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A Challenging Word Puzzle That Force You to “Be Complicated”

4 Nov

The best kind of brain exercise is one that employs more than process — one that is complicated and challenges you to use more of your brain.

Word Sequences are puzzles do just that.  In order to solve the puzzle you will have to think critically, tap into some spatial skills, and problem solve while pulling out words that fit all the clues and cues. That means using multiple processes all at once!

Playing word sequences is tough for a couple reasons.

First, you have to move the correct letters down to fill in pieces of the word below it — that means you must visually line up the letters and mechanically put the right letter in the appropriate spot. See the example below but the idea is move the letters into the blanks lines below them. That requires spatial orientation and discrimination (only move letters on to the blank lines and not into the circles and make sure you lining it all up correctly).

Next you must look at the clue and sort through a list of possible right answers in your memory. The clues in this puzzle are not always clear cut so sift and sort through the possible answers.

Finally, based on the letters you moved on to the blank lines and the number of remaining blank circles you must choose from that list and write in the answer. Based on all of that, fill in the circles with the appropriate letters.

Step and repeat until you reach the end!

Here is a sample.

Word sequences EXAMPLE


Try this one on your own. Take your time and focus on one task at a time.

Wednesday's Word Challenge word sequences word game

Was this a challenge? If so, what part was hardest for you?

Puzzles like these can help you find clues to processing challenges. Pay attention to what feels difficult and watch for patterns!


#Smiling & #Puzzles: The Best Life & #Brain Boosters

10 Sep

I saw a cool looking new brain app that peaked my interest enough to look it up and see if it was worth taking on a test drive. It looked good but when I tried to download the app a message popped on the over-sized screen of my fancy, new fangled Galaxy IV telling me that I was out of space. How could that be?

After some investigation I found that my images folder was huge — 2.1 GB! YIKES!

As I started sifting through the photos I found so many that made me smile. Those smiles, as do all smiles, flooded my brain with a bath of feel good chemicals and shifted me from cleaning up to creating. In Cranium Crunches land that means making new puzzles and sharing them with you!

Each of the following One of These Things is Not Like the Others puzzles made me feel good on so many levels. Some of them might even make you smile!

Today’s challenge is two-fold: Find the one image that is not exactly like the others in each set. And then give that photo a name!

Let’s warm up with some “easy” ones!





Let’s step it up a bit. These are a bit more challenging. Don’t forget to name the photo!






And then another notch, just for fun!








Did these make you smile? If so, use that bath of feel good chemicals to propel you through you day!

Make sure to share a few photo names :)!

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