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December 15, 2021

Christmas Brain Teasers to Warm Your Mind!

Are you looking for a way to pass the time between holiday gatherings, but it’s too cold to get outside? Well, we’ve got the perfect solution for you: Christmas Brain Teasers! Solving word puzzles provides myriad benefits to your mind, and are perfect for keeping you sharp for your next game of Words With Friends. Once you crack these word teasers, send them over to a friend, to see who’s the best of the bunch. (Or, if you’re feeling particularly fiendish, just challenge them to a game of Words With Friends, where you can use your new-found words and word skills to take home the win!)

Check out this Brain Teaser Video!

What are the Benefits of Word Games?

It’s not just that word games and puzzles are fun (though, they are!) they are also great for your mental capacity. By spending a few minutes a day playing Words With Friends, or solving other word puzzles, you are both helping retain previous knowledge, as well as adding new knowledge. Take a look at some of the cool benefits word brain teasers provide!

Increase Vocabulary

Even though this one is common sense, it remains one of the most important benefits, the more word games and puzzles you interact with, the more words you will end up knowing. If your opponent in Words With Friends beats you with a late-game play of QUIXOTIC (adj: Not sensible about practical matters) for 28 points, you can be sure you will remember that word for your next game, so you can use it yourself!

Improve Spelling

Spelling is tricky. This is something even the author of this article, who writes for a living, can attest to. Word games are perfect for sharpening your spelling skills; you need to figure out the correct spelling of a word before Words With Friends will accept it as a legal play. But, after enough time, even the most hopeless spellers will find their skills improving!

Enhance Memory

In order to solve word puzzles and win word games, you’ll constantly be relying on your memory. All of those new vocabulary words and proper spellings, which we mentioned in the above tips, will come in handy as you tackle new puzzles and games. But, these skills will only help if you can remember them!

Hones Concentration

Anyone who has spent time playing word games knows the level of concentration they require. Play just one game of Words With Friends and you’ll know the sensation of arranging and rearranging your rack of tiles in hopes of making a higher-scoring word appear before your eyes. Also, we all know the feeling of seeing a better move that we could have made, just moments after making our play. It only takes a few mistakes like that until you hunker down and concentrate on every turn of the game!

Relaxation

Even in the heat of a competitive game of Words With Friends, there is a certain relaxation in playing. With no timer, no pressure to play, you can devote yourself fully to the game. Take as long or as little time as you need to complete the puzzle or make your move, it’s all up to you!

Connect With Friends

Christmas is traditionally a time to reunite with your family and friends. This makes it all the more noticeable when certain loved ones aren’t able to make it home, or if we aren’t able to ourselves. Games like Words With Friends, which can be played asynchronously, are perfect for staying in touch, even from afar.

Increase Happiness

Sometimes it’s as simple as having fun, and word games are perfect for that, too! Finding that perfect move in Word With Friends, or the solution to a word puzzle unquestionably lets off a jolt of joy, no matter how many times you’ve done it. So, even if you aren’t looking for any of the benefits listed above, you can settle into a game of Words With Friends simply because it’s fun!

Christmas Brain Teasers (with answers)

Now that you’ve learned some of the great side-effects of playing word games and puzzles, let’s dive in! Because we’re in the holiday season, we have made these puzzles Christmas themed, but don’t worry, solving brain teasers is worthwhile all year round!

Questions

  1. Alright, Question 1. What five letter word can describe: a festive song or hymn sung at Christmas time? Give it some thought!
  2. What seven letter word is a ‘hollow structure which allows smoke from an indoor fireplace to vent outside’?
  3. What six letter word is ‘an alcoholic drink made with cream, sugar, and distilled spirits’?
  4. How are you doing so far? Do you think you’ve got them all? Well, how about an eleven letter word that is ‘a crisp cookie made with molasses and ginger’?
  5. How about this one, can be a bit tricky. There are TWO words which could fit this description, one that is six letters long, and one that is seven, can you get them both? The definition is ‘A grouchy spoilsport who doesn’t enjoy Christmas’.
  6. For this one, it will help if you know your worldwide Christmas traditions: what is ‘A half-goat, half-demon character who punishes naughty children during Christmas?’ Seven letters!
  7. What nine letter word is ‘A parasitic plant with white berries, that is often hung in doorways during the Christmas season’?
  8. What ten letter word can be described as ‘a device used to crush seeds and other shells’? It is also the name of a popular ballet which is set during the holiday season.
  9. It’s time to go for a ride! What eight letter word means ‘a long, wooden sled used to slide down snowy hills’?
  10. Alright, last Brain Teaser: what is an eight letter word for ‘a long sock, traditionally filled with gifts’?

Do you have all your guesses? Do you feel good about them? Well, let’s go and see what the correct answers were!

Answers

  1. This five letter word for a festive song or hymn sung at Christmas time is: CAROL! Did you get this one?
  2. A seven letter word for a hollow structure which allows smoke from an indoor fireplace to vent outside is: CHIMNEY!
  3. A six letter word for ‘an alcoholic drink made with cream, sugar, and distilled spirits’ is: EGGNOG. Are you a fan of Eggnog? What is your favorite holiday treat?
  4. Time for our longest word of the day. An eleven letter word for ‘a crisp cookie made with molasses and ginger’ is: GINGERBREAD! Have you ever tried your hand making a gingerbread house?
  5. Our two words that both fit the description of ‘A grouchy spoilsport who doesn’t enjoy Christmas’ are: GRINCH and SCROOGE!
  6. Time to get a bit spooky. The ‘half-goat, half-demon character who punishes naughty children during Christmas’ is the KRAMPUS!
  7. Our nine letter word for ‘a parasitic plant with white berries, that is often hung in doorways during the Christmas season’ is: MISTLETOE!
  8. The ten letter word for ‘a device used to crush seeds and other shells’ is: NUTCRACKER! Has anyone out there ever seen a performance of the Nutcracker ballet?
  9. Let’s go for a ride! Our eight letter word that means ‘a long, wooden sled used to slide down snowy hills’ is: TOBOGGAN!
  10. Finally, an eight letter word for ‘a long sock, traditionally filled with gifts’ is: STOCKING!

How did you do? Did you nail these Christmas Brain Teasers? We hope you did, and that you have a fantastic holiday season!

The Words With Friends team wishes you a very Merry Christmas! Celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings you have in life. After all, that’s what the holiday is all about!

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