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Brain Teaser: Switcheroo

Allie Johnson

Did you know adding brain teasers to an active and healthy lifestyle can give your brain power an added boost?

In fact, combining brain games with exercise and other mental stimulation — such as conversing with friends, going to a museum or taking a class — can help build up your cognitive reserves, according to Harvard Health.

The best — and most fun — puzzles challenge your brain in multiple ways. Our Switcheroo brain teaser gives you a word and a number, then switches up the letters in the word to form a new word. You’ll then be given four numbers to choose from. Your goal is to find the number that matches the new word by following the pattern set from the first word and number combination. The best — and most fun — puzzles challenge your brain in multiple ways.

Games like Switcheroo may help minimize those frustrating moments where you’ve got a word “on the tip of your tongue” but can’t quite spit it out. That’s because word games help you exercise the part of the brain that deals with language and make mental connections between words. And number games help your brain by improving your information processing and reasoning skills.

Give it a Shot

After you try your hand at Switcheroo, scroll to the bottom of the page for the correct answers.

Switcheroo Puzzle

Did you give this brain game a go? Please leave a comment to let us know how you did, whether you’re more of a words or numbers person, and which mental skills you’re trying to boost.


Switcheroo Answers
70 Responses to "Brain Teaser: Switcheroo"
    • Barbara | August 7, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      got it! I do Sudoku & word puzzles

    • Terry | July 24, 2021 at 3:17 pm

      Very easy. Maybe long words next time?

    • BJ Gradia | June 1, 2021 at 10:17 am

      As a Writer and Copy Editor, I love words; however I am sometimes a bit dyslexic with numbers, so this was a challenge. But I got them all right, with much struggling on number 4, therefore, I thank you for helping me form new neurons!

    • Pat | May 29, 2021 at 1:31 am

      When I looked a second time I got it.

    • Gary | May 28, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      6 out 8 Good Puzzle

    • Runda Johnson | May 25, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      That was fun! I need to do these more often.

    • Patricia J Molyneux | May 25, 2021 at 1:04 pm

      Was Fun. Got all answers right. Was surprised as I am an numbers person.

    • Bruno B | May 25, 2021 at 9:17 am

      I liked doing this!

    • Mary Clemmer | May 24, 2021 at 6:55 pm

      I often struggle with “tip of my tongue” answers. I enjoyed the challenge of this puzzle. I had to plan the response format and that took a minute or two. I found that speaking the relationship aloud helped me get correct answers.

    • Ernestine Greene | May 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm

      VERY GOOD!

    • Jolinda White | May 24, 2021 at 11:56 am

      Are you kidding? Mind blown!

    • Cynda M Sampson | May 24, 2021 at 11:45 am

      I have never done anything like this before. I wish there was directions to follow.

    • Pat Moore | May 24, 2021 at 5:49 am

      It was enjoyable

    • Julie | May 23, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      Good, I enjoyed it. Got them all right.

    • Brenda | May 23, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Awesome Brian tester. The first one took me a bite longer until I figure it out, then after, piece of cake. I love it!

    • Pat Fayo | May 23, 2021 at 9:23 am

      Love brain teasers! Any kind’

    • Kathryn Compton | May 22, 2021 at 11:55 pm

      Numbers gal here, once I figured out the code, got them all correct. Fun!!

    • Phyllis | May 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm

      Difficult at first then got the pattern – think I’m number and word person.

    • Bernadette | May 22, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      First game I’ve ever tried. I enjoyed it. Onward to the next one.

    • Evalena Reed | May 22, 2021 at 4:44 pm

      great puzzle, love it

    • Danielle Payne | May 22, 2021 at 4:43 pm

      Got them all. It was fun!

    • Linda F. Stanford | May 22, 2021 at 4:41 pm

      The first one was hard, then I found a way to make it easy. Got all of them correctly.

    • Cyndi Entrekin | May 22, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Good one, I did really well!

    • Patricia Mansir | May 22, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Got them all

    • Thalia Matherson | May 22, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      I am both a word/letters and numbers person. Once I saw the pattern in #1, it was easy to get the right answers to all 8.

    • Mary Eubanks | May 22, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      The challenge was about my level and enjoyed it.

    • Sandi | May 22, 2021 at 11:27 am

      enjoyed it – figured out how to do it immediately but got some wrong because I did not apply rule carefully. Need to work on my ability to concentrate.

    • M D Anderson | May 22, 2021 at 11:17 am

      Fairly easy I enjoy numbers and letters. Thanks

    • Linda | May 22, 2021 at 11:16 am

      Loved this game. got pretty good after the first one.

    • Paula Davidson | May 22, 2021 at 11:10 am

      I aced it. I’m a word and numbers person.

    • Ilean Watkins | May 22, 2021 at 10:50 am

      It took a few minutes to understand the process, but It was very enjoyable

    • Sue | May 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

      What fun! Always love a challenge.

    • Susan Agiato | May 22, 2021 at 10:29 am

      I got them all right. I enjoy words better than numbers.

    • Karen | May 22, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Love these kinds of puzzles.

    • Gene Monson | May 22, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Love Suduko and games that challenge cogitative thought. This was fun, but not overly difficult. Not that making things difficult makes more fun, just a bit more challenging.

    • Sharon Milliken | May 22, 2021 at 9:46 am

      enjoyed it! I like brain games in general.

    • Susan Sherrell | May 22, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Good Game

    • jim brown | May 22, 2021 at 9:36 am

      makes me feel so dumb.

    • DONOVAN | May 22, 2021 at 9:28 am

      A little too simple. If you know how to do one the rest just tedium

    • DELORES lutcher | May 22, 2021 at 8:48 am

      love that exercise ,i am trying to boost anything i can for my brain think i like words better

    • Pat | May 21, 2021 at 9:49 pm

      100% – Fun, easy – but hate doing it on the phone – give me paper any day!

    • Ramona Esser | May 21, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      I enjoy this sort of puzzle. Keeps the mind sharp. It’s nice to take a few minutes and do something fun. Thank you!

    • Sharyn | May 21, 2021 at 2:51 pm

      Hard at first … got pretty easy! I liked it and hope to see more like this!

    • Sharyn | May 21, 2021 at 2:49 pm

      Hard at first … got pretty easy! I liked it!

    • George Skarpentzos | May 21, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      It was fun.

    • Nancy Asmundson | May 21, 2021 at 12:52 pm

      Missed one. Got all the rest…

    • Charlene | May 21, 2021 at 12:25 pm

      I must admit, I really enjoyed that mind Teaser! Had me going for a minute. Thanks, it was fun.

    • Sherry Vernal | May 21, 2021 at 11:47 am

      Loved it! I like both words and numbers. Never hurts to give the brain a little help.

    • Barbara Duane | May 21, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Enjoyable fun

    • Fran Borg | May 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

      I like brain teasers – until I figure out the cipher and then am ready to move onto something else!

      • J Allen | May 23, 2021 at 6:42 pm

        My thoughts exactly!

    • Dan Sandberg | May 21, 2021 at 9:36 am

      I like numbers but have a hard time with letters. this was a great little puzzle. Thank you

    • Stanley | May 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

      I love this Brain exercise hopefully it will become more challenging next time 🕙

    • Mike Henry | May 21, 2021 at 9:15 am

      Got them all right.

    • Angie Gamido | May 20, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      Good to do…. I can feel the cobwebs clearing out of my brain! Thanks.

    • John M. Moes | May 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm

      I got all correct. Not bad for someone who is 3432 today (hours till I am 100)

      • BJ Gradia | June 1, 2021 at 10:28 am

        Additional personal comment to John M. Moes: Sir, I will be thinking about you and wishing you a happy 100th birthday on October 9, 2021. Praying you stay safe in Jesus’ arms, as you always have been, now and all the way Home!

    • Cynthia J Hanks | May 20, 2021 at 11:23 am

      Intimidated to try at first , but it was fun . The first one was the toughest and then I was was just whipping along on them.

      • Jackie B | May 22, 2021 at 2:18 pm

        Thanks, this one was easy. Look forward to the next one. I think I’m more of a word person.

    • Charlene Schmidt | May 20, 2021 at 11:02 am

      Fast and easy. Just the way I like any exercise!

    • Steven Morris | May 11, 2021 at 9:27 am

      Liked it-

    • Robert Maldonado | May 11, 2021 at 5:54 am

      I liked it didn’t understand at first but buy the end of #2i got the rest correct

      • Carol Quinet | May 20, 2021 at 9:44 am

        I figured it out easily and answered them all. I would like more of these exercises.
        I love both words and numbers.
        Thank you.

    • Marsha Ross | May 10, 2021 at 3:06 pm

      It wasn’t too hard to figure out how to do it, then it was easy. I got them right. I’m a numbers person.

    • stephanie | April 14, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Definitely need to do this more often. Had to work at it. 🙁

      • Sylvia | June 2, 2021 at 9:50 pm

        Good puzzle
        I am a numbers person

    • Arlene Tsch | April 13, 2021 at 10:11 am

      Liked it. It is like a secret code. I think I am both a word and numbers person.

    • Melinda Rhodes | March 27, 2021 at 9:36 pm

      Easy, a good exercise. Thanks

      • cj | May 22, 2021 at 10:04 am

        feel good as I got all correct

    • Jerri | March 27, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Great puzzle.

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