Have fun and give your brain a work­out

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FASHION & BEAUTY - By EllEn WhytE

BoRED by the same old rou­tine? Feel­ing a lit­tle stale? Here are some fun weekend ac­tiv­i­ties that will help you stretch your brain and re­lax at the same time.

Solve a mys­tery

De­tec­tive sto­ries are a great way to lose your­self in a fan­tasy world, and if you pick an au­thor who gives you all the clues so that you should be able to solve it your­self, then you can work out who­dunit at the same time.

Great sto­ry­tellers who of­fer this in­clude clas­sic au­thors Dorothy L Sayers’ Lord Peter Wim­sey sto­ries and S. S. Van Dine’s Philo Vance nov­els, as well as mod­ern sto­ry­tellers such as Lind­sey Davis, El­iz­a­beth Ge­orge and P.D. James.

learn puz­zle-solv­ing tricks

Boost your puz­zle-solv­ing skills by tak­ing IQ tests like puzzles and check out the so­lu­tions to learn more about strate­gies with the help of apps from com­pa­nies like qcd-sys­tems.com (for Ap­ple prod­ucts) and web sites such as Math­sphere.com at http:// tinyurl.com/3md­bqlz and Maths is Fun at http://www.math­s­is­fun.com/puzzles.

Play cards

Chess is touted as the strat­egy game but if you’re not fond of it, there are lots of card games that of­fer sim­i­lar chal­lenges.

Try trick-tak­ing games where you have to cal­cu­late what’s in your hand and make the most of it.

Sim­ple games such as Whist, Con­tract Bridge, Spades, and Spoil Five sim­ply re­quire you to get as many tricks as pos­si­ble, whereas Pinochle, Rook, Manille, and Hearts add in more com­plex point sys­tems.

For a guide on the rules, visit pa­gat.com.

Mys­tery board games

If you haven’t played a board game in a while, con­sider that there are lots of won­der­ful prod­ucts out there that will chal­lenge you, your fam­ily and your friends.

Solve crimes by ask­ing ques­tions in Cluedo, con­quer your op­po­nent in the Asian chess style game xiangqi, or force your enemy to turn over their coun­ters to your colour in the clas­sic strat­egy game Rev­ersi/othello.

There are many won­der­ful prod­ucts out there that will chal­lenge you, your fam­ily and friends. — EPA

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