FREE SHIPPING at SeriousPuzzles.com

December 14, 2012 10:21 by kelly

Today through Sunday, spend $20 at SeriousPuzzles.com and your order will ship for FREE.


That is awesome, of course. But can it get even better? YES!


 

With your free shipping, is a guarantee that it will arrive before Christmas.

Now THAT'S awesome. Just use coupon code FREESHIP2012 at checkout, and you can get this:



Dreamy Scenery - 4000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Tomax


Or, this:

 


Plasma Car - Blue


Or thousands of other jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers, and cool stuff, and have them arrive in time for Christmas, WITHOUT paying for shipping. That's a good deal. Go


Serious Brain Health Part 2: Puzzling Makes Brain Health Not So Puzzling!

December 12, 2012 22:55 by rob

Who doesn’t want improved neurological health, better cognitive performance, higher mental aptitude… You know, get a better brain box and stuff! 

There are a wide range of products and activities that make an even wider range of claims on how they’ll whip your noggin into shape. However, there is some dispute over whether their efficacy is exaggerated and the accuracy of results from testing and scoring these various fields of cognitive ability.

What is known, and this knowledge is reinforced by this contested field with experts and scientists arguing from all sides, is that that human brain is a complex muscle, an intricate organ, a practically magical spongy ball of smarts that we are still coming to understand. Keeping this still mysterious tool active and engaged is not a bad thing; definitely not detrimental to health or ability, on that we can all agree. Even if certain products won’t raise your IQ to Einstein levels, even if some tests are only narrowly applicable, keeping your brain engaged is definitely a positive!


While software and interactive programs have become increasingly popular – and hotly contested over their claims – in recent years, there have always been activities that keep the mind sharp. Last time we discussed the merits of Chess, and this week we come to jigsaw puzzles. [If you missed Part 1, click here to catch up!]

Jigsaw puzzles have been the gym equipment of the brain for decades, and there is substantial evidence that they help maintain, if not in fact improve, mental well-being. Jigsaws are more than just shaped pieces that interlock to form a completed picture, they are PUZZLES that challenge our brains! They challenge our shape recognition and our spatial intelligence, they stimulate fine motor skills and encourage creative thinking, they require focus and a developing ability to problem solve while exercising both the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Through exercising these skills, the brain is strengthened via its natural process of attempting to increase efficiency in a repeated activity.

At Serious Puzzles we offer a huge variety of products under the Jigsaw Puzzle umbrella, and below are just some of the ones that fit the more standard definition. Jigsaws can incorporate a lot of additional aspects and factors, but that shouldn’t undercut the effectiveness of what is commonly understood as a jigsaw puzzle.


Heavenly Peace – Featuring art by James Meger, this puzzle depicts a charming winter scene with beautiful fallen snow, curious wildlife, a cozy cottage, and a traditional Christmas theme. Its 1500 piece count offers a significant step up from the challenge level of the average jigsaw, and like all Sunsout puzzles it was made in the USA.


Cookie Cutouts – This cheerfully colorful collection of Christmas cookies boasts a 2000 piece count and repeating patterns of designs and colors for a serious challenge with a seasonal flair. A reissue of a classic puzzle image, this puzzle is perfect for sharpening the mind on a cold winter’s night or in a warm, cookie-smell filled kitchen! As with all Springbok puzzles it was made in the USA.


Coral City – Piece yourself away to a magical underwater kingdom through this beautifully blue jigsaw puzzle featuring artwork by the beloved Fantasy artist, Ciro Marchetti. The heavy use of blue shades strengthens the challenge of this jigsaw, while the 1000 piece count offers accessibility to most puzzlers. Spiel Spass puzzles are made in Germany


Double Retrospect – Keith Harings recognizable artistic style pairs with a monstrous piece count to form the Guiness World Record holder for largest jigsaw puzzle, though it’s more like a jigsaw wall or a puzzle mural! If you don’t think you’re up for breaking the World Record of 1000+ completed jigsaws, you can at least get a feel for record breaking puzzling by completing this epic project. Get ready for a brain workout! This is like the marathon of jigsaw puzzling!
 

Whether they feature an epic size or complex imagery or feel more along the lines of the standard fare, jigsaw puzzles will always exercise the most important muscle we’ve got. Take your pick, the choices are numerous, and introduce some brain-strengthening fun to your life or even into this Holiday Season’s gift giving!

 


Make your Usual Gift UNusual with our Gift Card Puzzles!

December 7, 2012 15:59 by kelly

How exciting is giving a gift card for a present? Well... maybe not that thrilling. Useful, yes. Practical, certainly. Even handy! And who doesn't like a handy gift? But, exciting... wel... maybe not so much. Want to change that? Want to be the one who gives the COOL gift? The UNIQUE gift? The AWESOMESAUCE gift? I thought so. Well, we have your solution!

 

The Gift Card Money Maze! Turns your utilitarian gift card into a whiz-bang, super-awesome, mega-cool, shiny, sparkly gift card! Okay, maybe not sparkly. Unless you add your own sparkles - which you totally CAN; we support you!

 

But... you don't have to take our word for it! No, in fact, Bobbie Thomas recently featured our Money Puzzles on her TODAY show style bit, "Bobbie's Buzz"!

If you missed it, not to worry, you can watch the spot: 



And read more, here on Bobbie's Site. 

It doesn't take much to make your usual gift UNusual. And we have several different varieties - Money Maze, Wooden Money Maze, Bilz Obstacle, Seriously Secret Treasure Box, and more. So... go for it! (sparkles not included)

 


Crispy Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

December 6, 2012 11:14 by kelly

3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

3/4 cup vegan margarine (I like Earth Balance organic), melted

1/4 cup corn starch
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
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1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp baking soda


In a large bowl, combine all but the last two ingredients. In a smaller bowl combine the baking soda & water, then add to the rest of the ingredients, stir well. Cover & put in the freezer for 1/2 - 1 hour (until dough is stiff). Preheat your oven to 375F & cover a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper. Spoon out frozen dough into small balls and press down slightly - cookies will flatten quite a bit while cooking. Bake for ~10 minutes until flattened & lightly browned. As they cool, they will flatten a bit more. Edges will be crispy and the center is soft - perfection! (makes 3 - 4 doz cookies, depending on size)

Serve with your favorite cup of tea and enjoy! 


$5 Off Every Puzzle Order? Yes!

December 5, 2012 10:20 by kelly

 

The coupon says it all. Take $5 Off today 12/5 - on anything & everything you want to buy at www.SeriousPuzzles.com. No minimum order. Any puzzles you want. Today only. Perfect for holiday shopping for everyone on your list.  Or… just for you - because you've been wanting that one cutesy wutesy lovey dovey puppy in a hammock puzzle all for yourself. Hey, we're cool with that.



Leisure Time - 500pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Castorland

 

Use coupon code EML5OFF (and we don't have to tell anyone about the puppy puzzle). Happy puzzle shopping!

 


Only a Thousand? Sounds Like a Beatable Record

December 4, 2012 12:03 by rob

Do you jigsaw daily? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hold a world record? Do you crave the fame and fortune that only a Guinness World Record celebrity can attain? Well, have we got an opportunity for you!

Just recently, Gina Gil Lacuna of the Philippines was declared the new world record holder for largest collection of completed jigsaw puzzles. She trounced the previous record (238… how was that even a record?!) with her total clocking in at 1,028.

Now 1000+ jigsaw puzzles is nothing to shake a stick at – no really, you don’t want to clean up several hundred jigsaw puzzles because of reckless stick shaking – but we’re finding it hard to believe that one of our serious puzzlers couldn’t topple that record.

The record requires each puzzle to be different and all the pieces complete for them to count, otherwise you may be closer than you ever thought to worldwide acclaim.


Easter Island - 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Heye

Did you know that right now, SeriousPuzzles has over 3,900 jigsaw puzzles in stock? That’s a couple thousand more than you need for the record, and that’s if you’re starting from scratch! Take a moment and consider; how many jigsaws have you pieced together over the years? A few dozen, several hundred, more? All you have to do is keep them completely assembled (we have puzzle glue and frames to help with that as well) and beat 1,028 – soon to be 1,048 as Ms. Lacuna attempts to hold her record – and you could be the next recipient of a World Record!


Jigsaw Puzzle Fram Kit (20x27)

Find some new favorites, or check out some of our newest brands, and see if you can’t piece your way to a spot in Jigsaw Puzzle history; we’re rooting for you!


15% Off All Jigsaw Puzzles - TODAY ONLY!

December 3, 2012 12:22 by kelly

Waiting for the perfect time to pick out your puzzle? No better time than today!

 

TODAY ONLY we're taking 15% off our ENTIRE collection of Jigsaw Puzzles. EVERY ONE (that's thousands!!).

From our smallest - 2 piece wooden block Farm Sounds puzzle for toddlers:


Farm Sounds - 2pc Block Puzzle by Melissa & Doug

 

To our biggest - Life, The Greatest Puzzle at 24,000 pieces:

 


Life the Greatest Puzzle - 24,000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by EDUCA

 

If you're looking for something you haven't seen before, try browsing our NEW Jigsaw Puzzles section, or, if you're in the holiday spirit, our Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles section may be just the thing for you.


Santa's Toys - 300pc Jigsaw Puzzle by New York Puzzle Company

 

Just enter code MON15FB at check out. Of course we offer free standard shipping on all domestic US orders over $60 - so you can really save big today!  

 


Serious Brain Health Part 1: Is a Healthier Brain Just a Checkmate Away?

November 27, 2012 16:15 by rob


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Chess is a game of strategy and skill; unique in a world of games that incorporate chance or luck in some facet, Chess challenges each player to better their mind if they want to see victory. The intricacies of strategy run so vast and deep that it has gripped some of the more brilliant and prodigious thinkers of humankind, and to achieve mastery of the game is to enter an elite group.

Competition and victory are attractive parts of the game, but there are significant benefits to be acquired simply from the study and practice of Chess. Evidence indicates that learning Chess, especially from a young age, develops strong character and improved social skills.


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Playing Chess can raise the IQ, foster resilient brain health to stave off Alzheimer’s, increase creativity and a host of cognitive skills, as well as develop a stronger ability to use foresight and plan efficiently.

 

If you’re new to the world of Chess, take a look at No Stress Chess. This super interactive set enables a newcomer to learn the game as they play, which is a much easier and more efficient way to learn than reading pages of instructions, tips, tricks and advice. There are action cards that prompt you through different aspects of the game, a double-sided board that features hints and help on one side as well as a blank side for standard play, and an extensive set of rules and instructions.

Or maybe you’re a long time Chess player looking for a bigger challenge? Consider escalating the intensity of your Chess game to a full on Chess War with the unique Chess 4. Without altering the core nature of the game or the fundamental rules, Chess 4 manages to offer an innovative style of gameplay to this historic standard; now you can play with 3 or 4 players, play in teams or a free-for all!

Whether you are a long time Chess enthusiast looking for new flair for your board or new styles of play to keep your skills sharp, or if you are just getting your feet wet in this ocean of mental strength and development, there is a set for you here at Serious Shops.

 

David Bronstein, a Chess Grandmaster, once said, “the most powerful weapon in Chess is to have the next move.”

I think that notion has a wider application to life in general. Having a ‘next move’ – appreciating each new moment and every new day as opportunities to expand your mind and experience – is an invaluable asset. Your future is always ahead of you, the rest of your life is always yet to come, and what it looks like is up to you and each choice and you make along the way.

My next move is to the open road; to pursue the infinite and unpredictable range of possibilities and potential that life offers; to take each new day as the opportunity to learn something new, see somewhere new, or meet someone new and remain open to a life that is ever-changing.

What will you do with your next move?

 


1. www.fsclchess.org/Chess.jpg

2. 4.bp.blogspot.com/_Q0lTtPVTG40/TTiPx14SXdI/AAAAAAABlxo/HrGGZwUoIyI/s400/Brain.jpg


Cyber Monday 10% Off at All of our Retail Shops!

November 26, 2012 23:25 by kelly

This is Cyber:

 

And THIS is Cyber Monday:

 

So, let's say you were wanting to travel into - or out of, as the case may be - the Matrix. You'd want to choose the first picture, and this blog post probably won't help you. 

 

But, let's say you were waiting to buy that perfect thing from one of our Serious Shops.

Like... a Don't Break the Bottle Corkscrew wine bottle puzzle:

 

Or, maybe a big Squishable Narwhal:


(Many thanks to ToyBoxPhilosopher.com for this rad photo WITH a Rubik's Cube! How perfect is that?)

 

Or a bottle (or four) of Third Street Organic Chai:

 

Then, you'll want to choose the second picture, and quickly! Wait no longer. No longer than 11/29/2012 at 3am EST anyway, because that's when our 10% Off Sitewide Cyber Monday coupon expires. Go Cyber. Go Serious on Cyber Monday.


40% Off Select Jigsaw Puzzles

November 25, 2012 15:39 by kelly

Old fashioned book covers, French art nouveau, vintage children's story book illustrations, and more… this unique collection of 500 piece puzzles each have a finished size of 15" x 21" which makes them super easy to frame.

Alice & the White Rabbit - 513pc Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Each distinctive jigsaw puzzle in the collection is currently 40% off their original prices... That is $5.95 for a 500 piece puzzle - no coupon code needed! Have a look & see if anything tickles your fancy!

Original Litho - 513pc Jigsaw Puzzle