79 Brain Games Guaranteed to Boost Your Brain Power

Math with matches

Change the position of two matchsticks in order to create a correct equation.

Marcel Danesi

Presidents' Day

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.
Marcel Danesi

Monday: John; Tuesday: George; Wednesday: Abe; Thursday: Millard; Friday: William.

Darren Rigby

Locking doors

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?

Darren Rigby

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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?

1. Moon starer
3. Bag manager
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1. Astronomer
2. Debit card
3. Garbage man

Can you find all of the hidden shapes in this photo?

Marcel Danesi

High point

What’s the missing number?

Marcel Danesi