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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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 What this argument reflects, in part, is one of the brainteasers of nuclear theology. The Economist, "What Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin ought to talk about in Helsinki," 12 July 2018 The immersive brainteaser within is playful, filled with subtle hints and special effects. Samantha Melamed,, "I tried Philly's first ice bar, at Clubhouse Sports Lounge, so you don't have to," 3 Apr. 2018 One of the last ten questions asks test takers to identify the similarity between a train and bicycle, and Trump isn’t so deranged to think that’s a world-class brainteaser. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Bragged to RNC About Passing ‘Hard’ Cognitive Test," 2 Feb. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of brainteaser

: a puzzle that is difficult to figure out or solve

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