Unsolvable Riddles

By Reece Westfall, Hivey Nguyen and Dia Gill| Reporters

Riddles appear throughout history, encouraging people to tap into the logical sides of their brains. Riddles also occur in various parts of different cultures, within poetry, literature, music, and newspapers. For example, the Brothers Grimm have a fairy tale titled “The Riddle”, in which a prince and his servant go on a journey. On their journey, they encounter a princess who says that she will marry the first man who can create a riddle that she can’t solve. By the end of the story the princess is ordering her wedding gown.

Like the princess in “The Riddle”, 6 Avon High School students were asked to solve challenging riddles. Only a few found success. Students worked in pairs to solve two riddles. The video demonstrates how they worked under pressure with each other. According to Psychology Today, puzzles in general have a beneficial effect on brains, especially those that are still developing. While most may expect critical thinking skills to be needed for solving riddles, mental creativity is just as important.

Students featured in the video are Sarah Nawar, 10 , Elizabeth Myers, 10, Jordynne Lee, 11, Cynthia Kipkulei, 11, Caroline Wadley, 10, and Jillian Wendling, 10.

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