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15 Word Puzzles That Will Leave You Stumped

When was the last time you took your brain to the gym? Work out your mind with these puzzling word games and see how many you can get right.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Worm

From wherever you start (hint: it’s probably easiest to start at the top left), join the hexagons by creating a new word that is only one letter different from where you started. Each hexagon must connect to exactly two adjacent hexagons. 

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Worm Solution

Think this is too easy? Try solving the world's first crossword puzzle.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Stepdown

Beginning at the top of the upside down pyramid, remove one letter from the word “strides” and rearrange the remaining letters to build a new six-letter word beneath. Continue the same process to each word until you get to the bottom. (There may be more than one solution.)

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Stepdown Solution

If you can figure this one out, can you spot the difference in these 10 pictures?

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Odd Word Out

Look closely at the following words. Which one doesn’t belong with the rest? 

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Odd Word Out Solution

Alright, if you got that one, try your hand at the world's 25 toughest riddles.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Circles

Create three words, one from each circle, that all have a similar meaning.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Circles Solution

Think you're a smarty-pants after solving this one? Now try these detective riddles only the smartest people can solve.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Centres

Each four-letter word is actually the middle of a much bigger word. Fill in the blank spaces to create the original eight-letter word.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Word Centres Solution

Give your brain a word break and try figuring out this math riddle only a math geek could get.

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