A 1,000-pc Jigsaw Puzzle

I first saw this jigsaw puzzle about a month ago when I was looking for Chinese New Year cards. I was tempted to buy but wasn’t sure if I had a frame of the correct measurement. I kept thinking about it until I decided to go back to buy it last week after making sure of the measurements. A good thing I did because it was the last one left.

Like the previous two puzzles, the beginning was the hardest:

This alone took me five-and-a-half hours, of which half the time was used to fit the border.

After 7 hours on another day, I managed to see a semblance of the orchestra and the audience in the gallery.

Two-and-a-half hours on the first day of CNY lead to the completion of the puzzle. How lovely!

Update: 2nd attempt on 13 Feb 2021 (8 hours)

Another 1,500-piece Jigsaw Puzzle

My friend B lent me another 1,500-piece Jigsaw Puzzle which she said is easier than the one she lent me last month:

She said her neighbours (2 young adult sisters) did it in 2 days, spending only 2 hours per day.

Day 1

All beginnings are hard, and it took me 6.5 hours to get to this:

Day 2

The following day, I could see the picture emerging after 5 hours:

Day 3

Another 4.5 hours brought me to this:

Day 4

It was really exciting to see this after 5 hours:

Day 5

Again, with the help of my colour-deficient son (on the most difficult sections like the sky), the puzzle was completed in an hour:

I had so much fun that I’ve decided to dismantle it and do it again! I’m curious if it’s possible to complete the puzzle in less than 22 hours, with or without my son’s help.


The second attempt was completed on 6 Feb 2020 in 16 hours over 4 days.

1,500-piece Jigsaw Puzzle

A friend passed me this 1,500-piece jigsaw puzzle when we met recently for lunch. I was excited and wondered how long it would take me to complete.

The same friend had lent me a 1,000-piece puzzle in 2019 but which I gave up after a week.

My friend had thought I could do this puzzle!

Day 1

It took me 3 hours just to measure the size of the puzzle on a white paper over an old 2,000-piece puzzle, and do the border:

Day 2

The beginning is always the hardest:

This is the most colourful (and correspondingly easiest) part of the puzzle.

This took me 6 hours.

Day 3

It took me almost 2 hours to reach this stage on a dark, rainy day.

Day 4

Another 6 hours to reach this stage.

Day 5

The hills and sky are less colourful and hence more challenging. Took me another 6 hours.

Day 6

With the help of my colour-deficient son, it took only 2 hours to complete what I feel is the most challenging section.

Voila! Completed!

I have since dismantled the jigsaw, to be returned to my friend when we next meet. I hope she has more puzzles to lend me. (She mentioned she has done another “two or three” with her husband.)