Jigsaw blunder moves counties


Staff Reporter

DENBIGHSHIRE and Flintshire have been listed in the wrong places on an educational jigsaw.

The two counties have been placed the wrong way round on a children’s puzzle that aims to educate youngsters.

The blunder was spotted by eagle-eyed David Facer, who noticed the geographical error in an edition of the Radio Times.

An advert was placed in the magazine for a 100 piece jigsaw puzzle of the United Kingdom and Ireland by Hertfordshire-based puzzle makers, The Happy Puzzle Company.

The jigsaw, marketed at those aged four and over, lists every county in the UK by name and in colour.

But Flintshire and Denbighshire are listed by name as the opposite county.

Mr Facer, of Flint Mountain, said he was disappointed when he noticed the mistake.

He said: “I saw the advert in the Radio Times and I wondered, as you do, if Flintshire was on it and there we were, the wrong way round.

“I thought ‘that’s a shame, I wonder if they know’ and I contacted them online.

“I emailed them to say I was very disappointed but they haven’t got back to me on this.”

Gavin Ucko, director at The Happy Puzzle Company said the error was due to a mistake by type setters.

He said: “The simple answer to this is the people who did the type setting mixed Flintshire and Denbighshire around.

“This wasn’t picked up until they were printed and we took advice to issue a sheet explaining the error.

“Anybody who orders a jigsaw who isn’t happy can get a full refund.

“The next print run of jigsaws is in January with the error changed.”

Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant suggested the company should have checked with the youngsters the product is marketed at, regarding each county’s location.

“It’s a rather strange mistake to make – Flintshire and Denbighshire very much have their own identity,” Mr Sargeant said.

“It’s clearly a development error, but perhaps they should have checked with some of the youngsters it is aimed at before production – they probably have a better understanding of Welsh geography!”

North Wales AM Antoinette Sandbach, who is based in Denbighshire, said: “I suppose it is a relief the makers of this jigsaw even recognised these counties existed, and didn’t simply put Clwyd – the ceremonial county that disappeared decades ago.”

On the Happy Jigsaw Company’s website, the offending puzzle is listed as an “outstanding, high quality” jigsaw that “builds into a stunning map, illustrating the
United Kingdom and Ireland by counties.”

The makers of the puzzle also suggest the jigsaw also helps to improve users’ geography skills.

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