All of us are getting older whether we like it or not. Or so I’ve been told. Personally I’m not convinced that I’m getting older, although, to steal a line from Tom Lehrer, it is a sobering thought that when Mozart was my age he’d been dead for twelve years, but that’s another story.
One of the keys to staying young is to keep the mind active, or so I’ve been told, and one way to keep the mind active is to take a skeptical attitude to every silly notion you’re told. Another way is with puzzles, toys, and games. My mother-in-law, for instance, regularly does crossword puzzles and other games, and has given me quite a few books of crosswords and other puzzles which have kept my mind active, especially when I have to use my mind to figure out where I put them.
The Christmas season is also traditionally a time for toys and classic movies, so here’s a little mental activity: classic toy or character from L. Frank Baum’s Oz stories?
2. Stretch Armstrong
5. Jellia Jamb
7. Mr. Potatohead
9. Patchwork Girl
15. Jack Pumpkinhead
20. Creepy Crawlers
22. Hungry Hungry Hippos
25. Mannheim Steamroller
22-25: You’re incredibly mentally active and also spend too much time playing with toys. How old are you?
18-21: Christmas is still your favorite holiday and the time of year when you make the whole family watch The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz.
15-17: You’re a master of crossword puzzles.
12-14: You know without checking how old L. Frank Baum was when he was your age.
6-11: You’re mildly amused by toys and think Oz is in the southern hemisphere.
1-5: You were banished from the growups’ table for playing with your food.