Celebrating Our Glorious Queen, 2022-12-04

This puzzle was released to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in the summer of 2022. I had been meaning to get a puzzle to do after the queen has passed, and I put in an order on August 28. Two weeks later the queen had died, but since my order contained a lot puzzles that were not in stock, I decided to wait. Well, I finally got tired of waiting and cancelled the remaining two puzzles that still weren’t in stock. So here, finally, my tribute to Her Majesty Elizabeth II, who was also a puzzler.

Celebrating Our Glorious Queen, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 4, 2022.

The puzzle was easy and fun. There are images of the Queen, her parents, her sister, and her husband.

Motoring Memorabilia, 2022-03-30

For some reason, I really enjoy puzzling vehicles, not just cars, but trains and ships as well. Otherwise, I’ve never been that interested in cars, but I love them in puzzles. Add some signs with text, and I’m pretty much guaranteed to love a puzzle – and I did!

Motoring Memorabilia by Janice Daughters, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 30, 2022.

Space Hoppers and Scooters, 2022-01-26

A Gibsons collage with toys and games. This continues the recent trend where 1000-piece Gibsons are excellent quality, and 500-piece ones are pretty bad. They must use different subcontractors. This was similar to the Jumbo Wasgij-puzzles, it has the same waxy finish, and a similar cut. It also says Made in the Netherlands on the box, so it may not be entirely accidental. (There was no indication of where the previous substandard 500-piece puzzle was made, I checked.)

Anyway, the puzzle was great fun, even though there were few of my favourite toys in there.

Space Hoppers and Scooters by Val Goldfinch, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on January 25, 2022.

Here’s one that I have fond memories of:

Basically a big, air-filled ball that you could hop around on, holding on to the “ears”. Mine was orange, and I don’t think it had a face painted on.

Football and games. None of the board games are familiar to me.

Movers & Shakers, 2022-01-02

This was a great image, and the quality was not as bad as my last 500 piece Gibsons. It’s ribbon cut, which I don’t like, for some reason, and the fit wasn’t great (but OK).

Movers & Shakers by Steve Read, Gibsons, 500 pieces. Completed on January 2, 2022.

I’ve done some really lovely 1000 piece Gibsons in between (they were grid cut and great in every way), but I wasn’t happy with The Missing Piece. Even so, turns out I was lucky, because I saw someone post about the same puzzle on FB, and they had entire rows of pieces missing, and doubles of other pieces.

Anyway, mediocre quality, but it was still pretty fun to put together!

Pork Pies & Puddings, 2021-06-04

Wonderful collage of British food and drink, from very old classics like haggis to more recent (at least in Britain) favourites like Chicken Tikka Masala. Thoroughly enjoyable as a puzzle, and also great quality. Gibsons is a bit of a mixed bag quality-wise, the previous Gibsons puzzle I did was shoddy with a poor fit, but this was excellent. I’m keeping this to do again.

Pork Pies & Puddings by Val Goldfinch, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on June 4, 2021.

Cakes, cheese, chicken tikka masala and drinks.

Sausages, tarts and tea time treats. I always love puzzling cake.

More cakes!

Jelly and Cake, 2021-01-01

Nice image of partying cats. This was again a Gibsons of excellent quality, but it’s not a new puzzle. The last new 500 piece Gibsons puzzle that I bought was awful. This was fun and easy.

Jelly and Cake, Gibsons, 500 pieces. Completed on January 1, 2021.

This looks like my favourite, ice cream with Amarena cherries and whipped cream (Amarena-Becher in German):

The Missing Piece, 2020-11-13

Wonderful image of two puzzlers looking for that final piece. I’ve had some good Gibsons puzzles lately, but here the quality was not good, I’m afraid. The fit just seemed a bit off, the pieces didn’t fit easily into the placed they belonged. On some tabs the image layer had separated, and this was a new puzzle.

The Missing Piece by Trai Hiscock, Gibsons, 500 pieces. Completed on November 13, 2020.

By the way, that missing piece really is missing, at least I couldn’t find it in the image 🙂

Spirit of the 70s, 2020-09-18

Great 70s collage from a British perspective by Gibsons.

Spirit of the 70s, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 18, 2020.
One of my favourite 70’s cop show, the Sweeney with John Thaw, and some football.
At first I thought that Kojak wasn’t in this collage, but he sort of is. As Kojak pops 🙂 Apparently, the pops in the show wasn’t something that was planned, it was just Telly Savalas trying to quit smoking, and he took up pops instead.
Well, that didn’t work out…
I would love to do this Concorde jigsaw 🙂

This puzzle was obviously great fun from start to finish!

1970s Sweet Memories, 2019-10-13

I actually gave this puzzle away when I moved in 2013, but then someone brought it into work (I don’t remember who got the puzzle in 2013, but it was obviously a colleague), and now I have it back 🙂 I completed the puzzle for the first time in May 2012, and I posted about it in April this year. A rerun, I’m afraid 🙂 It’s still complete, even after its travels. Also, it was still great fun working on it.

1970s Sweet Memories, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 13th, 2019.


Feline Frenzy, 2019-06-16

I’ve never been a big fan of Gibsons, but every now and then an image is so good that I cave and buy one anyway. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised this time, there was no sign of the old problem of pieces fitting where they don’t belong. It may just be the image, of course, but I don’t think so. Based on this I would even be prepared to try an image with a large area of the same colour. Still not a fan of the waxy finish, but that’s a minor quibble.

I loved this puzzle, it was fun from start to finish.

Feline Frenzy by Steve Read, Gibsons, 1000 pieces. Completed on June 16th, 2019.

There’s also a dog in there among the cats.