Colosseo (Roma), 2022-03-28

My second puzzle of the Colosseum in Rome, I think, and I still one in my to-do pile. Not an exciting image, but it was an entertaining puzzle nonetheless. I did the sky first (not really hard, the Clementoni cut is excellent), and the dark trees last.

Colosseo (Roma), Clementoni, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 28, 2022.

Chupa Chups, 2022-03-27

This was a lovely puzzle, even though lollipops aren’t really my favourite kind of candy. Vintage ads are always fun!

Chupa Chups, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 27, 2022.

This one with the old TV is my favourite:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a vending machine just for lollipops 🙂

Towards the Captain’s Table, 2022-03-26

I finished it! Most of the time I prefer to do much easier puzzles, but I actually really enjoyed this. While the large majority of pieces were of the basic two tabs opposite-type, the actual cut was distinct enough to be a big help. There were tabs and holes of all sizes and shapes, and if there hadn’t been, this puzzle would not have been very enjoyable, brute-forcing 700 pieces isn’t much fun. Also, the pieces only fit where they belong, and many times I didn’t even need two points of contact. Of course, I was also prepared for it to be pretty slow, but still I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. There was a lot of fist-pumping and triumphant shouts while I was doing it 🙂 Next, I’m definitely going to do something easy and colourful!

Towards the Captain’s Table by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 26, 2022.

Towards the Captain’s Table, In Progress & Shopping

I’ve now done all of the bits that are not 100% white. It’s slow, but not too frustrating. I might decide to take a break and do something a bit more colourful before I’m finished with this.

I recently found a new Finnish online toy store, Lelukatti, with a pretty good selection of puzzles, and since they had a sale on, I went a bit wild:

They also sent me some chocolate with the puzzles, a very nice touch!

Towards the Captain’s Table, Starting

There are two puzzles in the Kaj Stenvall collection that are mostly white, and this is the easier one of those two. I pulled the edge pieces, and I’ll start with that. Usually I save the edges for when I’m unsure what to do next (or for the very end if there’s a border), but that point came really early with this one. Wish me luck, and don’t expect to hear from me for a while!

The Lord Sleeps, 2022-03-21

Back to the Kaj Stenvall puzzles. I only noticed that there are two ducks in the bed when I started on the puzzle – the smaller one has no pillow, so I expect the bigger duck is the lord.

The Lord Sleeps by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 21, 2022.

The puzzle is one of the better quality Tactics, and there was enough variations in colour to make it reasonably easy. I bought it second hand, and it has clearly been assembled a few times, there was a bit of lift, but I was happy to find all pieces present.

Himmel, In Progress

Here’s another typical example of a puzzle that I expected to be much easier than it turned out. I actually thought I would be able to finish it before leaving Dortmund, but that definitely didn’t happen. My next visit will be a short weekend trip, so I may even have to wait until Easter until it’s finished.

The image is a painting by American modernist Marsden Hartley.

The Gardener’s Palette, 2022-03-13

This was lovely, even though I’m no gardener, and couldn’t recognize more than a handful of the plants. I started with the green bits, then yellow, and the rest more or less from light to dark, so that the bottom right corner was last.

The Gardener’s Palette, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 13, 2022.

I finally remembered to put my mascot in the image – it’s always there, but for some reason, usually missing from the final photos. I still haven’t found a puzzle mascot for Helsinki, but I’m keeping my eyes open.

Upstairs and Downstairs, 2022-03-12

This was the worst kind of Sunsout, which means you had to practically hammer the pieces into place, and nothing seemed to fit, making it difficult to know where the pieces belong. The image is great, of course, but it was mostly a frustrating experience. I only have one more Sunsout in my stash, and I don’t think I’ll be getting anymore. In fact, I increasingly browse for puzzles by brand when I shop, so that I’m not tempted by great images of inferior quality.

Upstairs and Downstairs, Sunsout, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 12, 2022.