A thousand-piece jigsaw puzzle which isn't an image, just the color spectrum, sounds like it could be a giant pain. And yet, its designer, Clemens Habicht, swears it's easier than a traditional puzzle.

The puzzle is 1,000 pieces and exactly 1,000 colors — arranged on the cyan, magenta, yellow, key (CMYK) spectrum. Habicht says of his creation:

The idea came from enjoying the subtle differences in the blue of a sky in a particularly brutal jigsaw puzzle, I found that without the presence of image detail to help locate a piece I was relying only on an intuitive sense of colour, and this was much more satisfying to do than the areas with image details.

What is strange is that unlike ordinary puzzles where you are in effect redrawing a specific picture from a reference you have a sense of where every piece belongs compared to every other piece. There is a real logic in the doing that is weirdly soothing, therapeutic, it must be the German coming out in me. As each piece clicks perfectly into place, just so, it's a little win, like a little pat on the back.

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He says that, but maybe if you have trouble with this color sensitivity test, it won't be quite so easy.

The puzzle used to be available only from Australia for $40 AUD, it was recently added to the Colossal shop for $49.