Different Types of Puzzles & The Pesky Rebus

Puzzles come in many shapes and forms.

It is vital that we try many different types of puzzles so that we exercise our brains from as many different starting points as possible.

Brain research talks about the synapses that energize as we think and do.  If we keep following the same paths and habits we will stimulate the same neural connections.  In order to stimulate our synapses and connections in our neural networks, we need to find new ways to challenge our thinking and actions.  (For a simple explanation of synapses follow this link.)

DON’T ENGAGE IN THE SAME ACTIVITIES REPEATEDLY

(For example if you love crosswords find some other puzzles to challenge you.)

BREAK HABITS

(Take something simple such as how you make your coffee/beverage and do it differently.

Find a different way to drive to work.

Get dressed in a new way.)

FIND A VARIETY OF PUZZLES – USE THE INTERNET OR BOOKSTORES

REMEMBER WE ALL HAVE DIFFERENT WAYS OF LEARNING AND LOOKING AT THE WORLD.

HOWARD GARDNER IDENTIFIED MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES (Learn more from this link.)

WHERE ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF PUZZLES:

1. PUZZLES THAT HAVE MORE THAN ONE ANSWER:

What can you put in a barrel to make it lighter?

OR

How can 11 + 2 = 1?

2. PUZZLES THAT USE NUMBERS OR WORDS IN UNIQUE WAYS:

2 + 2 = fish

4 + 4 = arrow

3 + 3 = eight

7 + 7 = triangle

OR

OR

What are the next three numbers in this sequence:

2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 15, 20, 40, 51, 55, 60, ….

THE PESKY REBUS

An enigmatic representation of a name, work, phrase or idea and so on, by pictures, words, prepositions, groupings, comparisons and contrasts, and so on.  Or where a punning application of each syllable of a word is given.  (Rebus: English origin 1605).  Possible source of charades.

For example:

stand?

Do you

Insert the preposition “under” instead of the placement of “Do you”.

So the statement becomes: “Do you understand?”

Or:

HEAR/THEIR

Substitute the homonyms “here for hear” and “there for their”.  So the original becomes: “Neither here nor there.”

Or:

na

        fish

na

In this case you have to “see” that there are two “na”s.  Then you have to pun “2 na”s into “Tuna”.  So the original becomes: “Tuna fish.”

Now…..

Using the techniques and explanations above can you solve the following:

 

 

 

Can you find the answers?

5 comments on “Different Types of Puzzles & The Pesky Rebus
  1. Goldie says:

    ok, so
    1st is “in the middle of nowhere”
    2nd is “stick around”
    3rd is “just for once”

  2. divya says:

    for once

  3. Bill says:

    1. In the middle of nowhere
    2. Round stick
    3. For once

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