Garage Sale, 2022-10-05

I needed something colourful after that snow, and this was a great “palate cleanser”. Schmidt puzzles are excellent quality, and the fit is also tight enough to move around “islands” easily. Loved it!

Garage Sale by Aimee Stewart, Schmidt, 500 pieces. Completed on October 5, 2022.

Happy World, 2022-07-25

Schmidt currently has a series of puzzles with images of candy from German candy manufacturer Haribo. Most of them – in fact all except this – look way too difficult. There’s one with a heap of gummy bears – and they’re not sorted according to colour. With this, of course, it was easy to pick out the pieces for the various stripes, although assembling them turned out to be a bit more challenging than I had expected. Still, a really nice puzzle, I loved it.

Happy World, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on July 25, 2022.

No Tie, Please, 2022-04-03

This was so much fun! The image is by German cartoon artist Uli Stein, and the woman is saying “Why can’t you just say straight out that you don’t want a tie for your birthday this year?” The name of the puzzle in German is “Keinen Schlips Bitte!”, I’ve translated it in the title of the post.

Keinen Schlips Bitte! by Uli Stein, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 3, 2022.

The different colours and patterns of the ties made for a very entertaining puzzle, and the reasonably calm background also made it easy. This was the fourth puzzle I’ve done from my local charity shop in Dortmund, and the first to have all the pieces.

On the back of the box, there were more puzzles with images by Uli Stein, but I can’t remember having seen any of them previously. They all look like fun!

Our World, 2021-12-22

A world map that’s been sitting in my to-do pile since 2007. The quality was good (it’s a Schmidt, they are even better now). Putting together the continents was fairly easy, I’ve done so many maps that I’ve become pretty good at it. The water is always more difficult, and this was true even though they had done a good job of marking a lot of currents and small islands, so that there were virtually no pieces with just water and nothing else. The dark blue border was also harder than I expected.

Our World, Schmidt, 2000 pieces. Completed on December 22, 2021.

In the Sewing Room, 2021-12-04

This puzzle was so much fun! I started on Friday after work, and then stayed up the entire night because I just couldn’t stop.

In the Sewing Room by Steve Read, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 4, 2021.

As an extra challenge, there are 15 objects present in the puzzle that are missing from the box image, although inside the box there’s a complete image with the missing objects circled. This was the kind of image where I only glanced at the box a couple of times anyway, it was quite easy. Schmidt has done the same thing with several Steve Read images, and you’re supposed to find all the missing object after you’re done. I did spot some of them, but couldn’t be bothered to find them all.

The quality was fantastic, as is usual with Schmidt.

View from the Conservatory, 2021-01-20

It’s been a while since I did a Schmidt puzzle, and was reminded again what an excellent brand this is. A few years ago I did a Schmidt where the fit was looser than usual and the precision of the cut wasn’t all that good, but this was fantastic. The fit is a bit tighter than Ravensburger or Heye, which is fine when working on the puzzle, but a bit annoying when taking it apart, unless you’re prepared to leave it practically assembled for the next puzzler.

Anyway, this was enjoyable from start to finish. Great image and great quality!

View from the Conservatory by Dominic Davison, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on January 20, 2021.

Map of Germany, 2020-04-19

So, guess where I am? That’s right, I’m finally back in Dortmund. I flew in yesterday, on a flight with only about 20 people and walked through two ghostly airports. I’ll return to Helsinki in a week, and then I’ll have to quarantine for 14 days. I already prepared by buying plenty of supplies, and I’ll bring fresh fruit and vegetables from Germany. When I did this puzzle in April I had no idea when I would be able to get to Dortmund, and I was feeling rather wistful.

Anyway, the puzzle was easier than I expected, and so much fun.

Map of Germany, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on April 19, 2020.

I did the border first, then the water in the north (there’s not much of it, compared to Finland) and the neighbouring countries (all white). I was expecting the rest to be difficult, but the background colour helped quite a lot, it was green in the lower regions in the north and more brown/yellow in the mountains in the south.


Along the border, there are the coats of arms of the states with size and the state capital. Below is the coat of arms of North Rhine-Westphalia, not the biggest state but by far the most populous. The capital is Düsseldorf, although the biggest city (and the only one with over a million inhabitants) is Cologne (Köln in German). Dortmund is the third-largest city in NRW.


There’s also a small map with the states and capitals.


Here’s a close-up of the area I know best. Many times I have flown to Düsseldorf and taken a train that first goes north to Duisburg, then turns east towards Dortmund over Essen and Bochum. I did this yesterday, for the first time in four months.


I loved this puzzle and will definitely keep it to do again.


Antonio, 2007-11-29

It’s one year today since I started this blog. To celebrate here’s a slightly naughty picture of a naked man sleeping. Notice how the glare conveniently doubles as censorship 🙂

Antonio, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 29th, 2007.

Black and white images are always difficult, and this was no exception.

While I don’t have a picture without glare, I do have one where the glare is in a different place. So, if you want to see what the glare is covering in the picture above, here it is:


Rio de Janeiro, 2018-01-23

A colourful collage with touristy images of Brazil. I think this was the first 3000-piece puzzle that was in two bags for me. I felt a bit of a cheat, but I  didn’t mix the bags. That way, I the table was enough and I didn’t have to use auxiliary pieces of cardboard. It was an enjoyable puzzle, I especially appreciated the colours.

Rio de Janeiro, Schmidt, 3000 pieces. Completed on January 23rd, 2018.