2000 Ways To Hate Las Vegas

(...and other puzzling bemusements)

Posted by MikeE

Puzzle Progress5

Done at last! I was actually getting nervous that I might have some missing pieces as I neared the end. Six weeks, several episodes of Five Hundy and Vegas Gang later, and a total of... drumroll please... 41 HOURS! 2452 minutes, to be exact.

Time to apply some glue. It also gives the puzzle a nice gloss finish.

Puzzle Glue

It's always a good idea to turn the puzzle over after the initial glue application to reinforce with another coat on the back. I often like to leave it this way so that when guests come over, I can tell them that I've been into doing jigsaw puzzles blindly.

Puzzle Back

Here I am tired, underwhelmed, and wondering why I wasted so much of my life.

Puzzle Me

So if you're thinking about doing a Vegas puzzle because you're infatuated with the city, here's a word of advice: don't. My knowledge proved to be just as much a hindrance as it was helpful and I'll be throwing up at the sight of neon for the next month or so.



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I needed a bright spot in my day (fuck, at 10 p.m., no less). Thanks.

I have not read much prose about puzzles, but now I don't need to. This is the luminous Luxor light of literature. (Speaking of which, who knew reproducing the South Strip could be so perplexing?)

Now take the next 41 hours to actually GO to Vegas. You've earned it.

Wow! After reading this I think I must acquire a puzzle! I haven't put one together in probably 20 years...since my mom went on a super aggressive purge of the "game closet" at the family ski cabin not long after I graduated from college...about 20 years ago. Up there we had two totally Vegas related puzzles...one that showed a bunch of brightly colored cocktails against a black background (so many totally black pieces to fit) and another featuring a ridiculous breakfast buffet of pastry and meats and eggs and waffles and ... ... ... Oh my! GREAT STUFF!

I can think of 2000 other ways to hate Las Vegas...one dollar at a time.
(rimshot)

This is great, thanks for the Vegas details and for confirming my will to never do a puzzle of this size.

Just checked and Amazon has another Vegas puzzle that is over 5 feet with 6000 pieces. Using your calculations, that is 123 hours to complete. Yikes.

It reminds me of when I put together a Mt. Rushmore puzzle 20-something years ago, So many gray pieces.....

Maybe puzzle building will become an event at #VIMFP we could compete in teams and I want to be on MikeE's team as you are clearly the master. That was the ultimate test of patience and persistence. Well done sir

While I'm reading this wife is cooking and asking me " why are you laughing" %u2026LOL..

Sad MikeE is sad.... nice work tho

Great post! I never thought I'd laugh during a story about a puzzle.

This made my day!!!! Thanks Mike :)

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