Jigsaw Junkie’s Best Puzzles of 2016 + Giveaway

The end of the year is here–only two more weeks of 2016. It’s the perfect time to reminisce about the year that was. We reviewed a lot of puzzles here at Jigsaw Junkies. Which ones were the best?

CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAY:

We’ll give one lucky winner any puzzle on this post that we have in stock at Puzzle Warehouse, winner’s choice. Must be able to be shipped to a North American mailing address. To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can tell us what your favorite puzzle(s) were in 2016 or anything else you have to say. I’ll pick a random commenter on Christmas Eve  day (12/24), so check back to see if you won so you can claim your prize.

 

JIGSAW JUNKIE’S 15 BEST PUZZLES OF 2016

These are the top 15 of my personal favorites of all the puzzles I reviewed in 2016. In no particular order….

“Castle of Horror” by Jean-Jacques Loup  – Heye – earned 9.75 in Sept 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Wild Water Rafting” by Jan Van Haasteren studios (Rob Derk) – Jumboearned 9.5 in Jan 2016 (review here)

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“Grandpa’s Potting Shed” by Steve Read – Buffalo Games – earned 9.5 in Jan 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Sherlock & CO” by Gobel and Knorr – Heye – earned 10 in Jan 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“The Ultimate Alphabet: The Letter S” by Mike Wilks – Pomegranate – earned 10 in Feb 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Vacation Stamps” by Finchley Arts – Ravensburger – earned 9.5 in March 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“A Cat’s Life” by Marino Degano – Heye earned 9.75 in Nov 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“A Trip to the Shops” by Trevor Mitchell – Gibsons – earned 9.5 in June 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Rosemary’s Birds” by Rosemary Millette – Cobble Hill – earned 9 in May 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“And the Winner Is” by Susan Brabeau – Sunsout – earned 9 in July 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Winter Village” by Steve Crisp  – White Mountain – earned 9.5 in August 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“I Love London” by Mike Jupp  – Gibsons – earned 9.5 in August 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Halloween Town” by Randy Wollenmann – Vermont Christmas Company – earned 9.25 in Oct 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Small Town Christmas” by Charles Wysocki – Buffalo Games – earned 9.5 in Dec 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below. 

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“Abundant Garden” by Aimee Stewart – Sunsout earned 9.25 in Aug 2016 (review here)

Available at Puzzle Warehouse. Click on the photo below.

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HONORABLE MENTION:

PUZZLES RATED 9 OR MORE

 

All of the puzzles below earned an impressive score of 9 or higher on Jigsaw Junkies this year. Congrats!

 

BITS AND PIECES:

“Busy as a Beaver” by Jeffrey Severn, Bits and Pieces READ REVIEW HERE

BUFFALO GAMES:

“Harbor Master” by Hiro Tanikawa, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Lost in the Woodies” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Three Graces” by Josephine Wall, Buffalo Games READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Trick Or Treat Hotel” by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo GamesREAD REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Vintage America” by Kate Ward Thacker/Buffalo Games – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Whistle Stop Christmas” by Charles Wysocki – Buffalo Games – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

FALCON:

“Sunday Lunch” by Steve Read, Falcon – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

GIBSONS:

“The Fishing Shed” by Tony Ryan, Gibsons –  READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“I Love Gardening” by Mike Jupp  – Gibsons – READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“It’s Christmas” by Marcello Corti/Gibsons – Rated 9/10 — READ REVIEW HERE

HEYE:

“Ballooning” by Jean-Jacques Loup, Heye READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Happytown” by Rita Berman – Heye READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Mystic Circle” by Calligaro, Heye – Rated 9/10 — READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Swans” by Cris Ortega, HeyeREAD REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

HOUSE OF PUZZLES:

“Roll Out the Barrel” by Roy Cresswell, House of Puzzles READ REVIEW HERE

JUMBO:

“Pieces of History: Vikings” by Rob Derk, Jumbo  READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Santa’s Factory” by Jan Van Haasteren/JUMBO – READ REVIEW HERE

MASTER PIECES:

“Pastry Party” by Aimee Stewart, Master Pieces – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

OTTER HOUSE:

“Classic Companions” by Polly Pickering, Otter House READ REVIEW HERE

PIATNIK:

“Christmas Chaos” by Francois Ruyer – Piatnik – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

POMEGRANATE:

“The Sierra Range” by Charley Harper – Pomegranate – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

RAVENSBURGER:

“Best of British #15: The Supermarket” by Geoff Tristram, Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE

“Big Ben” , Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“The Gardener’s Cupboard” by Colin Thompson/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Museum of Wonder” by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger READ REVIEW HERE

“Santa’s Final Preparations” by Roy Trower/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE

“Wembley Dreams” by Trevor Mitchell/Ravensburger – READ REVIEW HERE

SPRINGBOK:

“The Melody Shop” by Edward Wargo, Springbok READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

SUNSOUT:

“Autumn Squirrel” by Mary Thompson, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Butterfly Menagerie” by Aimee Stewart, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“A Girl’s Stocking” by Liz Goodrick Dillon, Sunsout READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Summer House” by Steve Crisp, Sunsout READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Treasure Hunt Bookshelf” by Aimee Stewart, Sunsout – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

VERMONT CHRISTMAS COMPANY:

“Christmas Cuckoo Clock” by Randy Wollenmann, Vermont Christmas Company READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

WHITE MOUNTAIN:

“Perennials”, White Mountain – READ REVIEW HERE.   Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Santa’s Big Night” by R.J. McDonald – White Mountain – READ REVIEW HERE.  Available at Puzzle Warehouse.

“Tapestry Cat” by Steve Crisp, White Mountain READ REVIEW HEREAvailable at Puzzle Warehouse.

 

Whew! It feels like we covered a lot this year. And hopefully we can cover more next year! What were your favorite puzzles of 2016? Leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway. One winner will be picked at random to receive any puzzle from this list (if we have it in stock). North American shipping only.

JJ

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  1. Jane,

    I have an update on Jane Wooster Scott jigsaw puzzles from Ceaco.

    Our local Barnes & Nobles now has 4 Scott puzzles, two 500 & two 1000, with a 2016 copyright. I bought both 1000 puzzles, “Dancing Up a Storm” and “Bird’s Eye View”.

    I do not know if these are re-issues or not. These were not in the store last month.
    Both 1000 puzzles are labeled “Barnes & Noble Exclusive”.

    Interestingly, while I was making my selection, another patron came over and also purchased two of the Scott puzzles.

  2. Tomorrow is our drawing, so it’s the last day to leave a comment for a chance to win. I’ve really enjoyed reading all the comments people have left — thank you so much for all the kind words and well wishes!

  3. I am a huge Wysocki fan so I would totally go for the Wysocki puzzle here. It’s hard to nail my favorite puzzle this year but I think I’d go with Changing of the Guard, a Hometown Collection puzzle by Mega Puzzles. It was fun to work & challenging. I had a 2000 piece Sistine Chapel puzzle given to me by a church friend…………it was more of a challenge really, lol. I’m waiting until after Christmas to start it. Otherwise, I knew there would be no decorating, no baking, etc. Good Luck to everyone that commented!

  4. Hi Jane, I wondered how to find the puzzles that you list on the website. For instance I’m looking for the Ravensburger Cities of the World New York by FRANS LE ROUX puzzle you listed in your Nov/Dec listing. But I can’t find it. Perhaps I’m not looking in the right places. I usually try ebay, Amazon and puzzlewarehouse. Any suggestions?

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