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LIFE: The Great Challenge   -   by Royce B. McClure
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  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN STAFFORDSHIRE, UK
  • SECOND TO COMPLETE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN STAFFORDSHIRE, UKJuly 29, 2008
Eric Smith: - Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.

Assembled between January 2008 and mid July 2008.

It took me (solo) about 179 days, that's approximately 537 hours and I enjoyed every minute!

Eric has had about a dozen newspaper articles written about his completing this super large puzzle. Here is a compilation of what they had to say:

Puzzle-loving Eric Smith, 73, a retired sales manager, is celebrating after completing the world's biggest jigsaw (24,000 pieces) - luckily with no pieces missing!

He says: "This is the nicest jigsaw I have ever done and I am really chuffed at how quick I have done it". View more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LORRAINE, FRANCE.
  • SECOND IN FRANCE.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LORRAINE, FRANCE.July 2008
Denis Boyez   -   Meuse near Bar le Duc, Lorraine, France.
Assembled between February 2008 and July 2008.

We are French and live in Lorraine. My husband has just finished this jigsaw that we gave him for his birthday on February 8th, 2008. He has just completed it in July 2008, while at the same time continuing all his work and outdoor activities.

The assembly had many challenges .. not only for its realization but also the installation on the wall. After much trial and error we found a technique where we assembled pieces on baking paper and then pasted them with a specific product directly on .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN PORTUGAL.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  PORTUGAL.August 2, 2008
Roberto Galvez Martin   -   Lisbon, Portugal.
Assembled between January 12th 2008 and August 2nd 2008.

Dear friends, First of all I congratulate the producers of this magnificent puzzle and website. The website has meant not only a record for those who have made it possible, but also a recognition for people after they have spent a lot of patience finally completing the puzzle.

My name is Roberto Galvez Martin and although I am Spanish, I currently reside in Lisbon for employment purposes. In my case, this puzzle was a Christmas gift in 2007 and it initially appeared that whoever gave it to me wanted revenge for something. However, anyone who knows me knows that I am not one to back out of a great challenge, so I decided to tackle it.. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FIRST IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  FIRST IN CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS, USA.August 12, 2008
Robin Sykora  -   Corpus Christi, Texas, USA.
Assembled between March 2008 and 12 August 2008 (6 months to complete)

Robin Sykora, of Corpus Christi, purchased the puzzle online around June 2007. It has 24000 pieces, is 14 feet by 5 feet, and took her a total of 6 months to complete the entire puzzle.

The puzzle came separated into four bags which were each worked on a sheet of plywood and after the final section was completed, with the help of her husband Bryan, daughter Krystle, son-in-law Daniel and her mom Dubby, they finaly got it put together. It took a total of about an hour and a half to complete putting the puzzle sections together to .... read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ILLINOIS, USA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING. (Earlier Illinois completion did not mix all the pieces prior to starting.)
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ILLINOIS, USA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECESAugust 13, 2008
Jerry Cicio ll   -   Granite City, Illinois, USA.
Assembled SOLO between 10 Dec 2007 - 13 August 2008

About 4 years ago, I searched the Internet for the World's largest puzzle and I found the Ravensburger 4 world maps puzzle.

When it came in the mail I couldn't believe how big it was but I mixed together all 18,000 pieces and went to work. I finished almost exactly a year later and told myself never again would I do something like that. That is until it wasn't the largest puzzle in the world any more, so when I saw the 'Life' puzzle I knew that one day it would hang on the other wall by the one I had already finished. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MARYLAND, USA.
  • FIRST COUPLE IN MARYLAND, USA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MARYLAND, USA.August 20, 2008
Todd Levy and Diana Mandelker   -   Odenton, Maryland, USA
Assembled between December '07 and August '08.

I'm Todd. My fiancée, Diana, and I completed the puzzle in four separate sections. We started it in December of '07 and finished in August '08, but didn't do each section consecutively. Each quadrant took us about a month. The total number of pieces that I've put together for puzzles with 2000 or more pieces is now 91,200.

This puzzle was a lot of fun. The picture was so colorful and detail oriented .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN IRAN
  • FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE IN IRAN
  • SECOND TO COMPLETE IN ASIA
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN TEHRAN, IRANAugust 24, 2008
Fatemeh Ghafouriyan - Ali Hassanshahi - Faezeh Ghafouriyan,
Tehran, Iran.

Assembled between 1st of July 2008 and 24th of August, 2008.
(Time : 45 days - as had 10 days break in the middle.)

We are from the beautiful land of Iran. This country is located in the south-west of Asia known as the Middle East.

My husband (24 yrs old) and my sister (17 yrs old) and I (22 yrs old) made the puzzle together. We all are students. My husband and I are going to different Universities where as my sister goes to high school.

Well the story begins when one shiny day my husband and I saw the "World's Largest Puzzle" in .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN COLORADO, USA.
  • FIRST GROUP IN COLORADO.
  • FIRST IN COLORADO TO COMPLETE AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES TOGETHER.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN COLORADO, USA.31 August, 2008
The Kienitz extended Family and Friends (a total of 72!!)   -   Lakewood (Denver), Colorado.
Assembled between December 28, 2007 and August 31, 2008.

Every year for Christmas my mother struggles to find something that each of us will like. It's a really big task because there are so many of us. My parents have five sons and four daughters and all of us are married. The fifteen grandchildren and friends make it even harder. This is what she came up with...The World's Largest Puzzle!!! It has TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND pieces and measures 5 by 14 feet. The largest puzzle previously attempted by anyone in our family is ONE thousand pieces, so this should be quite a challenge. The puzzle came in four bags of 6,000 .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ITALY.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ITALY.16 September, 2008
Lorenzo Paoli   -   Cavedine, Italy.
Assembled between 22 December 2007 and 16 September 2008.

Hello, my name LORENZO PAOLI, I live at CAVEDINE, TRETINO ALTO ADIGE, Italy. I started the puzzle on 22/12/2007 and completed on 16/09/2008, working a few hours at a time in free moments.

I built the puzzle in 4 sections of 6000 pieces. I found the painting very colorful and varied, fun, difficult to construct the sunken city part. .... Read more here.

 


  • YOUNGEST TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE SOLO (15 years)
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN CATALUNYA, SPAIN
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN CATALUNYA, SPAINSeptember 18, 2008
Nil Llorens Gibert  -   Blanes, Catalunya, Spain.
Assembled between the 24th June and 18th September 2008.

Hello, I am Nil Llorens and I have been assembling the puzzle between the 24th June and 18th September (2 months and 25 days). I think I am the youngest individual to complete the puzzle, because I am 15 years old. I am from Blanes, so I am the first to complete the puzzle in Catalunya. I like very much doing puzzles, and one day I saw in internet your fantastic website, then I started to look out for the puzzle and I got it in a week. But then I was finishing school and during the final exams I couldn't do nothing, so when I finished my exams .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE IN UTAH, USA.
  • FIRST FAMILY IN UTAH TO COMPLETE.
FIRST TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE IN UTAH, USA.September 20, 2008
The Huffman Family   -   Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Assembled between February 2008 and 20 September 2008.

Hi all.
We are a small family group from Salt Lake City, Utah. We started working on the puzzle sometime in February and just finished the puzzle after nearly 7 months of working on it on and off!!

This really is exciting for us, as the largest puzzles we had done before this one were only about a thousand pieces. We have yet to mount the puzzle, but we have been using sheets of contact paper to keep the pieces together once we finished each section. Thanks to everybody who posted tips .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN INDIA.
  • FIRST SPEED ASSEMBLY IN THE WORLD (NON-STOP FOR 108 HOURS and 43 MINUTES)
  • FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE FIVE RELATED PUZZLES BY ROYCE McCLURE
    (1k/2k/3k/4k & 24K piece puzzles)
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN INDIA.6 October, 2008
18 Jigsaw Enthusiasts   -  all employees at Adobe Systems India Pvt. Ltd. in Noida, India.
Assembled between October 1st 2008 (7:22 PM) and October 6th 2008 (8:05 AM) - 108 hours and 43 minutes non-stop!

I'm Aditya Nagpal writing in on behalf of the Jigsaw Enthusiasts from Adobe Systems India Pvt. Ltd. in Noida, India. I'm pleased to inform you that I and my team (18 members total, all employees of Adobe Systems India Pvt. Ltd.) have successfully solved the 24000pc Life puzzle for the first time in India. Not only that, we have done it non-stop for the first time in the world in a clock time of 108 hrs 43 mins. We practised a lot for this event, and during the course of practice, we solved the 1000pc miniature Sea of Life, 2000pc Sea of Life, 3000pc Life and 4000pc Slice of Life puzzles as well. All these puzzles are of Royce's artwork. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA, USA.
  • FIRST IN FLORIDA TO DO BOTH LIFE PUZZLES (3,000 and 24,000 pieces).
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA, USA.October 11, 2008
Stephanie Corson   -   Lakeland, Florida, USA.
Assembled between May 10 and October 11, 2008

My name is Stephanie Corson, I'm from Lakeland, Florida.
I just recently completed the 24,000 piece Life puzzle, as well as its 3,000 piece counterpart. While it was at times frustrating, and it kind of took over my apartment for several months, it was probably the most amazing and fun thing I've done in a while. The sense of accomplishment I felt when I finally put got the entire thing finished -- and realized .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST IN RUSSIA
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE PUZZLE IN RUSSIA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING. (8th in the world).
FIRST TO COMPLETE PUZZLE IN RUSSIAOctober 15, 2008
Irina Koneva   -   Voronezh City, Russia.
Assembled between 4th of February and 15th of October 2008.

Hello! My name is Irina. I live in Voronezh city, Russia.

I started the puzzle on February, 4th, 2008 and have completed on October, 15th, 2008. I mixed all pieces, because I wanted to build one puzzle in 24000 pieces, but not 4 puzzles in 6000 pieces.

This puzzle is not on sale in Russia, therefore I ordered it in Ukraine. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO.
  • SECOND IN MEXICO.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO.October 15, 2008
María del Carmen Rodríguez Liñán  -  San Luis Potosí, SLP, México.
Assembled between 2nd July and 15th October 2008

I live in San Luis Potosí, México, I'm 23 years old and currently I'm finishing my master in electrical engineering. I've been puzzling since I can remember, the passion for puzzles began with the first one that I had in my hands, it had only 12 pieces, and I couldn't stop solving and unsolving it, since then, I haven't stop puzzling. It's really entertaining, and relaxing at the same time, one can spend hours on that and forget about everything else. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN AUSTRIA.
  • FIRST COUPLE TO COMPLETE IN AUSTRIA.
FIRST COUPLE TO COMPLETE IN AUSTRIA.November 24, 2008
Michaela Wagner & Markus Masser  -   Langenzersdorf, Austria.
Assembled between January 2008 and 24 November 24, 2008.

We did the puzzle twosome! Michaela Wagner and myself, Markus Masser, come from Langenzersdorf, Austria.

We started in January 2008 and finished it on November 24, 2008. In January and February we puzzled the first two parts (12.000 pieces), then had a long break and started again in October, 2008 with parts 3 and 4. Altogether each 6.000 pieces took us .... Read more here.

 


  • OLDEST PERSON IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE SOLO
    (77 years old as of 24th of November 2008)
  • SECOND TO COMPLETE IN SOUTH AFRICA
  • FIRST IN WORLD TO HAVE MOTHER & DAUGHTER BOTH COMPLETE THE PUZZLE SOLO
OLDEST PERSON IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE SOLO.November 24, 2008
Martie Pretorius   -   Potchefstroom in North West, South Africa.
Assembled between February 2008 and November 2008.

As promised, here is a photo of my mom (77 years old). She completed the puzzle in 465 hours by assembling smaller blocks ranging between 1000 and 2000 pieces and did a total of 21 smaller sections. We assembled the whole puzzle over the weekend and then we invited the people at the old age home to come and look. What an experience that was! .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE IN DENMARK
  • SECOND IN DENMARK TO COMPLETE
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN DENMARK.December 2nd, 2008
Jesper, Jeannette, Lillian, and Franck   -   Nakskov, Denmark.
Assembled between November 1st 2008 and December 2nd 2008.

We had 4 people to assemble the puzzle, Jesper, Jeannette, and our friends Lillian, Franck.

We live in Denmark (City Nakskov) It took us about 953 hours to assemble it. We started on the first of November 2008 and completed a month later on 2 December, spending about 8 hours a day.

We managed to assemble the puzzle section 1 in 7 days .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NORWAY.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NORWAY December 3rd, 2008
Torbjørg Kjelleberg  -   Grimstad, Norway.
Assembled between July 23rd, 2008 and December 3rd, 2008.

I received the jigsaw as a birthday present on the 23 July 2008 when I turned 45. A friend in England purchased it two weeks before hand, and amazingly it arrived on the exact day of my birthday. It weighed a massive 13 kilo!

Before I started I read through the hall of fame, reading about those who had had already completed the jigsaw. I found some good tips here. For the first few days I mostly .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN IRELAND.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN IRELAND. December 14th, 2008
Caitriona Thornton   -   Lettermore, in Connemara in Co. Galway, IRELAND.
Assembled between September 28th and December 14th, 2008.

Caitriona Thornton from the wilds of Connemara in Ireland received her puzzle in the post in autumn of 2008. It took her 11 weeks from start to finish.

Because of the size of her kitchen she found that most of it had to be completed upside down! She did the puzzle in sections .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MALAGA, SPAIN.
  • SECOND IN SPAIN TO COMPLETE AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE STARTING.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN MALAGA, SPAIN. December 16th, 2008
Oscar Guerrero Ramirez   -   Malaga, Spain.
Assembled between 14 August and 16 December 2008.

Hello, here's a bit of background information on my interest in puzzles and how I assembled this puzzle. My name is Oscar Guerrero Ramirez, I am 34 years old and live in Malaga (Spain). From small I've been an enthusiast of the 'world of puzzles',

Time line:   From approximately 14 years old when I assembled my first 2,000 piece puzzle, gradually I was putting together increasingly bigger puzzles ... Read more here.


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