Wonder Women Crossword Puzzle

whm_banner2Happy Women’s History Month! I’ve crafted a puzzle all about fabulous females to help kick off the celebration. The answers will be posted tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more!

Click here to download.

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The Common Link

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, this week’s puzzle deals with common links. We’ve all heard of the six degrees of separation. Lucky for you, this puzzle isn’t that complicated. There are only two degrees of separation between the people/objects in this game. For example, the link between the words “marching” and “saw” is band. Click here to download the puzzle and see if you can identify the common link.

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Go Hillary!

HRCLast week I talked about my love of word puzzles and the value they’ve had in my recovery from chemo brain. Last week’s puzzle was a simple word search. This week I’m kicking it up a notch by introducing cryptograms dedicated to Ms. Hillary Rodham Clinton. I’ve loved Hillary since high school. She’s the reason I’m a feminist. Hillary told the UN Human Rights Council that “women’s rights are human rights.” There’s no arguing with that. These cryptograms are a tribute for the woman I hope to see in the Oval Office next January.

For readers who aren’t familiar with cryptograms, these puzzles use code. Cryptography has been around for thousands of years. Hieroglyphs were used by the ancient Egyptians to provide graphic information for people who were illiterate. Ancient Greeks used ciphers as a way to keep information secret. Fast forward to the 21st Century. Cryptograms are a form of entertainment and mental exercise.

To decode a cryptogram, start by looking for coded single-letter words, such as “I” and “a.” Then look for groups of common three-letter words, such as “the” or “and.” Look for repetition within the puzzle. Once you identify common words, the message will be revealed. (If you need more tips on deciphering a cryptogram, check out Cryptograms.org.)

Click here to download the Hillary Cryptograms puzzle. Check back next week for the answers.

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Star Wars Word Search

star-wars-the-force-awakensI have a brain tumor. That’s a fact. It doesn’t mean my brain can’t function. I had laser beams (aka “radiation”) shooting my brain (from multiple angles) for six weeks in the Fall of 2012. Although the laser beams weren’t attached to a light saber, they did cause serious damage. My tumor is located in the cerebral cortex of the brain. This controls speech and reading comprehension, as well as short-term memory. Thanks to The Force (aka “speech therapy”), I did my mental work outs, sometimes spending anywhere from 3-5 hours a day. I did word puzzles, played memory games, and started to feel like the Jedi inside me was back.

I am about to hit the four-year anniversary of my brain tumor diagnosis. I’m happy to say good-bye to the chemo pole and get back to kicking ass. I’ve graduated from Padawan to Jedi, and I’m ready to put the Dark Side in its place.

I will be posting a new word puzzle of my own creation each week. Get your Force on by solving the puzzles. Answer sheets will be provided at the end of each week. This week’s puzzle is a Star Wars Word Search. Have fun!

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