'Impossibly difficult' clear puzzle puts your willpower to the test


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If you're tired of doing simple, aesthetically pleasing jigsaw puzzles, or if you're a glutton for punishment, we have a new hobby for you.

The latest puzzle craze has arrived — and it's completely transparent.

The Little Flower Pot Shop on Etsy is offering a clear, acrylic puzzle they describe as "insanity."

Shop: Impossibly Difficult Clear Jigsaw Puzzle, $25

Credit: Etsy

There are four tiers of difficulty: Easy (9 pieces), Okay (25 pieces), Hard (49 pieces) and Crazy (144 pieces).

“We really didn’t think anyone would rise to the challenge,” the listing says. “No hints here, just days of fun assembling them."

Little Flower Pot Shop promises no repeated pieces and only one correct solution for each puzzle.

Adding another layer of difficulty to the already massive challenge, there's no indication which side of each piece is supposed to face up.

The puzzle has a perfect 5-star rating on Etsy at the moment.

"I only have two pieces together so far, but I’m loving this! Such a great idea and so well made," one reviewer wrote.

“Great product that is very ingenious in its design,” another said. “There are some very clever tricks in the design that will definitely surprise and delight anyone who likes puzzles.”

Contemporary puzzle retailer Ravensburger announced last week that demand for puzzles has spiked 370 percent in the time since widespread social distancing began.

If you're a puzzle person, some of the more difficult transparent puzzle options are sure to keep you busy for a few days — and a few sleepless nights.

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