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, November 24, 2017

Empty Beer Bottles

350, Snowflake Puzzles. Another nice hand-cut puzzle; I misjudged the balance between difficulty and visual interest on the picture, though--this was plenty hard but didn't have enough color to be really fun for me.  3/5

Then I forgot to take a picture of the results...

Czar Saltan's Tale

128 pieces, Puzzlemonk.  A tricky one, with some uncertainty about where the edges are and a repeating pattern like Ms. Pac-Man dots.  4/5

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Autumn Golden Fleece

Galles Jig-Saw Picture Puzzle, 350 pieces.  Vintage puzzle, cutter new to me. Very tight in the way of vintage puzzles; one piece had a missing arm.  Good colors and some tricky places, including corners that weren't obviously corners.  3/5

Welcome in Venice

431 pieces, Mr. Gogo Puzzles.  It's a pleasure to see a puzzle cutter evolve over time--this maker has been increasingly willing to add flourishes, such as the highly involved borders here, which even include similar shapes in the body of the puzzle--not quite whimsies, but not conventionally shaped either.  5/5 or maybe graduating to the Stave scale.

Why upside down, Google?

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A Secret Place

501 pieces, Liberty.  Good standard Liberty with large chunks of similar color, especially at the bottom.  3/5

Egon Schiele, View of Krumau

Liberty, 508 pieces.  A nicely tricky Liberty, with some apparently muddy but then ultimately distinguishable colors as the puzzle progressed.  Um, I started to take it apart then realized I hadn't taken a finished picture, so that last picture is a bit odd.  Also, I assembled it upside down. 4/5

Monday, November 20, 2017

Chesapeake Bay

308 pieces, Optimago.  A smaller puzzle made harder by the limited color range. It's nice to see a US-specific Optimago.  3/5