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Merry Christmas--Tugman22 Size (LOL)

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pdevredis65

:-)))))))))))

treker

That's kinda what my bride said re: glutton. Shook her head and remarked "I don't know how you do that."
So,...I remain "Fired Up,...ready to go!"
Bring it. LOL

pdevredis65

Are you a glutton for punishment, fella?! LOL! Right now, I'm doing Aishahm's Tetris one, and it's a true monster. But I have another monster ready to go soon, so beware--forewarned is forearmed!

treker

Thank you pd! At 78% completion I knew I wasn't "making the board." Didn't matter! I consolidated the remaining pieces, enlarged the screen (again) and bingo! I had a big grin when I finished. What's next?

pdevredis65

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! What a trooper, treker! LOL! I don't know how you managed it under those conditions, but I'm impressed as heck! Thanks so much! :-)))

treker

Finally!! The last third was the best. A great challenge. Thanks pd for a dandy!
A larger screen would have helped immensely. I had to enlarge the screen, search for a piece, move the screen sideways, and on and on. (18:01:55)
NEVER GIVE UP!! ;-)))

pdevredis65

I discovered the hard way that if I pause a puzzle, then leave the computer for, say, 15 minutes, when I come back, the screen will still pop up with the puzzle, and I'll go on my merry way solving it, only to discover that in the interim the computer and/or Jigidi no longer had me logged in. When I finish the puzzle, it won't credit me with the solve, or post the time, and the puzzle remains in my "unsolved" bookmarks. That happened on the Jekyll one I did that took just shy of 9 hours, and I took photos of the solved puzzle and the pop-up box with the time, just to prove I really had done it! So now, whenever I step away, I always go back and click on "my puzzles" or "bookmarks"--anything that won't show up if I'm no longer logged in. If they show up, I can continue the solve. If it shows "log-in", I do that before I go back to finish the solve. Saves a lot of grief! LOL!

monza006

I sort pieces in exactly the same way Pat... when I have a puzzle of this type to solve!! My biggest problem yesterday was that my laptop lost its internet connection part way through and I couldn't save what I'd done... in the end I went to a cafe where I knew I could get wi-fi - just so I could save it... I've been caught out too many times with puzzles that on completion cannot be submitted!!! I do love the big ones though... I just have to restrain myself from solving them all LOL :~)

pdevredis65

Oh, I know that feeling! I spent just shy of 9 hours on a monster by Jekyll (who turns out to be Jill4art), and I wanted to tear my hair out when an hour would go by with just a dozen pieces placed....... It's better to switch off and do others and then come back--I usually find that I get a burst of connections when I look at it with fresh eyes....

treker

As I crawl along, I'll be lucky to make the board,...period. Going nowhere fast.
After 3 hours it's time for a change, and...some Crown Royal! LOL

pdevredis65

I started by sorting into shapes, too, which is how I usually approach a tugman puzzle. What I mean is that I sorted out the pieces with 4 knobs, 3 knobs except for the bottom, 3 knobs except for the top, and so on down to no knobs. But halfway through the sorting I decided that that was useless for this, and went with what I described. Only when I had the lattice in place did I go back to the shapes. Whatever we did, though, we're in second and third, so it worked for us! (Of course, only 9 people with profiles have solved this so far, so we would be on the board whatever our time...! LOL!).

monza006

I have to confess I did it purely on logic... sorted the pieces into shapes and then matched either circles or diamonds along the rows and columns from the corners... and wished I had a bigger screen - LOL - it is a wonderful puzzle Pat.

pdevredis

You did it! Oh, lordy, wasn't it something else?!! I built up chains of pieces where the green circles were perfectly centered and others where the blue diamonds were, and fit them into the frame. I ended up with a lattice work design with empty 4-piece squares between all the columns and rows. Fitting the pieces into that was a pain! Thanks for taking up the challenge, Mandy! :-)))

monza006

Phew!!! What a puzzle!!! Thanks Pat :~)

pdevredis65

Bravo, Olya! And it's so nice to see you! Thanks for coming onto my puzzles and leaving such nice comments! :-)))

Olya

Mission accomplished :-)

pdevredis65

Merry Christmas, Zatoichicat, John, and Bex_7!!!!!

I'm so happy my puzzle made for a pleasant (!) way to spend Christmas Eve, Zatoichicat! As for John's puzzle, I don't think I'm going to have the block of 7 (or maybe 10!) more hours I need for it at any time today! But I will be back! And watch out for soaring porcine creatures... LOL!

Thanks, John--you've become a trademark name for me in my comments to others: I compare all the puzzles people complain are hard to "tugman monsters"! It's been a lot of fun doing your puzzles and "talking" to you this year--I hope 2013 is just as wonderful!

I'm so glad you like my puzzles, Bex! I really have fun making puzzles, so it's never like work, but like play instead. I always appreciate it when people take the time to tell me they enjoy what I do--I can still remember my first puzzles and the comments I got, and how thrilled I was to see them! So thank you for letting me know, and I promise I'll keep on making more for you to do battle with! LOL!

Elfie

This is absolutely funny, Pat!! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for you humour!!

Bex_7

Merry Christmas pdevredis!!! thanks for all your lovely puzzles this year, I really do appreciate all the hard work you do for us! :-) I'm working on this one...22% so far....! I love these challenges so if you ever feel like creating more then you'll definately get a least one solve! :-) Thanks again and have a lovely Christmas! :-) Bx

tugman22

Christmas Day for us both now, although you should still be snuggled up like "a bug in a rug"!! I've bookmarked this for one of my "masochistic" days. Nice to have a jig dedicated to me. Many thanks. We've had some good "sparring" in 2012 and look forward to the same next year. Have a great Christmas and an excellent 2013. :o)))))

Zatoichicat

Merry Christmas pdevredis65 ! And all our Jigidi family and friends.... Thank you for a Zen Christmas Eve... pd ... I love your puzzles... now I have to go back to John's monster and have my eyes scrambled. :-)))) And, if y'all get on the ladder with me before I get tossed out, the pigs can really soar! LOL

pdevredis65

Exactly! The next time I want to do a monster, I can do one of mine! LOL!

I didn't post it in any other size, because it really is just for a challenge--the design is just the Christmas swirl mirrored and copied a zillion times...

whatnauts

Yikes!!

pdevredis65

I can see that this is a puzzle that will get more comments than solves...! LOL! I always fall for tugman's monsters, so I thought turn-about was fair play!

Thanks, treker and precious pebble! :-)))

gemstone

LOLOL, treker. :DDD

treker

I hit the solve button, pieces appeared, I passed out!!!

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