Here is a brain teaser whose aim is to stim­u­late the con­nec­tions or asso­ci­a­tions between words in your tem­po­ral lobe.

In the left col­umn you have a pair of words. Your goal is to find a third word that is con­nected or asso­ci­ated with both of these two words.

The first pair is PIANO and LOCK. The answer is KEY. The word key is con­nected with both the word piano and the word lock: there are KEYS on a piano and you use a KEY to lock doors.

Key is what is called a homo­graph: a word that has more than one mean­ing but is always spelled the same.

Ready to stim­u­late con­nec­tions in your tem­po­ral lobe(s)? Enjoy! (Solu­tions are below. Please don’t check them until you have tried to solve all the pairs!)

 

1. LOCK — PIANO

 

2. SHIP — CARD

 

3. TREE — CAR

 

4. SCHOOL — EYE

 

5. PILLOW — COURT

 

6. RIVER — MONEY

 

7. BED — PAPER

 

8. ARMY — WATER

 

9. TENNIS — NOISE

 

10. EGYPTIAN — MOTHER

 

11. SMOKER — PLUMBER

 

 

 

 

SOLUTIONS

 

1. LOCK – PIANO > KEY

 

2. SHIP — CARD > Deck

 

3. TREE — CAR > Trunk

 

4. SCHOOL – EYE > Pupil (Exam and Pri­vate are also possible)

 

5. PILLOW – COURT > Case

 

6. RIVER — MONEY > Bank (Flow is also possible)

 

7. BED — PAPER > Sheet

 

8. ARMY — WATER > Tank

 

9. TENNIS — NOISE > Racket

 

10. EGYPTIAN — MOTHER > Mummy

 

11. SMOKER — PLUMBER > Pipe

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