Sometimes the most seemingly simple tasks can turn out to be the most complicated. While that’s a frustrating fact of life in general, it does make for some fun brain teasers! Take this puzzle that’s been making the rounds on WhatsApp, challenging you to do something that seems laughably simple: Count the squares. It might seem a whole lot simpler than these tricky math riddles and logic puzzles, but it will make you think for sure!
The puzzle challenges you to correctly identify the number of squares in this grid. In case your memory of primary school geometry is a little fuzzy, a square is a shape with four sides of equal length. So a four-sided shape with different-sized sides does not count.
It seems pretty easy at first, but don’t forget you have to account for squares that overlap each other, squares within squares, big squares and little squares. It’s trickier than you think. If finding hidden words is more your thing, see how you handle these rebus puzzles.
Ready for the answer?
All told, there are 40 squares hiding in plain sight here. Didn’t find that many? Take a look below to see them all highlighted, or give it another try. Don’t forget that while the big square comprises 16 of the medium-sized squares, you can make squares with combos of four and nine medium squares.
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