Sweet Dream, 2022-11-06

My last puzzle in Dortmund for a long while, I’m now in Helsinki, and will stay here for a few months. The puzzle is part of the Trefl Crazy Shapes series, and it was a lot of fun, probably the best of the images I’ve done. Loved it!

Sweet Dream, Trefl, 600 pieces. Completed on November 6, 2022.

In a Roman Osteria, 2022-11-02

This painting by Danish artist Carl Bloch from 1866 was rather entertaining as a puzzle. The characters are looking at someone, and the man looks suspicious. The women look interested, but like they’re trying not to let it show. My first thought was that this is the kind of looks you would get if you start taking photos of strangers 🙂 The artist has also painted himself into the picture, he is sitting with his back turned at the smaller table in the background, and one of the other men is his friend who commissioned this painting.

In a Roman Osteria by Carl Bloch, D-Toys, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 2, 2022.

Around the World in 80 Days, 2022-10-28

Collage of famous buildings from around the world. Preposterous in its way, but great fun. This was also the tightest Ravensburger fit that I’ve ever had. It was fine while doing the puzzle, but tedious to take apart.

Around the World in 80 Days, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 28, 2022.

One of the first things I noticed about the image was that there is no Neuschwanstein – but I was wrong:

There it is again, the building that has been called the most popular puzzle subject in the world – it certainly is in Europe.

Olde Buck’s County, 2022-10-26

I think this is my first Charles Wysocki image. I borrowed the puzzle from a friend, who bought it in the US. This image worked really well as a puzzle, there were enough details to keep it interesting to the end, but I didn’t have to refer to the box all the time. Loved it!

Olde Buck’s County by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 26, 2022

Today is my four year blog anniversary, according to WordPress 🙂

L’Adorazione, 2022-09-19

A painting from 1931 by Italian futurist painter Luigi Colombo, who also used the name Fillìa. There’s only the Italian title on the box, the word adorazione means ‘adoration, worship’. I didn’t know of this artist before, but many of his paintings look like they would make very entertaining puzzles (here are some images). He sadly died at the early age of 31 in 1936.

This was the last puzzle I did in Dortmund before returning to Helsinki a week ago. I actually didn’t expect to finish it before leaving, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I did the red ball first, then the blue cross, then the black shape, then the brown shape and finally the background. Even the background wasn’t too difficult, there was so much variation in shades. Loved it!

L’Adorazione by Luigi Colombo, Grafika, 2000 pieces. Completed on September 19, 2022.

The Goonies, 2022-09-12

This is another installment in the Clementoni Cult Movies Collection, and this time, I haven’t even seen the movie. It’s a 1985 adventure film that looks like it’s intended audience is teenagers, and at 17, I probably felt it was too childish for me 🙂

Anyway, the poster made for a very entertaining puzzle. I worked this one from bottom towards the top, and I actually did the text last.

The Goonies, Clementoni, 500 pieces. Completed on September 12, 2022.

Beachfront Getaway, 2022-09-11

I’ve returned to Finland from my long stay in Dortmund. I drove to Travemünde, and then took a ferry to Helsinki. It takes about 30 hours, and I have to say, I love the full day at sea. I had a lot to do during those final days in Dortmund, but I did manage to do some puzzling.

This was just as pleasant as it looks. Pretty easy, and of course, great quality as usual from Ravensburger.

Beachfront Getaway, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 11, 2022.

Ancient Egypt, 2022-09-08

The title given on the box (Ancient Egypt) isn’t much help, but on the puzzle (right bottom corner) it says “Nebamun hunting in the marshes (around 1350 BC) – Thebes, Egypt”, which is much more informative. Nebamun was a middle-ranking official scribe and grain counter at the temple complex in Thebes, and he is known because of the stunning paintings found in his grave (they are now in the British Museum). More on Wikipedia, and for some reason German Wikipedia has even more photos.

Some Egyptian art looks a bit formulaic, but this is anything but. Especially the birds, and the fish under the boat are stunning. Nebamun is standing in the boat, and between his legs there’s a child. He’s holding a bird with one hand, and seems to have a snake in the other. Maybe it’s just a strangely shaped arrow, because his wife looks to be holding a quiver. I can’t see a bow, though.

Ancient Egypt, D-Toys, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 8, 2022.

D-Toys is a Romanian brand, and as I have found before, the pieces are sturdy, there is a very good mix of piece shapes, and the pieces fit together well. Unfortunately, it’s fairly easy to place pieces wrong if they are all of the same colour. At the end, I had about 150 black pieces (in addition to the black edge pieces), and I had several cases where I had to pull apart a section that I had already finished, because a false fit somewhere blocked progress. Very annoying, but the actual image was a joy to do, only the black “border” was troublesome.

Star Trek: Classic Episodes, 2022-09-04

Another one of the Cobble Hill Star Trek puzzles. This one features stylish posters for The Original Series episodes. I wonder, what these images were created for. Probably not for this puzzle, but individual episodes of TV series don’t usually have their own posters. Perhaps Star Trek is a special case 🙂

Star Trek: Classic Episodes, Cobble Hill, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 4, 2022.

I’ve definitely seen all of these episodes, probably more than once, but I still can’t remember what all of them were about. I remember Mirror Mirror very well, that was an episode where some people ended up in a parallel universe, where the Enterprise crew was evil, and some of the evil crew ended up in the normal Enterprise. Evil Spock is the one with the beard, obviously. I also remember The Trouble With Tribbles, a more comic episode, where the tribbles were small furballs that reproduced at an alarming rate.

Anyway, the puzzle was great fun!

A while ago, I wasn’t sure if there were four or five puzzles in this Cobble Hill series. Turns out, all I had to do to find out was turn the box upside down:

There are five, of which I currently have four. The last one that I don’t have has photos from TOS. I prefer the stylish posters from the other puzzles, but if I come across the last one, I will probably get it anyway.