The World's Most Difficult Puzzle

In the early 1960s, a jigsaw puzzle caused a sensation in America.

It was based on an abstract expressionist painting by the artist Jackson Pollock.

His explosive drip paintings had divided Americans into bemusement and outrage - he was a genius or a charlatan.

But the jigsaw was even more challenging than the original: it was proclaimed The World's Most Difficult Puzzle.

Alan Dein pieces together this bizarre story.

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In the early 1960s, a jigsaw puzzle caused a sensation in America.

It was based on an abstract expressionist painting by the artist Jackson Pollock.

His explosive drip paintings had divided Americans into bemusement and outrage - he was a genius or a charlatan.

But the jigsaw was even more challenging than the original: it was proclaimed The World's Most Difficult Puzzle.

Alan Dein pieces together this bizarre story.

2004032720040823

In the early 1960s, a jigsaw puzzle caused a sensation in America.

It was based on an abstract expressionist painting by the artist Jackson Pollock.

His explosive drip paintings had divided Americans into bemusement and outrage - he was a genius or a charlatan.

But the jigsaw was even more challenging than the original: it was proclaimed The World's Most Difficult Puzzle.

Alan Dein pieces together this bizarre story.

20040823

In the early 1960s, a jigsaw puzzle caused a sensation in America. It was based on an abstract expressionist painting by the artist Jackson Pollock. His explosive drip paintings had divided Americans into bemusement and outrage - he was a genius or a charlatan. But the jigsaw was even more challenging than the original: it was proclaimed 'The World's Most Difficult Puzzle'.

Alan Dein pieces together this bizarre story.