The World of Jane Austen, 2022-07-15

I’ve seen puzzles in this series before (there is one about Shakespeare), but I was suspicious of the quality and they’re also expensive, so never bought one. This was lent to me by a friend, and so I finally got to try it. There’s a poster included, and on the other side of the poster there are explanations about the buildings and characters in the puzzle.

The World of Jane Austen, Laurence King Publishing, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 15, 2022.

As expected, the quality was not all that great. I’m pretty sure that if there had been large areas of one colour, it would have been a problem, but with an image like this, it was fine. The pieces were sturdy enough, but all of the same basic shape with two tabs opposite. Did I say all? Well, not quite. Bizarrely, there were two pieces that were different: one with three tabs and one with one:

I have to say, I’ve never seen anything like this before. Doesn’t exactly add up to a good mix of piece shapes πŸ™‚

Despite the boring piece shapes, this puzzle was a blast. It came together very fast, and was a lot of fun.

Helsinki City Plan 1876, 2022-07-08

Well, this turned out to be harder than I was expecting. Story of my life πŸ™‚ The districts that are marked with colours were the easiest part, but even that wasn’t all that easy. Then there’s a lot of text, but it was so small that I had to use a magnifying glass all the time. On the right, there’s a list of notable buildings, and even a section on buildings that were being built in 1876. On the left, there’s a list of the blocks for each district (the blocks in the oldest parts of Helsinki have names in addition to numbers, and often they’re named after animals).

Helsinki City Plan 1876, Lautapelit.fi, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 8, 2022.

This is a puzzle by the in-house brand of board game store Lautapelit.fi, but it’s not their best work, unfortunately. The fit was a bit off, but not too bad, and there was a good mix of piece shapes.

The place where I live is to the north of this map, I guess that was just wilderness in 1876 πŸ™‚

Cute Owls, 2022-06-02

According to my googling, Pintoo is a Taiwanese brand, but their puzzles are available in Europe, and I’ve been wanting to try one for a while now. The pieces are plastic and the fit is very tight, in some cases too tight, and I had to use quite a lot of force to get pieces into place. Obviously, the pieces hold together really well, in fact, I had to take them apart one by one. Not really my kind of thing, but if you’ve always wanted to do a puzzle in the rain, or while bathing, this would definitely be a good choice.

The edge pieces came pre-assembled in a separate bag. I couldn’t be botherd to attach them. The piece count (300) was without the edges, since the part I completed was exactly 300 pieces.

Cute Owls, Pintoo, 300 pieces. Completed on June 2, 2022.

The Motorcycle Show 1, 2022-05-21

This is the first puzzle in a set of two by Falcon. I’m not a huge fan of Falcon, I find the pieces often fit where they don’t belong, but with an image like this, it doesn’t matter much. I didn’t actually find that pieces fit where they don’t belong this time, but I still didn’t like the fit. It felt slightly off, the pieces just didn’t fit together as well as I would wish.

The Motorcycle Show 1, Falcon, 500 pieces. Completed on May 21, 2022.

Tibet Wheel of Life, 2022-05-20

This puzzle was not easy, but it was a pleasure from start to finish. The quality was excellent, the best kind of Pomegranate. According to the box, the image explanes the concepts of Buddhism, and images like this are placed outside temples, so that people who can’t read can also understand the teachings. The artist is unknown but presumed Tibetan.

Galaxy of Horrors, 2022-05-16

As some of you may have noticed, I’ve haven’t posted in a few weeks. The reason for that is that my father died unexpectedly while I was in Dortmund. I came back to Helsinki early, and I’ve not really had the time or inclination to post about my puzzling. I have been puzzling a bit, though, and I had already finished some puzzles before all this.Β Here’s the first one of those.

This is a collage of posters for imaginary space-themed horror movies, similar to the imaginary space travel posters. I loved everything about it!

Galaxy of Horrors, New York Puzzle Complany, 1000 pieces. Completed on May 16, 2022.

Board Game Shelfie, 2022-05-02

Another Lautapelit.fi puzzle, this one much easier than the stamps, but the quality wasn’t as good. This is more like what I’ve come to expect from Lautapelit.fi, which is OK quality, but you have to pay attention in order not to place pieces wrong. I wouldn’t get a puzzle of theirs with large areas of the same colour, but this was very enjoyable and it came together fast.

Board Game Shelfie, Lautapelit.fi, 1000 pieces. Completed on May 2, 2022.

I’ve hardly played any board games in the past 25 or so years, so it’s hardly surprising that the only games I know I’ve played are Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly (or in this case, the Finnish version Monopoli). There are two more games that I’ve played as computer games, Civilization and Port Royale, but clearly, I’m not much of a board game enthusiast. I guess I prefer the puzzles, and I wish they’d make a similar image with puzzles instead of board games πŸ™‚

Finnish Stamps, 2022-04-29

I was sort of dreading this collage of Finnish stamps, but it turned out to be very enjoyable. The fact that there were so many small images made it difficult, of course, but I found the stamps so interesting that I didn’t mind. I was also afraid that the same stamps would recur many times, as happened with the Finnish Matchboxes puzzle, but there was only a few doubles. The quality was excellent, the best I’ve seen from Lautapelit.fi (a board game store that also has its own line of puzzles).

Finnish Stamps, Lautapelit.fi, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 29, 2022.

On the left, president Urho Kekkonen (in office from 1956 to 1983; presidents now only get a maximum of two terms of six years) and the ice hockey world championship 1974, on the right, a stamp celebrating the 400 year anniversary of Helsinki in 1950.

There were a lot of nature-themed stamps, here some mushrooms and a bluethroat. Most stamps have a set value, and if the postage becomes more expensive, you have to add more stamps, but the bluebird is a stamp for a first class letter, and it’s valid forever. This seemed like a really good deal in the 90s, when we still kept in touch with our friends with actual letters, so of course I bought a lot of them. I still have some of these stamps, because, of course, letters are now mostly a thing of the past.