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by Nancy Linde

Based on the science that shows that people middle-aged or older who solve word games and brainteasers have a significant cognitive advantage over those who do not, 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges is the illustrated game book specifically created to cross-train the brain. Here are 399 games to stretch, challenge, and push the reader, all of which stimulate the formation of neurons—literally, regrowing the brain.Plus they’re not only good for you, but just plain good—these games are fun. 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia is a lively mix of challenges, riddles, and brainteasers—all vetted by a neuroscientist who specializes in aging brains and designed to work the six key areas of cognitive function that are vulnerable in normal aging: long-term memory, working memory, executive functioning, attention to detail, multitasking, and processing speed. The games are arranged from easiest to most difficult and are labeled according to which cognitive functions they exercise so they can be mixed and matched into a custom “workout.” In just 15 minutes a day, anyone can improve his brain’s strength, flexibility, and long-term health.
Download 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young. epub
ISBN: 0761168257
ISBN13: 978-0761168256
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Puzzles & Games
Author: Nancy Linde
Language: English
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; 1st Edition edition (September 25, 2012)
Pages: 424 pages
ePUB size: 1457 kb
FB2 size: 1790 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 244
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We highly recommend half of this book. It's full of challenges that are accessible by almost anyone, and there's a lot of variety. For instance, you might be given two different word definitions & have to name a homonym set that fits. Or you might be tasked with listing 26 different color names, one for each letter of the alphabet. Or come up with a list of words that begin with the prefix "ant-" based on various clues. We find these types of puzzles both challenging & genuinely fun. And for most of them, they're the types of challenges that you can read aloud to a group--or to a significant other--to enjoyably while away a long road trip.

But then there's the other half of the book. That's the half filled with some of the most useless trivia from long gone eras. You might be asked about a wealthy socialite from the 1920s, or a slightly famous murder trial that took place during the Great Depression. Occasionally there are questions from the 1990s or--even more rarely--from the 2000s. But these are few & far between. For the most part, you'll get a lot of questions that you're really only likely to know if you lived during the early-to-mid 20th century.

In retrospect, the cover text is very revealing: the book claims these puzzles were designed to "keep your brain young." That makes sense if it was written with an an older audience in mind.

Bottom line: if you were born in the 1940s and enjoy word puzzles & trivia, it's a no-brainer to buy this book--you'll probably enjoy every page. If you were born in the 1970s, you're going to struggle a lot but you'll still get a lot out of it. And if you were born in the 1990s or later: enjoy the word challenges, but prepare to skip many, many pages & roll your eyes a lot.
I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and purchased this book to use with patients during therapy to target memory/executive functions. I thought this would be a fun alternative to some of the books I use all of the time. For the price of $10 this is still a great purchase but the tasks are definitely higher level cognitive tasks and are not appropriate for many of my lower level patients. I think this book would be a great challenge for typical adults or entertainment for teenagers on road trips.
Love this book - obviously since I gave it 5 stars. I've purchased other books that are suppose to be "brain" games, puzzles, etc., only to be so disappointed once they arrive and find out that they are nothing but word search puzzles or some such. This is definitely worth the money. A variety of quizzes that I've never seen before. You will be in for lots of fun, and you don't have to be a word freak or such to enjoy this book. I just ordered the sequel and cannot wait for it to arrive.
Purchased for a friend after brain surgery to keep her busy/active/recovery. My husband saw it and loved it. So we ended up purchasing a second one for us. Works well to pass the time by yourself or play with others.
My husband and I had a lot of fun with this trivia book! However, I was expecting more variety. The author came up with a few games and repeated them throughout the whole book. I expected there to be 399 DIFFERENT games, and that was not the case.

Also, the intended buyer is clearly a much older generation than us. My husband and I are in our 20s, and this book has trivia about 1940s TV shows and very little trivia from 1980s-Present, which we would be much better at.
Book arrived in perfect condition. I am finding the puzzles, games and trivia quite fun, some a tad difficult but all interesting (I'm not what the younger reviewers consider "old" either) If you feel you are too young to know the answers; research, broaden your horizons, learn about the past, after all, it repeats itself often. Someone commented on "outdated trivia"; it can be referred to as past culture and history; learn something old, you may learn something new! If you feel the book is too simplistic, wow, good for you, you might want to look in to going on Jeopardy (not being sarcastic actually). Some reviewers gave low star reviews due to the fact they themselves spoke "broken English". The book is written in English, often utilizing words containing two or more syllables; so, if you don't understand the words 1. look them up in the English Dictionary and/or 2. Cross reference the English language words, which you don't understand, to your home lands' language; you may learn a few new words which is a positive thing. The book can actually be a fun tool if you don't know the American culture, you might just have to look up the answers more than others, not a problem, it's called learning . If you find some of the puzzles difficult, play with your kids, spouse, friends, etc., making it a fun, learning experience (and if you all get too frustrated, just peek in the back of the book and say "DUH, I knew that!") For those who are drastically challenged in memory, this book may be a bit too difficult and frustrating; as for me, I struggle with some of the "timed" challenges, but rather than getting frustrated with myself, I simply try to answer the best I can on my own time, hoping that maybe my mind will catch up as I practice the puzzles. I'm grateful for this book, much better for me than watching nothing on television or staring at my cell phone all day long. Finally, for those who only know "newer trivia", write your own book, after all the "old" saying goes "necessity is the mother of invention". (Just a little trivia for you).
Nice variety of challenging puzzles to keep my mind sharp. I find I go on binges where I'll do a lot of puzzles for a few days then not do any for a week or 2. I should do one each night before bed. Some of the puzzles have really had me thinking and you know the answer is somewhere in your head it just takes time to fish it out. I've had some puzzles I left answers blank only to come up with the answer later while I was busy doing something else. Like I said, the answers are there, you just have to fish them out.