Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Brain Exercise

Dear Heather,
If I am unable to solve a given Sudoku puzzle, how can I tell if or when I have tried hard enough and long enough to stave off dementia forever?

Dear Puzzled,
This is a very provocative question. I think you should disconnect your sense of mental well being from the success or failure of a given puzzle. That is, you should not judge your memory's capacity by any one puzzle left unsolved. I know that makes it difficult to tell the parameters for reaching mental fortitude, but I will encourage you to keep on doing Sudoku because even though there are no guarantees, it still keeps your brain active and builds mental capacity.

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