Sun City West residents bond over world's largest puzzle

What's being called the world's largest puzzle is being put together right here in the valley.

A group in Sun City West took on the challenge of assembling a 35,000 piece puzzle.

Inside the R.H. Johnson Library in Sun City West you could find small victories and disappointing defeats. 

"Ahh, I'm beginning to think some of the pieces are gone. They've been kidnapped."

It isn't the books captivating library goers.

"No, and this one won't go either. If you can get it in there, great. No it won't go."

Instead, it is a giant puzzle that had one group scratching their heads.

"We do have senior moments…"

At any given time, nearly a dozen or so Sun City West residents are gathered around a large table in a corner room, that could hardly be described as quiet.

"Libraries are not quiet anymore," said Librarian Jane Kauzlaric. "We have a quiet reading room if that's what you want, but the main room is where all the action is."

Their concentration was centered on the tiny, colorful scattered pieces in front of them--all 33,600 of them.

"There's 10 bags. We dumped out three of them, says Bob Dowlef. "We can't dump out anymore bags until we get these put together because there was no markings on the bags."

"I keep looking for this section here and I just haven't had any luck with anything…"

"We keep track," says Kauzlaric. "Everyone signs in and approximately how much time they have worked on it."

The library director says a total of 75 people are participating. The clock started ticking on Tuesday June 2 and will continue every day during operating hours until the project is completed.

"So Bob here and Tom and Mary, who isn't here today, and Sue down at that end they all showed us the different tricks that we use," says Rosie Blacyk.

For some it's about the challenge, for others the friendships that are made here.

"We laugh, we cry, we kid each other," says Blayck.

"Research is showing that if you keep your mind and your body active that you will probably age better," says Kauzlaric. "It's a good way to keep your memory going."

There are rules and strategies.

"We can't cross the line. "If you're on this side, you gotta stay here with the pieces. Like this is all the same puzzle, that's all the same."

One person could sit for up to five hours searching for the right piece.

This is the fifth puzzle assembled by the community, which came from Spain. Last year's was shipped in from Germany and believe it or not, there are already plans for the next one.

Next year's puzzle is a picture of the New York skyline. The group hopes to complete this current puzzle by August.
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