The Best Puzzles to Keep You Challenged

We could all use a bit of a distraction.

The Best Puzzles to Keep You Challenged
The Best Puzzles to Keep You Challenged

The era of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic has begun, and many of us are gearing up for a prolonged stay indoors. Sure, there are comforting TV shows to watch and books to read, but there are also jigsaw puzzles. Whether you prefer 500-piece or 1,000-piece puzzles, these challenging brain teasers are the perfect activity to keep both kids and adults occupied for hours. Then, once you’ve made something beautiful, you can take the puzzle apart and put it together again. Below, we’ve selected some of our favorite puzzles for adults that the whole family can enjoy. The only other things you need are ambition—and floor space.

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“Fade” Puzzle

All of Four Point Puzzles’s offerings are stylish, but the recent collaboration with Swedish artist Sara Andreasson is particularly so. Featuring one of Andreasson’s illustrations from 2014, “Fade” plays with color, shape, and gradient. The company also collaborated with artist Micah Lexier on another clever puzzle featuring found objects.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 25″ x 25″

“Cinque Terre” Puzzle

This puzzle, depicting Cinque Terre, a coastal region of Italy, is currently the best-selling puzzle of Amazon. Find out what all the fuss is about.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 26.75″ x 19.75″

Maps Jigsaw Puzzle

For the person with a serious case of wanderlust, this 500 piece city maps puzzle features whimsical illustrations from New York to Tokyo.

“Hundred Birds Paying Homage to The Phoenix” Puzzle

This sturdy jigsaw puzzle is made with uniquely shaped wooden pieces. It’s more work of art as it is a puzzle.

Number of Pieces: 253
Dimension: 11.4″ x 11.4"

Justice League Jason Momoa Puzzle

We can think of worse ways to spend the afternoon than staring at a puzzle featuring Jason Momoa.

  • Number of pieces: 300
  • Dimension: 15.15″ x 20.66″

Women’s March Puzzle

Preserve the spirit of the Women’s March with this gorgeously illustrated puzzle.

  • Number of pieces: 500
  • Dimension: 12″ x 12″

Gray Malin Double-Sided Beach Puzzle

This challenging, double-sided puzzle brings not one but two of Gray Malin’s iconic aerial photos into your home. Frame the side you like better.

  • Number of pieces: 500
  • Dimension: 24″ x 18″

“Sweet Succulents” Puzzle

Whether you’re a devoted plant mom or can’t seem to keep a cactus alive, one thing’s for sure: The succulents featured in this puzzle are sure to thrive—once you put them together, that is. This puzzle’s larger pieces make it ideal for adults who struggle with eyesight.

  • Number of Pieces: 300
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 18″

The MoMA Frank Stella Shaped Puzzle

Head to the Museum of Modern Art in New York to see Frank Stella’s 1970 geometric painting, Firuzabad, in person—or just recreate it in puzzle form at your home.

  • Number of Pieces: 750
  • Dimension: 28.3” x 21”

“A Picture Perfect Day” Puzzle

Stare at this puzzle with the hopes of being magically transported into Jane Wooster Scott’s idyllic depiction of a small town. There’s more Americana where that came from. Ceaco, the manufacturer, has an entire collection of puzzles inspired by Scott’s artwork. The coolest part? This puzzle is highly customizable. Ceaco allows customers to purchase the puzzles in the piece counts of their choosing, ranging from 300 to 1500.

Number of Pieces: Customizable
Dimensions: 24″ x 18″

“Wonder & Bloom” Puzzle

Make this warm and inviting shop come to life, piece by piece. If the puzzle is your style, check out artist Victoria Ball’s other pieces on sale.

  • Number of Pieces: 500
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 20″

“The Garden of Earthly Delights by Heironymus Bosch” Puzzle

Hieronymus Bosch’s most famous triptych, painted between 1490 and 1510, makes for a heck of a jigsaw puzzle. The fun lies in appreciating Bosch’s level of detail more closely than you could among the crowds of Madrid’s Prado museum.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimension: 19.25″ x 26.5″

“Book Club” Puzzle

Assemble, legion of book lovers! Our noses are buried in novels, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Complete this fun puzzle, and be among your people.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 20” x 27”

“New Yorker Cat’s Eye View” Puzzle

Since its first issue in 1925, The New Yorker has amassed an impressive backlog of illustrated covers. Unsurprisingly, those memorable covers make for spectacular puzzles. There’s one for every sense of style, but we love this pensive cat. Check out the entire collection here.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 19.25” x 26.625”

“The Bookshop” Puzzle

Bring your happy place to life with this puzzle of an idyllic bookshop. Couldn’t you imagine wandering through the door, and getting lost among the aisles for hours?

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 14.75″ x 10.75″

“Frank Lloyd Wright Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers” Puzzle

Originally, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers was designed as a magazine cover—but we think it makes an even better puzzle. The jigsaw’s gold foil-stamped pieces give it an extra special finish. Like Tamatoa of Moana, we can’t resist something “shiny.”

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 20” x 27”

“Gardener’s Palette” Puzzle

Looking for a puzzle to complete with friends? This is your best bet. Though it’s 1,000 pieces, Gardener’s Palette is refreshingly simple due to its color gradient. Everyone can tackle a different color block.

Number of Pieces: 1,000
Dimensions: 27″ x 20″

Astrology Puzzle

Can you spot your sign in this puzzle?

Number of Pieces: 1,000
Dimensions: 20″ x 27″

“Jonathan Adler Now House Vertigo” Puzzle

This puzzle design by Jonathan Adler looks like an optical illusion, or melting popsicles, or a vertical rainbow. It’s abstract art—it can look like whatever you want it to.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,000
  • Dimensions: 27″ x 20″

“Disney Villains” Puzzle

They may be devious, but Disney villains have style. Their natural panache comes through in this stained glass-themed puzzle. That said, if you’re not on Team Villain, check out the version featuring princesses instead.

  • Number of Pieces: 1,500
  • Dimensions: 32” x 24”

“Coral Reef Majesty” Puzzle

Take a trip under the sea with this puzzle featuring a detailed depiction of bustling coral reef.

  • Number of Pieces: 2,000
  • Dimensions: 30″ x 39″

“Life” Puzzle

For the ultimate challenge, this puzzle has 24,000 pieces. If you happen to have a lot spare time, ambition, and lots of floor space, then give this epic puzzle a whirl.

  • Number of Pieces: 24,000
  • Dimension: 14′ x 5′

Custom Puzzle

Make your own puzzle using Shutterfly’s service.

  • Number of Pieces: 60, 252, or 1014
  • Dimensions: 60-piece and 252-piece: 10 x 14 inches; 520-piece: 16 x 20 inches; 1014-piece: 20 x 30 inches

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