Friday, September 30, 2011

Maintain Your Brain Friday - Trivia Teasers

Try your luck with the following teasers...things you have seen a million times, but you're just not quite sure.

1. Sleepy, Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey, Doc, and the seventh dwarf is?

2. Do books have their even-numbered pages on the left or right?

3. Name the five colors on a Campbell soup label.

4. There are two one-eyed Jacks in a typical deck of cards. Which suit faces right?

5. How many hot dog buns are in a standard package?

This puzzle came from The Big Brain Puzzle Book from the Alzheimer's Association.

The answers will be posted on Monday in the comments.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Answers to No Vowels

Answers to puzzle:

1. Thailand
2. Argentina
3. Australia
4. Suriname
5. Pakistan

How did you do? I must admit, I missed number 4.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Maintain Your Brain Friday - No Vowels

Since last week's Maintain Your Brain puzzle was lengthy, I'm giving you a shorter one today.
Below are the names of countries with the vowels removed. See how quickly you can determine the countries.
1. Thlnd
2. Rgntn
3. Strl
4. Srnm
5. Pkstn
Good luck!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Answers to Deduction Puzzle

Here are the answers to the deduction puzzles.

A. Gina: cat - Benji; dog - Droopy
Barbara: cat - Ruff; dog - Benji
Harry: cat - Mack; dog - Ruff
Danny: cat - Droopy; dog - Mack

B. Katia - DNA Expert
Lina - Detective
Maya - Criminologist
Johanna - Profiler
Pina - Anthropologist
Paul - Weapons Expert

C. Bella: iPod - green; beverage - tea
Chita: iPod - black; beverage - juice
Ira: iPod - orange; beverage - milk
Dina: iPod - blue; beverage - coffee
Mika: iPod - red; beverage - soft drink

D. Amy Smith - computer
Katia Kristoff - clothes
Shamila Armad - jewelry
Renata Miller - CDs
Henrietta Cramer - books

Stay tuned for another puzzle tomorrow!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Maintain Your Brain Friday - Deduction Puzzles

The following puzzles are deduction puzzles. Deductive reasoning involves reaching a conclusion from premises or given facts. The conclusion is true only if the premises or facts are true.

A. Four friends (Gina, Barbara, Harry, & Danny) each bought a cat and a dog last week. Each one decided to name his or her cat after the dog of one of the others. The dogs have different names.
Determine the names of each friend's cat and dog.

1. One of the dogs is named Mack.
2. Harry's cat is not named Benji.
3. Harry's dog is named Ruff.
4. Danny's cat is named Droopy.
5. Gina named her cat after Barbara's dog.

B. Five women (Katia, Lina, Maya, Johanna, and Pina) and one man (Paul) were invited to a crime scene in a large precinct as experts. The areas of expertise covered were profiler, anthropologist, criminologist, detective, DNA expert, and weapons expert.
Determine each person's area of expertise.

1. Katia, Lina, and the anthropologist met at the airport as they came in.
2. Paul, the only male in the group, is not a criminologist.
3. Maya is not a detective.
4. Johanna is neither the anthropologist nor the DNA expert.
5. After viewing the crime scene, the six experts had a general discussion about the crime at lunch together. Sitting around the table were the criminologist, Katia, Johanna, the weapons expert, the female detective, and Pina.

C. Bella, Chita, Ira, Dina, and Mika are best of friends. Yesterday, they met at a cafe to compare their new iPods. Each iPod was a different color (black, blue, green, red, orange), and each friend ordered a different beverage (coffee, soft drink, juice, milk, tea).
What color iPod did each one have, and what beverage did each one order?

1. The person with the red iPod ordered the soft drink.
2. Chita had the juice.
3. Dina brought a blue iPod.
4. Mika did not order milk.
5. The person who ordered milk had the orange iPod.
6. Bella had a green iPod. She did not order coffee.

D. Amy, Katia, Shamila, Renata, and Henrietta work as store clerks at a large mall. One of them has the last name Miller. Each woman sells only one kind of merchandise.
From the following clues, determine each woman's full name and what she sells.

1. Renata, who does not know Ms. Kristoff, does not sell jewelry.
2. Ms. Armad does not sell CDs or books.
3. The five women are Shamila, Renata, Ms. Smith, Ms. Cramer, and the clothing salesperson.
4. Amy's last name is neither Kristoff nor Cramer. Neither Amy nor Ms. Cramer sells CDs.
5. Neither the computer clerk nor the clothing salesperson is named Henrietta or Ms. Armad.

These puzzles came from The Total Brain Workout by Dr. Marcel Danesi, available on Amazon.

Good Luck!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm So Excited, and I Just Can't Hide It

As you can tell from the title, I am very excited. I have participated in the Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk (now named Walk to End Alzheimer's) in Memphis every year since 2005. I have watched the walk grow each year, but have always thought that it could be even bigger and better. Now, I have an opportunity to see that it is.

The West Tennessee office was looking for new volunteers to be on the Walk Committee. Of course, I immediately volunteered my time! I just assumed that since I was new to the committee that I would be in a small role...I assumed incorrectly. I am the Walk Event Co-Chair! The person who has been the Walk Event Chair the past 2 years wants to start assuming a smaller role on the committee in the future, so I am being trained for that position. I could not be happier!

The Memphis Walk to End Alzheimer's is November 12. This doesn't leave much time for my ideas to be implemented this year. The Events Coordinator and I are already planning big things for next year's walk though. She really values my opinion, so I know that I will be making a difference. In the near future, I would love to see this event have the same amount of participation as some of the other big name charity events in town.

For those in the Memphis area, I would love for you to participate in this year's walk. It's FREE! All the festivities begin at Auto Zone Park November 12 at 9am. The walk itself is a 2.5 mile course through downtown Memphis. There will be amazing views of the Mississippi River ("The Greatest River in the World" according to Grandpa). You can sign up as an individual or create a team and walk with friends/family/coworkers. There is no fundraising requirement. However, if you choose to fundraise, I won't stop you. :)

Please click to visit the 2011 Walk to End Alzheimer's Memphis TN page.

In the past, I have put a lot of effort into fundraising for this event. Now, I will put less effort on that and more on recruiting people to participate. If you can't make it to the walk, I will still gladly accept any donations. Please click to visit my fundraising page.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

7 Ways to Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Here is a link to a news article detailing 7 ways to help prevent Alzheimer's and explanations to why these 7 will help prevent Alzheimer's.

7 Ways:

1. Get Moving
2. Don't Smoke
3. Eat More Watermelon
4. Go to Bed
5. Walk Outside
6. Take a Class
7. Drop a Few

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Answers to Word Play



Saturday, September 10, 2011

Maintain Your Brain - Wordplay

Unscramble the following words to form the names of common animals. The first letters of the correctly solved animal names spell out the name of another animal.


Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Answers to Odd One Out

1. spill, cusp, blame, aspect, inspire
- Only blame does not contain the cluster sp in its structure.

2. scarlet, blue, vermillion, crimson, coral
- All words except blue refer to a shade, tinge, or hue of red.

3. limp, drop, plain, like, true
- All words except plain are 4 letter words.

4. orange, carrot, bean, squash, potato
- Orange is a fruit while all others refer to vegetables.

5. balloon, sphere, globe, cube, marble
- All the words except cube refer to things that have a spherical shape.

6. avid, era, island, try, underneath
- Try is the only word that does not start with a vowel.

7. send, comprehend, catch, impend, trend
- All words except catch end with the cluster nd.

8. water, clay, fluid, drink, serum
- All words except clay refer to liquids.

9. away, easy, aha, data, manna
- All the words except easy have two a's in them.

10. cup, bowl, box, pole, vase
- All the words except pole refer to containers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Maintain Your Brain Friday - Odd One Out

Today's Maintain Your Brain puzzle is "Odd One Out."

In each set of five words, one does not fit in. The idea is to spot a logical pattern of some kind in the words. The pattern might be in the structure of the words or the meaning of the words.

Good luck!

1. spill, cusp, blame, aspect, inspire
2. scarlet, blue, vermillion, crimson, coral
3. limp, drop, plain, like, true
4. orange, carrot, bean, squash, potato
5. balloon, sphere, globe, cube, marble
6. avid, era, island, try, underneath
7. send, comprehend, catch, impend, trend
8. water, clay, fluid, drink, serum
9. away, easy, aha, data, manna
10. cup, bowl, box, pole, vase

Due to the holiday weekend, answers will be posted on Tuesday.