About my ratings

Perhaps because of my day job, I'm a tough rater. Everything 3/5 and above I consider worth the time and money.

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Lasting Impression, Susan Greenleaf

90 pieces, Stave. A beautiful Treat puzzle that has just the right amount of challenge.  7/10 Stave scale.




Surprised! Storm in the Forest, Henri Rousseau

Puzzlewood, 522 pieces.  I love this cutter, so I took a chance on a more push-fit cut than I usually prefer.  Turns out it was too push-fitty for me, but them's the breaks.  Still a highly recommended cutter; this one just wasn't to my taste.  3/5



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Geoffrey Gersten, In Dreams

Artifact, 116 pieces.  Geometric pieces with a few whimsies; not as hard as the other similarly-cut Artifact I just reviewed because the picture gave a lot more clues.  2/5 (just for being tiny).



Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rachel Pedder-Smith, Herbarium

79 pieces, Artifact. Very difficult despite the small size--I preferred the bean-shaped connectors on the other, larger Pedder-Smith puzzle by Artifact, but this one is no slouch.  4/5



All Cats, Puzzlewood

297 pieces. Another delightful puzzle with lots of dropouts and tricky adjacent bits.  5/5



Friday, March 30, 2018

Hostas, Ed Collacott

Wentworth, 243 pieces.  A tricky leaf-shaped cut--a pleasant extra difficult Wentworth that I got so caught up in doing that I only have an end picture.  3/5

Untitled landscape

Unknown, 370 pieces (as marked on back of puzzle). This antique is cut much like another one I had from the same eBay seller a few months back, except that it has a bunch of very elaborate whimsies. The age and elaboration meant that there were some broken pieces, almost all of which could be glued back to at least an adjacent piece if not their original, but the real attraction here is the whimsies, which are older cartoon characters. I recognized Popeye and a few others, but certainly far from all!  Identifications welcome.


Popeye and his(?) dog




Why upside down, Google?