A huge part of my childhood entailed sitting with my grandmother in the mornings, during dung Christmas break attempting all forms of puzzles and riddles. We did not discriminate – the harder the riddle the better it was. My favorite was the word puzzles. The kind where you have to decipher a word in a jumble of letters. This seems easy enough right? Well, we might have a word search puzzle that might have your eyes glued to the screen for quite some time.
Try our word search
For this word search, we will go back to the roots of our vocabulary. The word you are hunting for is the simple English word, “DOG”. That’s right, DOG. In the jumbled mixture of the three letters; “D”, “O”, and “G”, it seems, at first glance, that this will is as easy as pie. Can you find the word “DOG”? Let’s see how long it takes you.
Any luck yet?
By now, you must have realized that this is no ordinary word search, but more of an optical illusion, and a narcissistic one at best. It seems like the word “DOG” is always right in front of your eyes, but taking a closer look, you never actually see the word leaving you feeling gaslighted by your very own visionary abilities. Or maybe you did, in which case you have seriously keen eyesight.
Word Searches Are Brain Food
If you did not have the childhood affection for word searches, your brain might feel like it is bubbling over. The prickling feeling you get inside your head is not torture, I swear. Believe it or not, it is exercising the brain in a good way. Our brains, like every muscle in our body, need a good workout now and then. With this perpetual lockdown, these exercises are more necessary than you might think to keep our mental and cognitive health up to scratch.
When you are working on puzzles and word searches, certain parts of your brain are activated and stimulated. This keeps those abilities that are often called upon in the least expected moments, working full speed ahead. These areas include the ability to recognize words and recognize patterns. It will strengthen our spelling ability and how easily we can decipher clues.
Considering all of these amazing benefits we can experience with one simple word search, we should all be trying to complete more of these gosh-darn befuddling puzzles. This brings a reconstruction to the phrase: “an apple a day keeps the doctor away“, to: “a word search a day, keeps boredom at bay“.
The answer, please?
If you have had enough of this illusionist of a word search, you might start to feel your eyes crossing over. Do not be so hard on yourself, this is not the easiest of all puzzles and it was designed to make you feel a bit foolish. The more of these puzzles that you practice, the easier they will become. For now, we have snuck in the answer for you to take a peep at. At least you will get some peaceful sleep tonight without feeling plagued by the word which is meant to represent man’s best friend, not foe.