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LIFE: The Great Challenge   -   by Royce B. McClure
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  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN PENNSYLVANIA, USA
October 10, 2007
The Nero Family: Dan, Brenda, Patrick and Eric   -   New Castle, Pennsylvania, USA

Started Sept 11 and finished October 10, 2007.   (29 days and 3 hours.)

I didn't log our progress from day to day with pics, which was stupid of me, but when I do a puzzle, my mind is on that and that's all! We started on Sept 11 and ended October 10. And loved every minute of it!!!

Below is a picture of the LIFE puzzle with me and my wife, Brenda. And another one with our boys, Patrick and Eric. The puzzle arrived on Tuesday, September 11th and we began the sorting process that evening. We used a 4 x 8 sheet of panelling to begin the assembling process. We first assembled the outside pieces and then started dividing pieces based on color and objects. It took us approximately 10 days to complete the first section. We did the remaining three sections basically the same as the first section. After sorting pieces, we would complete as many individual objects as possible, such as: balloons, fish, animals, etc. We finished the second section in 8 days, the third in 6 days, and the fourth in 5 days, for a total of 29 days and 3 hours.

We assembled 1/4" luan boards and 3/8" OSB boards using 1/2" staples and brad nails. We made the boards wider than the actual puzzle to accommodate the framing trim around the puzzle. We used commercial grade wallpaper paste as the adhesive. We applied the glue directly to the boards and placed the puzzle on top of the glue, one section at a time. After drying for a couple of days, three guys from work helped me hang the puzzle on our wall in the basement. Trim boards were painted and attached to the edges of the puzzle to frame it.

We really don't have a specific favorite area. We enjoyed the whole puzzle. It was easy to become lost in the assembly process! Every possible moment was spent working on this puzzle. It was truly a family effort.

We have also done two 18,000 piece puzzles: Old World Maps and Cities of the World. They are both hanging on walls in rooms upstairs in our house. We have also done puzzles ranging from 3,000 - 9,000 pieces. I have always enjoyed doing puzzles since I was small.

We are waiting for the next 20,000+ piece puzzle to come out. Might have to build another room to accommodate it, though!

Dan, Brenda, Patrick and Eric Nero, New Castle, PA, USA.

FIRST IN PENNSYLVANIA, USA

FIRST IN PENNSYLVANIA, USA


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