Lattjo, 2021-01-06

A very strange image and a puzzle produced for Ikea. The quality was good, and there are three different piece sizes, with the largest pieces in the middle and the smallest around the edges. Only 550 pieces, but the size of a normal 1000-piece puzzle.

Lattjo, Ikea, 550 pieces. Completed on January 6, 2021.

I can’t quite decide if I like this image, perhaps it looks a bit too much computer generated for me.

Paradise Sunset, Section 3 Finished! (17)

I finished section 3, and unfortunately, I managed to lose one piece. I’m pretty sure it’s still in the building, though, so maybe it’ll turn up. I already have two pieces missing from section 1, and those are definitely gone, so no big deal.

This section definitely felt like the easiest one so far, and it took me 22 days to finish. The sky was actually more difficult than the dark areas on the right. I started the first section in April 2019, the second in April 2020 and the third in January 2021, but now I’m going to press right on with the last section. It will be slower, I’m already on day three and all I’ve done is spread out the pieces.

Tassula, 2020-12-28

An image by Finnish author and illustrator Mauri Kunnas, who makes children’s books where all the characters are dogs. Tassula could be translated as “Paw Town”. It wasn’t exactly an easy image, I ended up relying on the box image quite a lot.

Tassula by Mauri Kunnas, Peliko, 500 pieces. Completed on December 28, 2020.

Lots of funny details, though 🙂

Good Friends Get a Little Kiss, 2020-11-05

Sheepworld is a German company that produces gift items with cute sheep images. The texts here are all in German, of course. In the middle it says “Good friends get a little kiss, the best friend your whole heart”, and underneath “Best friends forever”. Not quite my style, but I got in a lot with some other puzzles. It was actually a bit more difficult than I expected.

Good Friends Get a Little Kiss, Ravensburger, 500 pieces. Completed on November 5, 2020.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Not a triangle (three room flat) in Bermuda, 2021-01-13

A puzzle from my now complete Kaj Stenvall-collection. All of these puzzles have titles in English and Finnish, and often they are very strange, especially the English translations. This title contains the Finnish word “kolmio” that can mean either “triangle” or “three-room flat”. Doesn’t quite work in English 🙂

Anyway, the puzzle was really excellent quality for Tactic (sadly, the newer puzzles are much worse), and that was a good thing, because with a less precise cut this would have been really difficult. As it was, I really enjoyed it.

Not a triangle (three room flat) in Bermuda by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on January 13, 2021.

The duck is just twiddling his thumbs, I guess, but to me it looks like he’s looking at a non-existent smart phone 🙂 The painting is from 2006, and while mobile phones were widespread, I think they were still mostly just phones with no internet access, and you wouldn’t sit and look at it the way we all do now.

Still Life II with Tropical, 2020-12-17

Lovely still life by Belgian artist Capeinick. This was enjoyable from start to finish. I bought it used for almost nothing, the box was in terrible condition, and the seller was almost certain there were pieces missing. Well, turns out it was complete and in great condition. Instead of pieces missing, there were two extra, from some other unfortunate puzzles 🙂

While it wasn’t exactly easy, it was pleasantly challenging. Ricordi Arte puzzles are great quality, but unfortunately, none of the places where I buy puzzles carry them anymore, I just occasionally find one second hand. From what I’ve read in FB puzzle groups, they seem to be a nightmare to work with, which is why almost everyone has dropped them. Too bad, because the puzzles themselves are really great.

Still Life II with Tropical by Capeinick, Ricordi Arte, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 17, 2020.

I can’t help feeling the title is missing a noun after Tropical, but this actually seems to be the title both of the puzzle and the painting.

The extra pieces. The one with fruit (oranges?) looks like it’s from a puzzle that I would like to do.

Puzzling on the Inside

I always look out for puzzles in movies and TV-series, and recently I’ve been rewatching an old favourite of mine, Prisoner Cell Block H, an Australian series set in a women’s prison that ran from 1979 until 1986. Here we see sadistic prison guard Joan Ferguson in one of the very few story lines that shows her in a sympathetic light. Auntie Joan puzzling with the kids.

As usual, I can’t quite make out the image, but there is a side shot of the box:

So, 750 pieces, and on the right, there’s Australia. On the left, is says OZ. I tried to find out of there’s an Australian puzzle brand called OZ, but I got bogged down by all the wizards (there are a lot of Wizard of Oz-themed puzzles).

Just so as you’re not left with a false impression, here’s Joan more in her element, bashing a prisoner: