The 24,000-piece jigsaw that fills a room
A PUZZLE addict has finished one of the world's biggest jigsaws after 17 months of piecing it together.
Amanda Warrington sometimes spent several hours a day painstakingly compiling the 24,000 piece puzzle called Life: The Great Challenge.
The 14ft by 5ft work covers the entire rear wall of the 50-year-old's lounge in Madison Close, Yate.
When boxed the puzzle, released in March 2007, weighs an enormous 26 pounds – almost two stone.
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Life: The Great Challenge was officially recognised as the world's largest puzzle by the Guinness Book of Records.
But in February 2011 the creation was usurped by Double Retrospect which has 32,256 pieces and weighs a hefty 42 pounds - three stone.
Unfortunately for Ms Warrington, who admits she loves a challenge, she doesn't have a wall big enough to cope with the new world record jigsaw.
Ms Warrington, who works for the Department of Work and Pensions, told The Post: "I just love a challenge. I must have done at least 50 puzzles before but I like doing the difficult ones like the mosaics, globes or the baked beans puzzle.
"I work full time so I was doing between 30 minutes and an hour each day but I have to admit sometimes I was staying up until 3am because I was getting addicted.
"My friends are amazed and think I'm a little mad as well. They don't understand how I have so much patience.
"It gets to a point where you become excited to get it finished but it's an odd feeling now that it's not there to be done.
"I think the next one I might try is the spaghetti puzzle - that should be difficult."
Ms Warrington was bought the giant puzzle by her sister.
"I saw it on the news and my sister bought it for me over the internet two years ago because the family all know what a puzzle addict I am," she said.
"Now that it is finished it totally dominates my front room. When the sun comes through the windows in the morning it has a very calming effect.
"The only other problem is that it is glued to the wall, so if I ever do move house I'll have take the wall with me."