The Irish Mail on Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

The brain is like a mus­cle and, as with any mus­cle, it needs to be ex­er­cised. That’s why peo­ple in­tu­itively en­joy puz­zles and chal­lenges.

Puz­zles can in­volve mem­ory, ver­bal and nu­mer­i­cal skills, spa­tial skills, cre­ativ­ity and in­tu­ition. Tak­ing tests that ex­er­cise your brain can in turn make you men­tally ‘fit’ and im­prove the ca­pac­ity of your mind.

That’s why the Ir­ish Mail on Sun­day and Ir­ish Daily Mail have teamed up with Mensa, the so­ci­ety for peo­ple with high IQs, to en­cour­age read­ers to ex­er­cise their brains and IQ.

This se­ries, which will con­tinue each day un­til Wed­nes­day, pre­sents a se­ries of puz­zles for you to solve.

Each day’s ques­tions will help you to un­der­stand not just the an­swer, but the process used to tackle each ques­tion. In this way, you’ll also be bet­ter equipped to tackle the chal­lenges that life it­self pre­sents.

If you man­age to an­swer 50% of the ques­tions across this se­ries, you will prove to be very welle­quipped for Mensa mem­ber­ship and should sit a su­per­vised test. There are around a dozen tests held at dif­fer­ent venues around the coun­try ev­ery year. For more in­for­ma­tion see

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