7 Riddles That Will Test Your Brain Power


Brain age, a seemingly good measure of your wits, is nothing but a relative term. It is not something that can be accurately measured just like the age of your soul is not strictly measurable and is not necessarily the same as your biological age. A fun and popular way to gauge brain age is via a series of puzzles and brain games. Everything, from word games to puzzles can be used to judge the thinking capacity of a person. While some riddles are there just for laughs, a few can seriously challenge the mind, causing the person to think long and hard before answering.

Puzzles test not only your intelligence, but also your ability to think on your feet. They are a good way to check how your brain manages under stress and whether it can still make the same connections as it does when in calmer situations. Puzzles stimulate the brain, coaxing it to think in a way it didn’t before. Here is a collection of riddles that will present to be a challenge to most people, although some time into it and you might figure them out successfully. However, the trick is not to just solve the puzzles, but in fact, it is to answer these questions correctly in as little time as possible.

There is nothing like solving a good old puzzle to stimulate your brain and get the brain juices flowing. Here are some puzzles to work your little grey cells and remember to time yourself!

The upside down puzzle


In case you still have not managed to realize figure it out, here is a clue to help you solve the puzzle: just flip the pictures. Once you flip the pictures, you realize how truly terrifying all of them are. The eyes and mouths of both the women in the picture are flipped upside down. This unnatural position makes both these normally beautiful women look decidedly odd, if not downright grotesque. Because we are so used to seeing them in a certain way, having their defining features turned upside down made their faces look shocking, while still slightly discernible. On account of this initial shock, most people end up thinking that these faces have something majorly wrong with them, than just a minor alteration.

A question of counting


The trick in solving this question lies in reading the statement repeatedly until you effectively grasp what it is trying to communicate to you. While the shirt has two significant rips in it, as can be seen in the body of the shirt, holes can mean anything as long as it serves as an opening. By this definition, the holes for the neckline, the sleeves and the bottom are all classified as the holes that this puzzle requires. While this makes siz holes in total, the total number of holes in the shirt is actually eight. The two holes in the middle rip through both layers of the fabric, meaning that each hole counts as two.

Can you spot what is so different about this tree?


The thing that gets you about this picture is how completely ordinary it looks at first. In a cursory glance, this picture looks like it features an ordinary tree on an average day. Nothing about any of it seems out of place. However, on closer inspection, you can see that this tree is not ordinary at all as you first thought. In fact, look closely, and you’ll see a lizard perched on the tree trunk like it’s nobody’s business! This puzzle does not only test your intelligence, but also makes note of how observant you are!

The number line conundrum


More often than not in life, we spend time fixating on problems that not really deserve our attention. We spend an insane amount of time worrying about the wrong things, in turn ignoring the real issues at hand. This puzzle, if seen philosophically, can be a great example of just that. When looking for a problem, the human mind goes quickly towards the number line. Not only does the question mark preceding the numbers indicate that the answer lies there, but the brightly colored numbers also make it seem like the number line would be the most obvious place for a problem. On the contrary, the mistake is actually hiding in plain sight. In the question, the word “spot” appears twice rather than just once.

Spot the baby


More often than not, we don’t look too deep into things. We give things a cursory look, which often means that a lot of intricate details are missed in translation. If we don’t pay attention to things, a lot of important details often end up being missed completely. These details, while sometimes minimal, can sometimes be of great value and missing them can seriously hamper your progress. A valuable way to see how observant you naturally really are is through this picture. If you can spot the baby, well and good! However, if you can’t, just keep following the branches of the tree to spot the silhouette of the baby that is lying in a fetal position. The baby has its feet and toes on the right of the picture, the arms are in the middle while the head can be spotted on the left.

Which line is longer?


Sometimes, the right answer is literally just staring us in the face, but we are too doubtful to go for it. In this set of pictures, it can be instantly seen that line A is undoubtedly longer than line B. However, most people are seen to stumble in situations like these. Whenever we find something to be easier than we perceived it to be, we start doubting our initial decision. By deliberating on whether line B might actually be longer than line A, we are doubting it on the basis of conformity. When given an easy or obvious solution, most people tend to over complicate things by going for the hard, and in this case wrong, answer,

Can you spot Mike Wazowski?


This one is relatively easy. In the vast sea of these “Little Green Men” from the Toy Story movies, is hiding one Mike Wazowski. On account of the similar color palette, and the fact that he is just one, he might be a little hard to spot at first. However, provided that you’re persistent, you will crack the code in next to no time. The trick in solving puzzles like these is to be systematic, handling one aisle at a time rather than going for a haphazard approach and wrecking everything.

If each answer on this page took you less than 20 seconds, congratulations! Your brain is in top notch condition. You are capable of viewing a problem from different perspectives and have what it takes to get the job done. If these puzzles individually took you more than 20 seconds, or if you could not complete all the questions it means your brain has aged a little, but is still fit to tackle most problems. While it might be harder for you to detach yourself from the obvious, you end up solving most of the problems. If it took you over 40 seconds, or you could not solve most of the problems, you might benefit from trying to pay attention to details and being more systematic in how you approach your problems.


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