79 Brain Games Guaranteed to Boost Your Brain Power
Your brain isn’t a muscle—in fact, it’s mostly fat!—but the right kind of mental exercise can help keep it in shape. These puzzles are designed to give your problem-solving, reasoning, and concentration skills a workout. And they come in varying degrees of difficulty, so pace yourself!
Math with matches
Change the position of two matchsticks in order to create a correct equation.
George, William, John, Abe, and Millard have their birthdays on consecutive days. This year, all their birthdays land between Monday and Friday. Can you figure out whose birthday is on each weekday?
- George’s birthday is as many days before Millard’s as William’s is after Abe’s.
- John is two days older than Abe.
- Millard’s birthday is on Thursday.
Monday: John; Tuesday: George; Wednesday: Abe; Thursday: Millard; Friday: William.
Each of the symbols in this diagram represents a door that is closed but unlocked. When you open a door, all the other doors with the same symbol become locked and cannot be passed through. Can you get from one side of the maze to the other?
Mix it up
An anagram is a word or phrase created by rearranging the letters of a word or phrase into a new term. We call the ones below super-anagrams because the mixed-up phrase creates a loose definition of the original. For instance, “acts phony” and “sycophant.” Can you figure out the super-anagrams for these terms?
- Moon starer
- Bad credit
- Bag manager
- Debit card
- Garbage man
What’s the missing number?
4. The number at the center of each triangle is equal to the sum of the numbers at its base multiplied by the number at its apex. For example, (8 + 3) x 2 = 22.