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Challenging puzzles to sharpen your mind, improve your memory, and keep your brain fit.
Marcel Danesi Ph.D.
Riddles are ancient, yet they still intrigue us. Here's why.
Lewis Carroll was, arguably, the greatest puzzle-maker of all time. Five of his most ingenious puzzles are provided for you to solve.
We all know intuitively what a puzzle is. But what is a puzzle actually? This blog will attempt an answer.
Puzzles that are layered with other puzzles can help expand complex thinking. Multi-layered puzzles are designed to do exactly that.
Ziggurat puzzles are relatively unknown. But they will stimulate the verbal part of the brain in an effective manner.
Test your word knowledge with a type of puzzle that combines anagrams and acrostics into a single puzzle format.
Compound word puzzles are interesting in themselves but also show how things in the world are essentially combinations of other things.
We use alphabets habitually without realizing how they help us make words. These puzzles focus on the word-making feature of alphabets.
Try these ten puzzles that will test your verbal skills, getting you to associate verbal memory with the form of words.
Life is hectic. Doing word puzzles such as the initial letter logic ones may help make your daily hassles more bearable. They are their own reward.
Arithmetic may be frustrating, but figuring out how numbers form relations is stimulating. These puzzles will activate inferential and reasoning processes in tandem.
Humans are fascinated by meaning associations between words. These wordplay puzzles shed a little light into the nature of word meaning.
Have you ever wondered how the great fictional detectives were able to identify a culprit? These puzzles provide insight into their thought processes.
Word searches are fun. If they are number words, which can be found only by solving number riddles, the challenge and fun are increased.
Does reversing letters in some words create new meanings? Find out with ten puzzles to challenge your verbal imagination.
What do odd-one-out puzzles imply psychologically? Perhaps they are mirrors of something that is fundamental to human life—the need for symmetry.
Magic squares are fascinating and they provide a challenge to the brain to solve.
Doublet puzzles are very challenging. These celebrity puzzles add to the challenge by testing your knowledge of movie celebrities
Arithmetic can be fun as these conundrums will show.
Critical thinking puzzles are designed to stimulate the logical areas of the rain.
Increase your knowledge of word construction by doing word Lego puzzles
The rebus is one of the most fascinating puzzles of all time.
In a previous post, I dealt with word ladders, the puzzle genre invented by Lewis Carroll. As you might recall, you are given two words, with steps in between, as in a ladder.
One of the most interesting features of the human brain is its ability to extract general principles from specific cases.
One of the oldest puzzle genres of history is what we now call the word square or acrostic, a square grid of seemingly random letters which, however, actually conceals words or messages.
Marcel Danesi, Ph.D., is a professor of semiotics and anthropology at Victoria College, University of Toronto. His books include The Puzzle Instinct and The Total Brain Workout.