Today is National Puzzle Day!

January 29, 2013 11:24 by kelly

 

We're psyched here at SeriousPuzzles.com - this is a big day! What day IS it? January 29th - National Puzzle Day!!! A  day to celebrate all things puzzle: brain teasers, jigsaw puzzles, cryptograms, tavern puzzles, Rubik's cubes, crossword puzzles, acrostics, sudoku, anagrams ...

 

Of course, every day here is puzzle day. Today's just extra special.

 

For us, we'll be working on puzzles all day (and eating candy). And for you...  

 

Take 20% Off Your Order at SeriousPuzzles.com TODAY! No minumum order amount - just enjoy!

 

 

Could be the perfect time to pick out a jigsaw puzzle and get your whole family involved in solving - it's a great way to bring everyone together for a shared activity.

 

Chocolate Sensation - 400pc Family Style Jigsaw Puzzle (multi-size pieces so everyone can work together!)

 

Do you have any plans for National Puzzle Day? Let us know - we'd love to hear! 

 

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Coupon PUZZLEDAY expires 1-31-2013 at 3am EST.

 

 


Earth-Friendly Puzzles

November 11, 2010 18:39 by kelly

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

~Native American Proverb

 

 

We’re all trying to be more kind to the earth – and for good reason: when we leave this earth to our children, we want our earth to be as beautiful – or even more beautiful – than when we were children.  To this end, many companies are taking a greener approach to their manufacturing processes than ever before.  We at SeriousPuzzles.com are happy to announce that even your favorite pastime – puzzling – can be more earth-friendly!  We proudly carry several brands of eco-friendly puzzles:

 

 

1) ImagiPLAY

 

Naturally Safe…
Thoughtfully Produced…
Thoroughly Fun…
Toys With Integrity

 ImagiPLAY wooden puzzles are earth friendly and child safe. Made from plantation-grown, sustainably harvested, chemical-free rubberwood, these unique wooden puzzles are hand-painted with safety-tested paints & stains. Each puzzle is heirloom quality, and makes a beautiful, distinctive, and earth-friendly gift.

Majestic Oak – 9 Piece Eco-Friendly Wooden Puzzle

 

 

 

2) TDC Games

 

Green Pieces collection by TDC

 

 

TDC’s Green Pieces collection is a series of four 500 piece photomosaic jigsaw puzzles that are embedded with actual wildflower seeds! When you are finished with your puzzle, instead of throwing it away, you can actually PLANT the puzzle pieces to offset your carbon footprint!  TDC’s jigsaw puzzles’ board and packaging is made from 100% recycled paper, printed with 100% soy-based inks, and does not come wrapped in plastic. These awesome earth-friendly puzzles are made right here in the United States!

Green Pieces: I Need A Hug – 500 Piece Earth Friendly Photomosaic Jigsaw Puzzle

 

 

 

"Eco-Friendly" Collection by TDC

 

TDC’s 1000 piece Eco-Friendly puzzle collection features 8 poster-sized puzzles with original artwork from artists like Dale Klee and Linda Picken. Each jigsaw puzzle is made from recycled, renewable, biodegradable materials, and soy-based inks, and are printed and manufactured in the USA!

Linda Carruth’s Jungle Dew – 1,000 Piece Eco-Friendly Jigsaw Puzzle

 

 

 

3) Serendipity Puzzle Company 

 

 

ALL of Serendipity Puzzle Company’s jigsaw puzzles are made from 100% recycled material with 80-93% post-consumer content. Serendipity uses Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, ensuring it comes from professionally managed forests. In the printing process, water-based coatings and soy-based ink are used. In addition, Serendipity has reduced its packaging by 33%, their puzzles are easily recyclable, and are made in the U.S.A.


Frog Business - 1000pc Shaped Jigsaw Puzzle by Serendipity Puzzle Company

 



4) Buffalo Games

 

 

 

Each jigsaw puzzle made by Buffalo Games uses 100% recycled paperboard with 90% post-consumer content for both the box and the jigsaw puzzle itself. BGI puzzles are recycleable, and are made in the U.S.A.

 


The Living Seas: Turtle Play - 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Buffalo Games

 

 

 


SeriousPuzzles.com introduces a paper catalog!

August 31, 2010 12:16 by kelly

We’re excited to announce that we have created a paper Serious Puzzles catalog!

Just in time for the holidays, it features a selection of our most favorite brain teasers, jigsaw puzzles, 3D puzzles, puzzle boxes, and more! 

 

 

You can view the catalog online (though ALL of our puzzles are always available for browsing & purchase right at SeriousPuzzles.com).

Or, if you’d prefer to receive your very own glossy copy, just shoot us an email at info@seriousshops.com

Make sure to include your mailing address!  :)


Serious Shops visits Toy Fair 2010

February 18, 2010 10:49 by kelly

Adam, Dan, and I headed up the NJ Turnpike for an exciting trip to New York City to visit the New York Toy Fair being held in the Javits Center in Manhattan. This was Serious Shops' third year (and best yet!) visiting NYTF.

  

NYTF is a fantastic place to meet up with some of our current vendors, find new products and toymakers, and even catch an early glimpse of the next big thing in the toy world. Of course bringing home toy samples for the kids (and ourselves, of course) is a major plus!

 

The highlight this year had to be getting my photo taken with Robert Pattinson - you know, Edward Cullen from Twilight? 

 

Okay, it was just a cardboard cutout, but cool, nonetheless, right?!

 

We visited the amazing Lego display:

 

Best item of the show had to be the prototype of the soon-to-be released Rubik’s Slide puzzle on which we’ve spent the last few days mastering the easy level. 

 

I’m sure it will be a big hit this holiday season! Great brain teaser!

We collected catalogs, tested out puzzles, watched a skateboard demo, shook plenty of hands, walked what felt like miles of aisles, ate super-expensive mediocre food, saw some really unique toys, puzzles, & games, and overall had a really fun, productive time!

Next up: choosing which products to add to our line-up this year.  Stay tuned for new additions like Heye and EuroGraphics jigsaw puzzles!  I’m already looking forward to next year.  


Happy Holidays at Serious Shops!

December 9, 2009 14:34 by kelly

We’re in the midst of our busiest season & so excited to be here!

Our extended hours are en force, holiday decorations are up, and everyone is in good spirits. The warehouse crew is super busy packing & shipping… just a few short weeks left until Christmas! 

 

We took some photos on Monday of this week - enjoy!

 

SeriousShops.com front office:



 

Monday's outgoing packages:

 


Monday's afternoon warehouse crew (nice job guys!):



SeriousShops.com holiday season outgoing packages in 2003!
(Why yes, that was our garage, and yes, we have grown!):


Oh happy Day - the Plasma Car is here!

November 22, 2009 23:51 by kelly

When the Plasma Car arrived here at Serious Shops, we felt the need to actively test it out before offering it for sale.

 

This was of course, solely to be certain our customers would be happy with their purchase.  Okay, who am I kidding? We couldn’t resist racing a futuristic looking muscle-powered scootmobile around the warehouse!  We don’t think you’ll be able to resist either… one ride on the Plasma Car, and you’ll be hooked!

 

We all gave it a good number of tries out in the warehouse – from the smallest weighing in around 40 lbs to the biggest weighing in around 180 lbs. Adam currently holds the record for fastest trip around the warehouse at 26.2 seconds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of the Plasma Car is the adaptability to different riders.  Little to big can ride; no matter how short (or long!) your legs are – with no adjustment required.  The Plasma Car holds up to 200 lbs; so Mom, Dad, and kids can enjoy – you just need to be able to turn the wheel! The ride is smooth and super-easy to control – just lean to turn & put your feet down to stop!  Exercise has never been this fun!

 

It’s cooler than a big wheel, safer than a scooter, and more fun than both combined! We’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do!


Fabulous Fall at SeriousShops.com!

October 5, 2009 11:40 by kelly

Welcome to October at Serious Shops!  I’ve finished decorating around the office to welcome Autumn:

 

    

We’re all so excited to be moving into the 4th quarter - you can really feel it around here. The weather is cool, the air is crisp, and everyone is busy!

 

My friend tells me she’s just made the switch from iced lattes to hot. Now, while I still drink mine iced every morning, the sentiment is understood: Fall is finally here & it’s Fantastic!

 

Aside from my decorating, here are a few more exciting seasonal things at Serious Shops:

 

Fall Garden Flags

Pumpkin Spiced & Maple Vanilla Lattes

Halloween Stuffed Animals

 


What makes a disentanglement puzzle great?

August 23, 2009 17:37 by adam

Disentanglement puzzles, aka disentanglements, are the brain teaser puzzles that usually require the removal / extrication of a ring or long oval piece (known as a shuttle). These puzzles will often employ chains or ropes for complexity and/or aestetics. These types of puzzles have a long, long history dating back at least hundreds of years.

 

In general, these puzzles, at first glance, will appear to be unsolvable without force. However, upon closer inspection there are "weaknesses" to be discovered in the design. There are design weaknesses of many kinds, but some of the more common can be described as "loose" joints, "suspicious" gaps, or "pull-overs". The more difficult disentanglement puzzles could require the exploitation of more than one of these weaknesses in concert to reach the solution. In fact, some of the more challenging disentanglement puzzles even use recursive procedures to arrive at the solution (like Patience Puzzle, a super classic, http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/patiencepuzzle.html)

 

ex. of the "Pull-Over" weakness
http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/conestogas.html

ex. of the "Loose" joint weakness
http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/iron.html

ex. of the "Suspicious" gap weakness
http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/ring.html

 

IMHO, the best disentanglement puzzles are the intersection of visual simplicity and obscurity of weakness. They may not be considered the most challenging puzzles. They look strong, sturdy, and simple. Their weakness is difficult to describe, uncommon, and hard to "see". Here are some of my favorites:

http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/satansstirrup.html
http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/wiseguy.html
http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/rope.html

 

And of course, who can forget the Classic Horseshoe Puzzle...For sale at http://www.seriouspuzzles.com/luchorshoes.html

This puzzle still mesmerizes me. It uses a slip and twist motion only made possible by the links between the horseshoe. With the ring nearly in stand still while the horseshoes twist and slip between it, the horseshoes are suddenly side by side and the ring ready to slip off!

 

SPOILER Alert -- solution for Lucky Horseshoes here:
For a slow mo video, check this out.


Horse Shoe Puzzle Secret Explanation How To Solve It