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The London mapmaker John Spilsbury was the inventor of the jigsaw puzzle game, which was introduced in 1760 as a tool to help children learn geography.
Spilsbury mounted a map on a wood board and then cut it into pieces. A hundred years later the first cardboard jigsaw puzzles were invented, and that format remains immensely popular to this day.
Jigsaw puzzles really caught on during the Great Depression because:
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Separate All the Pieces:
The pieces will originally be piled on top of one another, making them hard to see. Dragging the pieces apart from one another will help you see them better and help you decide where they belong.
Match Pieces to the Outline on the Screen:
Each jigsaw puzzle will be solved within a square or rectangular frame. There will be outlines in the frame (if grid setting is on for the puzzle) that will help you decide where the pieces go.
Study the Picture:
Each puzzle will have a picture that shows you how the jigsaw will look when it is solved correctly. Study the picture intently because that will help you know which pieces to look for when you are doing each section of the puzzle.