« GamePlan Gear Over-N-Under 3-in-1 Pack System, Realtree AP JT Toxin Paintballs, 2000 Count, Green/Yellow » 3 thoughts on “Ravensburger At The Waterhole – 18000 Pieces Puzzle” 40 of 42 people found the following review helpful Beware-it is tougher than it looks, August 19, 2012 By puzzleguzzler – This review is from: Ravensburger At The Waterhole – 18000 Pieces Puzzle (Toy) After 3 weeks of working about 5 hours per day I am now 30% completed of the top left quadrant (the hardest quadrant). The pieces fit very well, but the problem is that many different pieces share the same or nearly the same patterns. A large magnifying glass must be used to confirm that pieces fit by examining overlapping lines or details or tiny gaps in the fit. The included large paper photo of the full scene must also be consulted after many individual piece fits to confirm that the pieces really belong there. Many times I had to remove pieces that fit perfectly after I could not find adjacent pieces to fit to them. In some areas the pieces are featureless meaning there are no lines to prove a fit. I would prefer more variations in the piece patterns so that not more than two pieces in the same pattern set (2 or maybe 4 in each quadrant) fit together on two sides. Do not mix the bags, because that will make it much more difficult. I plan to glue the entire puzzle onto my living room wall like I did with many other giant puzzles at my previous homes. Update – On October 10, 2012, I fully completed the top left quadrant. I have been doing jigsaw puzzles since 1956. This was the hardest one yet. I like to climb mountains as well as do jigsaws and both give views as I progress forward. This puzzle is really beautiful and the painting depicted was well thought out by the artist. At one point I was having so much difficulty getting pieces to fit, yhat I considered quitting. Then i discovered a neat trick that is not explained in the instructions. The piece patterns in every column except the border, the two central ones, and the one at the end opposite the border repeat themselves from the left half to the right half of each quadrant. So if the piece you need on the right half is a duplicate of one already in place on the left half, you know what that piece looks like which makes it easier to find or to prove a fit. Now that I completed a full quadrant, I will photograph its sections, enlarge, and print them in black and white, and tape the sheets of paper to my work table for the next quadrant. Update #2- On december 6, 2012, I reached the half way point. The fully completed top left and top right quadrants are up on my wall. Now I am working on the bottom right and I am finding this quadrant to be much easier than the other two due to easily identifiable zones that the pieces can be sorted by and few featureless pieces.Update #3- The entire puzzle has been on my living room wall for over two years now and I still enjoy looking at it every day. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (7) Reply 7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A few loose pieces and mismatching pieces, otherwise lots of fun., January 24, 2015 By Puzzler (Ohio) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Ravensburger At The Waterhole – 18000 Pieces Puzzle (Toy) Last year I did Ravenburger’s 3000 piece Oceanic Wonder and enjoyed it. I wanted a bigger challenge this year and also didn’t want to keep spending money on puzzles. I got this just after Thanksgiving for $76.49, and think it will keep me busy at least 2 winters. I like the picture, and the cost per piece (about four tenths of a penny per piece). I’ve completed section B, the upper right, and will soon start on section D, the lower right. Obviously, it was a lot of work and sorting, being 4,560 pieces per section. It also needed a good bit of room, as one section is still 54.5 by 38 inches. I had issues with pieces seeming to fit where they didn’t, which hasn’t been an issue on previous Ravensburger puzzles I’ve done. The pieces also had a bit of a loose fit, which made picking up even a few pieces put together to move often fail. Always realize that a piece might appear to be correct but isn’t. I’ve had pieces connected on three sides only to realize later is was the wrong piece. The puzzle pieces repeat twice left to right per section, so after about halfway, one can double check the piece is correct by shape if the matching piece is already in place.Still, it was a lot of fun, and the shape variety helped some. It was also possible on most pieces to tell if it was vertical or horizontal for direction based on the width. I started by sorting all the pieces by color as best I could. I then worked each color one at a time, resorting over and over again to make smaller piles, to find pieces that were sorted incorrectly, etc. I had probably 700 to 1000 pieces laid out in boxes, based on the color I was currently working and anything “left over” from sorted piles I previously worked. In this way I could look at the pieces but they weren’t all laid out taking tons of extra space. My advice for anyone considering: Each bag is 4,560 pieces so unless you mix the bags it’s like four separate puzzles, but with the border on only 2 sides instead of 4 for each. Still a huge puzzle, but it doesn’t feel like 18,000 (really 18,240) if doing a section at a time. I also had good luck working smaller section on a piece of cardboard I could move. The puzzle was in the basement but I did the lions and rocks on cardboard separately in the family room and then transferred them. This helped with trying to be with my family while still working on the puzzle. I’ve used 3M 568 Positionable Mounting Adhesive to mount the section onto 2 foam boards. Then I will have my wood board cleared off and ready to start the next section while having store the completed sections in 2 pieces under a bed. EDIT: I finished Section D in just under 6 weeks, from late January to early March. After doing both B and D the giraffes were the most difficult and frustrating, for sure. I even found a couple pieces of grass that were switched at the bottom of section B when I tried to line it up with Section D. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful “At The Watering Hole”, October 26, 2011 By woody9340 – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Ravensburger At The Waterhole – 18000 Pieces Puzzle (Toy) As usual, Ravensburger has produced a great and challenging puzzle to complete. This will be my 4th 18,000 piece puzzle and like all the others, it is colorfulcheery and bright. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (9) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.