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    32 Difficult Puzzles That Might Actually Keep You Entertained For More Than A Day

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    1. An intricate 2,000-piece puzzle of Times Square in NYC to either fill you with happy memories of traipsing around late at night after seeing something magical on Broadway or remind you of the horrible decision you made to watch the ball drop on New Year's Eve.


    Promising review: "Loved this puzzle! The image is dynamic and made putting it together a lot of fun. Got my family involved and they enjoyed working on it too! 2,000 is a lot of pieces, but was a fun little project for over the holidays." —Anne M Stillman

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    2. A circular puzzle made up of 330 geometrically cut wooden pieces — so stunning to look at you'll definitely want to cover it in glue and save forever.

    a circle puzzle of black forest trees and a starry night sky
    BewildernessPuzzles / Etsy

    BewildernessPuzzles is a woman-owned small business that makes beautiful jigsaw puzzles.

    Promising review: "Shipped quickly! I gave it to my dad for Christmas and we did it together and we loved it. Puzzle is beautiful, engagingly frustrating and deeply satisfying. The design and image is lovely and the laser cut wood pieces are awesome (and smell good!). We've already done the puzzle once and can't wait to do it again." —Hannah Leile

    Get it from BewildernessPuzzles on Etsy for $89.95.

    3. A challenging 1,000-piece gradient puzzle that'll take you more than one session to finish — you may want to throw it across the room, but you'll essentially be glad for the mental distraction.

    a pink to blue gradient puzzle

    BetterCo. is a small business that's been making puzzles since 2019.

    Promising review: "This was my first time buying this brand, and as an avid puzzler, I know there is definitely nothing worse than a brand who doesn’t put care into the quality of their puzzles, and Betterco absolutely does! The puzzle was beautiful, and the quality of the pieces were great. Sturdy, fit snug together, and no bending or peeling. Highly recommend." —Ashley Masterson

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    4. A Simpsons puzzle featuring tons of characters from the show and 1,000 pieces to keep you company while you rewatch the many (many!) seasons.

    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "The puzzle looks so cool when completed but there is a lot of yellow so it can be a bit difficult, which is nice since it entertained us for a while during quarantine." —Damina

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $22.

    5. A 1,000-piece galactic puzzle for anyone who has spent the last year daydreaming about traveling to Mars with Elon Musk or listening to Ariana Grande's "NASA" on repeat.


    Promising review: "This is a great puzzle, challenging for adults as well as teens. The cardboard it is printed on is thick enough to make it sturdy but thin enough that all 1,000 pieces still fit in the smallish box. It comes with a full-size picture so you can see the detail when assembling." —C. L. Riley

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    6. Or an intimidating circular puzzle of the moon that would leave Despicable Me's Gru muttering "the moooooon" to himself while he works on it after realizing he probably shouldn't try to steal the real thing.

    a circular black and white puzzle of the moon
    Four Point Puzzle

    Get it from Four Point Puzzles for $25.

    7. A 1,000-piece puzzle to help you *sharpen* your skills and get you back into this fun, but challenging, hobby,


    Promising review: "Very fun but very hard puzzle. Out of five White Mountain puzzles I have, this took me the longest. Personally I prefer the puzzles that aren't so challenging and repetitive but still enjoyed it and this company has very good quality pieces." —Tom

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    8. A Jiggy puzzle subscription, a must-have if you've been famously puzzlin' since before it was cool. You'll receive a new 500-piece puzzle every month.

    a colorful pile of puzzle pieces next to a pouch and a box showing what the puzzle is

    This woman-owned small business features an array of beautifully drawn puzzles from female artists — check out all of their offerings here.

    Get a subscription from Jiggy for $26/month.

    9. A 300-piece puzzle of a serene scene complete with a 30-day free trial of the Calm app that'll help you in more ways than one.

    a puzzle of a hidden waterfall

    With every purchase of one of these already-soothing puzzles, you'll receive a 30-day free trial to test out the Calm app — an app filled with guided meditations and relaxing sounds.

    Get the waterfall puzzle from Amazon for $9.99 and check out all the other designs here.

    10. A 1,000-piece puzzle for any bookworm who, oddly enough, has felt a bit burnt out on reading. You'll love staying true to your *personal brand* while taking on a different kind of mental challenge.

    a stack of puzzles featuring one of tall book shelves

    BetterCo. is a small business that's been making puzzles since 2019.

    Promising review: "My wife is an ardent puzzle aficionado and was really pleased and obviously felt challenged when she received this puzzle. She says it is 'going to take quite a while' to work on this one! That is good as she is not very challenged by most puzzles." —Ken S.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.

    11. A puzzle filled with bright colors, so beautiful you might as well also buy it with a picture frame because you're gonna want to save it.

    the forest walk puzzle featuring a woman walking through an array of flowers
    Lisa Newman

    My mom likes to say she's been "doing puzzles since before it was a quarantine trend," so it was only fitting I sent her this stunning puzzle. It's 500 pieces, so it's not *too* hard for a newbie puzzler, but challenging enough for someone who likes to do them often. Each piece is eco-friendly, as everything the puzzle is made of is recycled or biodegradable. I love Lemonade Puzzles for all the reasons I just mentioned, but also because it's a woman-owned business that also highlights female artists.

    Get it from Lemonade Puzzles for $25.50.

    12. A Jackson Pollock puzzle made of 1,000 pieces for any art lover who has been looking for a way to creatively spend their time without having to pick up a paint brush.


    Promising review: "I thought this was a joke when I first heard about it, I had to buy it when I found it on Amazon. It is one tough puzzle. I have done quite a few puzzles in the 500-1500 piece range, but this one is a whole different kind of challenging. The puzzle image has a white boarder that lines the edges, so putting that together is pretty straight forward. The rest of the puzzle is full of abstract paint splatter repeating colors, I have so far only managed to put together various small patches and pairs, this is going to take awhile. It's so difficult, and I love it." —D. Burke

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. A puzzle inspired by geodes with up to 160 pieces made of birch plywood you'll want to show off on TikTok — the process of putting it together is sure to be mesmerizing.

    a wooden puzzle shaped like a blue geode
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "Every Christmas, we search for a good puzzle. We bond with one another putting them together each year when we gather. As we've progressed, we have to get more pieces in order to be challenged. This wooden geode puzzle is different. It's small with fewer pieces, but so fun and still extremely challenging because the pieces fit together so uniquely. The wooden pieces are thick and sturdy so they fit together well. If you've ever tried to work a puzzle where the pieces are so flimsy that they don't stay together, you'll know what a valuable feature this is. Great puzzle to add to the collection. Can't wait to try more wooden puzzles!" —Mel

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $65 (available in three colors).

    14. A 500-piece artichoke puzzle that'll let you enjoy your favorite food in an entirely new way.

    a puzzle of tomatoes, artichokes, and florals

    Promising review: "This was a difficult puzzle for being only 500 pieces. Not only was I busy putting this puzzle together but I was also busy putting swear words together to make new swear words. LOL! Great fun, though! I did flip it the bird when I was done. LOLOLOLOL." —R. Grave.

    Get it from Galison for $13.99.

    15. A colorful 1,000-piece puzzle you'll find so beautiful you won't be able to resist from tweeting about it.

    a puzzle half done of a colorful bird

    Promising review: "I'm an avid puzzler, and I really enjoy a challenge. I have no patience, however, for poorly designed or constructed puzzles. I feel like those puzzles where all the pieces are the same shape are a waste of my time, and I bin them as soon as I see the writing on the wall. This is vibrantly colored, with lots of geometric and color variation to help orient you on the location of pieces, and the pieces themselves are well-designed for holding together and having unique placement." —Oliver DeMille, TJEd

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    16. A puzzle with 1,000 pieces that'll delight anyone who likes to have their cake and eat it too — a perfect birthday gift, if you ask me.

    Verishop, Mallory Mower / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed writer Mal Mower and her husband tried their hand at this puzzle and confirmed it is a *dooooozy*.

    Get it from Verishop for $36.

    17. A uniquely shaped puzzle made of 700 pieces that you and your partner will declare as an elephant-astic way to spend a long weekend at home.

    an elephant shaped puzzle

    Promising review: "Puzzle is well made, but decidedly difficult. The pieces obviously are mostly just shades of brown, and are a good deal darker than the enclosed picture, while the edge pieces defy ready identification." —Ella

    Get it from Amazon for $30.35.

    18. A 500-piece puzzle from Rifle Paper Co. that'll feel like working on a bunch of mini puzzles all at once — great for anyone who has been looking to mix things up from their standard jigsaws.

    Rifle Paper Co

    Get it from Rifle Paper Co. for $34 (available in three other styles).

    19. An intense 3,000-piece Marvel puzzle starring all of your favorite animated superheroes — from the looks of it working on this may actually cause you to cry the same tears you did when watching End Game

    the marvel puzzle

    Promising review: "Are you working from home? Do you have kids, dogs, a spouse? Are they really exhausting you? Well it may sound like an odd way to spend time for yourself but this puzzle is a great way to take your mind off of everything else. It’s a challenge and it takes time to finish. It is not a chair by the ocean but it provides me an hour or so a day to myself." —Famous Amos 704

    Get it from BoxLunch for $23.92.

    20. A circular 500-piece puzzle inspired by the 2017 Women's March you'll have a blast working on — it's filled with so many details and iconic ladies!

    the circular puzzle that's a collage of women's day activists and signs

    Promising review: "At first I thought this would be so difficult but soon after I started it it became fascinating looking for different faces, hair and what they were wearing. There are some famous faces, some very expressive faces, some simply interesting faces, and finding them is an adventure. It takes some different skills than I have used in 'normal' jig saw puzzles. I highly recommend this puzzle!!" —Natalee Morse

    Get it from eeBoo for $21.99.

    21. A puzzle of Cinque Terre made of 1,000 pieces to keep you busy while you daydream about the return of warmer weather and sunshine.

    a reviewer's image of the finished puzzle

    Promising review: "This was a very attractive picture and, since I had been here before, very nostalgic. The actual design is closer to a detailed painting than a photograph, but the Mediterranean really is as beautiful as this puzzle depicts. There was some minor separating of the edges of the pieces and one clear wrinkle, but let's be honest, you'll always get this as you sort pieces out and drop them in your couch only to sit on them later, accidentally. Then after accusing your significant other of hiding the last piece again so they get to 'finish' the puzzle themselves, you will eventually find that last piece, apologize profusely, and be able to stand back and admire the scenery. Enjoy!" —Millertime

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    22. A mystery Alfred Hitchcock puzzle with 1,000 surprise pieces and no image to go off of — good luck with this one, you'll need it.

    the mystery puzzle with a bunch of images of alfred hitchcock on the packaging

    Promising review: "This puzzle was so much fun to solve. I loved the mystery within the mystery. You don’t know what the scene will look like, and you have to solve the murder too." —75peaches

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    23. An 1,000-piece Edward Gorey puzzle with fabulous gothic vibes that'll match the darker mood of winter — the characters are also bundled up in some pretty fabulous coats that you may want to track down for yourself upon finishing the puzzle.

    Serious Puzzles, Mal Mower / BuzzFeed

    This gives me serious A Series of Unfortunate Events vibes for reasons I cannot explain. BuzzFeed writer Mal Mower and her husband worked on this puzzle as well!

    Promising review: "Beautiful image and a puzzle that goes really quickly in some areas, but others that will agitate Just the way I like them!" —Teresa

    Get it from Serious Puzzles for $24.95.

    24. A 500-piece puzzle featuring a rainbow of marbles you might think would be a breeze to complete if you separate each section out by color but surprisingly is more challenging than what meets the eye.


    Promising review: "This was our first quarantine puzzle! My 8-year-old, my husband, and I worked together to form it. It was challenging but doable — final piece looks great!" —ShopMom

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    25. An 1,000-piece Lego Minifigure puzzle that'll likely make your head spin — that's a looooot of yellow. Forget spending hours on building blocks, you'll be spending your time staring at a jigsaw of 'em.


    Promising review: "This puzzle is a lot of fun, though it is no pushover; it is challenging in all the right ways. Each mini-fig head takes multiple pieces making it a difficult, but fun, sea of yellow with the occasional face coming together. Would definitely recommend if you are fan of puzzles or Legos." —peter Jacob Washburn

    Get it from Amazon for $17.05.

    26. A road trip-themed puzzle with 1,000 pieces you and your siblings can work on together while reminiscing on all the places your parents insisted you travel to via mini van.


    Promising review: "I guess we all look for different attributes in a jigsaw puzzle. For me, I don't want to work one that is all sky and ocean. 'Road Trip USA' has bright colors, interesting state icons, and enough words to make it doable but still be plenty challenging. Each piece appeared to be unique — there didn't seem to be any chance of fitting two pieces together that didn't belong." —R.S. McGowan

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

    27. A New Yorker cover-turned puzzle with 1,000 pieces that'll remind you about one of the positives of winter — you don't have to fight anyone for a prime spot to place your beach chair.


    Promising review: "This puzzle is good quality, with sturdy pieces and a nicely rendered illustration. What makes it tricky are the highly unusual shapes of the pieces. Some of the pieces just touch instead of interlocking, so it's a tough one to put together. I really enjoyed the challenge and just ordered another from the same company." —Gourmet Gal

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    28. A 1,000-piece puzzle to bring an entirely new meaning to the word "challenge." One look at this jigsaw made me say "that's just cruel," so I'm obviously going to buy it.

    a white puzzle filled with black thin lines

    Promising review: "I am a puzzle fanatic, I have over 30 puzzles of 2,000-3,000 pieces and usually take a few days for each BUT THIS ONE IS AMAZING AND INFURIATING! I always do puzzles late at night when my son has gone to bed with criminal minds on in the background. I can spend three hours on this puzzle and get six pieces done. I REFUSE to give in and look at the other side so anyone saying they did it in three days or two hours or whatever definitely did that. It’s reverse symmetrical which took me a little while to figure out, so the top left corner is identical to the bottom right corner and same with the other two matching each other so there are two of every sets of lines. Besides liking puzzles, I am also quite good at them and my parents hide them away when they go to bed so they don’t wake up to it finished. This thing has been kicking my butt! I love it and will not quit till it’s done!" —Kirk Streitmater

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    29. A quirky puzzle made of 1,000 pieces that'll give you an excuse to sing "I'm blue da ba dee da ba di" while working on it.

    a puzzle showing a bunch of blue houses
    PuzzledlyUSA / Etsy

    PuzzledlyUSA is a small business run out of North Carolina that makes an array of, you guessed it, puzzles!

    Promising review: "The pieces are of very good quality, they are quite hard (So I know they will last) and the image has good resolution. I chose this puzzle because it seems to be challenging based on the colors and the pattern. Also I received it in a very short time considering Im from an Island! Will be purchasing from this store again for sure. Thank you!" —Monica Maldonado

    Get it from PuzzledlyUSA on Etsy for $23.

    30. A set of four Disney puzzles made with 500 pieces each to bring some extra *magic* into your puzzling hobby — beware, these images are quite detailed!

    four puzzles depicting paintings of winnie the pooh, aladdin, the little mermaid, and beauty and the beast

    I tried one of these and truly struggled. While I am an expert in all-things-Disney I'm not the most proficient of puzzle-doers. I gave this one a serious try and was SO frustrated. Thomas Kinkade is no joke,

    Promising review: "Bought these to do with my 10-year-old niece but holy moly are they hard. All the pieces are suuuper wonky and it was really challenging. So I did them myself and had a blast." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    31. A personalized puzzle featuring the front page of The New York Times on whichever date speaks to you (your birthday, an anniversary, that time you met Taylor Swift), complete with 500 pieces to keep you entertained.

    the front page of the new york times as a puzzle
    Uncommon Goods

    Promising review: "I was born in 1955 so The NYT was in black and white. On my particular birthday there was only one photo. The majority of the page was text. It was challenging and also informative as to the politics of the day." —Jibcam

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $49.95.

    32. And a puzzle roller you can use to safely put your work-in-progress away for the day when you finally call it quits and head to bed.

    the black puzzle roller with a puzzle on it

    Promising review: "This jigsaw roller works perfectly for me. It’s just a piece of felt with an inflatable tube, two straps and a bag but it worked well for me holding my 1,000-piece puzzles together. The felt is smooth, my puzzle pieces don’t snag on it. It’s on the thinner side but is thick enough to stay firm all the way across when rolled up." —Shaunie

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

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