Can You Solve These 9 Incredibly Tricky Riddles from Books?Brain Games including puzzles , trivia challenges, riddles and problem-solving are all designed to not only challenge your skills but also keep your brain young. Just like exercise helps keep your body fit and functioning, puzzle games will help keep your brain active and give a cognitive advantage to those who regularly play them. In order to help you cross-train your brain, we have picked 8 of the best logic, puzzle and trivia challenge books to help you regrow your brain — and outsmart your competitors. The puzzles gradually become more challenging as you solve them and the author creates twists on standard puzzles that are guaranteed to keep you engaged. It will take all your wits and powers of logical thinking to figure things out and the use of humor, innovation and challenges make it that much more enjoyable.
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Chronicles , by Apollodorus The Thebans are plagued by the monstrous Sphinx, which sits on Mount Phikion and asks them a riddle: "What has one voice, and is four-footed, two-footed and three-footed? The Sphinx kills herself. The Exeter Book This anonymous collection of Anglo-Saxon riddles has inspired poets and contains its riddling self-description in Craig Williamson's translation. After dinner in the house of Conscience, Patience explains what love has taught him in the form of a riddle. The Merchant of Venice , by William Shakespeare Portia's father sets her suitors to choose from three caskets, guided only by their riddling labels.
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2. Mysteries and Other Logic Puzzles
Riddles are rooted deeply in the Western literary tradition. The Exeter Book , the largest extant collection of Old English writing, contains punning, rhymes, and riddles in the form of kennings , or compound words serving as a metaphors for a single word "whale-road" translates to "the sea. Some riddles demonstrate the wit of a story's protagonist, or allow a character to escape a dire situation by using their brain rather than their brawn. Other, more puzzling riddles simply remind us that some questions are unanswerable, and while this can lead to hours of frustrated head-scratching, these are sometimes the most pleasantly strange riddles of them all. Probably the most well-known riddle in Western literature, the following is asked of Oedipus by the Sphinx outside of Thebes:. Q: "What goes on four legs in the morning, on two legs at noon, and on three legs in the evening? A: Man, who crawls on four legs as an infant, walks on two legs as an adult, and walks with a cane as an elderly citizen.