During these days of self-isolation, word-search puzzles, crosswords, and sudoku may be the only consolation for those who are stuck at home with literally nothing to do.
This tricky trio of word-search puzzles is tailored for that very purpose. Rumor has it that only expert puzzlers have what it takes to solve all three in succession, so there will be bragging rights for those who can do it.
Puzzle 1Here is a uniform grid of random letters with the words "low," "sail," "thus," "important," and "discovered" hidden in their midst.
Remember to look left to right, up and down, backwards and forwards, and diagonally to stand the best chance of finding all five words. Good luck!
Puzzle 2In this second puzzle, you've got five new words to find: "entire," "carry," "cloud," "sleep," and "rich."
If you struggled with the first puzzle and are feeling like throwing in the towel, enlist the help of a friend or family member by sharing!
Puzzle 3Lastly, try solving puzzle three in order to count yourself among the expert puzzlers. Find the words "possible," "members," "does," "rolled," and "halt."
If you managed to find all the words, congratulations! You can count yourself, at least in our books, among the elite class in the world of puzzle solving! If you didn't manage to find them, better luck next time; but for now, you can see the solutions down below.
Puzzle 1: Solution
Puzzle 2: Solution
Puzzle 3: Solution
Did You Know?In an interesting bit of trivia, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin explains that puzzles are so uniquely satisfying because they prompt moments of insight as the solutions come to us, sometimes seemingly out of the blue.
Salvi says that moments of insight ignite the brain’s inbuilt reward system, "which is the same system that responds to food and to other basic pleasures." In short, we complete a puzzle and the "drama" of the win is our reward.