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.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Brook in the Woods, Penelope

750 pieces--I think this is the largest Penelope I've ever done. Thumbs up!  5/5
A lot of autumn colors to distinguish

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Peacock, Platinum Puzzles

Say that five times fast.  256 pieces.  My favorite Platinum puzzle so far--really challenging and a beautiful image.  5/5
some whimsies

better view of whimsies from back--note multipiece butterflies in mid-right

Friday, July 28, 2017

Kinsale image

Platinum Puzzles, 291 pieces.  Another hand-cut puzzle--the reflection in the image increases the challenge.  4/5

some of the nautical whimsies

fish and wine

interacting whimsies--man falling out of fishing boat

multipiece whimsy, better viewed from the other side

Rainy Night, by Karen Tarlton

249 pieces, Nikolyaa.  This artist's work interacts really well with the Tetris-style cut, creating a very difficult and fun puzzle.  4/5

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Eye of the Tiger

Platinum Puzzles, 259 pieces. This is a beautiful image, with nice solid hand-cut pieces.  The cutting isn't as intricate as Stave, but it is certainly a good example of what hand-cut can do.  6/10 (Stave scale)

cat whimsies and a few other animals--Circus theme maybe

monkey on a bicycle?

interacting whimsies

multi piece whimsy

Oarsmen at Chatou, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

249 pieces, Nikolyaaa.  OK, I just like the Tetris pieces. This picture wasn't particularly interesting to me, but it was still fun to put together.  3/5

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sea Turtles, Puzzlemonk

161 pieces.  Brilliant colors and the usual clever cutting providing a challenge.  4/5

Portrait of Armand Roulin, Vincent Van Gogh

Turtleteasers, 241 pieces.  Tricky bits around the edges, with subtle color shifts.  3/5

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Bridge Scene of Tokyo Ryogoku in the Age of Civilization

Liberty, 562 pieces.  Another fine Liberty--a missing piece was swiftly replaced by Liberty, demonstrating excellent customer service.  3/5

Afterglow, Jonas Lie

Liberty, 523 pieces. I really like this kind of puzzle, where the colors lead you into differentials you didn't see at first.  4/5
Some New York/water themed whimsies

More people whimsies

closeup on mostly assembled bridge

Guy with packages

Woman singing on dresser and looking at her reflection in mirror

all done

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Red Boats, Monet

249 pieces, nikolyaaa.  Tetris-shaped this time--I liked it a lot better.  3/5

Every Girl Should Have a Unicorn, Dr. Seuss

539 pieces, Liberty.  Another great entry in the Dr. Seuss line, with multi-piece unicorns in classic Seussian shapes. 5/5

mostly assembled unicorns

Wednesday, July 12, 2017