More Word Association Riddles
The following riddles are a regular feature of The Mind
Power Report. They were originally a part of what is called
a "remote associates test" or RAT, and were used to
test creativity. As explained on the page on these word
association tests, those who have higher RAT scores have
been found to have more flexibility and originality in their
thinking. But initially these are not always easy for some readers
to understand, so I get emails asking me how the solutions are
arrived at. I will explain, and then give you a handful of new
ones to try.
Here are some of the riddles from a recent issue of the newsletter,
with the solution for each one explained:
For each set below, find a word that is related to all
three words given:
1. Rabbit, Cloud, House
2. Speak, Money, Street
3. Zone, Still, Noise
Here are the solutions:
And the explanation:
1. A white rabbit is a common image, clouds are white,
and the presidential residence is called the White House.
2. A speakeasy was a type of bar that operated in the
U.S. mostly during the Prohibition era (19201933), "easy
money" is a common expression, and "easy street"
is also a common expression.
3. Quiet zone is a common expression, the word "still"
is a synonym for quiet, and noise is the opposite of quiet.
These word-association riddles can be difficult in part because
they are very culturally based as well as somewhat age-based.
After all, what teenager would know about speakeasies? And what
South African or Iranian would for that matter? The ones below,
just so you know, are probably aimed mostly at adult residents
of the United States.
In any case the point is to find some way to link a word to
all three given words, and yes, with a bit of creativity you
might find more than one solution.
A Dozen More Word Association Riddles
For each set below, find a word that is related to all three
1. Notch, Flight, Spin
2. Board, Magic, Death
3. Stick, Light, Birthday
4. Strike, Same, Tennis
5. Note, Dive, Chair
6. Ticket, Shop, Broker
7. Lapse, Vivid, Elephant
8. Square, Telephone, Club
9. Silk, Cream, Even
10. High, Book, Sour
11. Bump, Throat, Sum
12. Cherry, Time, Smell
The solutions to these riddles are below...
Note: If you check the index
for all the riddle and puzzle pages you will find a few more
types of word association and word play riddles.