# How to Solve Riddles

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Riddles can help sharpen the mind and open up new thought processes.
Practicing riddles each day can help simplify thinking, provide better
memory retention and improve cognitive capabilities. It has been
suggested by competent authorities that keeping cognitively active can
reduce the risk of Alzheimer's in adults. Riddles come in many types such
as puzzles or other games, but there are a few general tips for solving
riddles.

<Steps

Solving Puzzles
1Puzzles are known to challenge ingenuity. While they are a form of
entertainment, they can provide tough challenges for the brain, such as
mathematical or logistical problems. They also help the brain to
recognize patterns and order.<
2Practice jigsaw puzzles online or in physical form for improved memory.
You can begin by finding all flat sided pieces and putting together the
outline and fill in the picture. Many prefer to start with each part of
the picture and combining.
3Solve crossword puzzles by either completing all of the across, then all
of the down answers. Some like to solve by number order and some like to
fill in the blocks that they have found the most letters for. Whatever
your choice, solving crossword puzzles can help build vocabulary and
stimulate the brain.

Solving Riddles
1Riddles can take various forms: statements or questions with a dual or
veiled meaning, enigmas that need ingenuity to solve, or conundrums,
which generally include some kind of pun.
2To find a solution to a riddle, you must first consider the type of
riddle it is. For instance, it may require math skills, such as in the
riddle:
"A barrel of water weighs 50 pounds. What must you add to it to make it
weigh 35 pounds?" (Answer: a hole)
1To solve a riddle with a dual or veiled meaning, you will need to think
in practical terms of everyday items, but with a twist of your thinking,
using cognitive powers. For instance, think of the solution to this
riddle: "What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?" (Solution: a
towel)
2Solving an enigma type of riddle requires ingenuity in your thinking. It
is generally more of an allegory, meaning that it is figurative rather
than literal. For example: "There is one that has a head without an eye,
And there's one that has an eye without a head. You may find the answer
if you try; And when all is said, Half the answer hangs upon a thread."
3To solve a conundrum, one must be able to understand how best to solve
multiple dilemmas. First, you must identify all of the elements. Second,
be open-minded to a different perspective than your own. Third, be
willing to use logic and serious thought.<

Tips
When solving a conundrum, consider asking for help, especially if you are
not a logical thinking person.
Remember that riddles are meant to be tricky. Use out-of-the-box thinking
to solve.

<Sources and Citations
http://www.inbrain.org/how-riddles-can-improve-memory-thinking
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegory
http://www.brainist.com/
http://www.enigmagraphics.com/riddles/index.htm

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