Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
410 pieces. One of the most challenging and unusual puzzles I've done. An algorithm apparently designs these so that there are two puzzles: the large puzzle, using all the pieces, and the small puzzle, using only the colored pieces. For reasons that can be easily inferred, the biggest clue to assembly, since there is no picture, is that no colored piece can touch another colored piece in the big puzzle; after a while you can also figure out the grain so that you can tell which pieces are right side up relative to each other. The puzzles come in different colors and according to the maker, no puzzle is identical. 5/5
|Small puzzle within puzzle|
Thursday, May 26, 2016
300 pieces. This is a vintage puzzle; the wood became a bit spongy with time, and the storage did it no favors though the picture is intact and so are the pieces, with the exception of a tiny chip off of the bottom of one piece. The cut is mostly the curvy kind, with some earlets and the occasional false cue where two pieces join together to make what looks like an earlet or other connection for one, so it was fun to construct. 3/5
131 pieces. This is a small puzzle that is nonetheless challenging for its size because of the color combinations. The cut is pretty classic and random; the pieces are thick and provide that lovely haptic experience that sold me on wooden puzzles in the first place. Recommended! (I'm going to try to review some small puzzlemakers early on because I'd like to support them.) The puzzle also comes in a distinctive wooden box. 5/5
|Pieces before assembly|
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
650 pieces. Classic push-fit style; small pieces. I could really see why push-fit fell out of style, though it seems likely easier to cut. Push-fit means that the pieces do not stay together no matter what you do! This was a challenging puzzle, with color line cutting enhancing the difficulty, but I didn't like the puzzling experience enough to justify the expense. 3/5
Link to see more about the puzzle (in French)
552 pieces. This, like the Beard Butterflies, is one of Liberty's most unusually cut puzzles, with all of the pieces fitting the spiral/nautilus theme (and, when completed, a nice additional spiral made of multiple pieces). That plus the repeating colors makes this a true pleasure to do. 5/5
|Complete puzzle, plus complete cat|
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
303 pieces; one of the first Artifact puzzles I did. Not too much of a challenge, despite the limited colors, because of the print enabling connections to be made relatively easily. 3/5 (again with the reminder that I'm a tough grader)
|Cover of box|
This is an experiment for me to share my adventures in wooden jigsaw puzzles. Today's review is an Artifact puzzle, Matte Stephens, Manhattan (380 pieces).
This is an atypical Artifact--many pieces joined very tightly, rather than loosely, and some even had to be forced. It made me wonder whether this was produced early on in Artifact's existence, because while the looser fit of other Artifact puzzles can be frustrating when one is trying to move chunks around, overall it's a more pleasant experience once you're used to it than this tighter fitting type was. Many of the pieces were also relatively large. Fine, but not fantastic. 3/5.
NB: I'm a tough grader, and I cut my teeth on Staves, so 3/5 is still time well spent.