Puzzles for the Mind

Labyrinths or Maze

Puzzle History Puzzle Stories

Whilst the terms Labyrinths and Mazes are often used interchangeably, they are in fact 2 different forms.  A labyrinth is said to have a single through route with twists and turns but without branches, a maze is a confusing pathway that has many branches, choices of path and dead ends. 

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Art in Jigsaw Puzzles

Puzzle Facts Puzzle History

Have you ever wondered why so many jigsaw puzzles feature works by artists?  In today’s puzzle world you can get puzzles by historic legends, through to the modern, pop culture and fine artists of our time.  Let’s take a look at the synergies between art and jigsaws throughout history. 

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The Origins of Dexterity Puzzles

Puzzle History

This story takes us back to circa 2250BC to the Indus Valley, one of the first know human civilisations, located in what we now know as north-western regions of south Asia, the Harappan Civilisation.  The cities in this region were known for its great urban planning, backed brick houses, extensive water supply and drainage systems.  The people worked and crafted with bronze, lead, clay and carnelian materials and developed unique and new techniques.

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Puzzle Rings of All Things

Puzzle History

There are two types of puzzle rings, the first dating back to the Romans, where the social elite had rings with secret compartments to conceal their money. Similar in design to a puzzle box but on a smaller scale, you need to find the trick catch to open the secret compartment. The second is a series of rings that are entwined and require a series of steps to separate. We see these throughout Turkish and Celtic histories used for the promise of love, or to symbolise a union of souls and for other more sinister reasons. Let’s take a quick look at their evolution and history.

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The Benefits of Puzzling

Puzzle Facts

Did you know that puzzles are not only fun, but they can improve areas and functions of the brain?  We love puzzles here at Arte et Marte Puzzles and we thought we investigate, how puzzles can help our health and development and why regularly puzzle solving should be a regular part of your routine. 

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The Mystery of the Puzzle Box

Puzzle History Puzzle Stories

When I think of puzzle boxes, my first thoughts drift to Greek Myth of Pandora’s Box, the story of Pandora who was given a box by Zeus and told never to open it. Human nature being what it is, of course she opened it and let out all the horrors onto the world such as plaques, pestilence and wars. I assumed this was the first story about puzzle boxes, but there is no mention of it being any harder to open than with a key. So, it seems that puzzle box origins, like many other puzzle origins, is a mystery in itself.

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