Bursting the Brain with Brain Games

There are different approaches to playing and understanding brain games. In some Brain Games, you don’t have to worry about tricks. However, most require that you follow certain steps before you can figure it out. The goal is to see how fast you can figure it out using quick strategies. There are brain games that are to help build your vocabulary while some help boost your math solving skills. Or to test basic knowledge of logic, reasoning and pure common sense.

When you relate to puzzles in this manner, using magic squares, alphabets, numbers etc that can either be up and down or diagonally placed, you’re relating to strategies that have been in existence for many many years.

Centuries back, some scholars discovered that magic squares totalled 34 and they were engraved in Albert Durer- Menlancholia. The dates back to 1514. Today, this line of reasoning is still being studied. It was then that the Chinese began to create puzzles, followed by Archimedes. This was all before the Greek fathers came with their riddles.

Later on, in the mid 50s, a well known man J.A Hunter, came up with the concept of puzzles and dubbed them Alphametic. The term applies to formulas of puzzles that had the following structure:

Simple +



This basic puzzling solution is substituted for the correct numerals. According to the founders, if you produce the exact arithmetic case in point, you will find the numbers applied to the letters. Most researchers believe that puzzles have been in existence for many, many years. Thus, according to them, there is no such thing as a new puzzle. The reason behind this logic exposes the fact that even today’s puzzles are structured after the patterns of old. After discovering the Alphametic puzzles, it later spread out to the letter arithimetics. Doublets were later included Carroll Lewis who came up with the notion that if you changed a single word in puzzles to an additional word by following a succession of steps, during each step you will make the word true.

We’ll use some examples below to see how puzzles can benefit you. Each letter has a block before the words. You’ll need to add new words to reach new meanings with the endings of the words provided.

_ _ __bid

_ _ __get

Now, to create new words and keep the endings already provided, you can draw conclusions as to what answers are fit to create a functional puzzle. The first word, for example, can be recreated into morning, forbid etc. The second word, on the other hand, could be used to form the words like forget etc. Also, numbered brain games can help to enforce secondary thoughts.




This is so outlined so you can have an idea what particular numbers should fill in the formula. You can play with the numbers for a while to see what you come up with. The answer is 1432.



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I am a retired military and elementary school teacher living in Tennessee. I am an avid reader and love to write. I am very passionate about helping teachers. I hope you find my educational tips and strategies useful and enjoy hearing about my personal journey. Thanks for visiting!

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