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Jan van Haasteren 'Eurovision Song Contest' 1000 pieces
I recently made this puzzle. It is the puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' (Eurovision Contest) - this is number 20025. This puzzle is only available in the 1000-piece variant. That's this puzzle:
This puzzle would be used for the Dutch National Championships puzzle that would be held on April 6, 2020, however, due to Corona, this has not taken place. The Dutch National Championships puzzle has subsequently been moved to September 6, 2020, but it has also been moved again because of Corona and the 1,5 meters away. The next NK puzzle will now take place on April 11, 2021.
This puzzle appeared in April 2020, because in 2020 the Netherlands would be the host country to organize the Eurovision Song Contest. Duncan Laurence won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2019! Before Duncan Laurence, the Netherlands had won the Eurovision Song Contest 4 times before. He became the winner with his top hit 'Arcade'. The Eurovision Song Contest was to take place on 12, 14 and 16 May 2020 in Rotterdam, with the location 'Ahoy Rotterdam'. On March 18, 2020, the festival was canceled due to COVID-19 or due to the worldwide Corona epidemic. Never before has a Eurovision Song Contest been cancelled. The theme determined by Rotterdam was 'Open up'.
When will the Eurovision Song Contest take place in the Netherlands – Rotterdam?
It will now take place on 18, 20 and 22 May 2021 in Rotterdam. The first semifinal will take place on Tuesday 18 May, the second semifinal on Thursday 20 May and the final on Saturday 22 May. The Netherlands has automatically qualified for the final due to Duncan Laurence's win in 2019. Spain, France, Germany, Great Britain and Italy are also already in the final. Broadcast for the Netherlands is Jeangu Macrooy, he was for 2020 and he is also for 2021. However, he is not allowed to perform his song 'Grow' again. For this he has to play a new song. As long as that scores better than the song on Jan van Haasteren's puzzle, because there the audience runs away at the performance of a kind of occasion band.
What do you encounter when you have made this Jan van Haasteren jigsaw puzzle?
I made this puzzle on a puzzle mat of 1 meter 60 wide and 90 centimeters high. I find that useful, because regularly I have to move the puzzle again.
After I had rolled up this puzzle in a puzzle mat, I started rolling it out again after a few days:
You can see that some pieces don't stay neatly when unrolling, but all in all it's not that bad, you have to put them well again 🙂
I rarely finish it in a few days. I'll start by explaining all the bits:
Then I lay the edges of the puzzle. As you can see in the photo below, 2 pieces are still missing near the edge. I almost always buy the puzzles second-hand via the internet, but then you always run the risk that a puzzle is not complete, even though I always ask the seller. I did look for the two missing edge pieces, but I chose to let that go. You will probably find them later among the other pieces (which indeed was the case!). I started by collecting the rainbow-colored pieces, which were pretty easy and quickly laid. I also quickly found the pieces of the stage, they are all the same:
I then started collecting pieces by color. Anyway, the singers collected pieces. Difficult, because that singer (as well as the squid!) come back twice. Which pieces belong where?? As you can see I had already collected the letters with 'Eurosong Contest'. This was roughly the result for me after 2 hours of puzzling:
The pieces of the ceiling were quite doable, it seemed quite impossible at first, but you can see which way the beams 'walk', and then it goes pretty quickly. A nice cat on top sometimes makes it easy to lay. Very difficult I found the squid pieces, which appeared 2 times:
Then I started to focus on the audience at the bottom of the puzzle, that has to be done. Quite difficult I must say, and I had postponed it a bit, all those pieces of all those people. But also here mainly sorted by color and for example I started with the people in the audience with a yellow shirt or sweater:
And finally made a good run in laying the audience! Now almost only the gray areas and the white smoke clouds remained. The hardest.
Gathered the gray pieces and saved all those really white pieces until last. You can still recognize or see something on those gray pieces, so that it is clearer where you 'should' put it:
And yes, then I still had those white clouds of smoke. My 9-year-old daughter helped me a bit, she liked that. This was really trial-and-error, but laying with two people certainly makes a difference. With the end result, a puzzle that is finished. Yes!
And another picture of the puzzles that are finished on my puzzle mat, with the box included:
Also about JvH's jigsaw puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest'
This Jan van Haasteren puzzle seems a bit boring, but if you put it together it is really fun. Partly because it has been made so appropriate for 'our' Eurovision Song Contest that I am coming/have been to the Netherlands. However, this is different from a normal Eurovision Song Contest. It is now a bit of a mess or chaos, as you often see at JvH. It is a very special performance by a band, composed of: police, crook, crab, Sinterklaas, Comrade Sinterklaas, a drumming squid, a singer and a very small man. But the music they make must be terrible, because you see the crowd running away really fast. They want to go home as soon as possible! There is all sorts of filth on the stage, which may have already been laid or thrown up. And a saw is going to saw the singer away…..
At the bottom left there is a man 'just' typing on his computer, what would his role be in the Eurovision Song Contest?? Furthermore, the Jury is an old man who has been completely knocked over by the audience.
I am curious and hope that our Dutch entry goes better than on this puzzle!
The puzzle was fun to make and I made a general video with the various fun elements that you can find on this puzzle:
Jan van Haasteren 'Eurovision Song Contest' 1000 pieces - Recurring elements
The nice thing about this puzzle is that after puzzling there is still a kind of search puzzle. You are looking for the fixed recurring elements by Jan van Haasteren. Can you find them all, or are they just not there?? The crab, the teeth, the shark fin, the Tax Official, the arrows, the hands, the eyes, etc etc. There are many in this puzzle, and I have made videos and photos of them below. Try looking for them yourself before viewing them below.
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 1: Baron van Tast tot Zeveren
Baron van Tast tot Zeveren is an old cartoon character that Jan van Haasteren used to draw. He still appears quite regularly in his puzzles. Not easy to find, recognizable by his blue jacket, black tie and black pants, black bowler hat and sideburns.
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 2: De Bril
The glasses are often very difficult to find, because they are quite small. I was able to find the glasses 3x on this puzzle. Are you looking for something?
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 3: The Cigar
The cigar is also very difficult to find and almost always returns on the JvH puzzles. I was able to find the cigar 3x (!).
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 4: De Zaag
The Saw is on almost every puzzle, including this one. He often saws in the strangest places and through the strangest materials. It looks like the saw is going to saw the singer and singers 'gone' here:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 5: The Three Holes
You can see the 3 peepholes on almost all Jan van Haasteren puzzles. See here:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 6: De Haaienvin
The shark fin is THE hallmark of Jvh, you always see it. Only ever seen 1 shark fin. The fin often also goes through the weirdest elements:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 7: Hands
You always see hands and often appear and in the strangest places. We found a few more:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 8: Het Gebit
You almost always see the teeth with the accompanying toothpaste. But: very hard to find, sometimes you think it's not on the puzzle, but it's there again:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 9: Squid
The Squid is taking part in the performance of this Eurovision Song Contest. And he seems to be having a great time, except for the crowd running away:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 10: Jan van Haasteren himself
It is best if you can find Jan van Haasteren himself on the puzzle. If you don't know exactly what it looks like, take a look at the box. Then you recognize him, but finding it is often very difficult!
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 11: Jane stickers
Jane often appears as a name on the yellow stickers. However, the question is how often you can find these. I was able to find 5 of them:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 12: Krab
Krab is also often present and enjoys himself to the music of the band, in contrast to the running away crowd:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 13: Periscoop
The Periscope is almost always present, even now, often surrounded by water, because this is actually an item from a submarine:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 14: Plasters
The plasters, sure, and often and a lot. But how many patches have we been able to find? Eight no less!
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 15: Cat or cat
You almost always see a cat or a cat on the hunt for a mouse or a bird. Also in this puzzle we see him:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 16: Police and the crook
The police and the crook are also regular recurring elements, often the police are looking for the crook, and the crook is very close, more or less disguised. But what now? Police and crook just participate in the band's performance at the Eurovision Song Contest!
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 17: Sinterklaas
Sinterklaas always appears in a Jan van Haasteren puzzle. Often with his slightly colored comrade. Sinterklaas also happily participates in the performance, and with this also drives the audience away:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 18: Ghost
Ghost is often always there and sometimes there are several ghosts (2 or 3). Usually they look a little anxious. That is certainly not the case in this case, we see a broadly smiling ghost!
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 19: Superslak
We often see Supersnail, he is called Superslak because he often goes very fast on JvH's puzzles. Supersnail 'flies' here over one of the high beams of the stands:
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 20: Tax Official
You don't see the Tax Official – or 'The Tax Inspector' very often, but it certainly pops up in puzzles sometimes. Does he really have to attend all those events? Is he in the right place? On his briefcase is written in very small words 'Tax Official':
Jan van Haasteren puzzle 'Eurovision Song Contest' - recurring element 21: Oogjes
You often see sneaky eyes and appear in many places, often several, we were able to find them, but there were not many:
How big is the puzzle Jan van Haasteren 'Eurovision Song Contest' 1000 pieces?
This puzzle also has dimensions of 68 (width) by 49 (height). I made the puzzle on a puzzle mat of 1 meter 60 wide and 90 centimeters high.
How long will it take you to complete this 1000 piece puzzle?
I made this puzzle at my leisure, but it was not easy. It still seems easy, but there are a few symmetrical (the stage bars in red on both the left and right of the puzzle) or exactly the same recurring elements (the squid and the singer on stage and on the screens above the stage ). That makes the puzzle difficult and takes more time. Furthermore, at the end of the puzzle, my 9-year-old daughter helped a little, which was nice, because I had to put the white pieces with smoke as the last thing. That was really very difficult. Then we really had to start laying on the shape of the puzzle pieces. Or try trial and error per piece. Help is always welcome. I've spent my time on this puzzle as follows:
- Explaining the puzzle pieces on the puzzle mat: 25 minutes
- Putting the edges of the puzzle together: 30 minutes
- Laying the rest of the puzzle: 5 hours
- Total time done on the puzzle: small 6 hours
That is a bit faster than average, usually it takes me about 8 hours to complete a Jvh puzzle.
About Jumbo puzzles
Jumbo (not to be confused with our supermarket Jumbo!) makes toys, games and puzzles. Jumbo, for example, has made the very well-known games such as “Human don't get annoyed” and “Stratego” and “PimPamPet”. Games that have been around for generations and are still widely played by both young and old. Jumbo has been making and developing toys since about 1900. In the early years of the company, only toys from other countries were imported to the Netherlands. However, since about 1930 it was decided to also make their own toys, at the time manufacturing wooden toys, which was very popular at the time. Almost all toys in those years were made of wood. An important spearhead was that the toys made by Jumbo had to be of very good quality; it had to be as strong as an Elephant. An elephant had to stand on it! The red elephant has been the hallmark of Jumbo's games and puzzles for years. The name Jumbo and the red elephant together form the logo from about 1935. The Jumbo elephant is drawn by Mr. Möhr. He worked at an advertising agency and regularly signed for Hausemann & Hötte. Mr Möhr was at one point commissioned to design a beautiful new elephant logo for the Hausemann & Hötte toys. The logo has changed a bit since then. For example, the eye has grown over the years and has dropped slightly more, resulting in a friendlier elephant.
In the past, the elephant was not only used in the color red, but in all kinds of colors such as blue, yellow, black, white and green. All those colors were cozy and playful. For example, one time there was a yellow elephant on the box and the other time a red one. It was usually looked at which color best matched the color of the box. It was not until the end of the 60s that the red elephant was definitively chosen. Red is a color that stands out and attracts attention.
From 1945 Jumbo also started to focus on games made of cardboard. Jumbo has therefore been a guarantee for strong quality for years! Jumbo is a unique Dutch company with a rich history, with its head office in Zaandam. About 130 employees work for Jumbo. With a turnover of €75 million, Jumbo is a medium-sized European player in toys. Jumbo has sales offices in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. They export to more than 25 countries around the world.
In 1980 Jumbo starts the production of Jan van Haasteren Puzzles.
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Jan van Haasteren 'Eurovision Song Contest' 1000 pieces - Specifications
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|Number of pieces||1000|
|Target audience||Children and adults|
|Puzzle type||Jigsaw puzzle|
|Age||From 10 years old|
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I wrote the above review. I enjoyed making the Eurovision Song Contest puzzle. It is a real Jan van Haasteren! Lots of recurring elements, and therefore a real search puzzle. AND also difficult to make, because various items come back in mirror image or the same again. So also quite a puzzle workload. So maximum score!
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