I don’t really like puzzle balls, but I am, of course, prepared to make an exception if it says Borussia Dortmund somewhere on it 🙂 This puzzle ball also works as a night light if you take out 4 pieces at the bottom and place it on the light provided (as I have done). You activate it by clapping your hands.
My first puzzle ball was considerably larger, 540 pieces.
Great fun, old James Bond movie posters with Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
I actually did this one once earlier, in May 2017 (no pics from then, though). I did it again partly because I was hoping for a mashup with the previous puzzle, Colourful Ribbons. That didn’t work, unfortunately. While each piece has the same basic shape (same number of pegs pointing in the same direction) as the corresponding piece in the other puzzle, the cut is still different, so that the pieces won’t fit in the other puzzle.
Ravensburger has a new series (currently 3 puzzles) that combines a puzzle and an escape room game. I won’t show the finished puzzle since it’s not quite the same as the image on the box.
The box contains the puzzle, the solution in a sealed envelope and a booklet with instructions.
Then you have a really nice puzzle to complete, and afterwards, you can start looking for tasks to solve in the image… As stated in the instructions, there are 6 mysteries in the picture. The answer is always a number. Finally, you have to put it all together …
There is help online (the QR code in the instructions), and of course the solution in the envelope, and I needed a lot of help. In fact, I wish the help had been more detailed, I wasn’t always certain how I was supposed to get to the correct answer, even when I had the hints and the answer…
Anyway, I really enjoyed this enormously, it would have been lovely as just a normal puzzle, but then I got to save the world as well! With a liiiittle help, of course 🙂 I already ordered another puzzle from the series, and will probably get the third one as well.
UPDATE: Here’s my best shot of the bottom right corner, requested by Cindy:
The only good thing about this puzzle was that I paid nothing for it 😀 I bought another puzzle at a flea market, and the seller wanted to get rid of this as well. I don’t blame her.
This unnamed puzzle by Wild Horse (Holland) was of quite poor quality, with thin pieces often fitting where they don’t belong. I almost gave up on the sky, I thought I was hopelessly deadlocked, but the problem was that there were missing pieces. If this had been a 1000 piece puzzle I don’t think I would have finished it. Six missing pieces.
I did the first of Heye’s new puzzles! This one is part of the new Romantic Town-series, where the image is continued over several puzzles, like Degano’s Zoo-series, but the images also work as separate puzzles.
This was one of those puzzles where you do the sky first because it’s the easiest part 🙂 I’ve noticed this with other busy cartoon puzzles as well.
This was OK, but I still like Degano’s Zoo-series more.
I work at the Helsinki University Library. A couple of years ago my boss at the time, who also enjoys puzzles (many, many librarians do) said I should bring a puzzle to work. So I did. More than one, in fact. There’s a round table in one of our break rooms, and most of the time, there’s a puzzle on it.
Many colleagues started bringing in their own puzzles as well.
Before last Christmas, I decided to put a puzzle out for the customers as well. Just for the holidays. Well, it turned out to be so popular we couldn’t possibly stop 🙂 And the customers started bringing in their own puzzles as well.
When a puzzle is finished, the customers can break it up and bring the box to the service desk, where they get a new puzzle in exchange. A 1000-piece puzzle seldom takes more than a day, and there is almost always someone working on the puzzle.
The library has had a lot of positive feedback about the puzzles, with one customer saying that the puzzle makes the library seem like a friendly and welcoming place.
This puzzle will have been produced in 2007 or shortly before (say, 2005-2007), but there was an earlier version of the same image, released in 1991, with 1000 pieces:
The earlier version was called Nelson’s Crew, also published by Heye. I don’t know why it says Papillon on the box, but Fun Puzzle was definitely a Heye series. I found a few others with the Papillon-logo (here and here, for example), and they were all pre 1993. Since 1993 there is the Heye logo instead.
I think I got my first Heye cartoon puzzle in the late 90s, but they’ve been around for longer than that. I don’t think I ever had one from the Fun Puzzle series.
On Friday, December 21st 2018, the last piece of coal was brought up from a mine in Germany. It is now officially over. Ever since the middle ages coal has been brought up from the ground in the Ruhr area, where Dortmund is located. In later times much of that coal was used in producing iron and steel, but since the late 70s heavy industry, as well as coal mining, has been winding down, causing a painful structural change in the area, with very high unemployment. In Dortmund, coal mining ended in 1987, and now the last mine in Bottrop is also closed.
The area has adapted and turned to other ways of making a living (in Dortmund, there are, for example, a lot of insurance companies, and many work in technology), but coal mining and heavy industry is still part of the cultural heritage. Some of the large headframes that still dominate the landscape have been turned into museums, as is the case with Zeche Zollverein in Essen, seen on this puzzle. Unfortunately, I don’t have a puzzle with a headframe from Dortmund. Or Bottrop 🙂
I didn’t know the manufacturer, Calvendo, from before, but it turned out to be a good quality puzzle. As it indeed should be, at 30€ for 1000 pieces! I bought this from one of my usual online stores (https://www.puzzle-offensive.de/) and was happy to find a puzzle with a Ruhr-area theme, nothing from Dortmund though.
Recently I checked out the website of the manufacturer, and found that they have lots and lots of puzzles available, and several with Dortmund themes! It seems that you can sell posters, calendars and puzzles of your pictures on the site, and Calvendo prints them, cuts them and sends them out. The catalogue is enormous! I will definitely be ordering some of those Dortmund puzzles, but I’ll wait until summer when I’ll be in Germany for many weeks, because who knows how long these take to ship.