Someone said I should relax, get into the zone and calmly work on my jigsaw puzzles. I have no idea what they could be thinking. This is a competitive sport. This is like James Bond defusing a nuclear bomb at Fort Knox as in Goldfinger. I do this for the excitement.
I just finished Ecru – Jethro Buck’s Forest and had a great time. I now have a forestry degree in imaginary tree species. This tactically is much like Artifact –Jeyselle Solentiname’s Jungle. Over an intense study session one becomes experts at leaf discernment. Not to complain, it is a lot of fun.
This was Ecru Mystery Puzzle #8, the fun with Mystery puzzles is one is not supposed to look at the image on the box, now that it has been repackaged I guess It is OK. Puzzle is rated by Artifact as “Average” but by peeking I cut the factory estimate of 5 hrs 15 minutes down to 2 hrs 50 minutes.
There is a lot of detail in most every large tree. Numerous birds, and squirrels for example. By finding all that detail it greatly helps when placing pieces. Had I not peeked five some hours would have been a reasonable time.
Often Artifact uses the middle 95% of an artwork so you can’t cheat and use the picture to create the edge. This is the first time in my experience they did the reverse and the puzzle is larger than the image. Notice the tiny hermit sitting in the cave half way up on the right hand side; he isn’t on the box at all. Surprise!
Recently Artifact has become a lot more explicit about which puzzles have what kind of irregular edges. How unfortunate. Some cry babies on Amazon were deducting one point because they did not get exactly what was imaged on the box. It is an adult puzzle not a jet fighter that one must land on a carrier deck at night. No one is going to die if a few of your brain cells now have stretch marks. Grow up you cry babies.
I can recommend this puzzle both as a solo or family project. My Zen like friends can extend their ecstasy by not peeking.