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  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN OUD-BEIJERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS
January 27, 2008
Florisca Kruit - Oud-Beijerland The Netherlands.

Assembled between 24th November, 2007 and 27th January 2008. (163 hours and 52 minutes of real puzzling time.)

When I saw the puzzle on the internet I immediately knew I wanted to complete this one, I don't know a part of my life I wasn't puzzling, so this one had to be the next challenge. The last few years I collected lots of large puzzles of 9, 12 or 18 thousand pieces. When puzzling you can think over so many things or just listening to some music while your hands keep on finding pieces. For me it's a real relaxation!

FIRST TO COMPLETE IN OUD-BEIJERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS    It took some time to get it here, and first I thought to wait building it till after the busy days of Christmas and New year, but I couldn't resist the box and eventually I started on the 24th of November 2007. I completed the last section on the 27th of January 2008, after 163 hours and 52 minutes of real puzzling time.

As all the others also say the puzzle itself isn't so hard to do. The bright colors and various types of pieces make it easier to handle. Even when you have to make it by lamplight! The part with the birds I found the hardest part to do, the underwaterworld was easier then I expected.

I didn't have the space to complete a section on one table, so I made each section in 3 pieces and stapled this sections. This way I could also use the repetition of the forms of pieces, which makes it easier to complete it.

Because of family-time, my work as a bookkeeper, the holidays and household I could only puzzle short times, so I made a logbook with starting time and finishing time. Each time I started and ended I made a photograph to have a Puzzle-logbook. After all, after finishing it and looking at it for a copple of days I would have to put the pieces back in the box, as if it never had been made.

How the puzzling took place you can see by the photos and logbook I made. Making a photo of the completed puzzle was the hardest thing to do, thanks to the local newspaper I had a good one.

I hope there will be more challenges like this!
Kind regards,

Florisca Kruit,
Oud-Beijerland, The Netherlands 
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