Surfing the Net with Kids: Brainteasers

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November 12, 2000

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Welcome back. Today’s Brainteasers topic is accompanied by the following games:


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“What always weighs the same no matter how large it is?” “No sooner spoken than broken. What is it?” “What dries and dries and keeps getting wetter?” If you enjoy a challenge, then today’s mind bending riddle sites are for you.


Select your puzzles by choosing a difficulty rating (from one to three question marks) and deciding whether or not to include Gotchas. Gotchas (sometimes called groaners) are trick questions with a play on words or an unexpected twist. “On which side of a cup is it best to have the handle? The outside.” Gotcha! When you click on the View Answer button, the answer will appear at the bottom of your browser window for just a few moments. To keep the answer on your screen a bit longer, select “Click here to keep the answer visible for sixty seconds” which displays directly below the solution.

Brain Food


“Puzzles For the Brain To Gnaw On.” Brain Food’s puzzle collections includes hundreds of problems organized into seven categories: Logic Puzzles, Word Puzzles, Lateral Thinking Puzzles, Tricky Puzzles, Word Boxes, Numbered Puzzles, and Logi-Number Puzzles. You’ll find the Groaners listed under Tricky Puzzles. “I have two U.S. coins that add up to fifty-five cents. One is not a nickel. What are they?” Click Solution to reveal “A nickel and a half dollar. Only one is not a nickel.” I can hear you groaning from here.

Grey Labyrinth


“It’s like switching your point of view. Things sometimes look complicated from one angle, but simple from another.” – Achilles to the Tortoise, Göödel, Escher, Bach. The Grey Labyrinth is a playground of mental calisthenics for curious minds. Visually stunning, it was created to showcase the talents of a group of graphic-designing puzzle enthusiasts. Current problems are posted without their solutions. About once a month, a new question is posed along with the answer to the previous puzzle. The authors encourage feedback from readers who disagree with their solutions, or those who propose alternative answers.

Mind Breakers


The Mind Breakers want to “brighten up your grey brain cells” with the best in puzzles and riddles. Each of their listed puzzles is rated for “coolness” and complexity on a scale of one to four. Call me uncool, but I couldn’t tell what made one riddle cooler than another. Temperature aside, navigation around the site is simple, and answers are supplied. Be warned, however, some of the riddles have trick answers.



Not another page of riddles, but this site is so much fun I had to include it. When your mind has melted from too many puzzles, don’t quit, fight back! Create your own puzzles to share with friends, family and students. Mazes in all shapes and sizes, word searches of varying complexity, number blocks and math squares are among the choices. Input your parameters, and press “Create.” Your ready-to-print puzzle is created in seconds and you are granted permission to use it as long as you credit the Puzzlemaker Web site.

Surfing the Calendar

National Game & Puzzle Week
Nov 19, 2000
Thanksgiving: Pilgrims of Plymouth
Nov 23, 2000
Thanksgiving: Pocahontas
Nov 23, 2000
Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks
Nov 23, 2000

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