There’s something so meditative about connecting interlocking pieces to form a complex jigsaw puzzle. It’s calming. It’s engaging. It gives your brain a workout and lets you flex your problem-solving skills. And maybe most importantly right now, puzzles help pass the time. Kids, of course, have always loved them, but puzzles for adults are making a comeback. Unlike passively bingeing Netflix (apologies, Tiger King) while guzzling a cocktail, adult puzzles have the added benefit of letting you be entertained and focused and present. Pick a puzzle based on your skill level, your interests (hummingbirds or cooking, perhaps), and how much of your time you want to devote to it. And build on. We’ve rounded up some of the best puzzles for adults, from the beautifully picturesque to the devilishly difficult, including jigsaws, 3D puzzles and logic-based mind-benders.
If you truly want to kill some time, devote an evening (or a week) to doing this 1000-piecer, which depicts an Amsterdam canal. Like all puzzles by heritage puzzle-maker Ravensburger, the pieces are precisely laser-cut so they seamlessly fit together.
At only 121 pieces, this puzzle isn't too hard, which makes it a good family project. And when it's done, you have a 3-D replica of one of Germany's most famous dwellings — the Bavarian castle said to have inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty castle. The puzzle's a solid way to fill three hours.
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