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.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Van Gogh Flower Trio

Liberty, 640 pieces total. Mingling the pieces together shows the continuity in Van Gogh's style across the three images, despite strong color differences. 4/5





King of the Junkyard, Lisa Richlin-Davis

Whimsy Wood Puzzles, 450 pieces. This is an unusual and inventive design--basically every piece is at least a partial whimsy or surrounds one; lots of cat parts and dog parts (in a good way) overlapping each other as if they are posed against one another. Technically the cut isn't quite as appealing as Liberty--still a little tight--but if you are looking for something different, this will definitely deliver. 4/5


cat apartment house

doghouse

more interlocking animals



Monday, June 22, 2020

Buddha, wall painting in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India

Liberty, 617 pieces. Lovely use of specially shaped pieces for the central figure. Also some nice multi-piece whimsies around the edges of the central figure; don't miss the two koi (last picture). 4/5 lots of green!


circles within circles



rare interlocking whimsies

The Grand Tour

Side Piece Puzzles, 400-ish pieces (per box). New to me Etsy laser-cutter. Once I saw the Enterprise as one of the whimsies for this space-themed image, I knew I had to make it mine. A nice change of pace. Thinner pieces than Liberty, more on the Wentworth side. 3/5




Friday, June 19, 2020

Dolphin's Wake, Jan Barwick

Liberty, 510 pieces. Beautiful colors and lots of aquatic whimsies, including an enormous multipiece lobster. 4/5



multipiece octopus and leaping dolphins; seabirds and beach readers

sailboats and sea creatures/plants/a diver

Mola Madness

Smyth Puzzles, 442 pieces. Canadian hand-cutter, available on Etsy. Incredible difficulty with lots of internal color line cutting and some cute whimsies. (Cutter has other, less difficult images available.) 6/10 Stave scale.
whoops on the picture: every piece is purple and red

mostly animal whimsies


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Across the Sun and Moon, Kris Chau

Liberty, 478 pieces. This puzzle was very much "assemble in chunks as you go"--a very steady assembly where different areas of color could be separated and done, although a few pieces stayed out until the end. If you like a very smooth assembly experience, this is definitely a puzzle for you. 3/5