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, August 31, 2017

Catch of the Day, John Francis

Wentworth, 1000 pieces.  This used puzzle came with a very strong smell of cigarette smoke, which was a bit unpleasant. The puzzle itself was actually fun, with nice color distinctions that made for workable sub-areas.  3/5



Riva Degli Schiavoni, Martin Rico y Ortega

Liberty, 517 pieces. Nice Liberty with some waterfront-themed pieces.  3/5



I have no idea why this came out upside down

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

In the Toils

Chad Valley, approx. 200 pieces. Not as colorful as the other Chad Valley puzzles I've done, but still nicely cut. 3/5



Cherry trees in Washington

approx 300 pieces, unknown cutter.  Nice curvy hand-cut pieces and a theme close to my heart (and the rest of my body).  5/5



Friday, August 25, 2017

Hand cut lacewood puzzle, Kathy White

90 pieces.  Very solid and beautiful construction; not a huge variation in the shape of the knobs, which made it important to pay attention to the grain.  4/5




Chameleon, by Phil Lewis

Liberty, 488 pieces.  Nice colors! 4/5




Thursday, August 24, 2017

Buffalo Strength, Linda Israel

Liberty, 486 pieces.  Nice colors and whimsies, which are best seen from the bottom, so I flipped it over. 4/5


A number of multi-piece whimsies




The Rising Wind, Montague Dawson

1100 pieces, Optimago. The biggest Optimago there is?  It was fun!  5/5



Friday, August 18, 2017

Procession of Akbar, King of the Mughals

545 pieces, Liberty.  Another fun one, with details that emerged while doing the puzzle and a slightly unusual, elongated shape.  3/5
Horse, camel, peacock, palm tree whimsies

Also an ox and an elephant



Pasadena, Benjamin C. Brown

Liberty, 567 pieces.  A nice Liberty with good colors.  3/5

There's a train in the sky



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Insects on Lavender, Stibbett Studio

204 pieces.  Another nice nature picture, with the color changing as the focus changes providing most of the challenge.  3/5



Children's Games, Peter Breughel the elder

Wentworth, 500 pieces.  Surprisingly fun--though a bit drabber in color, lots of visual interest once you get up close. 3/5



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yellow Bird, Sibbett Studio

204 pieces.  Sibbett puzzles are basically what you see is what you get--strip cut, sometimes subtle color gradations.  3/5



A Bowl of Roses, Victorian Trading Co.

400 pieces.  I think this is hand-cut based on the closeness of the pieces, and it's numbered on the back, which provided some useful direction for the very corners where there was almost no shade difference (and very little difference in the connectors as well).  I don't mind difficulty, but where the pieces are highly similar and so are the colors, it can get tedious. 2/5