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.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Daniel Merriam, Flight of Scarlet

Artifact, 364 pieces, limited edition.  Deep colors, with butterfly whimsies and a symmetrical (almost) pattern.  3/5


A lone cat whimsy


Confusion at the Edge

Wentworth, 300 pieces.  Lots of subtle color differences in these zebras--and zebra whimsies!  3/5





Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tomasz Pietrzyk, Red Towers

Artifact, 248 pieces. This is a puzzle with some 3D elements, best figured out at the end.  Cute interaction between those elements and the image!  3/5






The Chap Book

Liberty, 445 pieces. This one is challenging because of the limited color scheme, with lots of mythical whimsies.  3/5





Thursday, July 5, 2018

The Concert Room

Lucretia's Pieces, 608 pieces. A new hand-cutter for me--very high quality, with color line cutting and some of the visual tricks I expect from Stave.  This puzzle stayed difficult through to the end, even as the available spaces decreased; the edges are not even but not as uneven as I initially thought they were going to be! 8/10 Stave scale.  Highly recommended.  (Although I give few perfect scores, my philosophy is sort of like Dog Rates': they're good puzzles, Brent.)

Some of the whimsies

multi-piece whimsy: person playing the piano





Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso

440 pieces. Unsurprisingly, music-themed whimsies.  Assembling puzzles of fine art can be very illuminating about the artist, but I have to say I've never been a Picasso fan and this puzzle didn't convince me.  3/5



Monday, July 2, 2018

Crystal Grove, Erin Hanson

Artifact, 357 pieces: Mostly curved/repeating pieces with whimsies punctuating them. The curve can hide connections in the picture, adding to the challenge. 4/5