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – includes sheet to work the crossword – answers are revealed on puzzle surface

  And the Winner Is – 1985, PZL3203 – Oscar winning movie trivia – answer 25 picture questions

  Art, For Arfs Sake – 1988, PZL3429 – piece together the puzzle then color the dogs with the 6 colored pencils enclosed in the box

*Checkers Game, The – A Norman Rockwell April Fool’s Cover – 1990, PZL3444 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – count the mistakes in the picture and check them with the box bottom

*Color Me Purrr-fect! 1985, PZL3207 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – piece together the puzzle then color the kitties with the 6 colored pencils enclosed in the box

*Curiosity Shop – A Norman Rockwell April Fool’s Cover – 1988, PZL3425 – 500 pieces, 18 x 23½” – count the mistakes in the picture and check them with the box bottom.  (Also issued by Fink & Company in 1997.)

  Double Acrostic – 1984, PZL3407

*Double Dilemma!  By Dr. Eugene T. Maleska – 1980, PZL2093 – 500 pieces, 20Ό x 20Ό” – First solve crossword puzzle on bottom of box – answer is printed on the jigsaw surface.

*Jigsaw-Gammon!  1983, PZL3404 – 500 pieces, 20Ό x 20Ό” – finished puzzle forms a backgammon board – includes plastic playing pieces, 2 sets of dice, and a doubling cube.  Rules on back of box.

*Rubik’s Royal Brain Teaser – 1991, PZL3446 – 440 pieces, 22 x 22” – complete the puzzle by determining the correct sequence of gems – solution was available by writing to company

  What Was the Name of That TV Show? – 1985, PZL3419 – 500 pieces, 20 x 20” – f eatures 25 classic television shows, from the 1940's through the 1980's and you have to guess their titles

 

Seek-And-Find Fun

 North Pole Toy Company –by John Donnell, 1994, XZL4510 – 20½ x 26Ύ” – says it contains over 550 pieces, but when completed actually only has 400 pieces – family puzzle (big pieces for kids and little pieces for grown-ups).  There was no title on box – but it is a picture of the North Pole Toy Company.

*Presenting Blue! – picture design copyright John Donnell, 1984 – manufactured by Hallmark in 2000.  Puzzle number on can appears to be PZL4801 – but could be PZL4601 – hard to read.  Contains 400 pieces, approximately 20½  x 26Ύ”.  Comes in a paint can – family puzzle (big pieces for kids and little pieces for grown-ups).  Also contains "seek-and-find activity" with 48 items hidden in picture – list of hidden items included inside can.

 

 

Stave Puzzles

Limited Edition Riddle Puzzles (only 50 of each were made) – first introduced in 1997 – “The puzzle image is artfully woven with riddles and games” – an accompanying booklet guides you through the riddles, word games and hidden puzzlements

Twain Foolery

Wizard of Oz

A Mad Tea Party

Off With Her Head!

Peter Pan & The Irate Pirate

Dickens of a Christmas

 

Strathcona Mosaic Limited – see Northern Games Limited

 

SunsOut

7 Dolphins – by Jim Warren – 1000 pieces, 19 x 30” – can you find the 7 dolphins?

10 Eagles – by Steven Michael Gardner – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – GN46510 – find the 10 hidden eagles

15 Wolves – by Steven Michael Gardner – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – also issued in a 100 piece, 9 x 7” version by SunsOut

All is Bright – #28464 – 1000 pieces – find the hidden images

All the World’s a Stage – by James C. Christensen, 2003 – 1500 pieces, 24 x 33” – references all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays

Alphabet Shop – by Gale Pitt – 48 pieces, 24 x 36”

Bearly There – by D.L. “Rusty” Rust – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – hidden bears

Bengal Tiger – by National Geographic Society – 1000 pieces, 27 x 40” – tiger shaped puzzle – find over 70 creatures hidden in picture (identical picture but smaller size issued by Spilsbury)

Beyond Blind Faith – by Jack E. Dawson – #47640 – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find the hidden images

Catchpenny – by T.E. Breitenbach – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – locate over 100 fairy tales – solution on back of box (also issued by Bits & Pieces)

Dragon Dreams – by Bob Eggleton – 1000 pieces, 24 x 36” – shaped puzzle is a red, orange, and green Dragon with hidden images pictured on the body.

Fishing at Eagle Rock – by John Van Straalen – 1000 pieces, 26 x 26” – find the hidden images (also issued as a round puzzle by Great American Puzzle Factory)

Horse Surround – by Steve Kushner, 1993 – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – find the 24 hidden horses

If My People – #47620 – 500 pieces – find the hidden images

Irish Eyes – by Pete Mueller, 2003 – 1000 pieces, 26½ x 32 Ύ” – shamrock shaped puzzle – Can you find the pot of gold, leprechauns and hidden shamrock?

Majestic Flight – by John Van Straalen, 2003 – 600 pieces, 15 x 24” – Eagle shaped puzzle - How many different animals can you identify camouflaged throughout the scene? Includes an extra challenge: 13 identical star shaped pieces. Can you place them in the correct spots?

Messiah – #47651 – 500 pieces – find the hidden images

Mystic Passage – by Jonathan Earl Bowser – #70210 – 1000 pieces, 19 x 30” – find the hidden images

O Holy Night – 2006 – #28422 – 1500 pieces – find the hidden images

Parables, The – by James C. Christensen – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – identify the 12 parables pictured

Passion Tree, The – #47662 – 1000 pieces – find the hidden images

Phantom of the Falls – by Jonathan Earl Bowser – 1500 pieces, 24 x 33” – find the hidden images

Places Remembered – #28408 – 1000 pieces – find the hidden images

Proverbidioms – by T.E. Breitenbach – 1500 pieces, 24 x 33” – locate over 300 proverbs and idioms – solution included as poster and listed on box bottom (also issued by Bits & Pieces). For similar puzzle, see Jumbo Games “Proverbs

Purple Mountain Majesty – by John Van Straalan – 500 pieces, 19 x 19”

Sedona Gallop – by John Van Straalen, 2002 – 800 pieces, 35 x 24½” – Horse shaped puzzle – How many different animals can you find camouflaged throughout the rugged landscape? Includes an extra challenge: there are seven identical lucky horse-shoe shaped pieces. Can you place them in the right spots?

Seven Horses – by Jim Warren – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – locate 6 horses hidden in the picture.

Shakespearience – by T.E. Breitenbach – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – find 100 Shakespeare quotations – solution on back of box

Spirit Calling – by Jonathan Earl Bowser – #70224 – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – find the hidden images

SportTease – by T.E. Breitenbach, 1987 – 500 pieces, 18 x 24” – find 200 sports terms – solution on back of box (also issued by Bits & Pieces)

Things of the Garden – by T.E. Breitenbach – 1000 pieces, 20 x 27” – find 200 hidden plant and flower names

Who’s Watching Who – by Steven Michael Gardner – 500 pieces, 19 x 19” round – find the 9 wolves, 5 are hidden.

 

Talicor

Double Puzzle – 500 pieces – 13 x 19” – clues printed on box – crossword printed on jigsaw surface

 

Tessellations

Anamorphic Jigsaw puzzles – Morph Magic series – 500 pieces, 18 x 22” – place the cylindrical Morph Magic mirror on the surface and hidden images will appear within the puzzle

Badlands, The – Mt. Rushmore appears

Coral Reef, The – 5 hidden images

Dinosaurs – find 5 dinosaurs hidden

Garden Glass, The – find 6 insects hidden

Mysterious Island – 1999 – Jules Verne appears

Well, The – M.C. Escher appears

Wolves – find 9 wolves hidden in a woodland scene

 

University Games – see also bePuzzled

              

Quizzle Puzzles – 850 pieces – 28 x 20” – 50 different breeds are shown in each puzzle – can you identify each breed?  Answers on back of boxes.  (Copyrighted by Blue Opal Australia Pty. Ltd.  Invented by Dugald Keith.

Horses of the World – 2001

Cats of the World

Dogs of the World

Birds of the World

Cars of the World

History of the World

 

Wanted! 2003 puzzle contest – buy 3 separate puzzles and assemble them, mail in the correct answers for all 3 puzzles for a chance to win $50,000.  Contest began June 9, 2003 and ended Jan 5, 2004.  (These are actually 3 of the 4 Most Wanted! puzzles from Heye – were repackaged by University Games for the contest.)

1.  Ship

2.  Train

3.  Building Site

 

Waddingtons

Christmas Limited Edition Jigsaw Puzzle – 1000 pieces – puzzles #1-5 are double-sided, while later puzzles are single-sided

1.      The Twelve Days of Christmas – by Anne Grahame Johnstone ,1994 – find a list of items related to the title hidden in the picture

2.     Nearly Christmas – by Brenda Burke, 1995 – There's' also a sheet that comes with it which you have to Search and Spell CHRISTMAS in the jigsaw - find words with C, then with H etc.   Contains recipes and Christmas carols on the puzzle reverse side.

3.     Santa’s Grotto – by Anne Grahame Johnstone, 1996 – find the 25 candles hidden in the picture

4.     The Night Before Christmas – by Simon Williams, 1997 – find references to the 12 carols hidden in the picture

5.     The Twelve Days of Christmas – by Anne Grahame Johnstone, 1998  (picture different from the 1994 edition)

6.     A History of the Millenium – by Brenda Burke, 1999

7.      A Victorian Christmas – by Pamela Storey Johnson, 2000 – find the 10 references to Swans hidden in the picture

8.     A Festive Feast –by Jeff Anderson, 2001 – find the 18 references to milk

9.     Christmas Morning – by Howard Robinson, 2002 – find 9 dancing ladies hidden in the picture

10.  Skating at Twilight on Christmas Eve – by Pamela Storey Johnson, 2003 – spot the 10 lords a leaping and the 10 robins

 

Western Publishing Co.

Golden Puzzles

29 Cube Maze – by David Anson Russo, 1991 – #4729-45 (550 pieces, 15½ x 18”) – finished jigsaw picture has 2 arrows on it pointing to the 2 ends of a maze – object is to get from one arrow to the other by going through 29 cubes stacked in a 5 layer pyramid.

 

Golden Mystery Puzzle (200 pieces, 14 x 18” – aimed at teenagers)

Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego?

 

White Mountain Puzzles

Love Song – by Kim Norlien – 550 pieces, 18 x 24” – how many hearts can you find hidden in the picture? (This is the same identical picture as one issued by Serendipity entitled “Meeting in the Lilacs.”)

 

Unknowns:

 

Spilsbury sold this at one time, but no mention of who manufacturer was:

Bengal Tiger – 1000 pieces, 19 x 43” – tiger shaped puzzle – find over 70 creatures hidden within picture (SunsOut has one too but different size)

 

 

 

Intentionally Not included:

Glow-in-the-dark puzzles

Heronim – a.k.a. Harry Wysocki.  Artist paints in a little black cat in each of his paintings.  More of a signature trademark than a hidden image.

Photomosaics

 

 



Acknowledgements:  Many of the older puzzles can be found in Jigsaw Puzzles:  An Illustrated History and Price Guide, by Anne D. Williams, Radnor, PA:  Wallace-Homestead Book Company, 1990.

 

Some of the puzzle solutions and story booklets on this page have been sent in by puzzle enthusiasts who appreciate having a place to find booklets & solutions when their copies disappear or get too beat up to read. Additions to this page are extremely welcome! If you have a booklet that is not linked on this page or know of a puzzle that is not listed – feel free to send me the info and I will add it to the page.  J

 

 

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