While most businesses have struggled, to say the least, under coronavirus-related closures, one industry is enjoying a boom time: puzzle production. Owing to homebound Americans’ limited options for entertainment, jigsaw puzzles have surged in popularity over the last two months, with still-open brick-and-mortar retailers like Walmart and Target selling out, and Ceaco, a Massachusetts-based puzzle producer, unable to meet a demand that shot up 300 percent from the same time in 2019.
But the internet still offers a limitless bounty of fun puzzles for all tastes—from animals and food and astronomy to classic artworks, street scenes and abstract swathes of color. All you need is time and patience. With talk of—gulp—a second wave of coronavirus ravaging us this fall, it’s best to stock up now. Here are a few of our favorites.
This image of Times Square before the coronapocalypse is a reminder of the action and vibrancy that has made New York City one of the world’s global hubs. We yearn to see cityscapes like this again.
Leave it up to the marketers behind “Game of Thrones” to jettison the uncomplicated ease of 2D puzzling. One of the most labyrinthine television shows has produced a three-dimensional puzzle of the Red Keep that is no less intimidating.
Cinephiles, especially those of us missing our movie theaters, can prep some popcorn and enjoy piecing together this collage of 32 movie posters. The titles, seemingly arbitrary, run the gamut from bona fide classics (“Chinatown,” “Sullivan’s Travels”) to esoteric obscurities (“Love With a Proper Stranger?”).
This one, pictured at the top of this post, bills itself as the World’s Most Difficult Jigsaw Puzzle. We’ll be the judge of that, thank you very much. One thing’s for certain—its spread of cupcakes certainly ranks among the most delicious we’ve seen.
Puzzlers with more than a passing interest in ornithology will appreciate this vision of 100 birds paying homage to the sizable phoenix at its center. Plus, its circular shape makes it unique from the rectangular standard.
Another round puzzle, this 750-piece work replicates “Firuzabad,” an iconic work from the eminent abstract expressionist Frank Stella.
This one makes my head spin—a puzzle of somebody doing a puzzle. This aptly named “Meta Puzzle” is cute and perhaps a little infuriating—recommended for hardcore puzzlers only!