Piecing together the world map

Russia didn’t look like it would fit. Too many pieces, not enough space. I’ve discovered that life works better if I don’t put African countries into Central Siberia.

It’s a great puzzle. The pieces are small. Much of the writing requires two sets of glasses perched on top of each other. The colour palette is very limited. I don’t know if it is old, or just designed to look old.

Yet, there is plenty of …

When what we thought no longer works

My latest jigsaw is proving harder than anticipated. I did what was expected of me; separated out the edge pieces first to build the frame. I was taught that if you look after the edges, the centre will take care of itself. A completed frame creates reference points for building the image.

Often, there are no distinguishing marks on a group of pieces. When this happens, you can use their shape to work out which goes where. Often, there is only one right fit.

Not this time.

This time, I can’t rely on shape. The pieces are too similar.

This time, I think I will have to …