The employees started to assemble the puzzle on October 1 and needed to finish it within 96 hours for a world record. They managed to put it together in 108 hours but may have still made a new world record. The 24,000 piece puzzle is the largest ever made by an Indian group.
The puzzle that was given to the employees has 24,000 pieces and measures 428x157cm. “The puzzle has only one border. It was split into quarters vertically; meaning that the whole left side of the image is the first quarter. So this part of the puzzle had three straight edges: the top, the bottom and the left-hand side. The right-hand side of this portion was random puzzle edges that would interconnect with pieces in the next bag. Bags ‘two’ and ‘three’ would only have straight edges along the top and bottom,” Monica Srivastava, PRO of Adobe India, said.
That the image was quartered like a windowpane and each separate quarter had two straight sides and two sides with jagged edges to interlock with the other puzzle portion. The employees, however, did have clues as the puzzle had a green or gold border all the way around.
“If you visit online puzzle forums you will find that one of the biggest gripes about assembling some earlier large puzzles was when the artwork had physical colour borders around and within the image. People complained that these parts were tedious, frustrating and difficult to assemble,” an employee, who participated in the puzzle making, said.
Adobe employees have earlier finished puzzles of 1,000, 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 pieces.
Naresh Gupta, vice president PPBU and MD Adobe India, said the puzzle was organised to encourage hidden talents in employees. “We encourage and facilitate our employees in pursuing their passions whether it is in developing path breaking technologies, filing patents or solving the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle,” Gupta said.