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.

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.

I drive, I come and I stay, 2022-10-05

This was the worst of the duck images! I felt slightly snow blind after finishing, and we haven’t even had the first snow in Helsinki yet. Somehow, the left part (both snow and sky) was easier than the right side. I had about a third of the pieces left when I sorted them by shape, but the shades of white helped a bit even after that. Also, the cut was excellent, with some distinct shapes that helped a lot. It was less painful than I expected it to be.

The duck in this painting looks happy and not at all cranky, and I also think it’s a female duck (has hair in a bun and wears a skirt).

I drive, I come and I stay by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 5, 2022.

One final thing, the title. In Finnish, it’s an elaborate word game, because it has two different meanings. The Finnish title is “(Läpi) ajan, tulen ja jään”, and that can be translated either as “I drive (through), I come and I stay”, or as “Through time, fire and ice”. For the second meaning, you really need that word in parentheses.

American Light, 2022-10-01

Back to the Stenvall ducks! This is one of the very few Stenvall paintings with only an English title (most of them have Finnish titles as well). The image shows a cranky duck holding up a candle against a city with no lights. The sofa is covered with what looks like a combination of the US and Finnish flags – the stars in the US flag have been replaced with a Finnish flag. The painting is from 2003, which means this must be a reference to the Northeast blackout of 2003 – surely anything else would be too much of a coincidence. But I have no idea what – if anything – the artist is trying to say, and I also don’t understand what Finland has to do with the blackout.

American Light by Kaj Stenvall, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 1, 2022.

This was the second time I’ve done this puzzle, I did it in 2017, and it was the first Stenvall puzzle I did. It was a few years later when I decided to collect all the puzzles. The puzzle quality is good, although the fit is quite loose, which I know many people dislike, but I don’t mind. No false fits, though!

Mail By Rail, 2022-09-26 & 2022-09-28

A set of two 500 piece puzzles. Falcon is still not my favourite brand, but this was actually OK. The cut often seems a bit off with Falcon, and there can be false fits, but I saw nothing of that this time. I like the images, for some reason I usually enjoy doing all means of transport – trains, ships, cars – especially if they are vintage. Surprisingly, the image on the top where the train is being loaded at the station was much more difficult than the bottom one. Still not sure why 🙂

Mail By Rail by Marcello Corti, Falcon, 2×500 pieces. Completed on September 26 & 28, 2022.

80’s Nostalgia, 2022-09-24

This was a great puzzle! Everything looks very familiar to me, except I’m not sure what the orange drink is. And those paper 3D glasses! I rememer that many people thought that soon, all movies will be in 3D, but that still hasn’t happened, and quite frankly, I hope it never does.

80’s Nostalgia, Clementoni, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 24, 2022.

L’Adorazione, 2022-09-19

A painting from 1931 by Italian futurist painter Luigi Colombo, who also used the name Fillìa. There’s only the Italian title on the box, the word adorazione means ‘adoration, worship’. I didn’t know of this artist before, but many of his paintings look like they would make very entertaining puzzles (here are some images). He sadly died at the early age of 31 in 1936.

This was the last puzzle I did in Dortmund before returning to Helsinki a week ago. I actually didn’t expect to finish it before leaving, but it turned out to be easier than I thought. I did the red ball first, then the blue cross, then the black shape, then the brown shape and finally the background. Even the background wasn’t too difficult, there was so much variation in shades. Loved it!

L’Adorazione by Luigi Colombo, Grafika, 2000 pieces. Completed on September 19, 2022.

The Goonies, 2022-09-12

This is another installment in the Clementoni Cult Movies Collection, and this time, I haven’t even seen the movie. It’s a 1985 adventure film that looks like it’s intended audience is teenagers, and at 17, I probably felt it was too childish for me 🙂

Anyway, the poster made for a very entertaining puzzle. I worked this one from bottom towards the top, and I actually did the text last.

The Goonies, Clementoni, 500 pieces. Completed on September 12, 2022.

Beachfront Getaway, 2022-09-11

I’ve returned to Finland from my long stay in Dortmund. I drove to Travemünde, and then took a ferry to Helsinki. It takes about 30 hours, and I have to say, I love the full day at sea. I had a lot to do during those final days in Dortmund, but I did manage to do some puzzling.

This was just as pleasant as it looks. Pretty easy, and of course, great quality as usual from Ravensburger.

Beachfront Getaway, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on September 11, 2022.