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LIFE: The Great Challenge   -   by Royce B. McClure
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  • FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN IRAN
  • SECOND IN IRAN   -  FIRST IN THE TOWN OF MASHHAD
FIRST INDIVIDUAL TO COMPLETE IN IRAN.December 19, 2008
Neda Torabi   -   Mashhad, Iran.
Assembled between 22 August 2008 and 19 December 2008.

Two years ago I saw this puzzle on a puzzle house site. I became so interested in getting and making it. I have completed many puzzles up to now but I'd like to assemble this large and fantastic puzzle also. When I sent an e-mail to the puzzle house and asked for the puzzle they said they can not send it because they do not have shipping to Iran. So I asked one of my friends in Canada .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NEW ZEALAND.
  • FIRST IN BAY OF PLENTY.
  • FIRST IN MATUA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NEW ZEALAND.December 2008
Sandy Hulton   -   Matua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Assembled Solo in 4 sections over a period of four months.

Review coming soon .... Read more here.

 

 

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ONTARIO.
  • THIRD IN CANADA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ONTARIO, CANADAJanuary 16th, 2009
Christoph Donaldson  -   Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Assembled between April 1st, 2008 and January 16th, 2009.

I started the puzzle on April 1st of 2008, and completed on Jan 16th, 2009.
It was an individual effort. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I'm 26 yrs old.
Sorting the puzzle is difficult (of course) but when it comes down to it, everything goes together pretty easily. The toughest parts for me were the underwater city (OMG!) and the seagulls on section 3 were extremely time consuming. It took between 6-7 hours to .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST IN NEW ZEALAND AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING.
  • SECOND IN NEW ZEALAND
  • FIRST IN MOUNT MAUNGANUI
SECOND IN NEW ZEALANDJanuary 20th, 2009
Linda Mills   -   Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.
Assembled Solo after mixing all the bags of pieces together. Taking one year to complete.

My name is Linda Mills. I purchased the puzzle December 2007 and completed it in January 2009. My husband and sons said it wasn't a 24,000 piece puzzle unless I muddled all of the pieces up - which they very kindly did for me!

I only worked on it every second weekend as I made it up on the floor in one of the rooms at our property at Glenbrook, New Zealand. I live and work at Mt Maunganui, New Zealand. It was a great puzzle to do .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ARLINGTON, TEXAS, U.S.A.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  ARLINGTON, TEXAS, U.S.A.January 22, 2009.
Bobby Anderson and Aimee Wolfe   -   Arlington, Texas, U.S.A.
Assembled between April 24 2008 and January 22, 2009.

We both love working on puzzles!
From sudoku to jigsaw puzzles, we love to keep our minds at work! We began working on small, 1,000 piece puzzles every so often, and gradually worked our way to bigger and more difficult puzzles. Bobby was surfing the internet for 'large puzzles' and came across "the world's largest jigsaw puzzle," and immediately decided he wanted to complete that puzzle. As a "warm up" to the 24,000 piece puzzle, we bought a 3,000 piece puzzle of an underwater scene. It took us one week to finish it. When Bobby told me he had ordered the 24,000 piece puzzle, I thought it was a joke .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST IN WAIKATO, NEW ZEALAND.
  • FIRST IN HAMILTON, NZ.
  • THIRD IN NEW ZEALAND.
FIRST IN WAIKATO, NEW ZEALAND.January 25, 2009
The Hills Family and friends   -   Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.
Assembled between 26th December 2008 and 25th January 2009

Bill, Andrea and Alison Hills from Hamilton, New Zealand were the main puzzlers of this magnificent puzzle! We were helped by Simon (a great deal), Graham, Matthew, Lou, Craig, and Luke.

First we started with the right hand side - the underwater city - then moved though the quarters, and finished with the animals. We started on the 26th of December, 2008, and finished 30 days later. Bill constructed a working surface .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN OREGON.
  • FIRST GROUP TO COMPLETE IN OREGON
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  OREGON.February 8th, 2009
Sarah Eggerichs and friends   -   Dayton, Oregon, USA.
Assembled between February 20th, 2008 and February 8th, 2009

Hello. My name is Sarah and I live in Dayton, Oregon and I am happy to say that my friends and I have completed the world's largest puzzle! I started the first section on February 20, 2008 and when I had decided to conquer this beast, I thought I would do it alone. Well, I completed the first section by myself and was bored. So I invited my friends to join me.

We started working on the second section in August of 2008 and mainly they helped me sort. I hate to sort!! So my friends sorted for me and I assembled. I did sort a lot but they helped me when .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA.
  • SECOND IN MINNESOTA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA.February 15, 2009
Susan and William Newsom   -   St Paul, Minnesota, USA.
Assembled between August 2008 and February 15, 2009

We have been puzzle builders for all our lives. While visiting our families in different cities, it was normal to visit while working on different puzzles. The time was used to catch up on family news and relive family stories.

We really enjoyed building this puzzle because of the size and challenge. We are already looking for our next challenge. We completed the first section on .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN TYLER, TEXAS, USA.
  • SECOND COUPLE IN TEXAS
Travis Reed and Joy Miller  - FIRST TO COMPLETE IN TYLER, TEXAS, USAFebruary 21, 2009
Travis Reed and Joy Miller   -   Tyler, Texas, USA.
Assembled between January 10 and February 21, 2009.

My name is Travis Reed and I live in Tyler, Texas.
I am currently a full time student at the University of Texas at Tyler, majoring in Civil Engineering.
I work part time as an intern at Schaumburg & Polk, Inc.

As a kid, I worked a lot of smaller 1000 piece puzzles. I grew out of jigsaw puzzles and began working on 3-D puzzles. I completed the worlds largest 3-D puzzle by the age of 13. Eventually I .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST FAMILY TO COMPLETE IN THE CITY OF LOGAN, UTAH, USA.
  • SECOND FAMILY TO COMPLETE IN UTAH, USA.
FIRST FAMILY TO COMPLETE IN THE CITY OF LOGAN, UTAH, USA.February 23, 2009
The Savage Family   -   Logan, Cache Valley, Utah, USA.
Assembled between January 23rd and February 23rd 2009.

Hi, We are the Savage Family and we live in beautiful Cache Valley, Utah. We just had a baby and were in the middle of winter, with not much to do and not wanting to take a new born out we decided to look around for a new puzzle to keep us occupied. The largest one we had ever done before the Life puzzle was a 2,000 piece fall scene of the Neuschwainstein Castle. Upon looking we found this 24,000 piece .... Read more here.

 


  • YOUNGEST IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE SOLO (15 yrs old at the time record was set)
  • THE YOUNGEST IN THE WORLD SOLO AFTER MIXING ALL THE PUZZLE PIECES PRIOR TO ASSEMBLING (15 yrs old at the time record was set) - wow!
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NEW JERSEY, USA
YOUNGEST IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE SOLOFebruary 23, 2009
Kaitlin (Kate) Reilly   -   Bergen County, New Jersey, USA.
Assembled between end of June 2008 and February 2009. (Total time spent = 253 hours and 45 minutes)

Hi! My name is Kate, I am 15 years old and live in Bergen County, New Jersey. I have been doing jigsaw puzzles for the last 5 years. I am able to look at a piece and know exactly where it goes. It got to the point where I could finish a 1,000 piece puzzle in a few hours. That's when I knew it was time to do something harder. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST IN AUSTRALIA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING.
  • FIRST FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA
FIRST FAMILY IN AUSTRALIA.March 1, 2009
The Philpot Family  -   Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia.
Assembled between December 23, 2008 and March 1, 2009.

Heya, My wife Stacey and I (Ben) decided to get a jigsaw for my parents, John and Ronda Philpot, for Christmas 2008. We have been living with them in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, while we wait for our house to be built, and thought we'd show our appreciation with a puzzle.

Stacey found an 18000 piece puzzle on the internet, but I really didn't like it. It looked like 4 separate puzzles joined together rather than a proper 18000 piece puzzle. So I had a look around and found this 24000 piece puzzle and loved the look of it. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN NSW, AUSTRALIA.
  • THIRD TO COMPLETE IN AUSTRALIA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN  NSW, AUSTRALIA.March 6th, 2009
Allan Moore   -   South West Rocks, N.S.W., Australia
Completed on March 6th, 2009.

My wife, Elaine and I started puzzling about 6 years ago. The first puzzle we did was of a Wolf and in the shape of a Wolf. From there we started doing our own 1,000 piece puzzles. After doing 3 of those I wanted a challenge so I did 'Tropical Impressions', 18,000, which went on the wall with the others. Not having a lot of wall space left in the games room I did 'Zodiac', 9,000, 'Map of the World 1611', 9,000 and 'Balloon Glow', 6,000, all of which are .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA.March 8th, 2009
Tyler Nelson (with some help from Deb and Kelly)   -   Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Assembled between August 14th, 2008 and March 8th, 2009.

It took me 149 days and 465 hours to complete, within a 7 month period. I started on August 14 and finished on March 8. I did the puzzle in sections. I am 20 years old. I really got into puzzles about a year ago, it was summer and my girlfriend Kelly asked if I wanted to do a puzzle, at first I wasn't really interested but after we found a nice 1500 piece puzzle, and finished it, I realized I really enjoyed jigsaw puzzles. After we finished the 1500 piece I was curious to see .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SCOTLAND.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SCOTLANDMarch 14th, 2009
Gill McKenzie   -   Perth, Scotland.
Assembled between Dec 25, 2007 and March 14, 2009.

I was given the puzzle for Christmas 2007 from my husband Ken.
I started it straight away but due to work being done on our house I had to stop for many months so I don't really know exactly how long it took in total to complete.

It is a fantastic picture and I loved every minute of puzzling even the lost city part (which is the hardest section) .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.
  • FIRST IN CANADA TO COMPLETE AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES.
FIRST IN BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.March 17, 2009
Andrew Kult   -   Burnaby (Metro Vancouver), British Columbia, Canada.
Assembled between 10 October 2008 and 17 March 2009.

I have been working Jigsaw puzzles on and off for most of my life. The great thing about a Jigsaw puzzle, unlike many other things in life, is that it is done when it is done. That's the Zen of Jigsaw puzzles. It's all about the journey; there is no rushing a Jigsaw puzzle when attempting to derive maximum enjoyment.

I first noticed this puzzle over the summer of 2008. My initial reaction was, 14X5 feet, how could I ever fit this into my apartment! After reading about how other people had assembled this puzzle .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SINGAPORE.
  • FIRST FAMILY IN SINGAPORE.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN SINGAPORE.March 17, 2009
The Thio Family   -   Jurong, Singapore.
Assembled between January 22, 2009 and March 17, 2009.
Total 55 days (including sorting & 'resting' in between Sections)

Q. Why did you decide to take up the challenge of assembling this puzzle?
A. Assembling puzzles had always been one of our family hobbies. We have numerous smaller pieces starting from 2000 pieces. For our 6 years Solskjaer, he had started building puzzles when he was 3 years old ... assembling 100+ piece puzzles .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FLORIDA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN FLORIDA AFTER MIXING ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCINGMarch, 2009
Bob Addison   -   Viera, Florida, USA
Assembled between May 2008 and March 2009.

I mixed all pieces together and worked solo.

I did the entire puzzle on 18" x 24" poster boards. When I was working on a section I would bring those boards onto the table in front of me, then put them back into storage. I spent a lot of time sorting the pieces into many different boxes, and I was constantly re-sorting pieces. The best advice I can give to anyone attempting a big puzzle is to .... Read more here.

 


  • THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE
    (NOTE: ASSEMBLED SOLO AND MIXED ALL 24,000 PIECES BEFORE COMMENCING!)
  • FIRST IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, USA.
Daniel Wright - THE FIRST QUADRIPLEGIC TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE7 April 2009
Daniel Wright   -   St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
Assembled between August 2008 and 7 April 2009.

7 August 08
Hi, it is my intention to be the first quadriplegic to complete the puzzle.
I have limited hand use and pick pieces up with a little saliva on the heel of my palm.
I've done a 6000 piece puzzle this way. Can't wait to start!
30 January 09
Hi, I'm writing to let you know I'm slightly more than half finished. I have finished the entire length above the waterline. It's been 5 months so far. I'm 43 and live in St Petersburg, Florida, USA. I haven't lived my life .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN KOREA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN KOREA.April 10, 2009
Yong Ha Yoo   -   Incheon City, Korea.
Assembled between 19 October 2008 and 10 April 2009.

My father completed this huge puzzle. His name is Yoo, Yong Ha and he is 73 years old. He lives in Incheon city (very close to Seoul) in Korea.

He loves big puzzles and has already finished many large puzzles, like 9000, 13200, 18000 pcs and other smaller pieces. So I gave my father this HUGE puzzle for his 73th birthday present last October. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ARGENTINA.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN ARGENTINA.13 April 2009
María Julia Ulivarri Rodi   -   Salta Capital - Provincia de Salta - Argentina.
Assembled between 17 August 2008 - 13 April 2009   : 162 hours

My name is Maria Julia Ulivarri Rodi. I live in Salta, Argentina. I am 23 years old, I am a student of Business administration and I am employed at a school. I am the first Argentinian in the Hall of Fame!!

I assembled the jigsaw puzzle alone: taking 32 hours to assemble the first section (17 August 2008 to 12 September 2008), 39 hours to build the second section (28 December 2008 to 7 January 2009), 41 hours to put together the third section (9 - 21January 2009) and finally 50 hours to finish the fourth section (3- 13 April 2009). In whole it took me 162 hours .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN HUNGARY.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN HUNGARYMay 11, 2009
Mónika Soltész  -   Veresegyhaz, Hungary.
Assembled between 9th February, 2009 and 11th May, 2009
Time: 74 days (399 hours)

I was looking on the internet for a colourful and quite large puzzle to decorate our blank staircase with. I have completed many puzzles before, but most of them were between 1000 and 2000 pieces. This time I decided to find something larger. When I discovered Educa's Life puzzle with its 24,000 pieces I immediately started to think if I would be able to complete it or not. My husband said that if I did assemble this puzzle it would be a sin to break, repack and then store it in the a box in the garage for ages. So the puzzle can only come if .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN POLAND.
FIRST TO COMPLETE IN POLANDMay 15, 2009
Barbara Lisowska-Holowicka (and young daughter Agata)
  -   Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Assembled between January 7, 2009 and May 15, 2009.

Hello from Poland. My name is Barbara.

I completed the puzzle in four sections. I took 4 months (evenings) to complete the puzzle with a little help from my daughter Agata :) . Her favorite part is the animals. All the children in her class have seen the puzzle by watching the 'movie' of it recorded on Agata's phone ... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE.
  • FIRST TO COMPLETE IN KENNEDALE, TEXAS, U.S.A.
FIRST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE.May 22, 2009
James A. Arthur Intermediate School (300+ participants)   -   Kennedale, Tarrant County, Texas, U.S.A.
Principal: Danny Greenfield   -   Vice-Principal: Myra Rickard
Assembled between September 15, 2008 and May 22, 2009.

Fifth and sixth grade students, parents, and teachers made the "World's Largest Puzzle" a year long project. Over 300 people contributed. What started as something unique and fun turned into a group effort to be the first school to complete the puzzle. We monitored the Hall of Fame entries on a regular basis to make sure we still had a chance to claim such a title. .... Read more here.

 


  • FIRST CHURCH IN THE WORLD TO COMPLETE THE PUZZLE
  • FIRST GROUP IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA
FIRST CHURCH IN NORTH CAROLINA, USAJanuary 22, 2010
Members of the Mills River Presbyterian Church & Community Friends
- Mills River, North Carolina, USA.

Assembled between 08 January 2010 and 22 January 2010.

The puzzle assembly was sponsored by Mills River Presbyterian Church with an invitation to the community to join in the fellowship. The puzzle was assembled in the social hall of the 150 year old church. Our stated goal was to be the first entity or the first church in the State of North Carolina to be successful in assembling the puzzle. .... Read more here.

 


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