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399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young. Paperback – September 25, 2012
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But then there's the other half of the book. That's the half filled with some of the most useless trivia from long gone eras. You might be asked about a wealthy socialite from the 1920s, or a slightly famous murder trial that took place during the Great Depression. Occasionally there are questions from the 1990s or--even more rarely--from the 2000s. But these are few & far between. For the most part, you'll get a lot of questions that you're really only likely to know if you lived during the early-to-mid 20th century.
In retrospect, the cover text is very revealing: the book claims these puzzles were designed to "keep your brain young." That makes sense if it was written with an an older audience in mind.
Bottom line: if you were born in the 1940s and enjoy word puzzles & trivia, it's a no-brainer to buy this book--you'll probably enjoy every page. If you were born in the 1970s, you're going to struggle a lot but you'll still get a lot out of it. And if you were born in the 1990s or later: enjoy the word challenges, but prepare to skip many, many pages & roll your eyes a lot.
Here's the thing, some people think reading is a good way to exercise the brain. Turns out that is not nessarily so. Games like hidden objects, puzzles or solitaire or chess or card games may do a better job as they are always changing. My mom was an avid solitaire player. She only learned how to use the computer so she could play faster there. She lived to be 92 and was as bright as a penney until the moment of her passing. I carry games on my smart phone while I'm waiting for my husband or a doctor or eating alone or...
If this book isn't for you, you might want think about gifting it to someone else. Based on my sister's report, this is a good book!