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Braincells in shape for the New Year!

A Puzzle of Paint

Image by brentdanley via Flickr

It’s time to put those braincells to work again as we head into the new year, so here’s a list of some sites that can help you, whatever your age or level of enthusiasm!

First of all, what could be more relaxing than a classic jigsaw at JigZone.com? (That’s a rhetorical question, by the way…). Choose a design from the front page or the gallery, select the number of pieces you want (anywhere from 6 to 247) and your puzzle loads automatically! You can also buy “real” jigsaws at the site’s online shop.

crosswords

Image by Atle Brunvoll via Flickr

Next, we have the ever-popular crossword puzzle  – there is a great list of links to daily, weekly and monthly puzzles at Ray Hamel’s site. More importantly, perhaps, there are many sites that can help you with that “9-letter word for HAPPY”, especially if you already have a few letters. The Puzzle Aid and the Crossword Solver (for 25 and 10 letters maximum respectively) are both great sites that let you enter the letters you know, the length of the word and then search their extensive databases. Example: ?U?E?I?? gave the answer that I was looking for (SUPERIOR), although it could also be juvenile / numerics / queening / quieting / quietist /surefire / yuletide and a number of others…

For a bit of fun, you could also try Brendan’s Online Anagram Maker, which can mix up words or names into other words or phrases, so that the original is almost unrecognisable. (Try it with your own name – it’s a similar feeling to those Star Wars Names Generators you have probably seen before.) Barrack Obama gets a healthy score of 166 versions, including AROMA CAB BARK, ARAB MBA CROAK and BARBARA CAM OK, but our own Exit Languages gets a massive 1713 anagrams, including TUNA SAX EEL GIG, NAIL TAX EGG USE, TEA AXE GIN SLUG and ASEXUAL EGG TIN, along with plenty of others it’s better we don’t print here …

Rubik’s Online

Finally, another classic brought up to date – the Rubik’s Cube. Don’t be deterred by the video of the 6-year-old boy finishing the cube in 37 seconds, have some fun with the online games or look at the new arrivals to the store, the Rubik’s 360 or the touch panel Rubik’s Touch, perhaps the ultimate (and most expensive) gift for the real Cube fan! You can also get dozens of tips on how to solve all the Rubik’s puzzles, if you really can’t make that little blue square disappear without taking the sticker off. Not my personal experience, of course …

[Doh! Forgot the website link – http://www.rubiks.com/]

So off you go and let’s give those braincells some work!

Strange Random New Year Quote:

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow – Albert Einstein

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  1. Annette
    January 7, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe!🙂. I’ll go and read some more!

  2. January 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    A 6 years old boy finishs a Rubik’s Cube? Maybe he is not a boy, maybe is a vampire… Do you see the film “Déjame entrar”?

    • January 8, 2010 at 4:57 pm

      Hi Magda,

      This is the boy:

      and the youngest is 3 years old:

      So what do you buy for them next Christmas????

  1. January 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm
  2. January 9, 2010 at 12:28 am

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