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28 Challenging Puzzles That Are Anything But Basic

Ready for a challenge?

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1. Roundominoes

The puzzle that will tease your brain *and* allow you to be creative, Roundominoes is so pretty that you'll want to put it on display when you're not attempting one of the challenges.Price: $44.95
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The puzzle that will tease your brain *and* allow you to be creative, Roundominoes is so pretty that you'll want to put it on display when you're not attempting one of the challenges.

Price: $44.95

2. 4D Cityscape Game of Thrones: Westeros Puzzle

Whether you root for the Starks, Lannisters, or Greyjoys, you'll enjoy this 4D version of Westeros that features three levels of puzzle for you to put together.Price: $36.90
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Whether you root for the Starks, Lannisters, or Greyjoys, you'll enjoy this 4D version of Westeros that features three levels of puzzle for you to put together.

Price: $36.90

3. Hoverkraft Levitating Construction Challenge

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An addictive puzzler of a game you can play by yourself (how many pieces can you stack?) or in a group. Magnetic repulsion is cool.

Price: $29.99

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4. Clemens Habicht Colour Puzzles

The most gorgeously difficult puzzle you'll ever attempt to construct.

Price: $30 (for the 100 piece puzzle) or $40 (for the 1000 piece puzzle)

5. Inside³ Labyrinth Puzzle Cubes

Your task is to guide a metal ball through seven layers of mazes: mazes that you can't actually see the ball rolling through. There are five different versions of these patience-testing cubes: Easy, Mean, Awful, Vicious, and Mortal. You may be cocky enough to think you could beat the Vicious version, but it would *probably* be best to start with Easy and work your way up.

Price: $27.89

Upload a photo or drawing and have it turned into an intricate puzzle made using a laser cutter. You also get to choose the shape (circle, square, or octagon) and add in several special "whimsie" pieces (like the leaves or the astronauts you see in the puzzles above).

Price: $30+

7. Geometric Fractal Puzzles

Like Tinker Toys, these puzzles are made up of an array of seeds and rods. *Unlike* Tinker Toys, you may get a wee bit frustrated as you try to figure out how to put them together. It's all worth it.

Price: $18

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8. The Brain Cube

The segments of the "brain" are actually squishy (an icky yet ingenious detail). Price: $15
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The segments of the "brain" are actually squishy (an icky yet ingenious detail).

Price: $15

9. Shelfie Puzzle

This puzzle features the spines of an array of vintage cookbooks and would make a wonderful gift for people who love to spend time making things in the kitchen.Price: $26
bobsyouruncle.com

This puzzle features the spines of an array of vintage cookbooks and would make a wonderful gift for people who love to spend time making things in the kitchen.

Price: $26

10. Lab Test Cell Puzzle

After you finish the cell puzzle, you can try the particle or the molecule.Price: $15.50
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After you finish the cell puzzle, you can try the particle or the molecule.

Price: $15.50

11. The Magic Cube: Mathematic 3D Logic Puzzle

Picture a Rubix cube. Now picture a Rubix cube that you need to have math skills in order to solve—that's the Magic Cube. What a nightmare.Price: $19.99
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Picture a Rubix cube. Now picture a Rubix cube that you need to have math skills in order to solve—that's the Magic Cube. What a nightmare.

Price: $19.99

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12. Lock Nesters

These Lock Nesters are more challenging than they look: keep one on your desk and fiddle around with it during boring phone calls.

Price: $32.50

13. Vinyl Collection Puzzle

For people whose record collection is as big as their puzzle collection.Price: $24.99
dotandbo.com

For people whose record collection is as big as their puzzle collection.

Price: $24.99

14. Papa's Maze 2.0

Prefer to do your puzzles on paper? Here's an intricate maze that will have you scratching your head for hours—it took artist Kazuo Nomura two months to design it!Price: $30
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Prefer to do your puzzles on paper? Here's an intricate maze that will have you scratching your head for hours—it took artist Kazuo Nomura two months to design it!

Price: $30

15. Circle Color Spiral Puzzle

It's a puzzle, but it's also pretty. So very pretty. Perfect for anyone who used to adore playing with pattern blocks during elementary school.Price: $60
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It's a puzzle, but it's also pretty. So very pretty. Perfect for anyone who used to adore playing with pattern blocks during elementary school.

Price: $60

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16. LOGIFACES

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This sculptural puzzle comes in a set of 16 concrete prisms that "can be arranged in millions of variations, allowing you to find endless patterns in its computer-generated forms."

Price: $70

17. Fred the Cardboard Moose Head

The puzzle you can decorate your house with (also available in bison, elephant, deer, or longhorn form).Price: $27
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The puzzle you can decorate your house with (also available in bison, elephant, deer, or longhorn form).

Price: $27

18. New York Times Front Page Jigsaw Puzzle

Pick a date, any date. Seriously! Make your selection (your day of birth, the day of a historical event) and they'll print it up for you. There are very few date restrictions, but you can see them here.Price: $44.95
nytimes.com

Pick a date, any date. Seriously! Make your selection (your day of birth, the day of a historical event) and they'll print it up for you. There are very few date restrictions, but you can see them here.

Price: $44.95

19. Postcode Puzzles

Another customizable option, the Postcode Puzzle is exactly what it sounds like: a jigsaw puzzle featuring the postcode of your choice.Price: $31
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Another customizable option, the Postcode Puzzle is exactly what it sounds like: a jigsaw puzzle featuring the postcode of your choice.

Price: $31

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20. Puxxle

Be sure to choose a Puxxle puzzle that you enjoy the look of, because you'll be putting it together ON YOUR WALL—they're pixelated decals! Click here for more information about how it works.

Price: $24 to $30

21. Labyrinth Puzzle

Step one: Complete the puzzle. Step two: Complete the maze. Step three: Give yourself a big ol' pat on the back. Price: $35
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Step one: Complete the puzzle. Step two: Complete the maze. Step three: Give yourself a big ol' pat on the back.

Price: $35

22. Fiendish Japanese Pocket Puzzles

Don't be deceived by their cuteness: these little guys are truly difficult to solve. Pop one in your pocket and attempt to work out the solution whenever you're waiting in line or sitting in traffic.Price: $12.99
thinkgeek.com

Don't be deceived by their cuteness: these little guys are truly difficult to solve. Pop one in your pocket and attempt to work out the solution whenever you're waiting in line or sitting in traffic.

Price: $12.99

23. Dreidel 3x3x3 Magic IQ Brick

Have a hard time solving a Rubix cube? You're apt to have a *really* hard time solving the Dreidel. Like the Rubix, there are 26 little blocks to spin around and organize, but each of those little blocks has many other spin-able pieces attached. Good luck!

Price: $48

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24. Puzzlehead

After successfully completing the puzzle, feel free to stack up the faces in a strange (and amazing) totem-pole-style tower.

Price: $40

25. 1000 Piece Bacon Jigsaw Puzzle

For anyone who loves bacon as much as they love puzzles.Price: $15
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For anyone who loves bacon as much as they love puzzles.

Price: $15

26. The Earth Puzzleball

Everyone should have a globe—why not have one that actually requires you to learn about geography during the process of putting it together?Price: $29.96
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Everyone should have a globe—why not have one that actually requires you to learn about geography during the process of putting it together?

Price: $29.96

27. Colorku

Like Sudoku... only with colors instead of numbers.Price: $35
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Like Sudoku... only with colors instead of numbers.

Price: $35

28. Brainstrings

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A knotty puzzle that will test your spatial awareness skills as you slide around the little plastic pieces in an attempt to group them by color *without* tangling up the cords inside the case.

Price: $17