DaVici, 450 pieces. Nice colors that made for steady assembly. I liked the themed connectors on this one even better than the others! Also some very nice multipiece bear whimsies, and a series of bears running along the bottom. 4/5
Two kinds of bears, two kinds of birds, squirrel, bunny
DaVici, 300 pieces. Some of my favorite Artifacts are the ones with themed connectors, and this DaVici puzzle has some great themed, repeating connectors. A colorful picture and some cat whimsies round it out for a very nice experience. 3/5
Visible: cat head connector, fish tail, turtle, goldfish
300 pieces, DaVici. Double-sided puzzle with very bright colors, just enough different to allow assembly. Weird thing: the printing seemed to be off on one side--you can see there's a section of the blue flowers that doesn't seem quite right. But on the other side, almost all of those pieces look like they're perfectly in place. It's as if a section was messed up and was recut, but not quite aligned with the rest of the picture--something that laser cutting makes possible. Still, a bunch of fun to do, with lots of mother and child whimsies. 3/5
Puzzlemonk, 245 pieces. The splattery style of the underlying image created some difficult areas! Another great, larger Puzzlemonk--tiger/cat whimsies are always welcome, but the real strength is the fantastic regular pieces with their curves and arrows that make unexpected connections. 7/10 Stave scale.
Liberty, 468 pieces. Nice color mix made for a good challenge. The whimsy couple sharing a table seemed more garden-themed than city-themed, this time, as if reading a newspaper and enjoying the weather. Unfortunately, and unusually for a Liberty, this had three broken pieces straight from Liberty! The good news is that the Liberty pieces are thick enough that wood glue usually does the trick, and I think it ended up looking fine. 3/5
Artifact (Ecru), 138 pieces. Small piece count, large pieces with branching repeated shapes, pleasant to do--I like a good cat theme. The cat whimsies integrated into the edges were a particularly nice touch. One bit of sadness: the Ecru box is terribly constructed/glued; unlike other Artifact boxes, it fell apart at two separate seams, basically as soon as I touched it. 3/5