World’s largest jigsaw puzzle

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A teenager has completed what is thought to be the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle.

Amanda Funch, 19, completed the incredible 33,600-piece puzzle in around 450 hours.

The mammoth jigsaw, which depicts a jungle scene, is manufactured by jigsaw manufacturer Educa.

Miss Funch believes she is the first person in the world to have completed the puzzle, which measures 1.7 metres by 5.6 metres, and has contacted Guinness World Records to see whether she has earned an official accolade.

She said: “I did it all by myself. My inspiration is myself – I didn’t do it for anyone else but me. Its nice that people are very sweet about it.

“I have a cat and two small dogs who caused some problems. Even now sometimes they destroy bits of the completed puzzle.

“At one point I vacuumed some pieces up, but I split the vacuum bag apart to get them back.”

Miss Funch completed a 24,000 piece puzzle in 2013 and regularly works on more conventional 1,500 piece puzzles.

Educa presented the puzzle, describing it as a world-record challenge, at the 2014 Nuremberg Toy Fair. The 33,600-piece puzzle arrived at Miss Funch’s home near Copenhagen in a bespoke wooden box. There were so many pieces that they were split into groups and packaged in smaller bags.

Miss Funch, who lives with her parents and two older brothers, has written to Guinness World Records and now faces a wait of up to six weeks to find out if she will have an official title.

She said: “I’m talking to someone about hanging it up in the town, but it seems unlikely because of the size. If that doesn’t work out I’m going to give it to a children’s hospital as a donation.

“I hope Educa produce a bigger one in the future. For me its just fun and awesome.”

Miss Funch placed the last jigsaw piece into place on January 7th 2015.

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