brain·​teas·​er | \ ˈbrān-ˌtē-zər How to pronounce brainteaser (audio) \

Definition of brainteaser

: something (such as a puzzle) that demands mental effort and acuity for its solution

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Recent Examples on the Web Interviewers will also want to see how a candidate solves problems -- but the company no longer relies on those infamous brainteaser questions. Dina Litovsky For Cnn, CNN, "We spent a day shadowing Google interns. Here's what it's really like," 2 Oct. 2019 When former Treasury secretary and Harvard president Lawrence Summers applied for a job at the firm in 2006, he was required to solve brainteasers. Daniel Golden, ProPublica, "The Hedge Fund Billionaire’s Guide to Buying Your Kids a Better Shot at Not Just One Elite College, but Lots of Them," 28 Sep. 2019 But doing this while generating higher returns and investing in renewables is a brainteaser yet to be solved. Chris Hughes | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Shell Still Isn’t Earning Enough Money," 31 Jan. 2019 In contrast, 60 percent of the subjects distracted by brainteasers got it right. Laura Kutsch, Scientific American, "Can We Rely on Our Intuition?," 15 Aug. 2019 One set of subjects had four minutes to think about the decision; another set was distracted by solving brainteasers. Laura Kutsch, Scientific American, "Can We Rely on Our Intuition?," 15 Aug. 2019 The Leonardo da Vinci-themed, four-room brainteaser comes hand in hand with the palace's da Vinci exhibit that will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the famed artist's death. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Buckingham Palace Just Transformed Their Art Gallery Into an Escape Room," 1 July 2019 Crosswords and brainteasers, though popular, aren’t enough to replicate the mental challenges our brains undergo at the office. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Here's the secret for living longer and loving retirement," 16 June 2019 Chess and other games and brainteasers in general are typically prescribed to help stave off dementia. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The slow-burn psychological horror of Castle Rock makes for must-see TV," 4 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of brainteaser

1850, in the meaning defined above

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19 Nov 2019

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“Brainteaser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of brainteaser

: a puzzle that is difficult to figure out or solve

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