As we grow older, keeping our brains active and challenged is just as important as looking after our bodies.
There are countless ways to keep your mind sharp, whether it’s a physical activity that also requires some mental agility – such as playing golf, dancing or singing in a choir – or tackling brain-stimulating puzzles and games such as crosswords, Sudoku, chess or Scrabble.
Whichever way you choose, it’s good to keep challenging those grey cells, preferably on a daily basis. To give you something to think about, here are a couple of brainteasers. Try hard to work out a solution for each one, but if you really can’t get it, the answers are below:
- I’m thinking of a specific eight-letter word. If I take one letter away, it still makes a word. I take away another and it makes a six-letter word, another and it’s a five-letter word, and so on until I have just one letter left. What is the word I’m starting with? (Clue: the answer’s in the question).
- Dorothy often takes the bus to town, with bus driver George at the wheel. While in town she often visits her doctor, Geoffrey. Dorothy’s a lovely woman and it’s no surprise that both Geoffrey and George have fallen in love with her. When George is assigned as driver for a week-long bus tour to the coast, before leaving he first gives Dorothy a present. She opens it and finds seven ripe, shiny apples. Why?