In the universe of puzzles, crosswords, and Sudoku, we typically think of the word search as child’s play. It’s the sort of thing you find on the back of a cereal box, not something that requires an entirely different New York Times subscription.

This word search, however, just might give even the savviest puzzle solver issues. It only asks you to locate a single word, but that’s exactly what makes it turn your brain to pudding.

The only word you need to find on this supposed “world’s hardest word search” is “dog.” But it’s deceptively hard.


Think you’ve spotted it?


It’s right there, starting in the third row.


You wouldn’t think that would be so difficult, but damn if it was! How did you do? Did you find it right away or did it take you a little while?

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