As always, I start the year by looking at my puzzling statistics for 2022. I assembled 145 puzzles and placed 134 854 pieces in 2022, up from last year’s 96 puzzles and 97 529. I did no really large puzzles in 2022, which at least partly explains the difference. In fact, the largest puzzle I did was 2000 pieces, and I only did three of those. Here’s the breakdown according to piece count:

Total Result145100.00%

While I always do more 1000 piece puzzles than any other piece count, last year the percentage was only 51%, now up to 70%. Also, I’ve done a lot less 500-piece puzzles than in 2021, that percentage is down to 10% from 25%.

Here’s the breakdown according to brand:

Cobble Hill64%
Bluebird Puzzle53%
Gibsons Puzzle43%
Ricordi Arte21%
Anatolian / Perre11%
Art Stones11%
Laurence King Publishing11%
Master Pieces11%
New York Puzzle Company11%
Paul Lamond Games11%
Spiel Spass11%
The Gifted Stationary Company11%
White Mountain Puzzles11%
Total Result145100%

The top two are unchanged (although the Ravensburger percentage is down to 17% from 23% in 2021), but there’s a new number three, as Tactic has passed Clementoni. This is entirely due to the fact that I did a lot of Stenvall duck-puzzles this year, including the two most difficult in the series (both of them mostly white). If I keep it up, I’ll have gone through all the Stenvall puzzles in 2024.

One thing that I definitely failed at in 2022 was limiting acquisition of puzzles so that I would complete more puzzles than I acquired. In 2022, I acquired 197 puzzles and 187 165 pieces. That’s quite a bit more than I would ever be able to complete in a year. I’ll try to do better in 2023.

Happy New Year!

Mystery Puzzle, Part 1

Last week, I bought a few puzzle from a recycling center. With one of the puzzles, I knew as soon as I picked it up that something was wrong – it was way too heavy. I just had to get it to find out what was in the box πŸ™‚

The first thing I did was weigh the pieces, and then I weighed the pieces of a complete 1000 piece Clementoni puzzle (it’s a 1000 piece Clementoni box), and from that I was able to work out that there should be almost 3000 pieces in the box.

I was able to easily sort all the pieces into four piles just based on the colour on the back of the pieces:

There were small piles of grey and blue pieces, a green pile with pieces from at least two puzzles, and a large pile of light blue pieces. The light blue pieces are Clementoni pieces, and at least some of them are from the image on the box.

I tried out the grey-backed pieces first, but it wasn’t much use. From the size of the pieces, it’s very unlikely that the piece count is less than 500 pieces, and there are less than 200 pieces present, so this went into the bin pretty fast. There is some vegetation, and an animal, possibly a bird. That’s all I could make out.

Next, I tried the dark blue pieces:

Well, this is obviously an alpine landscape in autumn, but there are still a lot of pieces missing. I don’t mind missing pieces, but I want to be able to connect all the pieces that are there, you know, and that clearly wasn’t happening with this one, so it also ended up in the bin.

Next, the green pile. As I said, there were at least two puzzles in there, and one of them was of really bad quality. Not only were the pieces thin and all exactly alike, but a lot of them were actually broken:

I didn’t even try this, but went over to the other green pieces.

There are about 450 pieces here, and I was hopeful, I would be able to put this together, but I now think these pieces are from a 1000 piece puzzle, not a 500 piece puzzle. I could only find one corner piece. I can make out that there is sea, and some sails.

At this point I decided to do some other puzzles before I go on with the final, largest pile of pieces. I did another weigh-in, and there are about 1700 pieces left. They are all Clementoni pieces, and there are pieces from at least two puzzles left.


As always, I start the year by taking a statistical look back at the previous years puzzling. In 2021, I completed 96 puzzles and placed 97 529 pieces. This is down from last year, when I completed 147 puzzles and placed 125 151 pieces. This is at least partly due to the fact that I’ve been doing larger puzzles that take longer to complete, and less small puzzles (the average number of pieces for my 2021 puzzles is 1015, and for 2020 it was only 851).

The top three brands are still unchanged, although the percentaged are smaller than they used to be (last year 29%, 18% and 12%. If you count pieces instead of completed puzzles, Ravensburger is still at 29%, because all of the larger puzzles I did were from Ravensburger. The two sections I completed of the 18 000 piece puzzle are counted as two 4500 piece puzzles.

Brand Amount %
Ravensburger 22 23 %
Heye 11 11 %
Clementoni 8 8 %
Grafika 4 4 %
Schmidt 3 3 %
Piatnik 3 3 %
Peliko 3 3 %
Anatolian / Perre 3 3 %
Tactic 2 2 %
Cobble Hill 2 2 %
Bluebird Puzzle 2 2 %
D-Toys 2 2 %
Pomegranate 2 2 %
Eurographics 2 2 %
Gibsons Puzzle 2 2 %
Jumbo 2 2 %
Postdienst – Deutsche Bundespost 1 1 %
Pelikan 1 1 %
Galison 1 1 %
Calvendo 1 1 %
Buffalo 1 1 %
Helsingin kaupunginmuseo 1 1 %
Ricordi Arte 1 1 %
Wentworth Wooden Puzzles 1 1 %
Unknown 1 1 %
eeBoo 1 1 %
Castorland 1 1 %
Ikea 1 1 %
FX Schmid 1 1 %
Crystal Lines 1 1 %
Arrow 1 1 % 1 1 %
Cloudberries 1 1 %
New York Puzzle Company 1 1 %
Unidragon 1 1 %
Nyckelpussel 1 1 %
Educa 1 1 %
Otter House 1 1 %
House of Puzzles 1 1 %
Grand Total 96 100 %

Next piece count. As I said, I’ve been doing larger puzzles, and this can be seen especially in the amount of 500 piece puzzles that I’ve done – last year it was 31%, now down to 25%. The top three piece counts are unchanged from last year.

Pieces Amount %
1000 49 51 %
500 24 25 %
1500 7 7 %
2000 4 4 %
4500 2 2 %
387 1 1 %
291 1 1 %
759 1 1 %
368 1 1 %
400 1 1 %
250 1 1 %
555 1 1 %
5000 1 1 %
504 1 1 %
515 1 1 %
Grand Total 96 100 %

Last year, I complained that I was buying too many puzzles, much more than I completed, but I’m happy to report that 2021 was better in this respect. I acquired 83 puzzles and 92 922 pieces in 2021, and that’s 13 puzzles and 4607 pieces less than I completed / placed. I hope I can keep the balance nest year as well.

Happy New Year!

White Blacklist Puzzle

I’ve been watching Blacklist lately (preposterous show, but I’ll watch anything with James Spader), and I spotted a puzzle! It’s all white, but with some variation in tone, in fact, it could be a photo of the marble table. The pieces look thick (you can tell from the shadows), so it might be a wooden puzzle. Reddington calls the puzzle “infuriating”, and I might well feel the same way…

I didn’t write down what episode it was, but it was in the first half of season 4.

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:

Duck Collection Complete!

Great news! I finally managed to find the last of the Kaj Stenvall duck puzzles. I first decided to try and collect the entire series in early 2019, and by July 2019 I already had 29 of the 30 puzzles that I’m aware of, and I’ve been looking for the last one ever since. When someone had a glued and framed copy for sale, I even considered getting that and taking it apart, but I’m really too lazy for something like that. The most frustrating moment came in October last year, when there was one for sale on a Finnish site (, but I was in Dortmund, the seller offered pickup only (no shipping), and it was located 200 km from Helsinki in a place where I didn’t know anyone. Since I couldn’t possibly ask someone to drive 400 km in the middle of a pandemic for a puzzle, I just cursed silently to myself and wondered if I would ever find that last puzzle.

And then, on Monday, there was again a copy available, and it wasn’t even for sale, but given away. I was lucky I saw the posting almost immediately, and managed to get in first. It was, again, 200 km away, and I would have happily driven, but the previous owner very generously offered to send it if I paid for the postage. Which I was very happy to do, of course, in fact I was so happy that I paid a bit extra. Today I finally got my hands on this:

You can see all of the puzzles in the series on my dedicated page. Now I just have to do them all πŸ™‚

Stats for 2020

As usual, I’ll start the year with my stats for the previous year. In 2020 I completed 147 puzzles and placed 125 151 pieces, up from 2019, when I completed 113 puzzles and placed 101 494 pieces. A year ago I thought that I wouldn’t surpass my 2019 numbers before I retire, but I wasn’t counting on spending almost all my free time at home due to the pandemic.

The top three brands are still Ravensburger, Heye, and Clementoni:

Ravensburger4329 %
Heye2618 %
Clementoni1712 %
Jumbo64 %
Tactic53 %
Grafika43 %
Peliko43 %
Eurographics43 %
D-Toys32 %
Unknown32 %
Piatnik32 %
Ricordi Arte21 %
Educa21 %
Cobble Hill21 %
Sunsout21 %
FX Schmid21 %
Schmidt21 %
Gibsons Puzzle21 %
Art Puzzle21 %
Master Pieces11 %
Art Stones11 %
Paul Lamond Games11 %
Pelikan11 %
Endless Games11 %
Galison11 %
Serlachius Museot11 %
eeBoo11 %
Pomegranate11 %
Talking Tables11 %
Borussia Dortmund11 %
Castorland11 %
King11 %
Where it says 1 %, it’s actually 0.68 % rounded upwards, which is why the total is 102 %.

Both Ravensburger and Heye have lost some ground, with Clementoni getting a few percent more than in 2019.

Here’s the breakdown according to piece count:

Piece countAmount%
10006746 %
5004631 %
1500107 %
36853 %
75953 %
30021 %
200021 %
20011 %
120011 %
7711 %
300011 %
35011 %
75011 %
450011 %
19011 %
4911 %
60011 %
Where it says 1 %, it’s actually 0.68 % rounded upwards, which is why the total is 102 %.

Here too, the top three is unchanged. The 368 and 759 piece puzzles are puzzles from the Escape / Exit series, and the 4500 piece puzzle is actually one section of the 18 000-piece Paradise Sunset.

It wasn’t just me who did a lot of puzzles in 2020, the number of views on this blog is up 500 % from 2019, and apart from December (which is always a big puzzling month), March, April and May also have really high numbers of views. Thank you to everyone who took time to read my blog!

In the past few years, I’ve been buying more puzzles than I’ve managed to complete. It slowed down considerably in 2020, but I still acquired 150 puzzles while completing 147 (the gap is bigger if you count pieces, 125 151 pieces placed and 159 756 acquired). Since I have very limited space, this has become a problem, and in 2021 I will need to buy fewer puzzles than I can get out the door. I would like to work on some larger puzzles, but I will probably start the year doing puzzles in the 500-1500-piece range just to get some puzzles completed quickly.

Happy new year!


Here’s an extra post with my stats for 2019. I completed 113 puzzles and placed 101 494 pieces (I’m counting one section of an 18 000-piece puzzle as one 4500-piece puzzle). This is up from last year when I completed 75 puzzles and placed 85 659 pieces. I don’t think I will surpass this year before I retire πŸ™‚

Here’s a breakdown according to brand:

Brand Amount %
Ravensburger 27 24%
Heye 13 12%
Clementoni 10 9%
Tactic 5 4%
Peliko 4 4%
Grafika 4 4%
Schmidt 4 4%
Castorland 3 3%
Eurographics 3 3%
Educa 2 2%
D-Toys 2 2%
Unicef 2 2%
Trefl 2 2%
Extra Goods 2 2%
Unknown 2 2%
Gibsons Puzzle 2 2%
Jumbo 2 2%
Step Puzzle 1 1%
de-luxe 1 1%
Cloudberries 1 1%
Ingham Day 1 1%
Borussia Dortmund 1 1%
White Mountain Puzzles 1 1%
atregio 1 1%
Artifact 1 1%
Victory 1 1% 1 1%
Puzzle Michèle Wilson 1 1%
MasterPieces 1 1%
Calvendo 1 1%
MB 1 1%
Sunsout 1 1%
Micropuzzle 1 1%
Bluebird Puzzle 1 1%
Nathan 1 1%
Cobble Hill 1 1%
New York Puzzle Company 1 1%
Wardsback 1 1%
Dino 1 1%
Play Time 1 1%
Karmin International 1 1%
Grand Total 113 100%

Like last year, Ravensburger and Heye top the list, although this time Ravensburger is the clear number one, and Clementoni is up to third.

Here’s the breakdown according to piece count:

Pieces Amount %
1000 43 38%
500 31 27%
1500 7 6%
759 7 6%
2000 6 5%
300 3 3%
200 2 2%
150 2 2%
250 2 2%
100 1 1%
4000 1 1%
108 1 1%
3000 1 1%
30 1 1%
600 1 1%
80 1 1%
4500 1 1%
313 1 1%
350 1 1%
Grand Total 113 100%

The top 3 is unchanged here, but there are much more 500-piece puzzles than last year.

I thought I’d share one more statistic, not so much about my puzzling activity as about other people’s. I have mentioned before that, most days, over 90% of traffic to my blog is about the Exit/Escape-puzzle series that I have a spoiler page for. Well, apparently, these puzzles have been really popular as Christmas presents, because on Christmas week I had almost four times the traffic of any other week:


I also feel confident in saying that the best selling puzzle in the series by a large margin is Witches Kitchen, with the Observatory coming in second.

Happy New Year!

Housekeeping and Puzzle Art

According to WordPress, I’ve now posted every day for 365 days, and I would like to thank everyone who has read or commented on this blog. I never expected to keep it up this long, in fact, I never intended to post every day at all, but I got inspired by Stacey at My Jigsaw Journal. But it was never going to be sustainable for me, and now that I’ve used all my old photos, I’m going to cut back quite a lot. I will also have less time for puzzling, as we have a big project at work that will mean long hours during the next 10 months or so. Also, I would like to read a bit more. I will still be puzzling, of course, and I’ve decided I will post every Friday, and sometimes also on Tuesday, depending on how much I’ve been puzzling.

Here’s an interesting little art project that I saw on the wall of a building in 2014 near where I live in Helsinki:


I remember seeing it a few years later, and it looked like you would expect puzzle pieces to look after being subjected to rain and snow for a while: the image layer was gone, but there was still something left of the cardboard. Unfortunately, I have no photo of that, and when I walked past the place recently, I could no longer find the spot where this was in 2014.

I’ll be back the day after tomorrow!

New Exit-Puzzles

Apparently, the Ravensburger Exit-puzzle series is doing well, because there are two new puzzles, and of course, I bought them immediately. Wolves and an old cellar.


After I had completed my second puzzle in the series, The Witches Kitchen, I noticed that that post kept getting views consistently long after it was published. One reader also contacted me for help with the first puzzle in the series, The Observatory. I thought that most people searching for these puzzles probably wanted more detailed info than I wanted to put in my posts, so after the third and last puzzle from the first batch (The Temple Grounds), I set up a separate spoiler page for the series. If you use Chrome or Firefox you can safely head over to the page because the spoilers are hidden with an HTML-tag called details, but that does NOT work in Microsoft browsers Explorer or Edge. Safari and Opera should be OK, but I’ve not tried them out.

My spoiler page gets more traffic than any other content on my blog, including the home page. Of the posts for individual puzzles, The Witches Kitchen gets the most traffic (about 500 hits). I’ll be doing the new Exit puzzles soon, but I need to finish some of the ones I’m doing now first πŸ™‚