I read an article about how to raise your IQ by as much as 20 points. I have a fairly high IQ by the testing I have done. It's not Mensa level by any means. But it does mean that I should be able to follow instruction, understand irony and sarcasm. I take it for granted. I have also taken for granted the high IQ of the others in our family. The leading cause of a high IQ, to my mind, is a curiosity. No, I don't mean strange, I mean curiosity in that we ask questions, we want to know things, we play games.
Now, my roll model has always been Mom. When I was growing up she did word puzzles all the time, she read a lot of books about the mind and controlling life. But it seems that since she retired she may have also retired her mind...one less struggle? But I hate to see her just sitting and losing touch with everything. She has gotten out some of her old books and is slowly reading through them, working her hands, doing jigsaw puzzles online. But it is a long road. Mom doesn't think outside the box. Well, outside of her own box anyhow.
For example, I got Mom a puzzle book, mind challenges, logic problems, etc. She looked through the book and only found a couple of puzzles she could figure out; the rest are going to be a challenge. One she figured out was a grid that you fill in with letters to create certain words. The grid was only 4 across and 4 down. It's a start. However, on the same page was a puzzle that gave you a series of 6 jigsaw puzzle pieces. You had to choose three of the pieces to fit on a puzzle. The puzzle itself was just three pieces and the clues were made from the outline of this small puzzle board. Basic. (Back to this in a minute. I want to make a side note to my blog.)
(I took some time today to read through book and I can see why she was so final that she can't do it. I am going to give it a try; maybe I can do about 25% of them. I will challenge myself somehow and let you know how it goes.)
I attempted the puzzle. I was able to figure out fairly quick. So I have copied the puzzle using a paint program. The puzzle pieces are not precise, so I will ask forgiveness about the disparity you may initially notice. Keep in mind if it is off center that is the way it should look, even though the off - centeredness is not precise, this is my drawing error, not an error of the actual puzzle. With that in mind, below is an image of the puzzle pieces and the actual puzzle they need to fit in. Please look at it and attempt the puzzle, then let me know in a comment how difficult or easy it was to figure out.
I will explain in the comments the discussion mom and I have about this puzzle. Have fun and be sure to leave a comment for me.