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Hometown Puzzle

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$39.95

Price: $39.95

Item# :1073652

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Your neighborhood is at the center of it all in this personalized map puzzle, created using a new and groundbreaking cartographic data set. This one-of-a-kind gift features a custom map that slowly reveals itself piece by piece as you assemble your neighborhood, starting with familiar areas and discovering new ones along the way. Be warned, there is no traditional guide print included—the fun, and the challenge, comes from identifying familiar landmarks and building out from there. (We’ll look the other way if you decide to consult an online map for a hint.)


From any starting point, we'll create a 400-piece puzzle of a six-by-four-mile area. A house-shaped piece in the center represents the address you choose, and gives you an easy starting point. The map shows main roads, contour lines, water features, vegetation, and notable buildings. It makes a great gift for anyone who wants the challenge of learning how places in their local community fit together.


Arrives in a presentation box with space for you to write a personal message. Specify recipient's full U.S. address, including street number and name, city, state, and zip code.


Please note: Personalized items cannot be returned unless damaged or defective. Please check your order carefully; once placed, your order for this item cannot be canceled. Specify your U.S. postal address for the delivery location. Puzzles are made in the UK and sent to the U.S. for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service. Please allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.


WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


12 1/4''W x 18 1/2''L completed.


Please note: Because the puzzle is made in the UK and sent to the U.S. for delivery by the U.S. Postal Service, we are unable to provide shipment tracking information.


REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Hometown Puzzle
 
3.2

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (10)

61%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (17)
  • Challenging (16)
  • Entertaining (16)
  • Educational (15)
  • Interactive (8)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)
  • Visually unpleasing (4)
  • Too difficult (3)

Best Uses

  • Adults (15)
  • Family (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (11), Educator (5), Puzzle whiz (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (28), No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect if no recent development

Received Christmas 2011 as a gift. I was mostly impressed - it was challenging (many free hours between two people over a weekend) and I learned so much about the layout of my...Read complete review

Received Christmas 2011 as a gift. I was mostly impressed - it was challenging (many free hours between two people over a weekend) and I learned so much about the layout of my neighborhood and the inlets, bays, rivers and ponds near my childhood home. When finished, it was a beautiful map and the type of thing that I would frame in a study or on a living room wall in a summer cottage.

However! I did notice a few inconsistencies which would suggest that the maps used were a minimum of twelve years old (a second bridge between my town and the town across the river, completed in 2001, was NOT on the map). These inconsistencies were not important to me, as I am from a rural town in Maine and things there haven't changed much in decades. However - based on my experience and other reviews, I would say that if your neighborhood was built within the last 10-15 years, forget it - your street won't be on the map.

Two smaller comments are firstly that my home was not in the middle of the puzzle - it was in the puzzle's midline, but only about 2 inches from the bottom. This was not upsetting to me, as this mistake on their part allowed the puzzle to include more of the area of my town that I know best - but may be upsetting to others. The second con is that it did NOT come with a reference photo, which to me was the most annoying. Who sends you the world's hardest 400 piece puzzle without even a small print-out of the area in question to help when you are completely floudered, staring at a sea of blue and green pieces that all look the same from almost any angle??

Overall a good idea but something to be avoided by anyone living in an urban or recently developed area.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Dissapointed

We love to do maps and we looked forward to building a map of our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the map used to create our neighborhood was at least 15 years old. Our neighborhood is...Read complete review

We love to do maps and we looked forward to building a map of our neighborhood. Unfortunately, the map used to create our neighborhood was at least 15 years old. Our neighborhood is only 10 to 12 years old. Majority of the puzzle was pipelines and bayous to match up. If you live in an area where the streets haven't changed in 20 years, the puzzle would be ok.

I suggest they update their maps or better yet, provide a current Google Satellite map.

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1.0

Completely unsatisfactory

By Amy

from Cleveland, Ohio

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Quality
    • Visually Unpleasing

    Best Uses

      Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

      I ordered this as a gift for my parents and provided their address so this could be personalized. When the puzzle arrived, it had their street without the street name on it. Not only that, the little house shape wasn't even centered over where their address was supposed to be. Why in the world would I give this as a gift when it doesn't even have their street listed on it?

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      4.0

      Hometown puzzle

      By Smarties247

      from Lawrence MA

      About Me Parent

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Challenging
      • Educational
      • Entertaining
      • Fun
      • Interactive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Adults
        • Family

        Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

        The only issue I have is the tiny print, but that's just my eyes. I bought +2.00 reading glasses. The puzzle is spot on, learned a lot of little details about my area

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Disappointing puzzle

        By Tom

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Puzzle Whiz

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Nice Concept

        Cons

        • Too Difficult
        • Too Few Shapes
        • Too Much Solid Blue

        Best Uses

        • Adults

        Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

        Loved the idea but was unable ( first time ever!) to finish the puzzle due to almost half of it being solid blue ( water) with no shading and not much shape differential. Would have been great if house was not centered and majority of puzzle was land not water.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Where Did You Live?

        By ooma

        from Scottsdale, AZ

        About Me Educator, Parent

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Can Withstand Use
        • Challenging
        • Educational
        • Entertaining
        • Fun

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults

          Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

          Bought the puzzle for a Japanese student who lived in our home for two years. When she returned home and was questioned "Where did you live in the US?" we wanted her to be able to not just tell, but show the community that was home during her stay. Bonus plus was that in assembling it, she was able to orient herself to streets and topographical features (mountains, canals, etc) and really feel comfortable with her surroundings. She thought it was "the perfect remembrance".

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Hometown Fun

          By Darlene, Realtor

          from Metairie, La.

          About Me Parent, Realtor

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Challenging
          • Educational
          • Entertaining
          • Fun

          Cons

          • Pieces too small
          • Poor Quality
          • Writing Too Small

          Best Uses

          • Family

          Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

          Bought it as a Fathers Day present for my husband and he and I and my 17yr old granddaughter put it together. I am a realtor so I didn't expect it to be as challenging as it was. It would have been better if the pieces had been a little larger and the street names had been a little larger. But overall I liked it and will order as house warming presents for clients.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          completely satisfied

          By Lucia

          from New Jersey

          About Me Parent

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adults
            • Family

            Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

            unique gift

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Don't judge a book by the cover

            By Hester

            from Atlanta GA

            About Me Puzzle Whiz

            Pros

            • Can Withstand Use
            • Challenging
            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Fun

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adults

              Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

              It took 3 weeks to receive this puzzle

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great gift

              By Jennifer

              from Star Valley, Wyoming

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Challenging
              • Educational
              • Entertaining
              • It's Accurate
              • It's A Difficult Puzzle
              • It's Pretty

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Adults

                Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

                I wish I had gotten this when we first moved to the region. It helps to gain perspective of the whole area.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Impressive gift because it is personal

                By Ruth

                from Dayton, OH

                About Me Friend

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Educational
                • Entertaining
                • Fun
                • Interactive

                Cons

                • Too Easy

                Best Uses

                • Adults

                Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

                I purchased this gift for a puzzle fan who is hard to buy for. He was pleased with the personal, unique aspect of his own neigborhood - a puzzle he could not get at a store. However, if the option had been available, I would have purchased a larger puzzle with more pieces.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes
                 
                5.0

                A great gift for both parent and child

                By PapaRon

                from Sarasota, FL

                About Me Educator, Grandpa

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Challenging
                • Educational
                • Fun
                • Unique To Each Child

                Cons

                • Can't Think Of Any

                Best Uses

                • Family

                Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

                Expensive

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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