5 People Who Took their Jigsaw Obsession to the Next Level

5 People Who Took their Jigsaw Obsession to the Next Level

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When you jigsaw every day…

Jodie Desbiens didn’t start working towards the world record of most-completed jigsaws until 2012 when she’d finished 150 puzzles and idly wondered if there might be a record. At the time the record was just 238 puzzles and she set herself the target of 350. By the time she got to 350, current record-holder Gil-Lacuna had set the new 1,000+ record.

Desbiens realised smaller, 100-piece puzzles count, too – so she started doing a mix of puzzles each day to try and reach the record. Desbiens now starts her day with a 1,000-piece puzzle, often completing several smaller ones, too. Hopefully one day soon she’ll be able to lay claim to the world record for most puzzles solved.

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When you jigsaw on a bigger scale…

Dave Evans spent five weeks creating a record-breaking 40,000 piece jigsaw. The puzzle, which featured a Queen Diamond Jubilee montage, measured a whopping 19ft 6in by 8ft. However, when Evan turned to give a passer-by directions, the almost-completed puzzle began to collapse. His wife declared the damage an “absolute disaster”.

Evans, who is a professional jigsaw cutter, spent 200 hours cutting the jigsaw by hand. A webcam recording his progress captured the disastrous fall and it made the headlines. Luckily, Evans had already photographed his work and submitted it to the Guinness World Records, so a few helping hands later and he was back on track.

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When you jigsaw no matter what…

Graham Andrew, a dedicated puzzle solver, spent 120 hours on a 33,600-piece jigsaw puzzle only to discover that four pieces were missing. The jigsaw, which is one of the largest commercially available, measured 1.57m x 6.5m and weighed a whopping 17kg.

Mr Andrew, who lives in Norfolk, had spare pieces specially cut and flown in from Spain to replace the missing four. What a near-disaster!

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When you jigsaw to the extreme…

The jigsaw with the largest number of pieces ever made – 551,232 to be exact – was finished by 1,600 students at the University of Economics of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in 2011. The puzzle, which depicted lotus flowers with six petals denoting the six areas of knowledge, measured 14.85m by 23.20m.

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When you give seven years to a jigsaw…

On the flip-side to Jodie Desbien’s daily jigsaw habit, 86-year-old Jack Harris took seven and a half years to complete just one jigsaw puzzle. The jigsaw, which was 5ft-wide, featured James Tissot’s painting, The Return of the Prodigal Son. When Mr Harris reached the end of the puzzle though, he found there was one missing piece! But, luckily, the puzzle manufacturer was kind enough to make sure all that hard work hadn’t gone to waste, and they sent a replacement. Phew!

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