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picture of fowl play, a rooster

New! Loonatic Fringe

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 10.5" x 15 "

Pieces: 210

Price: $420

The loon is the iconic water bird of northern lakes during its breeding season. Its familiar yet chilling wail is the soundtrack of summer for anyone who has spent an idyllic vacation on one of the thousands of lakes across the northern part of the country where loons return each year to nest and raise young. With heavy bones and relatively short wings, loons are not designed for flying. They spend the vast majority of their lives on the water. But, as fall approaches, a loon has to prepare for the migratory flight to open water, and the wing stretch is a common sight. This is when the loon's black and white checkerboard plumage is displayed to best advantage. Our stretching bird is loonier than most. When you look closely you will see that each of those black and white plumage pieces sports a uniform design unrelated to its neighboring pieces. You might have a checkered interlock fitting into a piece that is completely polka-dotted, for example. The water pieces are color-line cut and fanciful lake creatures make up the puzzle border. Dropped out interior spaces add to the difficulty.
Picture of Noah's Ark partially assembled  
In this close-up view of a wing section, you can see that the black and white pieces fit together with no regard to the pattern. It makes for a very difficult puzzle! Click the image for a close-up.  
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picture of fowl play, a rooster

New! Holiday on Ice

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 4.3" x 7 "

Pieces: 50

Price: $100

Santa is taking a break from his busy North Pole workshop to find some quiet time out on the ice. Living where he does, it makes sense that he's an expert skater, doesn't it? And look, he's carved out a holiday message with his skates! The words are created with the sculpting technique, making the message appear in negative space as the puzzle is assembled. Santa is a pop-up figure - a peg on his foot fits into a hole in the puzzle.  
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picture of sock monkey puzzle

 

Snowflake Santa

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 13 x 12"

Pieces: 120

Price: $250

Maybe Santa has been at the North Pole too long. His beard seems to be made of snowflakes! The picture gives you a rough idea, but your challenge will be to make all the snowflakes actually fit together. And, just as in nature, no two are alike!  
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picture of sock monkey puzzle

 

Gather Ye Acorns

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 8" diameter

Pieces: 70

Price: $140

This little chipmunk knows that Winter is coming, and he needs to store up a good supply of food. While his squirrel cousins have to venture out every day in the snow, he will be snugly tucked away in his burrow, dozing and snacking, until Spring arrives.  
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picture of sock monkey puzzle

 

Black Cat

Magic

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 6.7" diameter

Pieces: 70

Price: $195

This two-way puzzle was designed for the Pagey Elliott Puzzle Cutters' Exchange that was held in July 2012 at the Puzzle Parley in Salem, MA. The exchange is named for Rachel Page Elliott (1913 - 2009), who began cutting puzzles in her 70's and soon became an expert. She and a group of like-minded puzzle people organized the first Puzzle Parley in 1994 as a way to encourage the exchange of ideas and information between puzzle cutters. Up until that point, puzzle cutters had tended to jealously guard their methods and sources, and it was almost unheard of for one cutter to help another. Today, largely thanks to Pagey's efforts, the culture of independent puzzle cutters in this country is very different.

Shown above are two views of the same puzzle. In the first view, the cat is looking for his catnip mouse. It's just behind him on the rug, but, as you can tell from his crazed expression, he is already a little impaired. In the second view, he's found the mouse and grabs it with his paws. See if you can assemble the puzzle both ways!

 
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picture of sock monkey puzzle

 

Escape of

the Sock

Monkeys

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 8" diameter

Pieces: 56

Price: $120

Did they stow away in a steamer trunk? Hitch a ride on a banana boat? Every Sock monkey dreams of escaping the playroom to live in a real jungle. Somehow, this rowdy bunch has done it and the locals are none too pleased! These silly simians need some help fitting into the new neighborhood. Can you fit the twenty monkeys inside the swirly jungle wreath?  
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Fall by the Wayside

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 9.5" diameter

Pieces: 146

Price: $290

When you open the box and spill out the pieces, you might think they belong to several different puzzles, yet they do all fit together to form this scene of autumn in New England. If you enjoy color-line cutting, interesting piece shapes and different styles of interlocks, this is the puzzle for you! Click on the images below for larger views of the pieces.
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Advent Calendar now available with personalized shop signs, example at right. Click picture to see all signs.
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Advent

Calendar

Puzzle

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 9" x 14"

Pieces: 200

Price: $530

   
Introducing our new Advent Calendar Puzzle! This year, why not puzzle your way through the holiday countdown? Included with this special puzzle are the village scene above, which is assembled first, and 24 "replacement" pieces, each one tucked into its own pocket in the nifty caddy shown below at center. Each pre-Christmas day in December corresponds to one replacement piece in the caddy. You must find the piece in the puzzle that is its twin, and swap them as shown below at left. The sleepy winter village will begin to come to life as windows light up, decorations appear, and people come out into the streets. Each replacement piece is numbered on the back in gold, so that when the holiday season is over and the puzzle is disassembled, you can return each special piece to its proper pocket in the caddy and be ready for next year.    
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A replacement piece is substituted for one of identical shape, illuminating a window above the bakery.

The caddy has been designed to fold and fit neatly in the box with the puzzle. The bakery corner has "awakened" with four replacement pieces.  
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picture of fowl play, a rooster

Fowl Play

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 12.5" x 10"

Pieces: 154

Price: $305

Fair or "fowl"? That is the question. Is it fair for almost every puzzle piece to be ENTIRELY color-line cut, including the interlocks? Obviously, we think so. To those who disagree we say: Quit your squawking! With very few color cues to help you, solving this one will give you something to crow about!  
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Cartoon gorilla says "Hey! Can you fit all the critters inside the ark? Noah did it!

Two By Two

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 "

Pieces: 75

Price: $150

 
Picture of Noah's Ark partially assembled  
This is not a trick puzzle, but a challenge nonetheless due to the many "dropout" spaces. The animals interlock with each other and with the ark to nest securely inside. There is room for a short name or initials in this puzzle.  
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Ten pairs of animals must fit inside the ark.   The ark is provisioned and ready to load. The animals are waiting patiently. Can you get them safely inside before the flood?  
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Reef Madness

 

© Andrea Farnham

Dimensions: 8" diameter

Pieces: 200

Price: $400

 

Build a colorful coral reef with a three-dimensional look! This puzzle has three layers, each featuring a different reef scene full of fish, coral, and other reef inhabitants. Several of the fish function as anchor pieces to hold the upper layers in place.

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The bottom layer shows the reef edge where dolphins frolic among the schooling fish.

When the second layer is added, a coral arch allows a dolphin to peek through from below.

Some additional reef denizens make an appearance as figure pieces.

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Last updated: October 25, 2015