My new favorite brain game is solving the cryptoquips that appear in each day’s morning newspaper. It usually takes me less than ten minutes to solve a puzzle, which is a lot of fun to figure out. I can actually feel my brain shifting into high gear—it’s exhilarating! Once I’ve solved the puzzle, I always end up with a smile on my face because the quip is a clever play on words.
This morning’s cryptoquip was:
“Since that poor hammerhead lacked any companionship, I suppose you could call it a lone shark.”
Some others this week included:
“When a chicken farmer needs to urge folks to take action, I would assume he eggs them on.”
“If somebody were obsessed with snaps and zippers, that may be characterized as a fasten-ation.”
Here is one you might like to try to solve (I put an underline mark between each word, because otherwise it all looks like it runs together):
AJ_ VA_ PJW_ WJ_ IKW _V _AMKKZLPI _WLETKW,
L_ AEQLRRGKZ_ JP _WDK _ZVADRJVQZ_ WDK_ GLPK
“TKKM_ JXX_ WDK_ IVA.” Clue: A equals S. [See solution in comments.]
Brain games keep our minds limber and working. Without challenges, our brains literally wither and die. Our brain power doesn’t have to decline with age if we keep learning new things.
Try it, you may just like it!