Kicker – A puzzling record


NICK EICHER, HOST: Records were made to be broken and if you don’t believe that, ask Maxine Olive of Belleville, Ontario. 

All by her lonesome, she tackled the world’s largest commercially available jigsaw puzzle. She lived-streamed her attempt as evidence for the Guiness World Record as she explained to a reporter from Quinte News:

OLIVE: Sat there for the 150 some odd hours and did it. It is a mental game. It is not only the mental issue behind doing the puzzle itself, but then you also run into having the will power of having to sit there through the road blocks.

If the paperwork bears it out, Maxine Olive has an excellent chance of claiming the world record. She beat out the reigning champ and not by a little bit. She out-puzzled the previous record-holder by a whopping 273 hours!

To give you a sense of the effort here, a typical puzzle for adults has around 1,000 pieces. This one? More than 40 times that. Her longest stretch was 34 hours, with just one stop for an hour of sleep. 

Meanwhile, as she awaits word from Guinness, she’s just going to bed.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/ Tim Durkin, Quinte News) 24 year old Maxine Olive lays on the 40,320 piece Ravensburger Disney puzzle she complete Sunday evening

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