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Scientists slam ‘exaggerated’ benefits of brain games

The benefits of so-called brain games are “exaggerated” and evidence they improve cognitive ability are “weak to non-existent”, a group of experts has said. Consumers “naturally think these products will be helpful”, a report by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) found. But it warned that while the games …

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Daily crossword puzzling may guard against cognitive decline

When researchers in England had 17,000 healthy participants, all 50 years and older, complete an online survey and series of tests, they found those who reported regularly completing crossword puzzles scored higher on assessments of attention, reasoning and memory. Regular crossword puzzlers showcased grammatical reasoning speed and short term memory …

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A Possible Path to Better Sleep—and a Better Memory

Can’t remember where you left your cellphone? Totally forgot about that dentist appointment? If you’re past middle age and really want to hang on to your memory, swap the Sudoku and crossword puzzles for a good night’s sleep. Many studies have made the connection between sleep and memory consolidation—the brain’s …

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25 Creative Hobbies To Try When Everything Is Awful And You’re Not Okay

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to share the creative hobbies that got them through a difficult time. Here are some of the best responses: 1. Making adorable felt animals 2. Quilting 3. Woodworking 4. Making foral crowns 5. Irish dancing 6. Doing puzzles read more at buzzfeed.com  

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Left-Handed People Are Officially Smarter

We know for a fact that a lot of you like to tease your left-handed friends, for reasons we really aren’t so sure of. But news from some recent studies might have the tables turning, because new research has revealed that left-handed people might really be smarter! read more at …

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Lisa Loeb Wrote Today’s New York Times Crossword

Lisa Loeb helped construct today’s New York Times crossword puzzle. As part of the 75th anniversary of the publication’s crossword section, celebrity guests have periodically been collaborating with puzzlemakers on the day’s puzzle, and Loeb is the latest to do so. Today’s puzzle is appropriately music-themed and, per an informative …

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How D-Day code words ended up in British crossword puzzles

In the month leading up to the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II, a collection of very particular words started appearing in the crossword section of a popular British newspaper. Starting around May 2, 1944, code words for specific parts of the “D-Day” operation — which would kick off in earnest …

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Alan Rosenberg: We’re doubling efforts to please crossword fans

People love “Gil” and “Peanuts,” and they’re intrigued with the human dilemmas addressed by Carolyn Hax and Amy Dickinson. But the crossword they take personally. For some, it becomes a test of their mental ability — one they love to pass, but hate to feel they flunked. As many did during …

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The Practical Puzzler’s Crossword featuring: Palindromes

Try The Practical Puzzler’s first self-published Crossword featuring: Palindromes Palindrome – noun word, line, verse, number, sentence, etc., reading the same backward as forward as Madam, I’m Adam or Poor Dan is in a droop. If you have a fond love for “Taco Cat” or “Yo Banana Boy,” this Crossword Puzzle is right up …

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