Sarah Gentry, Mel’s Belles, Liberty

I really enjoyed “Mel’s Belles” (who’s Mel, I wonder?) by Sarah Gentry, a Liberty puzzle of a bouquet of flowers, which came in a Hoefnagel pack along with the Rex Ray “Alistair” puzzle. I requested the pack because of Rex Ray, but ended up enoying the Sarah Gentry puzzle even more! Maybe I was just […]
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Big Ben by Eduardo Calzado, BCB

11.5″ x 14.5″, 400 pieces, handcut by Brookie Biglands (BCB Puzzles), via Hoefnagel. Yes, the swirly sky took a long time. Lovely feel to this puzzle.
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Fall Bloom by Chris Huang, Liberty

Fall Bloom by Chris Huang, from Liberty Puzzles. A relatively quick and easy solve. I liked the variety of patterns in the art, and the Liberty-style whimsies, both single-piece and multi-piece. I really liked how all the arachnid whimsies were in the soil …. On the art … are all these trees with their roots […]
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three-fer

Three-fer — three puzzles, three people … plus a cat. A fun family puzzling afternoon. Ash knocked off the hand-puzzle from Chestnut and Hemlock pretty quickly — felt very challenged initially but then pulled it together. I made minimal contributions. The Wentworth chocolates mini puzzle also went fast — Michele got the last piece in, […]
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ELMS, Cats and Owls

Ash and I knocked off a couple of beautiful little puzzles from ELMS (previously known as Waterford (previously known as ELMS)) — First, this very cute little owl mini-puzzle — “Owl Town” by Oxana Zaika, about 15 pieces — then this beautiful small cat puzzle, “Christie, Posky and Zelly on a Deco Rug.” We really […]
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Lollipop Lollipop by Nel Whatmore

A Wentworth puzzle, of a fun modern, almost abstract, floral, “Lollipop Lollipop”, by Nel Whatmore. Assembled, it’s not abstract — just modern — but all the little pieces individually look like abstract, airbrush or almost kind of a Jackson Pollock vibe, but without the lines …. Anyway, it’s really pretty, visually striking, and the printing […]
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Highland Cattle Wentworth mini

Cheerful little 40-piece puzzle of Highland Cattle — four cow whimsies and a little tree whimsy. Highland cows — can’t go wrong. And, I really love the little call-out to The Story of Ferdinand (or at least, that’s how I’m taking it).
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Snowflake Blue Heron

A second Snowflake — I liked the subject matter of this one much, much better than the other one. Still challenging in terms of its colors, but the heron was pleasant to assemble. Mark Whitesell is credited, I suppose for the photo and not the puzzle cut.
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Enchantment Lakes Snowflake

Snowflake, a new puzzle cutter to me, who is (per Hoefnagel) not currently cutting — but previously at Etsy. Unfortunately I was so eager to try this puzzle cutter that I went with an appealing title “Enchantment Lakes” even though I didn’t see the image, and it was the kind of landscape puzzle that I […]
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Tom Thomson, Soft Maple in Autumn

Lovely puzzle from Stumpcraft, Tom Thomson’s “Soft Maple in Autumn” — sneaky puzzle cutting from Jasen Robillard, too; lots of little “fishies” cut out that made shapes look like they would take a convex instead of a concave (or vice versa). I particularly liked the unusual canoe cutout of a person carrying a canoe on […]
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Bumfuzzled 3, reprise in the Key of Zeniba

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Mr Gogo Fractal

My second Mr. Gogo; this one, a really difficult visual challenge with limited colors in a fractal (highly repetitive) design. Fun puzzling — but I don’t think this kind of image is my bag. On the other hand, Michele found it extremely arresting, and described it as perhaps the most exciting image they’ve seen in […]
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Soaring to New Heights – Stave

My first Stave! courtesy of the Hoefnagle Club. “Soaring to New Heights” (2023, 145 pieces, 4 swords Teaser). Well, Stave lives up to their reputation. Really challenging! I used a reference image of the solved puzzle to help me out whenever I was super stuck. The reference images … were not perfect matches with my […]
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Bumfuzzled 3 – 34 Keys

I really enjoyed the key theme. And, like the other Bumfuzzled, the puzzle was a bit more challenging than it looked like it was going to be — not really hard, but a fun way to focus attention. (Including the different shades of wood.) Minor critiques! The little drop-outs had not always been disconnected fully […]
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Cocktail Time

This puzzle was super-fun — even when one of my cats stood on my precariously balanced puzzle board and knocked it over. The puzzle wasn’t hard — biggish pieces, bright colors & chunks of background, lots of words … but really enjoyable. I enjoy some vintage nostalgia (but note that people of color existed back […]
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