A fellow collector contacted me and said that a woman was trying to sell him a Par. He had just purchased a large lot of Par puzzles and was going to pass on this one. "Was I interested?"
It seems clear that this was a custom ordered puzzle. The irregular
border and the image both contributed to making this a fun puzzle. While
doing previous Par puzzles, I had never beaten Par. I cleared my calendar
and my workspace and planned to go for a record. I noted the time and, with
focus and determination, started assembling. I kept careful track of breaks
and when it was all done, I had done it, I beat Par time!