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15 Word Puzzles That Will Leave You Stumped

Only the smartest will get all of these right!

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Word Puzzles

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. Word games are difficult. Some are so hard, in fact, that less than 60 percent of people can find the missing words in these puzzles.

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.) Can you find the single tutu in these watermelon slices?

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? Here are a few fascinating facts about every letter in the English alphabet.

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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. Did you know this is the only letter in the English language that is never silent?

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. Do you know the longest word in English?

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.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Spell it Out

Spell out a two-word place name by traveling from each letter along the lines. You can only go through each circle once. (Hint: it’s a statuesque location.) Feeling discouraged? Here are 13 easy riddles anyone can answer.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Spell it Out Solution

After you figure this one out, try passing this 4th-grade spelling test.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Scrambled

Unscramble the letters to create six worlds that relate to reading.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Scrambled Solution

Alright, wise guy. Try your hand at 11 of the most famous riddles you’ll find.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Turn Again

Begin at one of the corner squares, move clockwise around the perimeter, and finish in the at the center square to spell a nine-letter word. You must fill in the empty squares with your own letter. Try these 11 literary riddles.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind
Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

What’s the Quote?

This is a well-known William Shakespeare quote, except all of the vowels have been removed and the constants have been put into groups of five letters. Replace the vowels and reveal the quote.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

What’s the Quote? Solution

Can you solve this tricky numbers riddle in less than 60 seconds?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

‘X’ Words

The ‘X’ in each word represents a number of letters missing. Figure out the missing letters and uncover each word. (Hint: for each puzzle, the missing letters form different words that have something in common.)

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

‘X’ Words Solution

Was this game too hard? These simple brain games will make you feel stronger and much happier.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

What am I?

Can you work out the answer to this riddle?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

What am I? Solution

Now, try to guess which flag comes next in this puzzle.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Look for the Link

Can you figure out how each of these photos is related? Got it?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind
Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Scrambled Cities

Below are eight names of world capital cities. Each phrase contains the name of two cities. Can you unscramble them and figure out what they are?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Scrambled Cities Solution

Now, can you find the missing number in this math puzzle?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Anagram

Only one of the following rows is an anagram of a five-letter English word. Do you know which one it is?

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind
Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Star Words

Create a word from each segment of the star using the four letters provided and one mystery letter. In star A, the mystery letter is the third letter in each of the new words you create. In star B, the mystery letter is the last letter in the new word you create. see if you can pass the world’s shortest IQ test.

Brain Games: Fun Workouts for a Sharp Mind

Star Words Solution

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