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.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Evegeny Kuznetsov, Open the Window

400 pieces, Puzzlewood.  Love the cutter, as always, but a little too much push-fit for my taste.  Lovely complicated colors made especially challenging by the push-fit/color line cutting.  4/5




Have a Ball, Betsy Brown

Stave two-sword teaser, 65 pieces.  A nice little puzzle; I wasn't even able to put it entirely together until I'd built the frame! 6/10 Stave scale (in other words, delightful but not the peak Stave experience).



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Red Maple

53 pieces, MGC Puzzles.  Beautifully cut, though much smaller than the previous one!  Wonderful irregular edges. 5/5




Tomasz Pietrzyk, Clocks

148 pieces, Artifact.  Double-sided, which is cool, but I wasn't feeling it for some reason.  Whimsies were neat in that some faced one side and others the other side!  3/5




Monday, May 7, 2018

Negative Beauty

405 pieces, MGC Puzzles.  I think I might have triggered the cutter's professional pride when I finished my previous one of these, Colorful Lion, in one night.  This one was not a one-night project, and it got only a little easier as it approached completion.  It is probably more difficult than my previous record-setter, the colorless Granny Nanny puzzle with irregular edges, because MGC cuts are more similar and thus the differences between pieces are pretty subtle.  10/10 serious puzzlers only.



A central chunk emerges


Now an outline emerges

So close

Done!

Susan Greenleaf, Georgia's on My Mind

125 pieces. These beautiful Stave Treats continue to impress.  Unlike the Teasers (which will probably stay my favorite) Treats progressively give more clues to slot the next piece in place, despite the prominent and sometimes-challenging dropouts.  Featuring a guest appearance by a beloved fellow puzzler. 7/10




Thursday, May 3, 2018

Susan Greenleaf, Color Me Kahlo

Stave, 125 pieces.  Lovely Treat puzzle--just enough challenge to make it fun.  8/10