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. If I purchase on Etsy or a similar platform and the puzzle is as expected, I will give a top rating on the platform because of how seller ratings work, but here "as expected" is probably a 3/5 in most cases.

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Precious Stones (Mucha)

 Mr. Gogo, 727 pieces. So glad that the Hoefnagel puzzle club has added these to share the fun of Mr. Gogo with more people! This was a great four-part puzzle in his standard style; my only complaint is that I can't fit the puzzle pieces back once they're disassembled. 4/5




Koi Garden

 Stave, 680 pieces (and bonus tidbit). Really beautiful colors, as you'd expect, and a lot of near-color-line cutting that still magically interlocks. 7/10



Now the big one:



multipiece for rebus--I think that's new to me



rebus: bathing beauty

Water Lilies, Alice Schille

 Liberty, 544 pieces. A nicely done standard Liberty with one of the rare color-matched whimsies. 3/5

color matched flamingo









Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Woodland Scene, Jeanne Maze

 Liberty, 541 pieces. Relatively challenging because most of the picture is trees. Lots of overlap between image and animal whimsy, though the placement is easiest to see on the dragonfly (it also exists on the bear and deer as well as elsewhere, but is much harder to see from the front). Birds alighting on the geometric-ish standard leaf and branch whimsies: also cool. 3/5












Jadwiga Chekhovskaya Pup 

 DaVici, 160 pieces. Cute, small. 3/5






Iris Scott, Tiger Fire

 Artifact, 306 pieces. Difficulty here comes from the relatively dark image; there's also a beautiful multipiece tiger in tiger in the center. 3/5






two cubs playing


Monday, August 16, 2021

Sergey Adeev, Good Morning

 DaVici, 170 pieces. A nice little DaVici with some charming outdoor/rural whimsies, like the scarecrow that's repeated on the front of the box.