Radiohead announce their own jigsaw puzzle, the ‘Radiohead Fragmentary Time Waster’

A puzzling development?

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Radiohead have announced some slightly unconventional merchandise: a jigsaw puzzle. It’s been dubbed by the band the ‘Radiohead Fragmentary Time Waster.’

The puzzle (when completed) shows the artwork for the band’s 2004 compilation release Com Lag (2plus2isfive), and sports a sizeable thousand pieces – that’s around five for every day left in 2020, to put things into perspective.

The band announced the puzzle on social media with a poster that reads: “Bored? Got nothing to do? Fed up? Nothing on the TV. No way! What you gonna do? Gonna get a jigsaw innit.

“Tell me more, tell me more! A Radiohead jigsaw. Has it got loads and loads of pieces? A thousand. Is it really difficult and will it take ages? I reckon so, yeah. Sounds great! Is it affordable? Depends on your finances. Is there a chance you could still be bored after completing it? Yeah probably. Sounds amazing!!!”

In the same style as their liner notes, the band defamiliarise the idea of a puzzle with the strange instructional printed on the box: “One thousand small pieces must be carefully assembled in the correct and approved manner, only then will the entirety of the image be apparent to you.

“It will not be easy. It is not meant to be easy. It will be easy. It is meant to be easy.”

Pre-orders are open now, with each puzzle costing £29.99. They’re expected to dispatch late in August of this year.

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