Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bored? Why Don't You Go on a Fun Brain Quest?

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bored? Why Don't You Go on a Fun Brain Quest?

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport

Multiple cases of the What Should I Do on a Rainy Afternoon Blues have been documented in the region. The malady affects children, and symptoms include sustained whining for periods of 15 minutes or more. The affliction spreads, infecting grown-ups who often manifest frustration-induced headaches.

Watching television and playing video games are not recommended antidotes. Try some games such as Trivial Pursuit, TriBond, Taboo and Scategories. Participants must read the questions aloud. (Look, Ma! I'm learning, but I don't even notice. Roll the dice again.) Another choice is Brain Quest, a series of trivia games from Workman Publishing.

The set of hundreds of questions and answers are printed on cards about the size and shape of a bookmark. Different decks are designed for different age groups, ranging from preschool through seventh grade. Brain Quest decks ($10.95 each) come in general categories and specific ones, such as 1,100 Questions All About America; 850 Questions About People, Places, Culture & Language; and 850 Questions About Presidents, the Men, the Office, the Times. Revised editions and decks with new topics are released regularly.

One of the latest is Brain Quest (ages 12-13) 1,500 Questions to Challenge the Mind. Categories are English, Grab Bag, World History, Science, Math and Geography. Check out this list of sample questions from each. (Answers are later.)

1. It's a dry, sandy place. Is it spelled d-e-s-e-r-t or d-e-s-s-e-r-t?

2. Will a filly grow up to be a mare or a stallion? …

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