5 puzzles to keep you busy all winter long

Let’s face it: the whole country misses Betty White. The beloved actress and comedian died on New Year’s Eve just weeks before her long-awaited 100and birthday party. Some get by watching reruns of The Mary Tyler Moore Show or the classic 80s sitcom The golden girls. Me? I just ordered my Golden Girls 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

Paying homage to famous personalities is certainly not the only reason to make puzzles. Study after study confirms that doing puzzles sharpens your brain, improves your memory and can help you cope with stress. Above all, I think they are fun. You can do them alone or make them a night out with your friends and family. It’s no surprise that puzzle sales have skyrocketed during the pandemic. I love opening a new puzzle, running my hands through the pieces, and settling down to spend some serious time with the picture in front of me.

Check out these five perfect riddles to solve in 2022.

Golden Girls 1000 Piece Puzzle. This puzzle from the company Toynk is very focused on the nostalgia factor. When complete, you’ll have a colorful, stylized design of one of TV’s favorite quartets. Betty White and the other three actresses – Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty – may all be gone, but they shouldn’t be forgotten.

I am an online puzzle site. You can play thousands of puzzles (think animals, landscapes and more) on this site for free. Choose your puzzle and difficulty level or upload your own image and they will turn it into a puzzle for you. If you tire of the traditional rectangular puzzle shape, try experimenting. You can request a puzzle in a different shape. How about a heart for Valentine’s Day?

Ravensburger Krypt Gradient Puzzle. Gradient puzzles, which feature a design that doesn’t use an image but instead shows a slow color change from one side of the board to the other, are everywhere this year. We like this 631-piece option from German puzzle company Ravensburger. Part of their popular “Krypt Gradient” series, this one, which is recommended for ages 14 and up, will test your ability to distinguish between different hues.

2022: Year of the Tiger. This year’s Chinese lunar calendar is the year of the tiger, a creature known in culture as the king of all beasts, representing confidence, strength and bravery. You’ll roar with delight when you complete this challenging puzzle from Zazzle; choose from seven different sizes, starting with 30 oversized pieces up to 1014 pieces.

Gray Malin The double-sided range. Photographer Gray Malin is famous for his aerial shots of the world’s most exotic beaches. This 500 piece jigsaw puzzle from Galison features swimmers on one side and divers exploring an ocean reef on the other.