Monday, January 31, 2011

Brain teasers: Use it or lose it

Charlotte's Pat Battaglia, a longtime rocket scientist turned puzzle creator, has a new book of mental games and puzzles designed to exercise the minds of young and old alike.

"Smart Is As Smart Does: Brain Games to Reveal the Genius in You" is Battaglia's fourth book in a series of "Smart" books. See

Here's an example: What unusual characteristic do the following words have in common?
Christmas, castle, listen, chestnut, whistle, often, mortgage.
Hint: To solve this puzzle think quietly.

Battaglia, 73, who moved to Charlotte 13 years ago from Niagara Falls, N.Y., also writes a syndicated newspaper column, "If You're So Smart," and is glad to have made his pastime his new profession.

In his new book, he lists the answers upside down on a different page. Here's the answer to the question above: All words have a silent "t."


Anonymous said...

There are multiple pronunciations of often, one being awf-tuhn according to the dictionary. The only characteristic they share is being two syllable words.

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