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  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NEVADA, USA
August 3, 2007
Aaron Peddicord, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

154 hours - solo.

 

Hello, my name is Aaron Peddicord, I'm 26, and I'm a poker dealer in Las Vegas. I got this puzzle in May 07 and began working on it in the evenings after work. I only had a few hours a night to work on this so 'days wise' it took me a long time, but 'time wise' I think I did pretty well with a final time of 154 hours.

For the most part it was very enjoyable. As with any large puzzle, the worst part was all the sorting. Since each section had many distinct parts, once all the sorting was done it wasn't that hard to put each area together. I have always found that you can never do enough sorting. You feel like you are wasting time, but in the end it goes a lot quicker, this includes separating by image/color and shape. I found the hardest parts to be the birds and the underwater city which, unfortunately, was the last part I put together. I was so close to the end and then spent about 10 hours on that one little area.

The easiest, and most fun parts, were the balloons and sailboats. For anyone who has ever liked puzzles, you HAVE to do this one! I have been working puzzles for as long as I can remember. I've also completed the 12,000 piece New York Skyline puzzle by Ravensburger, the 18,000 piece World Maps by Ravensburger, the new 18,000 Cities of the World by Ravensburger as well as many other large count puzzles from Educa, Ravensburger, and Piatnik.

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