No other puzzle today, but some beautiful puzzle art: Art Liestman's puzzle carvings. I bought one a few months back and I love it.
His website is here.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Flair Woodworks, 18x3 pieces. These hand-cut puzzles were challenging because a number of the pieces weren't cut identically on both sides, meaning that there was only one correct order in which they could be assembled. That took some extra time to figure out! They have a few more of these available if you're looking for something different for the puzzler in your life. 4/5
|Closeup on one piece which has to be slid into another|
|Closeup on two pieces--note that they don't have the same profile on all sides|
Five Frogs, 197 pieces. Very wriggly pieces. This is a fun one--very subtle color shifts, and the cutouts make for some tricky visual illusions. There are also a pair of nearly identical pieces, differing only in color, so you have to place them right! 5/5
Thursday, December 21, 2017
BCB Puzzles, 465 pieces. There's a mini-puzzle matching the big puzzle here, and I have to admit I looked at it a couple of times after I finished it for guidance, which I think counts as a violation of my usual rule of not looking at the puzzle image. Until I figured out what was going on, it was ... puzzling. 4/5
Crazy Clever Puzzles, 24 pieces. The challenge here is to fit the pieces into the frame, a bit like a teaser. I found it entertaining but too small for my jaded tastes, and it needed a bit more protection in shipping--I ended up having to repair it with wood glue. Still, always nice to see another puzzle creator, and I almost certainly would have liked a bigger one more. 2/5
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Stave, limited edition, 139 pieces. It's not on the website any more, but I'm going to call it a Teaser given how hard it was to get right. I had to redo the center a lot before I got it right, and I'm pretty sure the pictures show some changes at the corners too. 7/10
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Liberty, 507 pieces. Nice puzzle with a lot of similarly colored areas, making assembly in stages the preferred technique. There's a dancing bear in the whimsies, as well as a lot of bulb shapes on the pieces which I guess are meant to evoke streamers? 3/5
Liberty, 522 pieces. This is a fantastic Liberty puzzle, one of the best I've done--the Alex Beard ones seem to turn out well in general. Very hard but also very rewarding. 5/5
|some of the whimsies|
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
411 pieces, Mr. Gogo puzzles: Another really tricky one, because of the nearly precise reflections--beautiful. Several multipiece, themed whimsies, of which the palace guard is the cutest (shown in the last picture). 6/10 Stave scale.