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Puz­zle champ James McGowan’s guide to suc­cess at quizzes and brain­teasers: 1. Make sure you have the right sta­tionery, you will need a pen­cil and eraser more than you think. 2. Don’t be afraid to guess for the hard stuff, the fastest solvers are guess­ing and cor­rect­ing by rub­bing out more than solv­ing per­fectly from the get go. 3. Prac­tice past tests avail­able on the web; they’re a great re­source to get your brain into gear. 4. You have to be men­tally re­silient – it’s drain­ing us­ing your brain all day, ev­ery day. So at the end of each round, re-set your brain and start again. 5. Get lots of sleep – es­pe­cially if you’re go­ing to be jet lagged. Don’t go out par­ty­ing ev­ery night, and wait un­til the end of the com­pe­ti­tion to cel­e­brate. 6. Ask ex­pe­ri­enced com­peti­tors for tips and tricks, peo­ple are quite friendly, es­pe­cially to new


Try the Suduko puz­zle that Kiwi puz­zlers tack­led in our Stuff video.

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