Here we are, another week, another tube strike!
If, like me, your ‘alternative route’ last time was a disaster, and you found yourself on a packed-out bus, squashed against the window, thinking ‘whyyyy?’, then we have something that might make your journey a little better.
Whether your commute is no different, or your average travel time has increased ten-fold, why not use the time to improve your brain?
It’s known that brain performance is enhanced by regular mental exercises, including crosswords and sudoku. Packed with illuminating insights and dozens of witty, and often, perplexing puzzles, How Puzzles Improve Your Brain both helps to create a healthier brain, whilst explaining how the puzzles are changing it.
“Thoroughly well-researched…Very entertaining… It made me think and play in ways I had not done before and actually explained what my brain was doing whilst attempting these puzzles.” – Puzzlemad
Kim Scott, (puzzle master for Scientific America) has designed puzzles that can target, and improve, specific areas of the brain while Richard Restak, a leading neuroscientist, describes the science behind how they reshape and strengthen the brain.
So make the most of your journey and attempt to improve your brain with some of Kim Scott’s puzzles below….(answers will be at the end of the post – no cheating!)
- First things first, a test for your ‘Visual Thinking‘. How many squares of any size are in the figure below?
2. Next, something to test your ‘Mathematical Thinking‘….
3. For something a little more wordy, simply complete each analogram by choosing two words from the list below. For instance, ARM is to HAND as LEG is to FOOT, because the FOOT is attached to the end of the LEG in the same way that the HAND is attached to the end of the ARM. Each word is used only once.
4. And finally, something to test your memory…(I think this is what I need to work on sometimes)
Puzzled out? We hope not! There are plenty more puzzles (282 pages of them to be exact) to be found in How Puzzles Improve Your Brain. What’s more, the puzzles are divided into three sections devoted to different skills – memory, perception and cognition – so it’s easier for you to be able to target a particular area of the brain that you might want to improve.
“One of the world’s leading neurologists… A fascinating study of how to ‘stop the rot’ and have a lot of fun doing it.” – Avanti
So, if you find that you’re bored of the Evening Standard’s Quick Crossword, or asking yourself ‘what can I do to keep my brain working at its best?’, get yourself a copy of How Puzzles Improve Your Brain, and by the next #tubestrike, your brain will be on top form!
- There are 30 squares.
- The number of combinations is too big to imagine in your head. So ask a simpler question: How many nights can three people sit in a different combination of three chairs each night? It’s not hard to list all six combinations:
– and this fact helps you to solve the larger puzzle. Consider the starred chair. If person A sits in the starred chair, there are six ways to seat the remaining three people in the remaining three chairs. Similarly, if B sits in the starred chair, there are six ways to seat the remaining three people. The 4 possible people in the starred chair times 6 ways to seat the remaining three people = 24 combinations.
- ARM is to HAND as LEG is to FOOT
APPLE is to JUICE as CHEDDAR is to CHEESE
MOUNTAIN is to PEAK as HOUSE is to ROOF
LOAF is to BREAD as SHEET is to PAPER
EGG is to SHELL as BREAD is to CRUST
MOUSE is to CHEESE as ELEPHANT is to PEANUT
XYLOPHONE is to STICK as VIOLIN is to BOW
LIGHTNING is to ELECTRICITY as SWEATER is to YARN
BOWLING is to PINS as ARCHERY is to TARGET
SQUARE is to DIAMOND as PLUS is to TIMES
DIAMOND is to GRAPHITE as ICE is to WATER
PUZZLE is to BRAIN as RUNNING is to HEART