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LIFE: The Great Challenge   -   by Royce B. McClure
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  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN OUD-BEIJERLAND, THE NETHERLANDS
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN OUD-BEIJERLAND, THE NETHERLANDSJanuary 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. ... View more here.

 


  • FIRST IN USA TO MIX ALL 24,000 PUZZLE PIECES   (note: third in the world).
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE BOTH LIFE PUZZLES   (24,000 and 3,000 piece versions)
  • FIRST IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA.
FIRST IN USA TO MIX ALL 24,000 PUZZLE PIECESFebruary 03, 2008
Bob Hughes  -  Austin, TEXAS, USA

Assembled between 16th of May 2007 and 3rd of February, 2008.

In May 2007, I was doing puzzle framing research and I stumbled across a link for a giant jigsaw. It was the 18,000 Ravensburger Four Worlds puzzle. Intrigued, I kept searching to see if this was indeed the largest jigsaw puzzle. Then I discovered "Life". I ordered it the very next day. It arrived within a few days and I mixed ... View more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MINNESOTA, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MINNESOTA, USA.February 27, 2008
Linda Groskreutz  -   Pemberton, Minnesota, USA.

Assembled between December 27, 2007 and February 27, 2008.

I received this puzzle for Christmas from my children and finished it in 62 days. I had a little bit of help from my daughter and a couple of her friends. It then took my husband 6 months to get it framed and to find a wall to hang it on.

It was a fun puzzle to put together because of the picture being so "busy" and colorful. I also have a 9,000 piece puzzle of the "Tower of Babel" by Ravensburger ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN CALIFORNIA.
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MARTINEZ, CA.
FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN CALIFORNIA.February 29, 2008
Janet Klasey  -  Martinez, CA. USA

Assembled between May 8th, 2007 and February 29th 2008

My name is Janet Klasey, I am 23 years old, and I have been doing puzzles for as long as I can remember. Starting out with those little wooden 10 piece puzzles and now completing the biggest in the world. It was a little mind boggling when I had finally finished it. I ordered the puzzle at ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN UKRAINE.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN UKRAINEMarch 07, 2008
Ivan Shovkoplyas - Kharkov, Ukraine

Assembled between April 2007 and beginning of March 2008

Hi. I'm Ivan Shovkoplyas from Kharkov, Ukraine.
Previously I'd never been interested in jigsaw puzzles but my brother Alex loves puzzles and has completed Historical World Maps (18,000 pc) and Jungle Scenes (18,000 pc). My son bought this great jigsaw in the UK last spring and brought it to the Ukraine in April 2007. ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN CZECH REPUBLIC.
  • FIRST FAMILY TO COMPLETE IN CZECH REPUBLIC
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN CZECH REPUBLIC.March 15, 2008
The Nedbálek Family: Ctirad & Jirina and their two sons: Lukas (6) and Michal (5)    -    Prague, Czech Republic

Assembled between November 2007 and Mid March 2008

We bought the LIFE Puzzle in November 2007 and it was much more a coincidence than an intention. Our list of previous puzzle successes only contains two 1000 pieces puzzles and one wouldn't describe us as some extreme puzzle fans. However ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA, USAMarch 23rd, 2008
Eileen Kuljis - San Pedro, California, USA

Assembled between Feb 17th, 2008 and March 23rd 2008 (35 days)

My name is Eileen Kuljis, I'm from San Pedro, California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
I didn't even know there was a site for this. Having completed the puzzle I was just looking to see if you made any others when I found the 'Hall of Fame'. I've had the puzzle since the end of last year but haven't had time to assemble it until recently. ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN CANADA.
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA
FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN CANADA.March 24, 2008
Peter Buote - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Assembled between May 28, 2007 - March 24, 2008

Hello, My name is Peter Buote and I live outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in a place called Goffs. I completed the 'LIFE' jigsaw puzzle as four (4) sections.
I have had this puzzle since May 28, 2007 and have been working on it since (off and on). I have found the puzzle to be very detailed as I began to put this together ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MEXICO.
  • FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN MEXICO.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MEXICO!April 2, 2008
Anabell Perez Munoz   -   Puebla, Mexico.
Assembled between Mid-August 2007 and 2nd of April 2008
(Time: approximately 4 months - as had a break in the middle.)

My name is P. Anabell Perez Muñoz, I'm from Puebla, Mexico, I'm 46 years old and I did the puzzle on my own; well, my husband put in 10 pieces (ha, ha). I started to build the puzzle in mid August 2007 but unfortunately my father-in-law died in November 2007 so I had to stop assembling it due to the mourning; I took it up again at the end ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN WASHINGTON, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN WASHINGTON, USA.6 April 2008
The Cowin Family & Friends - Wapato, Washington.
Assembled between 1 Feb and 6 April 2008   (Time: 612 hours)

We did it !!!!!! We finished the "Worlds Largest Puzzle"!!! We, the Cowin Family of Wapato, Washington, started it on Feb 1st and finished the last section April 4th. April 6th we brought each of the 4 sections together! After we took lots of pictures we took the 4 sections apart again so we could get ready to move it to the youth room wall at church. This puzzle ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN BATAVIA, ILLINOIS, USA.
  • THIRD IN ILLINOIS, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN BATAVIA, ILLINOIS, USA. April 7, 2008
Tony Miele   -   Batavia, Illinois.
Assembled between December 24th 2007 and April 7th 2008.

Over the years I have done more 100 to 5000 piece puzzles then I can remember or count. I was on vacation in Panama City Beach, Florida and while in a shopping Mall I saw a puzzle store that had dispalyed on one wall a huge puzzle. It was a 18,000 piece puzzle and I asked the owner what was the biggest puzzle that he had. He showed me the 24,000 World's largest puzzle and when I saw it I loved the picture. ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ALCOI, SPAIN.
  • FIRST IN SPAIN TO MIX ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ALCOI, SPAIN.April 12, 2008
Xavier Ponsoda i Martí - Alcoi, Spain.
Assembled between October 6th 2007 and April 12th 2008.
(Time: About 381 hours during 57 days.)

Hello, I'm from Alcoi. This is a very nice town in the south-east of Spain, with a lot of history, landscapes, traditions and good food. This is a short description of the making of the puzzle. A challenge that has lasted during weekends between ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE IN GERMANY.
FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE IN GERMANY.April 23, 2008
Eutiner Werkstätten, (a workplace for handicapped people in Germany)

Assembled between September 2007 and April 2008

Hey, we've finished!
We have puzzled 3 hours in the week, and two of us have puzzled a part at home. We are very happy that we have finished and now the puzzle is complete and hanging ...   View more here.

 


  • FIRST IN SOUTH AMERICA.
  • FIRST IN PANAMA, REPUBLIC OF PANAMA.
FIRST IN SOUTH AMERICA.April 26, 2008
Adalberto Alguero   -   Panama, Republic of Panama.

Assembled between October 2nd, 2007 and April 26th, 2008.

Hi, my name is Adalberto Alguero.
My brother in-law bought the puzzle and sent it to me here in Panama. I completed the puzzle in about 7 months by myself, I am a Professor at the University of Panama and in my spare time, about 500 hours and a lot of patience, I finished it two days ago. ...   Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ASIA
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN PHILIPPINES.
  • FIRST IN PHILIPPINES TO MIX ALL 24,000 PIECES TOGETHER BEFORE COMMENCING.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN PHILIPPINES.April 28, 2008
Gemberly Tan-Cagalingan   -   Binondo, Manila, Philippines.
Assembled between January 6th 2008 and April 28th 2008
(Time: 233 hours and 5 minutes.)

I am Gemberly Tan-Cagalingan, 26 years old, from Philippines. I am glad I
have finished the puzzle already all by myself, a task that is an adventure
to do. I hope I am the first one to finish it in Asia and ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ODESSA, UKRAINE.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ODESSA, UKRAINE.May 07, 2008
Alexander Nabochenko   -   Odessa, Ukraine.
Assembled between February 20th 2008 and May 7th 2008.

Greetings, my name is Nabochenko Alexander. I am 26 years old and from the city of Odessa, Ukraine. I have taken a great interest in puzzles for a long time. I really love it as it calms me and develops my personal qualities..)))) In my collection I have puzzles of different sizes - totaling nearly 50,000 pieces. Some pictures from my collection are: ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST USA INTRA-STATE COLLABORATION.
  • FIRST PUZZLING FOR A CAUSE.
FIRST USA INTRA-STATE COLLABORATION.May 08, 2008
Illinois 'Supportive Living' residents throughout the state of Illinois, USA.
Assembly time: Over 2,000 hours involving 150 people.

In a symbolic gesture of gratitude and recognition, Illinois Supportive Living residents from Brookstone Estates of Paris, Quincy Supportive Living for Seniors, Cambridge House of Maryville and Victory Centre of Bartlett, their families and staff participated in a nine-week collaborative effort to complete "The World's Largest Puzzle" ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ENGLAND.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  THE UNITED KINGDOM.May 10, 2008
Aaron Strothard   -   Benfleet, Essex, England.
Assembled between January 4th, 2008 and May 10th, 2008
(Estimated time taken - 360 hours.)

Aaron Strothard. Age: 22.
Estimate of hours taken: 360hrs!! That works out to about 20 hrs a week. As I do not have it in one complete puzzle yet I only have the picture in sections, as soon as I get it up on the wall I will send you a new picture. I do not have kids of my own but my wife ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FRANCE.
  • FIRST IN FRANCE TO MIX ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FRANCEMay 11, 2008
Sylvie Lanceau   -   near Biarritz, Aquitaine, France.
Assembled between February 2008 and mid May 2008 (100 days.)

Hello, My name is Sylvie and I am from West South of France, a beautiful village near Biarritz.
My children and my husband purchased the puzzle in December 2007 and gave it to me for Christmas. ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH, TEXAS, USA.May 14, 2008
Brad Stoller   -   Colleyville, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, USA.
Assembled between December 2nd 2007 and May 14th 2008
(approximately 126 hours.)

My name is Brad Stoller and I live in Colleyville, TX, which is in-between Dallas and Fort Worth.
I have been an avid puzzle lover my entire life, getting the "bug" from my dad.

I usually do 1000 piece puzzles and larger, if I can find them. ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ALICANTI, SPAIN.
  • SECOND IN SPAIN.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ALICANTI, SPAIN.May 15, 2008
José Escandel   -   Alicanti, SPAIN.
Assembled between February 2008 and May 2008.

José Escandell, 62 years old, received this gigantic puzzle as a gift from his son Reyes.

He began assembling it in February 2008, aided at times by his son and his daughter-in-law, and finished the puzzle in three months. In addition, it took 2 extra months to frame the puzzle, which now hangs in the living room of his house and in a ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN DENMARK.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  DENMARK.June 22, 2008
Simon  -  Solrød Strand, Denmark.
Assembled between 25 December 2007 and 22 June 2008.

Hi my name is Simon, and I live in Solrød Strand in Denmark.
I started the puzzle just before Christmas 2007, and finished it the 22nd of June 2008. Sorry I haven't written before, but I am not very good at writing in English, and that's also the reason this text is short. I'll maybe write more later on. The second largest puzzle I have ever done is just 2000 pieces, so I feared this puzzle would take a very long time to complete, ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN IDAHO, USA
  • FIRST LIBRARY IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE
FIRST  TO COMPLETE IN IDAHO, USA.June 26, 2008
Patrons of the Troy Public Library  -   Troy, Idaho, USA.
Assembled between December 17th 2007 and June 26th 2008.

Last night, Thursday, June 26 at 6:25pm:
5 children, all regular puzzlers, each put a finger on the 23,999th piece of the world's largest jigsaw puzzle and slid it into place: Carissa Kruger Bailey, Jamie & Seth Lunders, Ceilidh McElroy, proud moms Ann McElroy and Sheila Lunders witnessed the placing of the last piece ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FLORIDA, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FLORIDA, USAJune 30, 2008
Linwood and Valieta Small   -   Navarre, Florida, USA.
Started April 24th, 2008  -   Completed June 30, 2008 (67 days!)

My wife and I were sick over the winter months so we were bored and started doing small puzzles, then we saw the World's Largest Puzzle online but we had to finish the other puzzles we had.

We were cramped for space in our home so we worked in our dining room using sawhorses and placed a piece of plywood on them, covered it with fabric and ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ISRAEL.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  ISRAEL.July 11, 2008
Hanny and Tomer Shalev and of course baby Hadar  -  Raa'nana, Israel
Assembled between Sept 21st, 2007 (Yom Kifur Eve) and July 11, 2008.
(Delay of 3-4 months in middle, due to pregnancy.)

It is amazing to see where my hobby, that started years and years ago, when I was about 8 years old is taking me now that I am 38.... There were many articles and TV shows lately, after so many years that whenever I told someone what is my hobby, which is big jigsaw puzzles, everybody were puzzled and thought that I am insane ....

Last year I bought an 18,000 pcs puzzle because I thought it was the biggest in the world and a month later "Life" came out, so I had to buy it of course.... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LA LINEA DE LA CONCEPCION, SPAIN.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LA LINEA DE LA CONCEPCION, SPAIN.July 19, 2008
Fernando Moreno Medina  -   La Linea de la Concepcion, Andalucia, Spain.
Assembled between March 10 and July 19 2008 - 216 hours.

I am fascinated by puzzles. I have been doing puzzles for 5 years, The first was 1000 pieces, and so on until all the walls of my house were filled. Among these I have 6 of 1000, 4 x 3000, 1 x 5000 and 1 of 6000 pieces, apart from that I have done some as gifts.

When I saw the puzzle 'Life' I did not think twice and I bought it straight away, it was amazing to see so many colors. I started the puzzle on March 10 and completed it on Saturday July 19 with a total of 216 hours of work which implies 9 days of work. .... Read more here.


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