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


Karla Gerard, Lively Landscape

221 pieces, Artifact.  A new Artifact, and a bunch harder than it seemed at the start.  Vines/fences separating the animal/people whimsies from each other worked really well--see the picture at the bottom.  4/5




Easier to see the pattern upside down

Friday, November 17, 2017

Bumper Garden, digital art

Snowflake Puzzles, 350 pieces. Another nice one!  Very colorful, with subtle changes that sometimes made for quite a challenge.  5/5



Animal Planet

150 pieces, Bella Puzzles, a new cutter to me. Great picture, tiny animal whimsies, some very difficult cuts.  5/5



Thursday, November 16, 2017

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Magnificent Wave

Snowflake Puzzles, 350 pieces.  Really nice puzzle--this is a new hand-cutter for me, and I am very pleased.  No whimsies except an initial, and thin wood; the pictures are challenging (there are also some more standard art prints available, though that's less my speed) and I'm overall extremely happy, especially for the price ($60).  5/5



Water & Rope/Chessboard

Mindful Quality, 64 pieces.   Hand-painted as well as hand-cut from thin wood, which creates an interesting texture. The pieces are large and have complicated connectors.  I like the double-sidedness but I probably should have gone for smaller pieces/more pieces.  3/5