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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
 
3.3

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (16)
  • Challenging (15)
  • Entertaining (15)
  • Educational (14)
  • Interactive (7)

Cons

  • Poor quality (3)
  • Visually unpleasing (3)

Best Uses

  • Adults (13)
  • Family (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (10), Educator (5), Puzzle whiz (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (26), No (5)

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 neighborhood...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.

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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 only...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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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

    (1 of 1 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

    (0 of 1 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

      (0 of 1 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

          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          very disappointing

          By jay flos

          from nutley, NJ

          About Me Enjoy Jigsaw Puzzles

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Challenging

          Cons

          • No Fun
          • No Photo Of Completed Puz
          • Pieces Not Interlocking
          • Too Much Surrounding Area

          Best Uses

            Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

            looks like a good idea but does not translate well in this case

            my sister deserves a refund

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Pass on this one

            By deef12238

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Parent

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Poor Quality
              • Too Difficult
              • Visually Unpleasing

              Best Uses

                Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

                What a disappointment this puzzle is. It is a prime example of a good idea, poorly executed. Any photo print may be judged by brightness, contrast, hue and saturation. The puzzle image fails in all four areas as it is drab with vague contrast, ambiguous hues and weak saturation. As if that were not bad enough, puzzle tiles are so similarly cut that erroneous pieces interlock easily adding further frustration. Too bad because if the actual puzzle had the qualities of the photo exhibited online when ordered it would be sheer joy to assemble. As it is, pass on this one.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Wrong address

                By Leslie

                from Weaverville, NC

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hometown Puzzle:

                      This was ordered as a gift. We received in good time, but our address was not on the map! Have not yet received the corrected puzzle; hopefully, it will be correct.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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