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Challenging puzzles to sharpen your mind, improve your memory, and keep your brain fit.
Marcel Danesi Ph.D.
Word sequence puzzles impel us to make connections among words, thus putting on display how the associative mind works.
If you have ever wondered what charades are and why we play them, this should explain it all.
Riddles and anagrams reach back to the dawn of history, revealing how the mind interacts with language.
The sudden insight we get when solving a puzzle is called the Eureka effect. These puzzles will help you experience it directly.
Paradoxes are fascinating logical conundrums, different from typical problems and puzzles because they have no concrete solution. They challenge linear-logical thinking.
Logic helps us understand things in particular ways. But what is logic? Solving logic puzzles is one way to examine this mental faculty.
If you are stuck inside and need a brain workout during the pandemic, two-way word puzzles may be what the doctor ordered.
Thinking in an unorthodox fashion helps broaden the mind. Lateral thinking puzzles are designed to achieve this.
Figuring out how things or people can be organized in a given way is an exercise in visual thinking. These 10 puzzles will allow you to engage in this kind of thinking.
Puzzle that intentionally tend to deceives us will sharpen our ability to see through deception. These ten puzzles, called gotcha puzzles, show how this might unfold.
Puzzles in logical thinking are true head-scratchers. A classic in this area is the Knights and Knaves puzzle, which will challenge everyone's logical skills.
Some of the most challenging puzzles ever devised were those of the American engineer Sam Loyd. Five of his puzzles are provided to exemplify his puzzle wizardry.
Puzzles are both fun and frustrating. What makes a good puzzle? Try these eight classics to find out.
Puzzles involving relatives boggle the mind, allowing us to use logic to disentangle them.
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.
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.