Jigsaw Puzzle Terminology

Greetings puzzle enthusiasts! Today, we are going to be discussing some of the jargon that can be found in jigsaw puzzles. There are many terms and definitions for things like how pieces fit together on a board or what is considered an edge piece. This glossary will help you sound like a pro next time your friends start talking about their favorite hobby!

Common Jigsaw Puzzle Terminologies

Edges

Definition: Pieces that are not rectangular in shape. They can be cut at any angle and may have more than one piece on the same edge. These pieces will usually only fit together with other edges or corners- they won’t work if junctions, flat-cut faces, a round corner or a cross is required to complete an area of the puzzle! Some puzzles even require certain shapes to fill out their design (like circles for example).

As you work your way through this glossary of terms we thought it would also be good to mention how each word was derived from its definition. Let’s take “edges” as an example… A jigsaw puzzle architect takes all the rectangles he or she has cut out of a big puzzle and puts them in one place (called the “cutting mat”). From there, an edge is defined as any piece that will only fit together with other edges or corners. They won’t work if junctions, flat-cut faces, round corners or cross pieces are required to complete an area of the puzzle!

Corner Piece

Definition: Pieces that have four straight edges and two right angles. These pieces can be assembled into all but a full octagon shape by themselves… so they’re quite useful for filling areas of a puzzle that require shapes outside square dimensions! Thanks to their ease of use corner pieces are often found at intersections where many different sections meet on the cutting board.

An alternate definition of a corner piece is any puzzle pieces that has four straight-cut edges and two right angles. These pieces can be assembled into all but a full octagon shape by themselves… so they’re quite useful for filling areas of the puzzle that require shapes outside square dimensions! Thanks to their ease of use, these corner pieces are often found at intersections where many different sections meet on the cutting board.

Junctions

Definition: Where two or more pieces of a puzzle intersect with one another, meeting at an angle in order to fill out any remaining shape that may be needed for completion. These junctions can sometimes get tricky because they require all four edges to match up and fit together without overlapping each other… but even if you’re having trouble there’s always someone willing to lend a hand!

Flat-cut Faces

Definition: Pieces that are cut flat and have no angles. These pieces can fill in any space on a puzzle, but they will only work if corners or edges fit together with them to create an octagon shape or larger! This term refers to the fact that these pieces of cardboard were originally created by cutting out shapes from sheets of paperboard which would then be folded into place like we see today… giving it its name “flat-cut face”.

An alternative definition for this term is any piece of a jigsaw puzzle that has been cut flat and doesn’t have any angles. These pieces can fill in spaces on a puzzle (but they’ll only work if corners or edges connect with them to create an octagon shape or larger!) This term refers to the fact that these pieces of cardboard were originally created by cutting out shapes from sheets of paperboard, which would then be folded into place like we see today- giving it its name “flat cut face.”

Round Corner Piece

Definition: Pieces with a round edge. These are typically not found in traditional jigsaw puzzles because they’re less functional for fitting together with other edges and corners (since their only flat side is on one end). However, if you happen across a puzzle specifically designed around this shape there’s no reason not to enjoy playing along!

An alternate definition for this word is any piece of a jigsaw puzzle that has a rounded edge. These pieces are typically not found in traditional jigsaw puzzles because they’re less functional for fitting together with other straight-cut edges and right angles (since their only flat side is on one end). However, if you happen to come across a puzzle designed specifically around this shape, there’s no reason not to enjoy playing along!

Gradient puzzle

Definition: Any puzzle in which each piece has a different color. Gradient puzzles are often easier to assemble because the colors help you identify where pieces of contrasting shades should go next!

Cross Piece

Definition: Pieces that have three straight edges and four right angles. Although these cross pieces may not fit together with other corners by themselves without overlapping their space, they are quite useful for filling out areas of a puzzle that require shapes outside of square dimensions.

Grid-cut Face

Definition: Pieces that are cut on a grid, allowing for straight edges and right angles (and making them ideal for fitting together with other corners).

An alternative definition is any piece of the jigsaw puzzle that has been cut out on a grid pattern which gives it its name “grid-cut face”. These pieces can fit together with other traditionally shaped corners without overlapping their space because they have flat sides to connect both horizontally and vertically. They’re not perfect for filling spaces in a traditional flat-edged puzzle, but if you happen across one specifically designed around this shape there’s no reason not to enjoy playing along!

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