Posts Tagged ‘puzzle’

A great Scrabble puzzle

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Scrabble® provides some of the best mental exercise there is. Although many online sites offer Scrabble®, the board game between two people is still the best way to play. Scrabble® is up there with chess and bridge as one of the three classic games of skill.

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Eureka Puzzle Primer

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Eureka puzzles are word search puzzles for teaching teamwork and diversity of thought. To solve them you must deduce the theme by determining enough of the hidden elements that are disguised in a set of short sentences. The hidden elements could be words in a sentence, or words within words or syllables, or letter sequences, or many other such elements. The themes could be almost anything. There is something in each sentence that binds it to the other sentences as a set with a cohesive and well-defined identity.

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Enjoy English: Puzzle #1

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

From now on, I will post some fun stuff on weekends. No professional advice, no preaching, just some entertaining mental torture. Mental exercise is just as important as physical exercise.

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Enjoying English!

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

In the concluding chapter of Eureka! there is a poem that I intended to be a puzzle in observation. A little poetic license was needed for this attempt at helping readers to enjoy English. This poem has a few special attributes that should be easy to detect if you’ve read the book and this paragraph. Eureka! (more…)

So Long to Cheech and Chong

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

This Word Mastermind game is a fictitious, but brilliant battle between Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong, two players who are much smarter than they seemed as a comedy duo. We all miss their silly comedy routines.

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Word Mastermind

Saturday, June 18th, 2011

When I was in high school, my best friend and I played a one-on-one thinking game that was simple to explain but required tremendous skills in deduction and word forming. It provided great mental exercise and could be played anywhere with just a pencil and paper. Here are the rules.

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Creative writing

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Here is the first puzzle in Eureka!

All you have to do is notice the strange coincidence in the paragraph below. The real puzzle is to construct a similarly strange paragraph yourself on a different topic. Such language gymnastics provide a vigorous mental workout in creative writing. (more…)