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Basics of Working Crosswords for Seniors

Whether you're a senior or not, solving crossword puzzles is more satisfying if you know key tips and strategies. Attain "senior-level" expertise with crossword puzzles by using these techniques. You'll [more…]

Using Crosswords to Stimulate Your Senior Brain

For seniors, solving crossword puzzles can fortify memory and ability to focus, according to studies. Besides stimulating your senior brain, crosswords and other word puzzles can boost your vocabulary [more…]

Crosswords For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Discover how solving crossword puzzles can benefit your senior brain by strengthening memory, mind function, and more. Next, dive into crossword-puzzle tips for seniors that can enhance your efficiency [more…]

Solve Picture Puzzles Solidly

Picture puzzles, no matter what variety you choose to solve, can be, well, puzzling. The following tips and ideas can take you well on your way to putting together a solid solving strategy that will help [more…]

Boost Your Picture Puzzle-Solving Brain Power

Exercising your brain gives you an edge in solving picture puzzles. Regardless where you fall on the mental fitness meter, you will stay sharper as you age by doing some basic brain-building. [more…]

Know the Types of Picture Puzzles

All picture puzzles are not the same. The more familiar you are with the type of puzzle you’re solving, the better you’ll be at solving it. It helps to remember exactly what you’re getting into. So here’s [more…]

Get Physical to Solve Picture Puzzles

Staying in good physical shape helps your brain in addition to your body. You can do a ton of mental exercises to raise your skill level, but keeping your body in good working order can also help you solve [more…]

Picture Puzzles For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Unlike traditional word or number puzzles, picture puzzles challenge you to discover differences or similarities between pictures or pieces of a picture. By following a few strategies [more…]

How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle

If you already have a solving method for word search puzzles that works for you, consider adding it to the following list. In the meantime, give some of these tips a try: [more…]

Benefits of Solving Puzzles

Don’t let anyone tell you that puzzles — word searches, crosswords, Sudokus — are nothing more than mindless entertainment. Solving them has benefits, and those benefits aren’t limited to the following [more…]

How to Write a Word Search Puzzle

If you’re into solving word searches, why not try your hand at making one up yourself? You know the basics, just follow the ten steps here to write your own word search puzzle: [more…]

Tips for Staying Mentally Fit — Solve Puzzles and More!

Doing word searches and other puzzles are great ways to stay mentally fit. In addition to solving puzzles of all types, try the following tips to keep your brain in tiptop shape: [more…]

Word Searches For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Word searches are fun, first of all, once you get the low-down on how to solve them. They also bring benefits you may not realize and can play an important role in keeping you mentally fit. And, you can [more…]

Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles

You don’t have to be a crossword puzzle expert to enjoy solving easy puzzles or even more challenging ones. But when you sit down to work on any crossword grid, you’ll likely enjoy yourself more if you [more…]

Using Crosswords to Exercise Your Brain

One of the side effects of enjoying a crossword puzzle is that it gives your brain a great workout. Rarely will you work a puzzle from start to finish without learning something new. And if you work puzzles [more…]

Trying Out Other Puzzle Types

When you have had enough of crossword puzzles for one day and are looking for other fun ways to boost your brain power, consider the puzzle possibilities listed here. If your newspaper doesn’t carry these [more…]

Easy Crosswords For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Working crossword puzzles is great exercise for your brain — and great fun as well. To maximize your enjoyment and your mental workout, take some time to learn basic tips for solving crossword clues. Then [more…]

Tips for Solving Sudoku Puzzles

When you're working on a Sudoku puzzle you can throw vocabulary and factual knowledge out the window. Keys to solving Sudoku puzzles are logic and diligence along with these key strategies: [more…]

Tips for Solving Word Games

Whether you're a game novice or a puzzle pro, you like to challenge your brain with word games such as crosswords, word scrambles, and cryptograms. Keep the following tips in mind to help you solve them [more…]

Helpful Hints for Solving Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles are just plain fun to solve, not to mention the great mental workout you get. If you're new to working crosswords, keep the following basic tips in mind: [more…]

Logic Puzzle and Riddle Hints

Logic puzzles can take a variety of forms - involving numbers, words, or images - and they can be very easy or very difficult to solve. You don't have to worry about how a logic puzzle is put together [more…]

Cryptic Crossword Reference List of Common Abbreviations

Here are some basic abbreviations that are very useful to have by your side when cracking cryptic clues! The list is concise and only focuses on the harder abbreviations. Straightforward abbreviations [more…]

Spotting Indicator Words When Solving Cryptic Crosswords

Indicator words are vital words that are found in many (but not all) cryptic clues for crosswords. These are words that indicate the type of wordplay being used, so they’re giving you a sort of coded message [more…]

Making a Start on a Cryptic Crossword

While they do look completely incomprehensible at first glance, cryptic clues are actually written along strict guidelines. The majority of clues in a cryptic crossword adhere to these standards: [more…]

Cryptic Crosswords For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australian Edition)

People love to do puzzles of all kinds, but cryptic crosswords are often seen as a challenging form of entertainment — delight may be rare to anyone new to cryptics! This Cheat Sheet covers the basics [more…]

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