This clear jigsaw puzzle just might be the hardest puzzle ever

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During pandemic lockdowns, people found all kinds of ways to pass the time at home. We read more, took online yoga classes, Zoomed with friends and family for happy hour. Some people went back to basics and, whether with family or alone, challenged themselves to put together ever-more-complex puzzles.

But if they really want a challenge, maybe they should try this clear jigsaw puzzle being sold by Etsy seller LittleFlowerPotShop:

Clear jigsaw puzzle

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Described as the “Impossibly difficult CLEAR jigsaw puzzle for adults,” this clear acrylic puzzle comes in multiple sizes “based on the level of intensity you’re willing to endure.” Each completed puzzle ends up as a 6-inch-by-6-inch square, but the more difficult versions have a larger number of ever tinier pieces.

And as if that weren’t enough to make your head explode, there is no indication of which side of each piece is supposed to be facing up. Whaaaaaat???

According to the product description, there are no repeated pieces and there is only one correct solution for each puzzle.

Etsy / LittleFlowerPotShop

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I assume that if I were to attempt this challenge, it would take me the rest of my life to complete. And many of the comments on Etsy confirm the insane difficulty of these puzzles.

“I only have 2 pieces together so far, but I’m loving this!” one commenter wrote. “Such a great idea and so well made. Great seller! I’m buying more as gifts.”

If I were to receive this as a gift, I would assume the giver had it out for me.

Then again, could this possibly be as therapeutic as painting rocks with my 5-year-old?

The puzzle is labeled a “bestseller” on Etsy, where the price ranges from $18.99 to $26.99, depending on the level of difficulty you choose. A similar clear jigsaw puzzle is also available on Amazon for $44.99.

Are you up to the challenge?

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Steph Auteri
Steph Auteri has written about women's health, sexuality, and sex education for the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, VICE, the Establishment, and other publications. She also nerds out on the regular at Book Riot, teaches vinyasa yoga, and manages to somehow squeeze in the whole motherhood thing.

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