If you’re looking for something to help keep your brain busy in lockdown, we have a brainteaser that could get those cogs turning again.

The tricky picture was created by distance learning provider Oxbridge as a way to help pass lockdown boredom – and it’s driving people mad.

It shows a background of books stacked among one another in varying colours of blue, green, orange and red.

People are then asked to find the yellow pencil hidden between the books – can you spot it?

Oxbridge revealed that the time to beat as of yet, stands at 20 seconds, and that’s definitely a challenge.

Can you spot it in under 20 seconds?

Did you manage to spot the pencil?

As well as being a bit of fun, the puzzle is also helping to promote Oxbridge’s £60,000 education bursary.

It aims to help those who have lost work, on furlough or simply looking to upskill, gain new qualifications whilst they’re in lockdown. 

The bursary was previously set at £35,000 but as a result of increased attention in lockdown it has been increased.

Here’s a look at the answer to the brainteaser…

How long did it take you?

Matt Jones, Oxbridge’s Founder, said: “It’s our responsibility and attitude as a college to help people change their lives for the better.

“We hope this funding continues to help those in need attain the qualifications for re-employment, taking the opportunity for a career change or personal development.

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“When you commit to learning, education will always propel you forwards in the world.”

Oxbridge said that the courses which have received the most interest during lockdown are those which increasing their functional skills to assist with re-employment like GCSEs and core skills courses, gaining qualifications to help others with their mental health for example Counselling and CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) courses and skills to start their own businesses, specifically in childcare and event planning.

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