Do you remember the For Dummies books of the nineties and early aughts? I do!(Yes, I’m dating myself, I don’t care.)
I found this treasure in a lot of used puzzles I bought last winter with a friend. While a lot of the puzzles were in awful shape, this one wasn’t. I knew I had to assemble this puzzle as soon as beach weather came around.
Beach Babies is a 1000 piece grid-cut puzzle, with each piece labeled on the back with both letters A-Z and numbers 1-39. Like all Dummies products, this puzzle has easy to understand instructions. While the map and instructions were missing, I found them online at the Dummies Website here.
I’ve never done a puzzle with numbers on the back before. I did the logical thing and sorted alphabetically.
I tried a couple of different styles of assembly.
First I did lines A,B and C individually. Then I did lines D,E, F and G as a group. This went faster than most puzzle assembly, but was visually boring. So I flipped the sections over, connected them together and started assembling like I normally do. This took longer, but was far more enjoyable. The fact the pieces are labeled on the back helped me place pieces when stumped.
TaDa!! Yes, I know there is a missing piece, but for a used puzzle, I’m super pleased.
I liked how firmly these pieces fit together. While I haven’t done any other TDC puzzles, I’ll have to start looking for them. This puzzle had pieces that were thin and sturdy, and I could pick up full sections.
- Company: TDC Games / For Dummies
- Title: Beach Babies
- Artist: Donald Zolan
- Year released: Unknown
- Pieces: 1000
- Cut-Style: Grid cut
- Finished size: 19 X 26 inches
- Bonus poster: No
- Made in USA
- Box: Sturdy, 8 x 8 x 3 inches
- Board: Very sturdy and rigid
- Cut: Cut with a steel-cut die
- Image Quality: Excellent
- Finish: Slight gloss
- Puzzle Dust: None
- Piece shapes: Standard 2 knob
- Piece Fit: Excellent! Really tight, can be picked up entirely
Disability Notes: This sort of puzzle is rather helpful for beginners or people who have difficulty assembling sections that all look the same ie: sky, sand, etc.
Where to buy: At the time of this post, Beach Babies is available for sale on Amazon, for $85.65 CDN. The high price is due to the puzzle being discontinued.
Disclosure: I bought this puzzle for the purpose of review. The opinions are my own. All links are direct, I do not make money from them.
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