Alpine Fun, 2022-10-08

Fun puzzle, but I had some false fits, unfortunately. I did the top edge with the sky first, and there were several cases where I had to redo a couple of pieces. It wasn’t just the edge, there was also a case where I had already put in the piece below in the second row, and both pieces fit on the left, but then I couldn’t find the next pieces on the right. What you might call a double false fit. Anyway, I only had problems with the top few rows, after that the image made it really easy.

Alpine Fun by Birgit Tanck, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 8, 2022.
I think mountain goats SHOULD wear helmets, the way they jump around the rocks looks very dangerous!
An eagle snaps up a tourist and Death stalks the valley.

Say Cheese!, 2022-08-18

Doro Göber and Peter Knorr have done several cartoon cities for Heye, but this is the first I’ve done. This is definitely a Dutch city, and most likely Amsterdam. Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this as much as I expected to. It wasn’t the puzzle, it was me, the puzzle is fine, and has lots of interesting details.

Say Cheese! by Doro Göber & Peter Knorr, Heye, 1500 pieces. Completed on August 19, 2022.

I also found a football reference: on the newspaper boat, it says “Oranje in de finale”, The Orange in the final. Oranje usually means the Dutch national football team, and they were in the world cup final in South Africa in 2010 (they lost to Spain). On the larger boat you can also see fans dressed in orange.

Off On Holiday!, 2022-08-08

As it happens, I do have the next three weeks off, and I have no plans, which is the best kind of holiday.

This great image by Loup is part of this year’s releases, but I’m pretty sure it’s not the first release of this image as puzzle. Great fun, of course!

Off On Holiday! by Loup, Heye, 500 pieces. Completed on August 8, 2022.

Room with Deer, 2022-07-24

This year’s Heyes include two puzzles by South African artist Norman O’Flynn that I just had to get. This one turned out to be a very entertaining assembly that was just the right amount of challenging. I was a bit surprised to find that the gorgeous pink chair was, in fact, the hardest part.

Room with Deer by Norman O’Flynn, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 25, 2022.

Surprise!: Horses, 2022-07-03

The Surprise series by Mordillo always consists of four panels, but the last is not on the box. If you want to see how this race ends, you can click here to see the entire image.

Surprise!: Horses by Mordillo, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 3, 2022.

This was actually a rather strange puzzling experience. After I finished the jockeys and the hedge, I couldn’t make much progress. I finished the borders, and then I had to leave for Helsinki. Usually, when you leave a puzzle for several weeks, you sort of have to start over, because you’ve forgotten (almost) everything you learned about the puzzle, but in this case, it turned out to be a good thing. When I came back last Saturday, expecting some hard work on this, it seemed much easier. The pieces just fell into place. Puzzling is strange sometimes 🙂

Omnivore, 2022-07-02

Great image again in the Zozoville series, but this time the background was really difficult. This took me an entire week to complete, although it’s partly because it’s very hot in Finland right now, and my small mobile AC can just about cope with keeping my bedroom tolerable. This week, I have spent more time in my cool bedroom watching the tennis in Wimbledon than puzzling in my hot livingroom.

Omnivore, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 2, 2022.

This was the first of this years Heye’s, and the cut is different than what I’ve seen from Heye before. Some of the tabs are round, and some are slightly pointy – very similar to Wasgij pieces, in fact. While most of the puzzle was a normal grid cut with rows and columns matching up perfectly:

there were also some ribbon cut areas thrown in:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen (of at least noticed) types of cut being mixed like this, usually it’s one or the other. Anyway, the pieces were nice, and they definitely use the same material for the image layer as before, it felt like a Heye. There was one big problem, though. I had two false fits, both with three points of contact. Only the fact that I couldn’t find the following piece told me that it had to be wrong, but it looked really good. This is very unfortunate, as I rate precision of the cut above pretty much all else in determining the quality of a puzzle.

Neighbourhood, 2022-06-06

Another adorable Zozoville monster. I was expecting this to be more difficult than it was, it turned out to be pretty easy.

Neighbourhood by Johan Potma, Heye, 1000 pieces. Completed on June 6, 2022.

Love the rat (?) making a sketch of the main character:

Ave Caesar!, 2022-05-31

I finally managed to finish the Caesar puzzle, and I have to say, the audience was really difficult. I would have preferred to have something easier waiting for me when I got back from Dortmund this time, but I was too stubborn to start anything else before this was finished. There’s one piece missing, but it’s impossible to see from this photo (it’s in the shadowy part of the image).

Ave Caesar! by Loup, Heye, 2000 pieces. Completed on May 31, 2022.

There seems to be both gladiatorial combat and chariot races in progress. In reality, these two forms of entertainment actually belong in different venues, chariot races in the circus and gladiatorial combat in the amphitheater. Not sure if the audience used to throw water melons at contestants 🙂

The emperor looks bored.

Some of the wild beasts were in trouble…

… while others were doing just fine.

The puzzle is from 2004, and it’s excellent quality with a great fit. The arena part was great fun, but the audience was a bit too difficult. Still, I’m really glad that I got to do this puzzle, I thought I had missed the train on this one.

Ave Caesar! in Progress

I’m working on a rather tricky 2000-piece Heye from 2004. I was very happy to find it cheap, because I remember it from when it was available, but never got around to buying it, and then it was too late. Some puzzles are available for years, even decades, and others are gone so fast. It’s hard to know what to buy immediately, but my current policy of buying everything immediately is not really sustainable 🙂

It’s slow, but enjoyable. It will be miracle if all the pieces are there, the pieces were floating free in a Heye triangular box, and a couple jumped out when I brought the box in and put it down. I don’t mind, it was only 5 EUR. There’s no way I’ll be able to finish this before I leave for Dortmund on Friday, so it will have to wait until June. Here’s a better look at the image: