Brain fitness

We all want to keep bodily fit and mentally sharp until the day we power march into eternity, right?  And as we now know, being physically active helps to improve both physical and mental fitness. Anything that stimulates your brain helps to keep cognitive decline at bay: learning a new sport, a new exercise, or new choreography; challenging your balance; or working on your hand-eye coordination, for example.

Mental exercises help too, of course, so keep working on those crossword puzzles, Sudokus, dust off your chess set or round up some friends for a game of bridge.

Here are some riddles and puzzles to fire up the ol’ synapses. The answers are below, but no peeking!

– posted by Barb, group fitness instructor


1.  You have 35 cents in two coins. One of them is not a quarter. What are the coins?

2. Which of the following words does not belong:

noon, peep, racecar, radar, worm, level

3. What do people commonly eat before it’s born and after it’s dead?

4. How can you cut a cake into 8 equal pieces with only three cuts?


1.  One is not a quarter but the other is. You have a quarter and a dime.
2.  Worm does not belong. The others read both backwards and forwards.
3. A chicken.
4. Make 2 vertical cuts through the centre of the cake at right angles and a third cut horizontally through the middle.


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