Town sets puzzling record – piece by piece

Some 15,000 enthusiasts have assembled the world's largest jigsaw puzzle in the southern German town of Ravensburg, Europe's biggest puzzle maker said.

Puzzle maker Ravensburger AG said 1,141,800 pieces were put together in just five hours Sunday, forming a nearly 6,500-square foot puzzle that nearly covered the town square.

“We really like puzzling,” Ravensburg resident Sonja Haussner said at the event.

A notary has submitted the result to the Guinness Book of World Records. The current record is a 212,323-piece puzzle measuring some 35 feet by 38 feet put together in Singapore in 2002.

The participants assembled more than 4,000 smaller jigsaw puzzles, each with 252 pieces and standard puzzle motifs such as animals, maps and landscapes.

The rectangles were then taken to the nearby town square and put together into the single massive 65-foot by 98-foot puzzle.

“We tried and we succeeded,” said Heinrich Huntelmann, a spokesman for Ravensburger.