Hone Your Problem Solving With Puzzles

Finding the solution to a puzzle is a way of mastering a challenge, and enhancing your problem solving skills.

How do you achieve this? Many of the challenges you encounter in life are physical.  Puzzles, such as crosswords, codewords, sudoku and trivia quizzes are brain challenges, where you need to use your knowledge of the English language, word structure and general facts, as well as your logic skills to find the answer.

With a a crossword, you are presented with a series of clues and need to build the answers into the grid, It’s a bit like completing a jigsaw puzzle.

A codeword is similar, except you don’t have clues, rather a letter and number code to crack, using several given letters that you are provided with at the outset.

A sudoku is a number logic puzzle.  In order to solve one, you need to follow the basic rule.  Each column, row and small group of 3×3 squares need to contain the numbers 1-9, with no numbers repeated.   This is sometimes easily said that done, because the configuration of the numbers in the grid determines the level of difficulty 0f the puzzle.  It’s all about correct placement and process of elimination.

A trivia quiz is a problem-solving game that hones your general knowledge and memory skills.  They are ideal for playing in a group because it allows different people to contribute their collective general knowledge.  We all know different things.  Everyone participating feels a sense of fulfilment if the all the questions are answered correctly.

All these puzzles are different in their basic characteristics, however, once solved, the result is the same for you the puzzler.  It is like solving any problem successfully.  You will feel a great sense of achievement.

Have fun practising your problem solving skills, by solving puzzles!

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