Sales of puzzles have soared in our new normal, with adult jigsaws quickly rising to the top of of the list of joyously cliche lockdown activities, But when you’ve worked your way through all of the usual boxes, you might find yourself craving something a little more challenging – like these incredibly hard jigsaw puzzles, for instance.
From sprinkles and solid colours to double-sided nightmares you won’t be able to work out for weeks, here are just some of the most difficult designs on the market. Good luck – you’re going to need it!
14 seriously hard jigsaw puzzles to order now
Only 1,000 pieces? Easy, you may think – until you realise each piece is covered with candy-coloured sprinkles that are basically impossible to distinguish from one another. Be sure to take regular breaks, because staring at this one for too long will quickly scramble your vision.
Too many repetitive colours are one thing, but a totally blank slate makes for equally hard jigsaw puzzles – just look at this solid white number. It also comes in black, if you prefer – not that that will make things any more straightforward…
At least you can sort this puzzle by colour – but the rounded edges make it tricker than it appears at first glance. At £13.99, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth in terms of hours spent puzzling.
If you really consider yourself a puzzle master, you’ll love Wentworth’s hard jigsaws, which come with the option of an extra difficult cut to make them even more challenging. The shaped edges are just the start of the mountain you’ll have to climb to build this.
The spiral at the centre of this design, which follows the history of the earth and mankind over 14 billion years, is a devilish detail you’ll spend ages deciphering. Oh, and did we mention that this one’s 4,000 pieces?
Laughing in the face of a 4,000 piece offering? This one, based on the 1995 cartoon, is a rather staggering 6,000 – frankly, we just hope you’ve got a surface big enough to build it on.
For something smaller and slightly more achievable, we’d suggest this cheesy choice. Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security by its size – basically every piece looks the same.
The cute cat puzzle doesn’t look too intimidating on paper, but there’s a catch – each piece is double-sided, with the same artwork on both, and no way to tell which side is up. It only has 529 pieces in the box, but according to the makers, it will feel like 4,000. We can only imagine.
For hard jigsaw puzzles with a personal touch, try Jigraphy’s Cityscapes range, which are available for dozens of different UK cities and towns. There’s a choice between 400 and 1,000 pieces, but the latter will really put you to the test.
Drab hues often make puzzles difficult, but brights can be just as confusing, as this Lais buy proves. The psychedelic palette will have you squinting in a matter of minutes – if you’re looking for extra designs, most of their collection is equally rainbow-infused and impossible.
The exception to this Lais rule? This chevron pattern that looks like it’s moving even though it’s static. We don’t know about you, but we can barely figure this out on screen, let alone in person.
Another round design, but this time with limited colours for you to organise, this is another demanding puzzle you won’t be able to leave alone. You can build this one with kids, but a lot of patience is required.
This red puzzle, dubbed by Heinz as ‘the slowest puzzle on earth’, isn’t actually available to purchase – to win one, you need to comment on the Heinz Instagram account and tell them who you’d put it together with. However, if you’re one of the lucky 57, it’ll be endless entertainment.
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder, you stumble across the viral clear jigsaw puzzle from Etsy that’s become a sellout sensation since lockdown hit. In fact, demand is so high that you currently won’t get your order till July, so at least you have plenty of time to prepare…