Only Color Experts Can Tackle This Massive 5,000-Piece Puzzle

updated Apr 30, 2019
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In the event that you have a whole lot of time on your hands, consider stimulating your neurons with this massive 5,000-piece CYMK puzzle. Created by German designer and illustrator Clemens Habitcht, this complex puzzle is the larger, decidedly more challenging relative of the 1,000-piece game he released in 2014.

Somehow, Habitcht figured that the smaller puzzle was easier to assemble than its traditional counterparts, but I’m not sure if that assessment still applies to 5,000 distinct pieces that combine to make up parts of a specific color. Where the previous puzzle had one piece for every shade of color to reflect the CYMK color model used in color printing, the new and improved version contains five pieces for each shade: cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black).

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Sheesh…I can already feel the swirl of color-filled confusion starting to descend upon my brain, and the sheer heft of it also has me scratching my head. The CYMK puzzle weighs in at an incredible six pounds and measures 80 x 32 inches.

This puzzle sounds like an impossible feat, but there’s always intuition, something Habitcht says would-be puzzle solvers should rely upon to guide them through connecting the tiny pieces.

“I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of color, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details,” Habitcht previously told Co.Design of the 1,000-piece puzzle.

In addition to blocking off your schedule for several hours (possibly days), you’re obviously going to need plenty of patience and some extra space, so make a plan to move back those pieces of furniture that fit together like a puzzle and get started arranging the pieces of the entire color spectrum.

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If you’re up for the challenge, you can sign up for the 5,000 Colors Puzzle waitlist (it’s currently sold out) at The Colossal Shop.

h/t Co.Design