Space Odyssey, In Progress (3)

Even though I hardly placed a piece all weekend, there’s been some progress. The bottom edge is almost done, and the top edge is mostly done. I’ve done most of the spacecraft, satellites and other man-made stuff. I also placed the completed bits more or less where they belong.

The first planet is also almost done:

I picked Uranus because the cyan pieces were the easiest to pick out. The colour comes from methane in the atmosphere of the planet. As you can see, this is not one of the warmer planets, and it takes Uranus 84 Earth years to orbit the sun. Its axis is tilted so that it points almost directly at the sun. More info on Uranus. Uranus has 27 moons (as you can see), but only some of the most well known are pictured in the puzzle. The names are finished, but the small dots representing the moons are still missing.

Most planets, except Earth, are named after Roman gods, but Uranus is just a Latinized form of the Greek god Ouranos (the Roman equivalent would be Caelus), the sky god. He was the grandfather of Zeus/Jupiter.

As for the moons, according to Wikipedia, most of the moons of Uranus are named after characters from Shakespeare or Alexander Pope.

I am having so much fun with this one, and I enjoy reading about all the celestial bodies.

Also, WordPress just reminded me that’s it’s the third birthday for this blog. I’m sort of impressed that I’ve managed to keep it up for so long, it’s not really like me at all 🙂

Space Odyssey, In Progress (2)

Despite work I’ve managed to do some puzzling in the evenings. Going back to the office has actually been easier than expected.

I pulled all the pieces with text first, and I’ve put together most of the words. The remaining texts are all about moon(s), and I’m going to leave that for a while. The word moon appears so many times, and the names of the moons are oriented diagonally, not horizontally, so I’m going to do something else. I’ve now started pulling the edge pieces, I’ll do at least some of the edges next.

And since this is an educational puzzle, I’m definitely learning things. I don’t know why, but somehow I misremembered Mars was bigger than earth, but it’s actually quite a lot smaller. Also, Mars is the only planet in addition to earth where the temperature is tolerable for humans at least some of the time. The minimum temperature is bad (-153C/-243F), but at least the maximum temperature is quite pleasant (20C/68F). The other planets are more like never above -100C/-148F or never below 400C/752F. No wonder that colonization plans usually revolve around Mars. It’s also close, of course, as planets go. I find space travel fascinating, but would never want to go myself, I’m far too fond of my comfortable life.

In case it’s not obvious, I’m really enjoying this puzzle 🙂

Space Odyssey, Starting

I arrived in Helsinki today, and wanted to start a great 5000-piece puzzle that I bought in Germany straight away:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen this type of educational puzzle with such a large piece count, and definitely not from Ravensburger. Eurographics has 1000-piece educational puzzles, but otherwise, it’s mostly very small piece counts for children.

I’ve started spreading out the pieces, but I don’t think I’ll be able to finish that today – it’s my least favourite part of puzzling (I don’t sort – that would be even worse).

There were quite a few pieces stuck together, although so far, they’ve all come apart easily enough. The pieces also seem quite thin for Ravensburger.

Tomorrow, I’m going into the office for the first time in ages. Colleagues who have already taken the plunge tell me it’s kind of tiring to interact with other people in person all day, and I’m expecting to be exhausted just putting on clothes and getting out of the house to go to work 🙂 Which is to say, progress may be slow on this puzzle in the near future.

Phoenix See & Hörder Burg, Dortmund, In Progress

Even though I knew I would probably not be able to finish it before I leave, I decided to start one more puzzle in Dortmund. I’m leaving today, and I’ve had so much to do, that I barely got started:

If everything goes as planned, I’ll be back in a month, but then only for a few days. I hope to get back to my old routine of frequent visits, and I’ve even booked a bunch of flights. This time, I’m here with my car, and I’ve stayed for over two months. Here’s a photo with all the puzzles I’ve completed since I came in mid-August (except for the two bottom ones, I just realized, I did those earlier):

Today, I’m driving to Travemünde to the ferry, and I expect to arrive in Helsinki on Tuesday morning.

Last night there was a game against Mainz, and for the first time since corona, there were over 60 000 fans in the stadium. Still not full, but it almost felt like it. The game was rather nervous, but ended 3-1 for Dortmund, putting us top of the table at least for one night (I fully expect Bayern to retake the position today). Still, feels great to walk out of the stadium to chants of “Spitzenreiter, Spitzenreiter, hey, hey” (Spitzenreiter = frontrunner, leader).

Heartview Cave, 2021-10-12

When I spread out the pieces for this puzzle I was expecting it to be reasonably challenging, but actually, it was really easy. Picking out the pieces for each part of the puzzle was no problem, and there is no large area of any one colour/pattern. I did the green bits last, but even that wasn’t really difficult. One of those puzzles that seems to roll on by itself as soon as you get started. It was also very enjoyable from start to finish 🙂

Heartview Cave, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 12, 2021.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Stephen King audiobooks lately, and since he often wears a baseball cap, like the man in the boat, I sort of the decided that the people in the boat are Stephen and Tabitha King 🙂 No idea if they would actually enjoy this sort of activity.

Le Mont Saint-Michel, 2021-09-26 & 2021-10-03

I finally managed to finish the second Le Mont Saint-Michel. It wasn’t difficult, but it took a lot longer than I expected because I got a bit bored doing the same image twice in a row.

The second puzzle had all the pieces, in fact, there was an extra:

It looks like a Ravensburger.

This time, the whole cut was different, as you can see:

Even the basic piece shapes are completely different, and there are small variations in colour tone. There was no difference in quality, though, unlike last time.