The Laws of Drama, 2022-02-27

Another duck puzzle from the Kaj Stenvall collection. This is actually one of my favourite images in the series, and it also turned out to be a very entertaining puzzle. The quality was good, although some of the pieces were a bit worn. I could definitely tell that the puzzles has been completed a couple of times before. I was actually happy to find it complete, the box was badly scratched and there were some crayon markings as well, but I guess the child didn’t get into the box, because the pieces were not damaged, and also all there.

The Laws of Drama by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 27, 2022.

Doors of the World, 2022-02-24

This door collage was just as fun as it looks! Even though the title is Doors of the World, all the doors look somehow English to me 🙂

Some of the pieces have probably absorbed some liquid at some point, but there was no discoloration (or smell), you could only tell because the fit was far too tight in some places.

Doors of the World, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 24, 2022.

I forgot to take closeups, but since there is no black and yellow door, of these, I would choose the pink door (third row, third from the right).

Panorama Map of Europe, 2022-02-22

This, unfortunately, turned out to be probably the worst Ravensburger that I’ve ever done. Many of the pieces won’t lie flat, and the fit was also quite loose. I don’t mind a loose fit, but combined with a bad cut it doesn’t make for an enjoyable experience.

The puzzle is from 2004. I bought it second hand, but the bag with the pieces was still unopened.

Panorama Map of Europe, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 22, 2022.

Until I started working on it, I thought there would be hardly any text in this puzzle. Well, turned out that there were plenty of place names, you just needed a magnifying glass to see them:

I can’t think why they would have made the text so small. All in all, not a good day for Ravensburger.

Burning Giraffe, 2022-02-14

Another puzzle with a DalĂ­ image. Many Bluebird art puzzles have gone a bit wild with the colour saturation, but that’s definitely not the case here. The image on Wikpedia looks more saturated than this, but photos can be deceiving, and even more so when viewed on a computer.

Burning Giraffe by Salvador DalĂ­, Bluebird, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 14, 2022.

There is an actual burning giraffe in the image, to the left, although I didn’t notice it before I started doing the puzzle. DalĂ­ had used the burning giraffe image before, and according to Wikipedia, “DalĂ­ described this image as “the masculine cosmic apocalyptic monster”. He believed it to be a premonition of war.” The painting is from 1937, when Spain was in the middle of a civil war.

Secret Garden, 2022-02-09

Another Kaj Stenvall collection puzzle. This one was fairly easy, and the quality was otherwise OK, but the fit was very loose. I didn’t really mind, I really enjoyed this!

Secret Garden by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 9, 2022.

London Recollections, 2022-02-06

This was a fun collage full of stuff associated with London (in many cases with England). I started with the quotes (“When a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford” – Samuel Johnson and “A bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else” – Unknown), then I pulled the red pieces.

London Recollections by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 6, 2022.

The crown, Sherlock Holmes, and “Mind the Gap” (the gap between train and platform on the Tube).

It was raining in almost all the images 🙂

Beach Umbrellas, 2022-02-05

Of the three eeBoo puzzles I’ve done, this was definitely the one I enjoyed most. Because they’re expensive, I had almost decided I wasn’t going to get more of these, but I may have to rethink that. I started with the food in the foreground, and did the green bits last. Loved every minute of it!

Beach Umbrellas, eeBoo, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 5, 2022.

I’m in Dortmund right now, but it will be a short visit, I’ll be back in Helsinki late on Monday. On Sunday, there’s a game, which I thought I wouldn’t be able to see in the stadium, but the rules changed just in time to allow 10 000 instead of just 750 fans, and I managed to snag a ticket! It will be a really tricky game against Leverkusen, and quite frankly, I’ll be happy with a draw.

Whose Move, 2022-02-02

Remember ths Kai Stenvall Collection? I just realized that it’s been an entire year since I found the last puzzle in the collection and completed it. I’m going to start doing more of these, otherwise I’ll never get them all done. Two cranky ducks this time, looks like some sort of marital dispute.

Whose Move by Kai Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on February 2, 2022.

This was thankfully one of the older, better quality Tactics, otherwise those sheets would have been impossible. It looks so clear now, but most of the blue pieces looked more like grey before I put it all together. Not easy, but it remained enjoyable to the end.