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Widgets for wp.com blogs: 14 – jigsaw puzzles

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On JigsawSite.com you can find many jigsaw puzzles, or turn your own images into such puzzles. Each puzzle is available in six levels of difficulty: from “easy” (6 or 9 pieces) to “insane” (135 to 225 pieces). You can play these puzzles on the site, but you can also insert them in your blog. Example (level 5, 108 pieces):

Online jigsaw puzzles from JigsawSite.com

On wordpress.com blogs we cannot use regular embed codes directly: the code has to be converted into a working shortcode (for more on this, see my post on inserting flash).

So, to insert such a jigsaw puzzle, visit the site, select or create a puzzle, select the level of difficulty, then copy the code that shows up under “Embed puzzle directly on your blog or website” and paste it into a simple text file. Inside the “embed” tags you’ll see something like this:

FlashVars="hidethumb=0&bestTime=989&play=99419&scoreurl=" src="http://static.jigsawsite.com/puzzles/2012/10/18/13505558413996624_12x9.swf"

Keep this part only, and delete all the rest. Copy the following model, and paste that part of the original code where I’m showing:

<div style="border:1px solid #000000;">
[gigya THAT PART HERE allowScriptAccess="always" allowFullScreen="true" width="100%" height="400" ]
</div>
<a title="play 1000s of jigsaw puzzles online" href="http://jigsawsite.com/">Online jigsaw puzzles</a> from <a title="create jigsaw puzzles from your photos" href="http://jigsawsite.com">JigsawSite.com</a>

Paste the end result in the “Text” (=code) post or page editor. You can change the height, if you wish.

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Please don’t paste code in comments – see comment guidelines.

Discussion

24 thoughts on “Widgets for wp.com blogs: 14 – jigsaw puzzles

  1. Thank you for your response to my query, JustPi. I must have hit a wrong key. Appreciate your help. I’ll try your suggestion now.

    Posted by David M. Russell | April 6, 2013, 05:18
  2. Super cool! Thanks for sharing this–what a great addition this will make to my usual round of posts and topics!

    Posted by ELMalvaney | April 6, 2013, 06:08
  3. Have missed your posts, btw!

    Posted by ELMalvaney | April 6, 2013, 06:09
  4. @DR: You’re welcome. You mean this response?
    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/help-274?replies=2

    @EM: Thanks. As for the puzzles, you must thank the user who asked about this in the forum!

    Posted by Panos | April 9, 2013, 22:22
  5. Were you the one who worked the puzzle in 16 minutes?

    Posted by Tess | April 13, 2013, 20:17
  6. Nope! I did better than average, but not that fast. Sixteen+ minutes was the fastest time recorded on the webpage – and it has been beaten:
    http://jigsawsite.com/london-jigsaw-puzzle-13505558413996624_12x9#.UWpcaHAZd5g
    (But it’s easier on the webpage, as there’s more space. And of course you can break your record if you do it again and again; or if you keep the thumbnail with the finished image open, which I don’t do.)

    Posted by Panos | April 14, 2013, 11:01
  7. I did 2 hours 15. I’m not good at jigsaws, LOL. But part of that time was me having coffee with my daughter. I didn’t notice the timer, so also didn’t notice the pause timer icon. Could be why I’m not good a these puzzles: just don’t pay attention.

    Fun thing though, to put on my work blog. An easy puzzle for the kids! Thanks for the idea…

    Posted by Tess | April 15, 2013, 05:33
  8. 2 hours 15? On my page or on the site?
    I like challenging games, but I hate it when the challenge is the time!

    Posted by Panos | April 16, 2013, 02:30
  9. On your page. But as I said I did not notice there was a timer, so I went to have a coffee with my daughter for a while. Timer made me feel really ‘dumb.’ I guess ‘dumb’ was not noticing the timer, nor the possibility to see the finished puzzle, or playing it full frame. It was just me… not paying attentions? No worries.

    Posted by Tess | April 16, 2013, 04:18
  10. On my page it’s difficult, because there’s not enough space. Coffee break was very wise, because this thing is bad for your eyes. And in my opinion the enjoyment of a jigsaw puzzle doesn’t lie in how fast you can do it.

    Posted by Panos | April 17, 2013, 07:29
  11. LOL. In life, it’s the process, not the product, which brings much satisfaction to a day. A sort of luxury not forgiven by ART.

    Posted by Tess | April 17, 2013, 21:13
  12. Hey there; I’ve come across your blog with the many Gigya tips, however, I got a Yekra player code which I can’t seem to get working with Gigya, so i was wondering if you could give me a hand.

    Posted by Legend | April 18, 2013, 17:41
  13. Hi, but sorry, no. Check the red note in my sidebar please.

    Posted by Panos | April 21, 2013, 05:20
  14. Thanks for sharing this. I would like to ask you a question: Do you think it is possible to add a puzzle in a “Coming soon” widget? Thank you very much!

    Posted by Josep Solano | June 2, 2013, 11:23
  15. Sorry, the question isn’t clear to me: what do you mean by “Coming soon” widget?

    Posted by Panos | June 4, 2013, 00:45
  16. Panos: I have been using your fix that embeds Issuu files in a wordpress.com blog:
    http://undercurrents1972.wordpress.com/2013/06/06/uc45-april-may-1981/
    to create an archive of Undercurrents magazine. It works well and I thank you for it.

    Issuu have rejigged their embed pages and no longer supply the old embed code; I wrote to them and got this reply:

    I am sorry, but the old embed code in only available for the PRO users now. So you will not be able to see it.

    Can you please create a fix which works with the embed codes that they now offer, please?

    E.g.: http://textsnip.com/s3zbgv

    The link is OK:
    http://issuu.com/Undercurrents1972/docs/uc45_jun01a?e=7146478/3021474

    Undercurrents1972
    = Chris Squire [UK]

    Posted by Chris Squire | June 7, 2013, 13:40
  17. Thanks Chris (and sorry, your comment was withheld because it contained more than two links).

    I’ll see what I can do. The new codes they provide are too laconic: by themselves, they don’t supply all the info I would need to create a working shortcode. I’ll have to examine their sourcecode and see if I can come up with a new hack.

    Posted by Panos | June 7, 2013, 20:47
  18. Noted – thanks: here’s hoping!

    Posted by Chris Squire | June 7, 2013, 21:12
  19. Which works just fine: thank you.

    Posted by Chris Squire | June 8, 2013, 14:33
  20. wiget good

    Posted by chuyentrolinhtinh | June 26, 2013, 06:00
  21. Thank you, you have made me smile with this and I felt briefly clever that I could follow your instructions and do this. :)

    Posted by Joanna | July 22, 2013, 03:33

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