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Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzles

Updated on December 15, 2007

Puzzle-lovers are always looking for a new and different sort of puzzling challenge. Once you've mastered the basics of doing jigsaw puzzles, it can be hard to find something challenging. Here are a few puzzle types that should give you many (many) hours of fun.

Zodiac, with 9,000 pieces
Zodiac, with 9,000 pieces

Lots of Pieces

Big puzzles may not be inherently harder than regular puzzles, but the shear size of the project can be daunting to the novice puzzler. Though many people consider a 1,000 piece puzzle to be large, there are puzzles out there with 8,000 pieces or more. For the ultimate challenge, you should try what is called the "world's largest jigsaw puzzle" at a whopping 24,000 pieces.

City of Venice 3-D Puzzle
City of Venice 3-D Puzzle

3-D Puzzles

Three dimensional puzzles are a very unique challenge, and are more like building a model than doing a jigsaw puzzle. You can get 3-D puzzles of many different things, but the most popular motifs are buildings and cities. Besides being a change from regular flat puzzles, a big obstacle can be finding a place to put your finished masterpiece.

Double-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle
Double-Sided Jigsaw Puzzle

2-Sided Puzzles

These are particularly frustrating, especially when the image is the same on both sides. Imagine doing a puzzle when you don't even know if your pieces are right side up or not. Some 2-sided puzzles have 2 different pictures, which doubles your mileage with the puzzle, but doesn't really make it any more difficult to do.

Blank Jigsaw Puzzle
Blank Jigsaw Puzzle

No Picture at All

This isn't really a class of puzzle, but one unique puzzle from Ravensburger. There is no picture, all the pieces are silver metallic. But each piece is a different shape from the others, which is how you figure out the pattern.

Mirror Image Puzzles

Another challenge from Ravensburger. These puzzles have a picture that is a mirror image to the one on the box. Just a slight variation but one that can keep you scratching your head for many hours as you try to orient yourself with the picture.

Edge Puzzles

One last unique puzzle style that will confound the most basic principle of puzzle making, which is putting the edge together first. These "edge" puzzles are cut so that every piece in the puzzle has a flat side, so that it's almost impossible to sort out the true edge pieces as your first step.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      I did one of those double sised puzzles once, it nearly drove me crazy. Never again.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Kyle 6 years ago

      It's also worth trying wooden jigsaw puzzles, such as those offered by Liberty, Par, Stave, etc. You can really appreciate the artistry that goes into making the figural pieces and "non-standard" shaped pieces - very different from the cardboard-style jigsaws.

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      Megan Carroll 3 years ago from Boynton Beach, FL

      I love puzzles and considered myself an expert in training - until I got my hands on a 2-sided puzzle. It was incredibly frustrating, but I evenutally finished it...months later. Great read! Thanks!

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      Andy 2 years ago

      Have played Clutter 1 & 2 over and over, gviing myself new challenges each time, for example: try to get through using no hints, trying to do it without any misclicks, etc. I just wish there were a high score or leaderboard option to the game so each of the family members can try to outdo the high scorer. Unless we keep a piece of paper with each person's name listed and then write down each score, we have no idea how we are doing against each other. Would like to see a clutter 3 someday.

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      Vulcanizare 2 years ago

      Awesome job on Clutter II. Have to play it everyday !!! I've been ttalloy hooked ~ the stockpile challenge 5/5 is my all time favorite vice and love the 3 on a match ~ plates, since it came out in May. I still think you need to include a support group with the game hahahaIn Clutter 3 please include other challenges like my faves mentioned above A million thanks to you, Joe, and your whole dynamite team. You absolutely make my day EVERYDAY.Hope your holidays are fantastic !!!Kathy

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      Vulcanizare 2 years ago

      Awesome job on Clutter II. Have to play it everyday !!! I've been ttalloy hooked ~ the stockpile challenge 5/5 is my all time favorite vice and love the 3 on a match ~ plates, since it came out in May. I still think you need to include a support group with the game hahahaIn Clutter 3 please include other challenges like my faves mentioned above A million thanks to you, Joe, and your whole dynamite team. You absolutely make my day EVERYDAY.Hope your holidays are fantastic !!!Kathy

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