Beer Coasters, 2021-12-28

This collage was just as entertaining as it looks, and I loved every minute of it. While there are many beers that I recognize, such as Heineken, Sol, Foster’s and Guiness, the really big German brands are missing (no Paulaner, Warsteiner, Bitburger, Erdinger, or Beck, for example. There are some German beers in there, but the only one I really know is KΓΆlsch. Oh well, it was still a very entertaining assembly!

Beer Coasters, Piatnik, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 28, 2021.

Three Owls, 2021-05-24

Well, this one slipped through the cracks! I did this back in May, apparently, but forgot to blog about it. I did, however, make a note in my database, which is how I know exactly when I completed it. Sadly, I can barely remember it, but it looks nice. Except for the tree, that was probably a bit difficult.

Three Owls by Karla Gerard, Anatolian, 500 pieces. Completed on May 24, 2021.

Who Said That?, 2021-12-25

I usually spend the days before Christmas cooking and baking, and in between I like to place a few pieces, of course. This time I had something a little bit different, courtesy of Stacey at My Jigsaw Journal. A puzzle, where half the pieces have a picture of a person, and the other half a quote, and your task is to connect the quotes to the person who said it. The pieces will fit more or less anywhere, but there are some small hints (photo from instructions on the box):

It was really difficult, and I had to refer to the poster quite a lot, but it was also great fun, and somehow especially well suited to Christmas. There were quite I few people I had never heard of, and lots of very familiar quotes that I had no idea who had said them πŸ™‚

I won’t post a photo of the finished puzzle, although I’m not sure it would count as a spoiler, since you definitely wouldn’t be able to make out the text (which, for my poor old eyes, could definitely have been bigger). It was “only” 504 pieces, but the finished puzzle was as big as a 1500 or a 2000 piece regular puzzle

Thank you Stacey, this was a lot of fun and perfect for Christmas!

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.

Relax on Kepler-16b, 2021-12-18

I’ve actually done this image once before, it was part of a Cobble Hill collage with posters for (imaginary) space travel. Kepler-16b is a planet in another solar system, one with two suns, and it’s 200 light years from earth, so I don’t think anyone will be visiting anytime soon πŸ™‚

Relax on Kepler-16b, New York Puzzle Company, 500 pieces.

Especially the white part was a bit more difficult than I would have expected, but still very enjoyable. The pieces were larger than usual, so that the puzzle was almost the size of a regular 1000-piece puzzle.

Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it! I won’t be doing any Christmas puzzles this year.

Cambridge Rooftops, 2021-12-17

My first Wentworth. I’ve had this for almost two years, and I got it for next to nothing in a lot with many other puzzles. Nice, but more difficult than I would have expected for a 250 piece puzzle.

Cambridge Rooftops by Tim Rawle, Wentworth Wooden Puzzles, 250 pieces.

Some of these, I don’t know what they are, but the frog is my favourite πŸ™‚

Since Brexit, we have to pay import duties on puzzles ordered from Wentworth, but they reimburse us for those costs, so I may have to place an order in the near future…

Harbourside, 2021-12-16

This was my first Otter House puzzle, and there were many things I liked about it. The image, of course, and the pieces had a really nice finish, and there was a good mix of piece shapes.

Harbourside, Otter House, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 16, 2021.

I also liked the packaging, the box was no larger than it needed to be, and there was no plastic anywhere, the pieces were in a paper bag.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good. The precision of the cut was bad, and pieces would fit where they didn’t belong. With this image, it was always possible to see if a piece belongs or not, but when I place a piece into a corner formed by two other pieces, I don’t want to have to get a magnifying glass to know whether it’s correct or not. There were also two extra pieces, which means someone else is missing two pieces. I really wanted to like this. It’s frustrating when they do so many things right, but fail at the most important thing. I’m not saying I’ll never get another Otter House, but the image will have to be pretty spectacular, and definitely no large areas of the same colour.

The Fantastic Voyage, 2021-12-15

An Aimee Stewart puzzle inspired by Jules Verne (there are several of his books present in the image). I thought it might be a bit too dark, but it was not a problem, and the puzzle was overall a bit easier than I had expected.

The Fantastic Voyage by Aimee Stewart, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on December 15, 2021.

I would love to travel on this train:

Dominant Curve, 2021-12-13

This wonderful Kandinsky painting from 1936 makes a great puzzle. It also happens to be one of the best quality Grafika puzzles I’ve ever done, and the end result was one of of my favourite puzzles ever. And this is the second Kandinsky on that list (The first was Balancement). I’m not sure what makes these so appealing to me, but I love them, and find them almost impossible to leave until the last piece is in place.

Dominant Curve by Kandinsky, Grafika, 1500 pieces. Completed on December 13, 2021.