Since 1987, children and adults have loved the “Where’s Wally” brain teaser puzzle books by Martin Handford that hide a traveler known as Wally in illustrations of locations from around the world. Handford hides Wally, or “Waldo” in the United States, by depicting people and objects drawn with similar lines, colors and patterns throughout the illustrations.
Last year, a Hungarian artist, Gergely Dudas, recreated Handford’s hidden figure idea with an illustration that focused on the public’s obsession with pandas. Dudas hid a black-eared and white panda among snowmen.
The panda was difficult to find because the bright orange carrot noses and colorful scarves and hats caused a distraction. The panda was also drawn with a similar shape.
After the success of this puzzle, other artists took up the fun. For example, an artist from the United States, Matthew Merrill, created a puzzle that featured a panda hidden among a large group of popular domesticated dogs.
The panda was difficult to find because Merrill depicted different breeds in varying sizes, shapes and colors. The panda also had a more dog-like appearance.
Merrill’s latest illustration, which depicts a group of elephant faces, has attracted a lot of attention over the last few months with many people sharing it across their social networks.
The puzzle is difficult for some players because it requires them to scan for a black and white panda among similar line drawings of orange, yellow and white elephants. The key [hint] is to look only at the white elephants.