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Describe a puzzle (jigsaw/crossword/etc.) you have played IELTS Cue-Card

In Describe a puzzle (jigsaw/crossword/etc.) you have played IELTS Speaking cue card, you’ll be asked to speak about a puzzle that you have played and enjoyed. You should say:

☑️ What it is like?

☑️ How easy or difficult it is?

☑️ How long it takes you to solve it?

☑️ How you feel about it?

NOTE-> You have one minute to think about what you are going to say, then you’ll talk about the topic for one-to-two minutes. A paper and a pencil will be given so that you can make some notes if you wish.

For easier understanding, I have divided this IELTS Speaking Cue Card into three parts ➡️ IntroductionQuestions, and Conclusion.

Introducing a puzzle you have played

Puzzles are a great tool to ignite our brains as they sharpen our minds. When I was a kid, I used to play Carrom, Chess, Scrabble and other such amazing games. So today I’d take this opportunity to talk about my favourite Jigsaw puzzle that I’ve been playing since childhood.

What it is like?

A Jigsaw puzzle is a sort of tiling puzzle that requires the assembly of often oddly shaped interlocking and mosaic pieces. Typically, each individual piece is a part of an image; when assembled, they produce a complete picture. Nature, buildings, castles & mountains are extremely common themes in jigsaw puzzle.

How easy or difficult it is?

Frankly speaking, some jigsaw puzzles are hard to crack. Like assembling pieces of the mountains may take a full day. Some puzzles utilize more complex edge pieces to form special shapes when assembled, such as profiles of animals, and thus making it more challenging to identify them. However, I like solving jigsaw puzzles on Castles and Buildings. They’re fun, easy and less time consuming.

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How long it takes you to solve it?

Well! As I said, when I try to solve complex Jigsaw puzzles, it takes me around 1-2 hours to complete. But as you know every Jigsaw puzzle formation is different and therefore some puzzles are a walk in the park and can be solved in a matter of minutes.

How you feel about it?

I feel excited whenever I see a Jigsaw puzzle. I take it as a challenge and try to solve it in the shortest time possible. It’s great to see the independent learning that comes naturally by solving Jigsaw puzzles. Puzzling is perfect for people who want a solo break from the bustle and unrelenting stimulus of today’s digital lifestyle.

Concluding the cue card

In the end I’d just say that..Solving puzzles is a great weapon against stress and negative energy. I think everyone should try to solve at least one puzzle a week to improve their cognitive abilities.


Following are the probable set of IELTS Speaking Part-3 follow up questions for Describe a puzzle [jigsaw/crossword/etc.] you have played cue card:

What kind of puzzles improve intelligence?

Puzzles like Crosswords, Sudoku and Jigsaw reinforce connections between brain cells, improves mental speed and short-term memory. They are a great weapon in our arsenal for fighting cognitive diseases and mental worries.

Why do parents let their children play puzzles?

I think parents should freely allow their children to play with puzzles because childhood is the most flexible phase of learning and puzzles stimulate the power of imagination in children. In fact, Jigsaw puzzles are a great meditation tool and stress reliever. 

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Why are detective/investigative stories attractive to people?

I think some people find joy in mysteries and never miss out on any opportunity reading investigative stories. They’re largely driven by the suspense in the story and use imagination to find clues.

Which is better – A detective movie or its original novel?

I feel both are good! But I’ve certain inclination towards detective movies. They are easily watchable and on the top of that motion video is far more stimulating than navigating through pages of a novel. In fact, thriller music in the detective films makes them even more interesting.

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I hope it gives you some realistic idea on how to carry a conversation around Describe a puzzle (jigsaw/crossword/etc.) you have played IELTS Cue card topic. However, it is strongly advised not to reproduce the same answer during the exam, as it may be used by many of our readers on the site. You should rather reformulate and personalize your answer.

If you still have any doubts, post them in the comments.


Rajit K.

Rajit is the co-founder and an active blogger at 'CIC Talks'. He is best known for his rich expertise in IELTS & Canadian Immigration. Feel free to connect with him on Instagram & Twitter.

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