A mind-bending puzzle is the latest brainteaser to sweep the internet – but can you beat the clock, or will you be left scratching your head?
At first glance, this seemingly typical suburban home doesn’t appear any different to how it would normally look.
But if you scan the image more carefully, you should be able to pick out the 11 clues which indicate the residents might be spending time away.
With three fifths of domestic burglaries in the UK taking place between 6pm and 6am, according to ONS figures, the puzzle, created by Philips Hue smart lighting, aims to highlight the best ways to keep your home secure as evenings grow darker.
It takes the average reader 120 seconds to spot the clues, during which time it’s estimated an average of three burglaries will have occurred in the UK – but how will you get on?
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Brainteaser challenges puzzlers to pick out the 11 clues that the residents of this house have gone on holiday (pictured)
Andy Baxter, Philips Hue product manager at Signify said: ‘A burglar will look at a row of houses in a street and look for the obvious signs that someone is away and it’s easy to get into.
‘People can often get complacent when they live on a quiet road with a community fee – leaving windows open or letting post pile up in sight through the porch window – so it’s worth coming up with some tactics to protect your home from thieves.’
Answers to the puzzle: Light left on throughout the night; door is unlocked; valuable items seen through the window; rubbish; a key under a doormat.
Other answers include: Having an alarm system in line of sight; curtains left half open; post piled up in the letterbox; ladder in the garden; window open; no car in driveway.
If you’ve given up, you can find the 11 hidden security risks highlighted in red (pictured)
Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to beat the two minute record, as there have been plenty of other brainteasers sweeping the web for you to try your hand at.
Another brainteaser which has proved challenging to even the most eagle-eyed of netizens asks people to find a musical note in a space landing scene – so give it a go, and reach for the stars!
HIDDEN SECURITY RISKS TO BE AWARE OF
- Light left on throughout the night – lights on at strange times make it obvious no one is home
• Door is unlocked – garage, shed and conservatory doors should be locked regardless of where you live
• Valuable items seen through the window – valuable items on display can entice intruders
• Rubbish – boxes for expensive items, such as tech, in recycling areas can give a lot away
• A key under a doormat – it’s an easy find like setting a password as 1234
• Having an alarm system in line of sight – this means burglars can see if it’s activated
• Curtains left half open – letting people see into your home and who’s there or not?
• Post piled up in the letterbox – this could signal an unoccupied property
• Ladder in the garden – building materials such as ladders can easily be used to smash or reach windows.
• Window open – no matter how high, they are often easy to jimmy open if left unlocked or ajar
• No car in driveway – it’s evident somebody hasn’t come home if a thief is watching the property, or similarly if a car hasn’t been moved for some time.
But the puzzle, created by toy manufacturer TOMY, features the likes of stars, hearts and even Earth – so may prove trickier than you first think.
And with the current record standing at an impressive 40 seconds, how will you fare?
The latest brainteaser, created by toy manufacturer TOMY, asks people to find the musical note in the space landing scene (pictured)
The colourful graphic was designed to celebrate the launch of Rizmo by TOMY, the first ever ‘evolving toy’ that listens, learns, remembers and grows – both in play value and physical form.
In an ideal world, you would have found the answer by now, but if you’re after a clue then look towards the right-hand side of the image.
And if you’re still struggling, you’ll find the hidden musical note resides towards the bottom of the puzzle.
If you haven’t managed to find the answer, it resides towards the bottom left-hand side of the image and is circled in red
Another released for autumn challenges puzzlers to find the eyeshadow amongst an array of tempting treats.
Filled with delicious delicacies, fashion fun and lifestyle luxuries, the mind-boggling graphic, created by leading fashion and lifestyle destination Meadowhall, features a range of items designed to catch the eyes of any savvy shopper.
But will the eagle-eyed be able to seek out the eyeshadow hidden amongst the autumnal haul – and beat the 46 second record?
The latest brainteaser challenges netizens to find the eyeshadow amongst an array of tasty treats – but can you find the hidden item?
The brainteaser was released to celebrate the success of the company’s exclusive late-night experience.
Darren Pearce, Centre Director at Meadowhall, said: ”Whether you’re looking to update your look, pick up some sushi-making skills or simply find a good spot to catch up with friends, there are all sorts of undiscovered opportunities to find at Meadowhall.’
‘The fun is in the exploring and we hope our puzzle hopes to whet the appetite of those ready to find something new!’
If you really can’t search any longer, you’ll find the answer towards the bottom right-hand side of the puzzle.
If you’re struggling to find the answer, feast your eyes towards the bottom right-hand side of the picture
Another baffling optical illusion, created by national construction supplier Burton Roofing, asks netizens to locate the sleeping bat cleverly disguised amongst a variety of different construction materials.
But with buckets, paintbrushes and step ladders jam-packed in the image, solving the tricky puzzle is harder than you may initially anticipate.
On average, it takes puzzlers 15 seconds to spot the hidden bat – but how will you get on?
A baffling optical illusion (pictured), created by Burton Roofing, challenges the nation to find the hidden bat amongst construction materials
The puzzle features a sleeping bat hidden among an assortment of tools and whilst providing a bit of fun, it also has a serious message about the importance of bats and ensuring they are protected if they decide to pay a visit to your home.
‘Bats often go unnoticed when they roost in lofts, basements, garages and external parts of buildings, but occasionally they accidentally stray into the living spaces of homes and workplaces,’ commented Dr Joe Nunez-Mino, Director of Communications & Fundraising at the Bat Conservation Trust.
‘Sometimes in the summer, young bats, which are inexperienced flyers, will become exhausted before finding their way out.’
‘They may try to land on a wall or curtains, or they may crash land on furniture or the floor. If you do happen to find a bat has landed inside or around your property, then it is probably in need of some help.’
The hidden bat (pictured) resides towards the top left-hand side of the construction-themed optical illusion
And if you’re struggling to find the solution, the well-hidden bat can be seen towards the top left of the picture.
Another colourful graphic, supplied by Rainbow International, who offer commercial and restoration cleaning franchises in the UK, asks puzzlers to find the rubber glove among the chickens.
The quickest time taken to complete the hard puzzle is 19 seconds – but that’s a record.
The latest brainteaser (pictured) challenging the nations asks netizens to fin the rubber gloves among the chickens
On average, it can take puzzlers up to a minute to find the glove – so why not give it a go and see how you get on?
However, with a chicken’s comb classically looking very similar to a glove, it’s a truly tricky brain teaser to perplex your mind.
Perhaps you might have been seeking one in a traditional marigold colour? If you’re after a clue, look for a red rubber glove.
If you still can’t find it even with a bit of guidance, then feast your eyes towards the bottom of the graphic.
The answer resides towards the very bottom of the picture, as shown by the white arrow