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Jan 1, 2016 2:56 AM # 
a picture of the puzzle. If you haven't already dismantled it.
Jan 4, 2016 3:39 PM # 

OK, I am sure you will be trying to puzzle out why I said this was the hardest puzzle I have ever remember doing...

It looks easy, right?

Well, expectations that is was easy was one thing that made it difficult. As well as the fact that the picture on the box was chopped off, so I had to go to the internet and look to see what the puzzle looked like.

And, then there was the whole thing trying to figure out what was an edge and what wasn't an edge. I wasn't able to find the last piece of edge until I was about 90% done.

The final issue was that the puzzle was like an oil painting, with lots of subtle shading and colors which didn't appear the same in the picture. So, I am looking for a blue overalls, but they were actually a greenish tint.

Stuff like that - hard puzzle - that's my story and I am sticking with it. ;-)
Jan 4, 2016 4:18 PM # 
We each have our own preferences -- mine is to not look at the picture at all after you've dumped the pieces out of the box.

On the other hand, I also think that 1000 pieces is more than big enough, really 500 is about the best. 1500 takes a lot longer than 1000 and 2000 a lot longer than 1500, and beyond that is nuts. I think I once saw a puzzle with 10K pieces. Not sure it ever got done.
Jan 4, 2016 5:19 PM # 
I go both ways on looking at the picture. My aunt likes to use the picture, and I only use it when I am having a hard time.

I remember the other thing which made it hard - there were pieces the size of my pinkie fingerprint, i.e., tiny. I didn't like that either. But, I didn't lose any of this puzzle, unlike the one the week before where a piece disappeared between the time I cut open the package and the time I finished the puzzle.

And, well, I bought two 2000 piece puzzles this weekend. We'll see how that goes. :)
Jan 4, 2016 6:15 PM # 
We've always had the same rule as Peter, never look at the picture. You don't know what it is till well into it. I never worry about edges either, just work on pieces one at a time, like running- one step at a time.

Nice looking puzzle.
Jan 4, 2016 9:51 PM # 
Someone once gave me a 4000-piece puzzle. Once I managed to arrange a large enough surface on which to assemble it, it took me months of after-dinner sessions to complete. It's actually still assembled, though rolled up on the felt surface I put it together on.

Valerie (or anyone else), do you want to give it a shot? I'll keep a photo to remember it by.
Jan 4, 2016 10:41 PM # 
The haircut looks really great!
Jan 5, 2016 6:59 PM # 
Now, it I only had remembered to get my passport photo taken post-haircut.
Jan 5, 2016 7:00 PM # 
Janet, I think the 2000 piece puzzle will be plenty for my OCD tendancies to handle, but thank you for the offer. :)
Jan 13, 2016 8:04 PM # 
Looks like the pieces in your John Deere puzzle are highly irregularly shaped so that may be a contributing factor to how difficult it was.

We´re currently working on a 1000 piece puzzle of Matterhorn - quite enough of an effort and that´s how big we can go and still have a place to put it.

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