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The World's Hardest (Impossible) Word Puzzles
Awesome April Fool's Day Jokes for Teachers
By Chris Dunmire, Fool-ologist
The reason I named these the World's Hardest Puzzles is not because they take an intellectual giant to figure out. Upon close inspection, and after a frustrating amount of time, unsuspecting victims, er, puzzle enthusiasts, will realize that these puzzles can't be solved. Why not? Because I designed them that way! They think they'll find the words, but I didn't put the words in!
These puzzles make totally cool April 1 (April Fool's Day) gags and may be downloaded in PDF format for free personal and classroom use. Teachers have my permission to make copies for the whole class!
Chris Dunmire's Free Printable Classic 'No-Find' Word Search Puzzle Collection
Do you have a keen word searching friend or class of students who love word-finding puzzles? Well, give them a copy of my special "Artist's Studio", vegetable or animal-theme word search puzzles and watch how long it takes them to realize they'll never find one word. Keep 'em occupied while you get some quiet time for yourself. Bear in mind, I'm not responsible for what happens when they realize they've been duped!
Like these puzzles?
Animal & Vegetable Series
Print World's Hardest "Animals" Word Search Puzzle
Print World's Hardest "Vegetables" Word Search Puzzle
Artist's Studio Series
Print World's Hardest "Artist's Studio" Word Search Puzzle
Print "Dropped Artist's Studio" Word Search Puzzle
So I did a version of this gag on the above Artist's Studio Word Search Puzzle #3. Here's the set-up:
1. Print both versions (normal, dropped) of the puzzle.
2. Show your victim the front of the normal 'intact' puzzle for a brief moment before "accidentally" dropping it on the floor. When you pick it up, secretly swap the normal version with the dropped version and hand it to your recipient with a sheepish apology: "My printer hasn't been working too well lately... Sorry if things got a little messed up."
3. After a hearty ground-rolling laugh over that absurdness, give your friend the normal-looking version of the puzzle to do. Tip: Run off before he or she realizes that only partial words appear in this puzzle, except of course for the entire "APRIL FOOLS" line.
World's Hardest Crossword Puzzle Selection
Print World's Hardest Crossword Puzzle
1. The solver will soon realize that the answers that fit into the puzzle squares don't fit the questions, and give up.
2. The solver will realize that the real answer to the question ahead fits into the squares for the previous question. For example, the answer that fits into the #5 across squares ("crafts") is the true answer for #6 across ("Arts and _____").
Confusing? Absolutely! But to help you along, I've included an answer key along with the puzzle to help you keep things straight. Feel free to use this puzzle for an April Fool's (or any day) joke, or an exercise in creative thinking and problem solving! •
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