Puzzles Help Mental Stability During a Pandemic 

by Sumaiya Kabir One of the best ways to stay mentally strong in this new norm, without losing your mind of course, is through solving puzzles. There are researches conducted and scientific explanations provided on thecorrelation between puzzles and mental health. This game is one of the cogitative activities that reduces anxiety and promotes overall mental well-being. Through untangling puzzles, you can: Exercise your little grey cells Manage boredom in an enjoyable way Connect with your family and […]

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Solving Puzzles In Your Library For Improved Mental Fitness

By Catherine Eagleson Many people are struggling with the situation they currently find themselves that has been brought on by the pandemic.   Solving puzzles can help them to develop good coping strategies to combat this.  The perfect place to do this is your public library. At a time where people around the world are having […]

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Boost Your IQ Solving Puzzles

Have you ever aspired to be a member of the organisation Mensa? It is the largest, oldest and best known high-IQ society in the world. Mensa is a non-profit organisation open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised intelligence test.  Mensa is formally composed of national groups and […]

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Play Clue Detective “Quintain”

One of the wonderful things about the English language is that short words can be found hiding in longer words, and often they bear no relation whatsoever.  It has given us an idea for a new Clue Detective word building game.   We have called it Quintain.  You may be wondering why we are calling it Quintain.  Well as […]

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Stay In Touch By Solving Crossword Puzzles

by Asuquo Udofia One of the most fun and mentally stimulating activities people can do while self-isolating is to stay in touch by solving crossword puzzles. Cosimo Bizzarri, who lives in Italy, one of the country’s worst affected by the coronavirus, testifies of the benefit of having crosswords handy in isolation. Writing in The New […]

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Cryptic Clue Anatomy

by Denise Sutherland So, what makes a cryptic clue? There are some general principles that apply to most types of cryptic clues. We’re all used to regular crossword clues, which are basically definitions for, or possibly examples of, the answer. So you might have: Feline (7) = LEOPARD In a cryptic clue, however, there are […]

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Playing Intergenerational Games

by Catherine Eagleson It is our hope that as we age, we grow wise with the things we learn.  We can pass on benefits of learning and puzzling to the younger generation.  It really is one of our social responsibilities.  Playing intergenerational games and puzzles with your young grandchildren, nephews and nieces is a great […]

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How To Solve Codewords

by Catherine Eagleson Codewords are crosswords without written clues.  You are provided with a grid, and each square contains a number 1 to 26 (ie. the letters of the alphabet).   You are given a small number of letters to start you off.  Your challenge is to study the numerical patterns in the grid, and using […]

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Types of Word Puzzle Games

by Annie Carlin There are a number of different types of word puzzle games that you can solve to keep your brain fit and healthy.  Whatever your favourite, you can solve them leisurely on your own, or with a group of friends.  A morning/afternoon coffee break is ideal. Crosswords Did you know that there are […]

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