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Exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the rest of the body. Seeing as the brain is the most important muscle, why wouldn’t it deserve just as much training and attention? Some of the most common ways people try to keep their brains sharp are to play brain stimulating games, read more and make an effort to do puzzles.

Another effective way to keep the mind sharp is to test it with some riddles for adults. Whether it be a mathematical question or a fun picture riddle, it’s a great way to exercise that brain! Sometimes as adults it’s particularly difficult to still have a child-like enthusiasm towards playing games, but some games are actually good for your health! Our brains should be stimulated more often, and the unique challenges and problems that games and brain teasers offer are a great way to do that.

Research is demonstrating that our brains do better in the long term if they are exposed to activities such as brain teasers, brain games, and logic puzzles. What are the incredible benefits of brain teasers? Well, based on research some of the associated benefits of brain games and logic puzzles are a boost in brain activity, the capability to enhance memory and processing speeds, help decline and reduce the risk of dementia, improves concentration as well as boredom and even provides emotional satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment which is great for our mental health.

Remember that variety is important to maximize the benefits of brain teasers.  So try not to focus too much on specific puzzles, such as crosswords or Sudoku.  Try to keep changing things up, throwing in new riddles or games that require you to think in new and creative ways beyond your comfort zone. Just like physical exercise, it is just as important to change up your brain workout by trying a variety of brain teasers.

It’s not just about solving the puzzles, either. Whether or not you’re able to solve the puzzle before checking the answer isn’t the most important thing; your brain will still receive an excellent and much-needed workout just for trying. So without further ado, here are 10 brain teasers with the answers provided so you can see how you did. Read the question first and try and solve it before scrolling to reveal the answer. How many can you get right?

1. Math Psychic: This is more like one of those brain teasers than an actual riddle and it involves a little bit of math. See if you can keep up without using a calculator. First, think of a one or a two digit number. Multiply it by two and then add 12 to the result. Still following? Now divide this number by two. Keep on reading to see the results!

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Last step! Now subtract the original number from the current one. You’re left with the number six, aren’t you? Pretty cool right?


2. Sticks: If you had four sticks, how could you turn them into four without breaking any of them? This one might seem simple at first, but take a moment to think about it before scrolling…


The answer is simple. All you have to do is arrange the sticks so that they are in the shape of the number four. Did you get that one right?


3. Glasses: If you had 6 glasses in a row and the first 3 were full, and the other 3 were empty, how could you make it so that the glasses alternate between empty and full if you could only touch one glass?


Did you figure it out? All you have to do is pick up the second full glass and pour it into the second last empty glass and then replace it. The glasses will now be alternating between empty and full!


4. Need, want, use: Can you think of an item that the manufacturers who make it don’t need, the buyer doesn’t want, and the user doesn’t even know they’re using it?


Did you get it? The answer is a coffin. The manufacturer doesn’t need it because they’re alive, the buyer doesn’t want it because it means someone has died, and the user isn’t really aware of it since they’re dead.


5. Murder Riddle: A man who has committed a murder has been sentenced to choose between three doors to enter. The first leads to a room of endless flames, the second is full of equipped assassins, and the third door leads to a room full of lions that haven’t eaten in three years. Which room should he choose?


Did you pick right? The answer is the room with the lions. If the lions hadn’t eaten in three years, it’s safe to say that they would be long dead. Therefore he wouldn’t be facing any harm and the third door would be by far the best option.


6. Black, red, and grey: Can you think of an object that is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and grey when you throw it away? Think carefully about this one!


The answer is charcoal. When you buy it, it comes black, when you ignite it, it turns red, and after it’s finished burning through it turns grey. Did you get it right?


7. Water Tank: Which one of these four tanks of water would fill up first? You’ll have to keep in mind the position of the tanks, as well as the ways in which the tanks are connected to each other. Can you figure it out?


The answer is actually a tie! First, tank number 3 would fill up partly and then it would reach the spout and begin to fill up the fourth container. When the fourth container is almost full, it will start to give back water to the third tank and they will fill up at the same time. Did this one get the best of you?


8. Children: Johnny’s mother had three children. The first child was named April and the second child was named May. What was the name of the third child?


Did you get it? The answer is Johnny! You might have immediately guessed June, as the names of the months probably threw you off, making you forget that the riddle began with “Johnny’s mother.” If the mother only had three children as stated at the beginning of the riddle, then the last one would have to be him. Did we trick you with this one?


9. Race: If you were in a race and you managed to surpass the person that was in second place, what place would you be in now?


The answer? You would be in second place. If you took the place of the person that was in second place you wouldn’t advance any further than that. Did your mind immediately jump to first place?


10. Hay: A farmer has two fields. In one of them he has four haystacks and in the other he has five. How many haystacks would he have if he combined them on one field?

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Did you guess 9? Well, that’s not quite right! The answer is actually one. If he combined all the haystacks together he would have one giant one. This is some tricky stuff. Does your brain feel worked out or what?

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