I'm part of a group that puts wooden puzzles together, without looking at the picture. That makes things more challenging, which is the way we like it! We have a well lighted place where we can leave partly finished puzzzles, so we can come and go when we have the time to work on them. The first time we dumped this one out on the table, it looked impossible, with almost all the pieces having three or four curls! One of my strategies is usually to pull out the color with the smallest number of pieces. Sometimes that works well, and this time it was helpful, as it defined one edge, which was NOT straight. It's always helpful to know that. Then we started to notice tiny figures, and the edge of the magic carpet. Some of us worked on the carpet's edge, while others worked on some of the figures. We didn't get it done the first day, or probably the second, but we had a great time with it. We enjoyed it so much that when it was finished, we took it apart so we could do it again. We actually put it together a third time, and I think it only took us a day and a half to finish it. We'll bring it out another time to take a trip on the magic carpet again.