How to Solve Logic Puzzles

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How to Solve Logic Puzzles
Logic puzzles can often be found in magazines and newspapers. (private puzzle image by from

Logic puzzles are problems or puzzles that use deduction to solve them. Examples of logic puzzles include word problems or grid puzzles. There is a wide variety of logic puzzles, and they are all different in various aspects, but almost all logic puzzles require creativity and language knowledge and/or basic math skills. According to the Mayo Clinic, doing logic puzzles and other intellectually stimulating activities can slow or prevent mental decline disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. There are a few tricks to solving these puzzles.

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    Read all instructions and questions carefully before starting the puzzle. Sometimes clues are embedded in the information provided with the puzzle's instructions.

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    Ask yourself how the puzzle is asking to be answered. Some puzzles have answers that are found by only figuring out part of the puzzle. Others require you to complete them in order to find out the answer. By identifying what needs to be done to solve the puzzle, you often can identify how it needs to be accomplished.

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    Write down possible answers as you work your way through the puzzle. If you get stuck, pick one of the possible answers and look at the puzzle as if that answer is true. If you find that the information in the puzzle does not support that particular hypothesis, discard it and try another one.

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    Remember that all of the information you need to solve the puzzle is included in the puzzle itself. If you get stuck, write down each fact as presented in the information. Work carefully and slowly, as sometimes two facts will be presented in the same clue and is meant to be misleading.

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    Use all of the clues to completely fill out the grid in table-style puzzles. By working through all of the clues in this manner until the grid is filled out, the information in the grid will answer the logic puzzle questions.

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