Latest brainteaser challenges puzzlers to find the open padlock

The latest brainteaser sweeping the web has left even the most eagle-eyed of puzzlers feeling perplexed. 

The graphic, created by Smartcard Store, features an ocean of locked padlocks and asks netizens to spot the one which is open.   

But with hundreds positioned at different angles in the busy image, the task is trickier than it may initially seem.

According to experts, the current record stands at nine seconds – but can you do any better when you give it a whirl?

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The last brainteaser, created by Smartcard Store, challenges puzzlers to find the unlocked padlock in the busy graphic

The last brainteaser, created by Smartcard Store, challenges puzzlers to find the unlocked padlock in the busy graphic

The last brainteaser, created by Smartcard Store, challenges puzzlers to find the unlocked padlock in the busy graphic

While many of us are familiar with the security devices, trying to find the hidden object in the colourful puzzle is a completely different ball game.

If you’re struggling to spot the answer, try looking for a tiny grey key that’s inserted into the bottom of one of the locks.

Give up? If the answer is yes, the much sought-after object can be found towards the left-hand side of the hectic image.

Another seek-and-find puzzle stumping the nation challenges you to find the puppy hiding in a crowded dog park. 

If you've given up looking and have surpassed the nine second record, you can find the answer circled in red towards the middle left of the image

If you've given up looking and have surpassed the nine second record, you can find the answer circled in red towards the middle left of the image

If you’ve given up looking and have surpassed the nine second record, you can find the answer circled in red towards the middle left of the image

The task, created to mark national dog day yesterday, shows a single puppy hidden somewhere among the adult dogs in a green leafy park.  

It may seem like a simple task, but it’s far trickier than it may appear – with the fastest player taking 15 seconds to find the puppy.  

So can you spot the pup in the sea of terriers, corgis, Labradors and spaniels?

According to the puzzle creators at pet food company Natures Menu, the average person takes 21.2 seconds to complete the challenge. 

It may seem like a simple task, but it's far trickier than it may seem - with the current record set at an impressive 15 seconds. Look closely and you'll see the puppy in the top right of the image

It may seem like a simple task, but it's far trickier than it may seem - with the current record set at an impressive 15 seconds. Look closely and you'll see the puppy in the top right of the image

It may seem like a simple task, but it’s far trickier than it may seem – with the current record set at an impressive 15 seconds. Look closely and you’ll see the puppy in the top right of the image

Has more time passed and you still can’t find it? Glance towards the top right of the image.

And if you’re really finding it hard, here’s a giveaway clue: the puppy appears to be a yellow Labrador, and is stealthily camouflaged in something of a similar colour.

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to find it, as there have been plenty of other brainteasers sweeping the web for you to try your hand at. 

The seek-and-find puzzle, created to mark Britain's national dog day yesterday, shows a single puppy hidden somewhere among the adult dogs in a green leafy park

The seek-and-find puzzle, created to mark Britain's national dog day yesterday, shows a single puppy hidden somewhere among the adult dogs in a green leafy park

The seek-and-find puzzle, created to mark Britain’s national dog day yesterday, shows a single puppy hidden somewhere among the adult dogs in a green leafy park 

Another asks puzzlers to find the pencil among the yellow school buses – but it’s not easy.

The puzzle – brought to you by GoSimpleTax who provide a self-assessment software solution for individuals, including teachers and those in the education sector – is the latest to stump the internet. 

When tried and tested, no participants were able to find the pencil in under 38 seconds. But can you beat that record? 

The latest brainteaser, created by GoSimpleTax, challenges puzzlers to find the pencil case staple among the school buses

The latest brainteaser, created by GoSimpleTax, challenges puzzlers to find the pencil case staple among the school buses

The latest brainteaser, created by GoSimpleTax, challenges puzzlers to find the pencil case staple among the school buses

With the school buses headed in different directions, creating somewhat of an optical illusion, it’s not hard to see why this brainteaser is proving super tricky for those who try to solve it. 

Providing a tip to help you stop scratching your heads, GoSimpleTax recommend that you search the bottom half of the puzzle. 

How long did it take you to crack the brainteaser? Or did you have to scroll down to find the pencil?

The answer resides towards the bottom left-hand side of the busy graphic - but did you manage to beat the record?

The answer resides towards the bottom left-hand side of the busy graphic - but did you manage to beat the record?

The answer resides towards the bottom left-hand side of the busy graphic – but did you manage to beat the record?

A further colourful brainteaser created by GalaBingo tasks people to scour the sea of flip flops to find the rogue aubergine. 

Unsurprisingly, over 70 per cent of those who have taken part so far have struggled to spot it in under three minutes. 

So, are you among the eagle-eyed 30 per cent who can point it out in less than 180 seconds? 

The puzzle, created by GalaBingo, challenges people to scour the sea of flip flops to find the rogue aubergine

The puzzle, created by GalaBingo, challenges people to scour the sea of flip flops to find the rogue aubergine

The puzzle, created by GalaBingo, challenges people to scour the sea of flip flops to find the rogue aubergine

Those who designed the puzzle have said four out of 10 people who give it a go throw in the towel before finding the eggplant. 

If you’re struggling to find the vegetable, feast your eyes towards the bottom right of the image.

Still not found it? 

Here’s a real giveaway clue: the aubergine is not in its whole form, but sliced down the middle and grilled.

Many may have been searching the image for the aubergine in its whole form, but it's well disguised as it's presented sliced down the middle and grilled

Many may have been searching the image for the aubergine in its whole form, but it's well disguised as it's presented sliced down the middle and grilled

Many may have been searching the image for the aubergine in its whole form, but it’s well disguised as it’s presented sliced down the middle and grilled

In another puzzle by Holiday Extras, netizens are asked to find a toaster packed among a load of luggage.

But with various coloured cases crammed into every inch of the busy graphic, the task can prove difficult.

According to the experts, the average person takes 43 seconds to find the well-hidden item – but will you find it any faster?

This brainteaser, created by Holiday Extras, challenges puzzles to find a toaster amongst a lot of luggage (pictured)

This brainteaser, created by Holiday Extras, challenges puzzles to find a toaster amongst a lot of luggage (pictured)

This brainteaser, created by Holiday Extras, challenges puzzles to find a toaster amongst a lot of luggage (pictured)

The graphic was created after the company found that the traditional toaster is no longer the gift of choice for newlyweds.

In fact, household appliances were the second-least popular wedding gift (second only to charity donations), with most couples preferring cash (34 per cent) or money towards their honeymoon (32 per cent). 

‘Having conducted this research, and learning that 70% of people said they’d use a website that allowed them to add holiday extras to their wedding list, we’ve decided to launch a brand new service called Honeymoon Extras,’ said Seamus McCauley, Editor-in-Chief at Holiday Extras.

‘As with every gift, it’s the thought that counts. But, as our survey shows, times are changing – with couples now favouring experiences over more traditional appliances.’

Spoiler alert! The answer can be found towards the top centre of the image.

Give up? The answer is circled in red (pictured) and resides towards the top centre of the busy image

Give up? The answer is circled in red (pictured) and resides towards the top centre of the busy image

Give up? The answer is circled in red (pictured) and resides towards the top centre of the busy image

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