It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I do give up on a puzzle. A couple of times I’ve put it away to try again later, but in most cases, it’s definitely goodbye. Here are two examples:

Reptilians by M.C. Escher, Selegiochi, 1000 pieces. Gave up on April 1st, 2009.

I just couldn’t get the edges and the last bit of grey right. I tried many times, but in the end, it was no fun anymore, so back in the box it went. It’s really too bad, because I love Escher’s stuff, but all Escher puzzles that I’ve ever seen are horrible quality. Selegiochi is an Italian manufacturer, and I’m obviously not getting any more of their puzzles (I don’t know if they’re even active in the puzzle department anymore). It wasn’t cheap either. At least one person managed to finish this, though, since there’s a photo on the Jigsaw Wiki. I take my hat off to whoever completed it.

A Mediterranean Harbour, Arrow, 1500 pieces. Gave up on September 25th, 2017.

A more recent case, a puzzle I bought at a flea market. Arrow puzzles (UK manufacturer) are generally not good quality, but this was especially bad. You can see how the pieces wouldn’t stay flat. Again, I just couldn’t get the final bit of sky together. I took some of it apart and tried again, but pretty soon gave up.

When it’s no fun anymore is when you should give up. When there are so many enjoyable puzzles available, why do something you don’t enjoy?



9 thoughts on “Unfinished

  1. I’m currently working on a Heye Puzzle… Noah’s Ark. It has a lot of white pieces on the edges, I’m scared this could happen to me as well…. Hope not 🙂 (follow my instagram: @thefeelgoodfixproject I post a lot of the puzzles I work on) 🙂

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  2. Quel dommage d’avoir interrompu ce puzzle si près du but, vous y étiez presque.
    Je viens juste de terminer ce modèle aujourd’hui. J’ai eu tout le loisir de me pencher dessus pendant la période de confinement liée au coronavirus Covid19 que nous traversons actuellement en France. Le résultat est superbe et méritait bien ces efforts. Après cette crise, je le collerai sur un contre-plaqué en souvenir.
    Pour information, il ne s’agit pas du tout d’un port méditerranéen mais de celui de la ville de Trouville-sur-mer en Normandie (France). Et je ne trouve pas du tout que ce puzzle soit de mauvaise qualité.


    • Thank you for writing! Maybe there are different versions of this puzzle, or perhaps mine had been damaged in some way, by damp, for instance. Interesting to know that you can’t trust what it says on the box about what the image shows.


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