Hardest Jigsaw Puzzles, an Updating List

The top 8 most difficult jigsaw puzzles I've done, ranked

My name is Peter, and I do a lot of puzzles. I think it's a great hobby, and there are few things I enjoy more than grabbing a beer or 2 and settling down to puzzle for a couple hours.

I usually stick to puzzles in the intermediate range, 1000-piecers with fun themes (see one of my personal favorites, Gnomeland Security), but every once in a while I like a challenge.

This list is dedicated to those puzzles.

I've completed all of the puzzles in the list (barring the bonus puzzle, because ain't nobody got time for that), and I can attest that they'll all give you a lot of grief. If that's what you are looking for, you're in the right place!

1. Krypt Silver 654 Piece Blank Puzzle Challenge

My brother bought this puzzle for me as a gift (presumably because he hates me). I thought it wouldn't be all that tough given that it's only 654 pieces... but yikes. This was horrible. Being both monotone with irregular shapes makes it nearly impossible to approach with any sort of strategy.

2. The world's smallest 1000 micro piece Jigsaw Black-hell

The pieces are so small in this puzzle, its almost impossible to tell what you're looking for. Not sure what the writing on the box says, but I'm guessing it's something along the lines of "Abandon all hope ye who enter here"

3. Lunchtime 1932, NYC 1000 Piece Puzzle

Horrible, horrible. I thought I was cruising along in this one, quickly finished the edges, beam, and cable... and then hit a wall, hard. The background features are too indistinct to be a useful organizing factor, but just distinct enough to make you think you might be able to. I wasted a lot of time before deciding to go solely on shape.

4. Piatnik Wine Corks1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

Similar to the "Lunchtime 1932" puzzle above, you might think you can organize based off of the printed features on the pieces, but I found this to be pretty useless. Tough!

5. Beverly Micro Pure White Hell Jigsaw Puzzle (1000 Piece)

You'd think this puzzle would be higher in the list, however it's total lack of features kind of forced me into approaching it very methodically, organizing pieces by shape and size, and it didn't take as long as you'd think. It also wasn't particularly fun...

6. Diana and Her Nymphs 1,000-piece Jigsaw Puzzle

This puzzle kicked off my puzzle hobbyism a few years ago. It'd probably be much easier for me today, but at the time it was pretty tough. Lots of sections that look very similar, but are actually in no way physically related.

7. EuroGraphics Marc Chagall Le Violoniste Bleu Puzzle (1000 Piece)

I love art, and I love puzzles. I don't like this puzzle though. Eurographics puzzles are different than most in that they feature very irregular pieces (ie you're not going to find a single 4 sided piece in the box). The irregularity of the pieces combined with the abstract and mottled features made this one tough.

8. An Anciente Mappe of Fairyland 1000 Piece

This puzzle is lying in pieces on my table right now. It remains to be seen how long it takes, but I can already tell it's gonna be rough. Lot's of similar looking sections, and no eye-grabbing features are making it difficult. I like the theme though!

9. Bonus: Ravensburger Disney Puzzle (40320 Pieces)

Ok... this puzzle is 40,000+ pieces. You need $400 and an empty 4 car garage to even think about starting it. If you do this puzzle, I'll be incredibly impressed and a little worried about you at the same time.
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