Great Memory Games for Adults: Crosswords

Improving memory by playing games is a productive and fun activity. Crosswords provide a great mind work-out as they require the use of logic and memory on several levels: the direct recall of words, exploring different interpretations of clues and seeking patterns. If you do crosswords mindfully, yet with a sense of mischief, they are an excellent and fun way to protect and improve your memory. Your approach to the puzzle will help increase success and enjoyment. Here are some hints:

Start working on the crossword by proceeding through the clues from start to finish, filling in the answers you know. Resist the temptation to do the cross-hatched words. This will provide an immediate sense of progress as a significant number of clues will be completed.

The tougher clues will become easier as more letters will have been filled in and your mind will have had a preview of them. Attack the missed clues in any order, concentrating on building up areas where there are letters already filled in. Don’t worry if a specific clue doesn’t solve immediately. Allow time and space for the mind to explore different possibilities; this is where the fun really starts. Think about:

  • different meanings of the clue
  • related words or ideas; this may create a link to the correct solution
  • common letter combinations
  • the crossword’s theme, if applicable
  • the frequent crossword clues (This is the only reason I know what an ‘epee’ is)

After spending time on all the clues take a break. Given the opportunity, the subconscious mind will find new patterns between clues, letters and memories. Be ready to be amazed when you come back to the crossword.

Put the ego to the side as some of your answers will be wrong. Be willing to erase answers if they do not line up with other clues and do a bit of ‘trial by error’ detective work if there are multiple candidate answers.

Most importantly, keep in mind that it is only a game — a trifle. The rules and expectations of crossword experts do not apply to everyday solvers. After giving a crossword a few solid attempts, keep making progress by using dictionaries, atlases, friends and the web. You can’t know what you don’t know.

However you do a crossword, as long as you relax and enjoy the experience, they are good for the mind and memory. Have fun and perhaps learn a few new words to impress your friends.

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Best Party Games for Adults to Play Indoors

Just as party food, decorations, and themes have changed over time, so have party games. Today’s party people have grown weary of the same old games like charades and name that tune. They want activities that are new, challenging, fast-paced and thought-provoking. Here are the two of the funniest party games that adults and teens will surely love.

Do You See What I See

Famous people are always easy to recognize, even behind those giant sunglasses. But what happens when all you see is one part of the person?

Materials Needed:

  • Large magazine pictures of famous people’s faces
  • Scissors
  • Envelopes
  • Paper
  • Pencils, 1 for each player

Playing time is 30 to 45 minutes.

How to Play:

  1. Tear out magazine pictures of famous folk’s faces.Cut the picture of the face into thin strips horizontally in this order: (1) hairline, (2) forehead, (3) eyes, (4) nose, (5) mouth, (6) chin, (7) neck.
  2. Mix up the parts of one face and place them in an envelope. Repeat for the rest of the faces, placing them in each envelope.
  3. Gather the players in a circle and place one envelope in the center.
  4. Distribute paper and pencils, and have the players write numbers 1 to 7 down the left side of their paper.
  5. Have Player 1 draw a strip from the envelope and place it in the center for all to see.
  6. Tell all the players to try to recognize the famous person from the first strip and write the name on their sheet of paper. If they can’t, they should leave the first number blank.
  7. Have player 2 draw another strip from the envelope and place it near or next to the first strip. Players should again try to name the person.
  8. When all the strips have been laid out, show the identity of the famous person. Award points to those who were able to name the famous person before anyone else.

Variations:

Have your guests race to name the famous person aloud instead of writing down the answers. Or mix up strips for three or more faces, divide the players into teams, and have the teams race to pick out the strips that belong together.

Sign Language

Not everybody knows sign language, but everybody knows body language. So speak up, and see how well you communicate without saying a word!

Materials Needed:

  • Index cards
  • Paper and pencil to keep score
  • Stop watch or timer

Playing time for this one of the best Party Games for Adults is 30-45 minutes

How To Play:

  1. Write down some situations or events on index cards for players to act out. For example, you may include landing on the moon, a kid opening a birthday present, a teenager breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, a skiing accident, a scene from a movie, and so on.
  2. Shuffle the cards and place them in a bowl or in a box.
  3. Divide the players into two teams.
  4. Have Player 1 from Team 1 choose a card and silently read the situation or event.
  5. Give Player 1 two minutes to act out the situation or event for his or her teammates to guess.
  6. If the teammates guess correctly, award a point to the team.
  7. Alternate between teams and players until all the cards are gone.
  8. Award a prize to the team with the most points.

Variations:

Make the situations or events more complicated, For example: “You’ve decided to rearrange all the furniture without consulting your spouse. The spouse comes home late in the evening, doesn’t turn on the light to avoid waking you up, and stumbles over everything.”

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