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    16 Of The Most Difficult Puzzles You Can Get Online

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    1. A gradient puzzle for experiencing the full spectrum of joy that is puzzle-making.


    1,000 pieces.

    Promising review: "Amazingly difficult to complete. Lots of laughter, threats to give in, walk away, or not leave the table until it's finished (not likely). Great collaboration, and felt so very satisfying just to complete the outer perimeter.

    Good quality pieces. Good color quality, which is important. The red to gold gradient is a helpful hint and you need to be able to tell the nuance between darker and lighter red, or the peachier versus pure gold. The pieces also have high quality cuts and it's pretty easy to tell if you have a real fit or not (verified across young kids and adults)." —PC

    Get it from Amazon for $25+ (available in three sizes and five colorways)

    2. A "Hoffman rug"-patterned puzzle, because if spending my evenings hunched over a piece of important architectural history from the '50s is wrong then I don't want to be Frank Lloyd Wright.

    Frank Lloyd Wright Store

    1,000 pieces.

    Get it from the Frank Lloyd Wright Store for $14.99.

    3. A "pure white hell" puzzle if what you're craving is straight up masochism.


    1,000 pieces.

    Promising review: "I bought this puzzle because my team at work was going through one 1,000-piece puzzle a week. This puzzle stopped them dead in their tracks. They managed about 10 connections over the course of a month, after they separated the pieces into quarter puzzles based on the pattern on the back. They eventually gave up and got back to work." —That Fancy Fish

    Get it from Amazon for $29.80.

    4. A sphere-shaped puzzle that'll give you a stunning rainbow ombre to stare at when you're all done.

    Uncommon Goods

    540 pieces.

    Promising review: "It isn't easy but definitely doable. The craftsmanship is also outstanding. I couldn't be more pleased." —bunk

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $70.

    5. An intergalactic puzzle that'll launch your wig inter outer space.

    Uncommon Goods

    131 pieces.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65.

    6. A rainbow puzzle you'll definitely lose your marbles over.

    Barnes and Noble

    500 pieces.

    Get it from Barnes and Noble for $13.99.

    7. A twisty geode puzzle that promises to "bend your mind" — be careful, folks!

    Uncommon Goods

    160+ pieces.

    Promising review: "I got the blue one for myself and was amazed it took as long as it did to put together considering the number of pieces. The entire puzzle can fit into a sandwich-size ziplock bag and the wood pieces are very sturdy. The finished puzzle is less than 10 inches across so you don't need much space either." —Madison Wisconsin

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65.

    8. A handmade rainbow puzzle rated "really hard" — because everything can't be rainbows and butterflies all the time!

    Uncommon Goods

    326 pieces.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $90.

    9. A black-and-white line puzzle so you can't use color as your usual crutch, so to speak.


    1,000 pieces.

    Promising review: "This was my first jigsaw puzzle experience brought on by boredom of the virus confinement. Suggestions: First, I completed the frame, then used the numbers on the back of each piece to break the puzzle down into four sections. Then I sorted the pieces for each section according to their shapes. After that, it was all about recognizing various shapes that would fit together. It is of very good quality. I recommend this puzzle to anyone who wants to complete a challenging jigsaw puzzle." —the Floridian

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    10. An "impossible isolation" puzzle you'll want to cop if you're CLEARLY proficient in puzzling.


    300 pieces.

    Get it from XYZ Memories on Etsy for $9.97+ (available in six difficulty levels and nine colors).

    11. A brick puzzle that'll hit you like...a ton of bricks.

    Puzzle Warehouse

    574 pieces.

    Get it from Puzzle Warehouse $19.99.

    12. A blue-and-white op art puzzle if your knack for problem-solving is no illusion.

    Uncommon Goods

    1,000 pieces.

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65.

    13. A wooden fractal puzzle that'll make you scratch your head, despite being only around 20 pieces.

    Uncommon Goods

    23 pieces.

    Promising review: "I still find the puzzle fun to do after numerous completions. It's like a barometer of your concentration. If your mind wanders, the time gets longer. If you're fully concentrated, you get done much more quickly. I like to grab a hot cup of black coffee and sit down with the puzzle. Always a challenge. I keep changing the direction so I don't memorize it — no fun in that!" —Phildo Penrod

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $60.

    14. A Gustav Klimt puzzle you'll want to kiss when you've finally assembled it in full.

    The Met Store

    1,000 pieces.

    Get it from The Met Store for $35.

    15. A color-changing puzzle, if monochromatic or clear options weren't already hard enough.

    MoMA Design Store

    1,000 pieces.

    Promising review: "I bought this puzzle as a gift for my puzzle-loving friends and they're in heaven! It's so wonderfully challenging while being equally beautiful. Because of it's difficulty and color shiftiness, finding pieces feels like a HUGE reward." —Jodie B

    Get it from MoMA Design Store for $99.

    16. An arc-patterned Dusen Dusen puzzle you'll definitely want to just leave out on your coffee table for the rest of time once you've completed it.


    500 pieces.

    Get it from Areaware for $25.

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