How to Do a Puzzle Fast

You've been there before-staring at a half-completed puzzle with no idea what to do next. The frustration sets in, and you start to think that maybe, just maybe, this puzzle is never going to get finished. Sound familiar?

So how do you do puzzles fast?  It’s easy, assess the puzzle, time yourself, create a plan, take a section at a time and work the edge.  Once you have a plan of attack, it's time to start putting pieces together fast.

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Tips for Fast Puzzle Solving

Time yourself

One way to become a faster puzzler is to time yourself. Once you have a baseline number, you can work on shaving off seconds here and there. You'll see just how much progress you're making as you get faster. And don't worry if you don't improve at first - it takes time and practice to get better at anything! Just keep at it, and eventually, you'll get there.

Assess the Puzzle

Look at the puzzle and get an idea of what you're working with. Pay attention to the size of the puzzle and the number of pieces. This will give you a better sense of how long it will take to complete and how difficult it will be. You can also sort the pieces by color or shape to make assembly easier.

Create a Plan

Once you understand what you're working with, it's time to create a plan of attack. Decide which section you want to work on first, and then start putting pieces together. Don't be afraid to ask for help if you get stuck. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process!

Take One Section at a Time

When starting a new puzzle, working on multiple sections simultaneously can be tempting. However, this can end up taking more time in the long run. It's often better to focus on one section until it's complete before moving on to something else. That way, you're not spending time jumping around and getting frustrated because you can't find that one missing piece.

Find the Edge Pieces First

The edge pieces are usually the easiest to find since they fit snugly against each other with no gaps. Once the edge pieces are assembled, you'll have a frame to work within, making finding the rest of the pieces much easier.

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