I like doing puzzles. However, I am very particular as to the kind of puzzles that I like to do.
I'm not a big fan of crossword puzzles because that requires the kind of minutia knowledge that I'm not really exposed to on a daily basis anymore. Nor do I like cryptograms or anagrams or even Sudoku for pretty much the same reason. I definitely don't like find-a-word or anything related to that because I don't find it stimulating or challenging enough.
However, much I like to be challenged in my writing, I do like to be challenged in my pursuit of games of armchair leisure. Which is why I like doing logic puzzles and word/number crosspatches.
Doing logic puzzles satisfies the mental restlessness that my mild OCD/ADD inflicts on my psyche from time to time. In addition to solving super micro-flash fiction stories (one short paragraph), the logic problems themselves are great for when you need to resharpen your focus on something that can be overly tedious or brain draining.
Take writing for example. Not just the stuff that you produce as a creative outlet, be it fiction, poetry, haiku, or whatever, but also the stuff that you may have to produce on a daily basis for work.
Logic puzzles can be a great way to stimulate another part of your brain and give the writing part a welcome respite from the pressure of trying to create something out of nothing that makes sense.
The same principle applies for word/number crosspatches. A crosspatch puzzle is simply a blank puzzle that looks like a spider web (most of the time) that hiccuped with a list of words or numbers to work with. The challenge is to make all of the words/numbers fit into the puzzle and unlike Sudoku where you have a few number to start with, crosspatches quite often doesn't give you anything to start with.
Because you have to make all the words/numbers fit, one of the challenges is finding the proper pattern and combination of words/numbers. So again, you're looking at such a stimulating exercise for the brain that more often than not, allows you to get that second wind to complete your particular task at hand.
What are some of your favorite puzzles that stimulate your brain and get you back on track?