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Rack your brain over these tricky riddles!

12:00am | & Lifestyle

As we grow older, keeping our brains active and challenged is just as important as looking after our bodies.

There are countless ways to keep your mind sharp, whether it’s a physical activity that also requires some mental agility – such as playing golf, dancing or singing in a choir – or tackling brain-stimulating puzzles and games such as crosswords, Sudoku, chess or Scrabble.

Whichever way you choose, it’s good to keep challenging those grey cells, preferably on a daily basis. To give you something to think about, here are a couple of brainteasers. Try hard to work out a solution for each one, but if you really can’t get it, the answers are below:

  • I’m thinking of a specific eight-letter word. If I take one letter away, it still makes a word. I take away another and it makes a six-letter word, another and it’s a five-letter word, and so on until I have just one letter left. What is the word I’m starting with? (Clue: the answer’s in the question).


  • Dorothy often takes the bus to town, with bus driver George at the wheel. While in town she often visits her doctor, Geoffrey. Dorothy’s a lovely woman and it’s no surprise that both Geoffrey and George have fallen in love with her. When George is assigned as driver for a week-long bus tour to the coast, before leaving he first gives Dorothy a present. She opens it and finds seven ripe, shiny apples. Why?






  • The word I’m thinking of is ‘starting’ (starting, staring, string, sting, sing, sin, in, I)
  • Because George knows that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.



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