Have You Ever Run Across A Question That Seemed Unanswerable?

I have been stumped by this question a number of times:

Fire IS TO igneous AS wood IS TO ?

I’ve been playing brain games for a long while, but this one question is always a pain every time I come across it. I have spent hours trying to solve that question to no avail.

It all started when I made my daily visit to a puzzles and games website. I clicked a link that said Ancient Cryptography Society. While there, I read an article about Edgar Allen Poe, and I learned that he wrote a cryptogram that no one solved until 150 years after his death. The website looked interesting, and I decided I wanted to sign up for it. I really like cryptograms, and I wanted to know more about this Ancient Cryptography Society.

When I got to the bottom of the page, instead of a signup link, there was the question. Apparently, the Ancient Cryptography Society requires an answer to the question before you can gain entrance to the main site. “This should be easy.” I thought to myself, and I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I thought the answer was petrifaction, but I was wrong. I Googled the question, and got nowhere. I accessed the online library at my college. No analogies there, either. I got the same result at Ask Yahoo. I have pondered and ruminated on this question and I am still no closer to the answer than I was when I first read it.

So now here I sit, telling you about the question that is burning a hole in my brain. I have obsessed about it. I have gone back and tried other answers, and still I couldn’t tell you what the correct answer is.

It’s driving me crazy because I can’t answer this question. It seems to me that the answer has got to be so simple, so obvious, that any reasonably intelligent person should be able to solve it.

This has gotten me to thinking: If Edgar Allan Poe wrote a cryptogram no one could solve for 150 years, could he have drafted this unanswerable analogy, too. Maybe it will remain unsolved for 150 years, too. Who knows? Do you? You will run into these type of puzzles on occasion.

Using your analytic mind however makes it possible to figure out what the puzzle is saying. Imagine yourself solving a mystery puzzle that no one has solved. You will feel like Einstein without recognition, unless your name gets out and you’re a published in the World Book of Genius as the person who solved the unsolved puzzle.

Various Brain Games are offered on the net. You have advantage with the Internet, since you will find free mind busters, Brain Games, Cryptography puzzles, and various other types of puzzles to your liking. The riddles are fun too, so be sure to check out some of the riddle Brain Games online.

Brain Games offered on the Internet encourage you to explore your abilities, mind, and to use the four hemispheres of the brain to discover answers to sometimes multiple problems. At what time Brain Games present unsolved elements, instead of running away from the problem stay with it and attempt to solve the problem, since it will increase your IQ. Our future is demanding that we have a high IQ to beat the robots that is replacing humankind.



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Steve Hiles

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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