PIECE by piece Kalamunda dissectologists Sara Colombini and Julie Bertram puzzled their way into first place at the WA State Jigsaw Puzzle Competition last weekend.
The competition, run by the Australian Jigsaw Puzzle Association, hosted 79 teams and 64 competitors in the individual category.
The teams and individuals were allocated three hours to complete a 500 piece puzzle the size of an A3 sheet of paper.
Ms Colombini took out first place finishing in an hour and 15 seconds.
“I have puzzled my whole life, for as long as I can remember but I only discovered competitive puzzling two years ago,” she said.
“I’m quite competitive and when I timed myself to have a go and saw the times of the winners I thought I was in with a very good chance, that spurred me on to keep trying.”
Five teams and six individuals from the local puzzle group Jigsaw Anonymous Kalamunda Shhhhh (JAKS) pariticpated in the competition which Ms Colombini runs alongside other members.
Ms Colombini said the competition attracted a variety of puzzlers, from those competing for fun to those with their eye on the prize.
“You don’t know what the picture will be, it’s a complete surprise, for those trying to win it is very stressful,” she added.
“It is about strategically planning which piece you are going to place first and surprisingly the people that started with the edges didn’t do so well.
“Flipping all the pieces over to get a feel for the picture is a good way to be faster.”
JAKS are now training for the National Jigsaw Competition held in Melbourne this November.
The winner will receive a trip for two to the World Championships in Spain and a tour of the Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle Factory in Germany.
By Morgan de Smidt