# 090-2 Can You Read Me

Brain Exercise & Creativity Test -Can you read me

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This is my brain exercise for the month of May; I will be giving away one heart to the first person to email me the correct answer. Please do not post the answer on the website but feel free to comment.
Post answers to devonisharte@gmail.com

Winners so far are Wendy Bordas from Miami, Sharon Bowen from Massachusetts USA and Brenda Phillips of Anguilla.BWI.

I have posted a new sentence in thIs exercise and it may change each month.

This exercise is a little  more challenging; there will be two clues, one will be posted on the 10th and the second on the 15th.if no one wins it by then a third will be posted on the 20th.

There was an error in the last FB post as that was a repeat of the March puzzle which was won.

For Smart Minds and Critical Thinkers.

Smart minds exercise daily and eat healthy foods.

Be a Visionary Leader in tomorrow’s’ world

Help Us Build a Better World

This exercise is based on one of my most memorable experiences as a primary school teacher in the late sixties in Coventry UK. You can read the story here.

CAN YOU READ ME

Spot The Creative Mind

For Smart Minds and Critical Thinkers.

Smart minds exercise daily and eat healthy foods.

Be a Visionary Leader in tomorrows world

Help Us Build a Better World

These are 21 difficult letters that represent a five-word sentence; I will tip my hat to anyone who can read this sentence without the first clue.

Who is up to the challenge?
Send your answer to devonisharte@gmail.com

Clue 4 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 5
 FEDMSSSOOTTTTRRIIIHUR

Copyright 2018  Courtney

When I am not exercising my brain by creating puzzles, I am creating Art and has been for the last 50 years

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  1. I am curious on many things; Why was the boy considered a slow learner? Because he didnt ajusted his writing, or because he wasnt communicative enough, verbally?
    And do you know what he ended up doing with his life?
    What religious order did he belong to?

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  2. Ah, now you got my head spinning! 😉 I love these kind of challenges. I promise, I will send you a mail if I do figure the sentence out. Right now, I could not. Maybe I should practice my critical thinking more.
    I think it is important not to judge a book by its cover, as I understand that your student clearly showed you. Lessons can be learned everywhere, if we just keep our eyes and minds open for it.

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    1. You are so right, as a teacher I learnt a lot from my students, even the 8 year olds; this same student introduced me to kinetic art by asking a question I could not answer; he was looking at a green dot on the wall and asked why is he seeing a red one also that he knew was not there. Can you imagine me with a book on The eye and the Brain with eight year olds from very poor backgrounds?

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  3. Wow! I have tried to figure this one out for a while now. I even tried to cheat using Google, but to no avail. This is doing my head in (in a good way).

    Will you reveal the solution at some point or just to whoever emails a possible answer?

    The brain really is fascinating, isn’t it? I have someone close to me who is recovering from brain surgery and it is amazing to see how much the brain can do and, unfortunately, how much certain areas are needed for proper functioning. But hopefully time will be the big healer and doing brain exercise definitely is a great way to help it grow.

    Have you heard that the saying “use it or lose it” can be applied to the brain also?

    Thank you for sharing those exercises. I hope I will be able to figure them out at some point.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, I have used that saying several times. I will not post the answer unless I am retiring the particular exercise, but you can ask questions or seek clues,I have heard of similar examples. but in an email. I know a lady who had brain surgery and after the surgery started painting; she had never displayed any interest or talent before the surgery; She called me to offer an opinion on the quality of her paintings; I could not believe her; the work was of a high standard; with a few weaknesses that time and practice will correct. Her friends confirmed that she never painted before the surgery.I have heard of similar examples.

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  4. I Wonder if the boy used a kind of coding? Or is it more phonetic? 😉

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    1. Hi Unni There is no coding, he just rearranged the letters but the words are in the same order as the sentence.Good luck.

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  5. Is it: what I wrote,you must read? (I sit at work, and cant let go of this!)

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    1. You must use all the letters to get the sentence correct, the clue is the eye is just as important as the brain;If you gaze at the letters you should see a hint as to some of the words.Good luck.

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  6. After reading your site I would like to have further conversations with you. However my security software warned me not to click on one of your links. I don’t know what that means. Your format is good so I suggest you continue. I don’t know all the rules of this new thing that I’m. I hope you the best!

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    1. My links are safe, they are either for my art gallery of wa promotion, can you tell me the link, send me a PM.Did you try the exercise, it is not that difficult, you can even get a clue of the answer if you view the letters carefully; That is why I said the eye is just as important as the brain; go on have a try. there are still 2 hearts up for grabs.Thanks for your comments.

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  7. Love your story, I use to work every afternoon with 3 boys 8 years old, yes they are triples.
    One of them is not good in reading and he is going through not nice time, but I think he will be ok, he just need more time than his brother.
    Some kids always give some nice surprises to us, if we have the time to wait for them.
    Well, my brain is still working to get it right, so I might get back to your site to read this group of letters again.

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    1. Thank you for your comments, A good teacher always learn from his students. Go win that heart- remember the eye is just as important as the brain-a strong clue.Good luck.

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  8. Ahh this is going to bug me for a while haha! I’ve tried every way I can think of to decipher the sentence and have come up with nothing. I can see two words in there but it almost seems too obvious so I’m doubting that they’re right. This will definitely keep me thinking for a few days, I’ll be sure to email you if I manage to come up with something conceivable.

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    1. Please don;t be defeated; don’t take anything for granted, PM me the 2 words and I will tell you if you are right; if they are right then the rest is easy and you can be a winner.Good luck.

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  9. hey there thank you for the brain exercise article. I loved the story you told but I couldn’t see the connection to the puzzle you provide with the 4 words with the disjointed letters. As far as I am concerned the brain is a muscle that needs training especially, learning to isolate facts and separate them from opinions After woods it would be what is an enlivenment exercises that learn to put different words and ideas together. there’s more but maybe this helps and no I couldn’t make the sentence.
    Eli

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    1. Sorry you did not get the sentence. it requires some critical thinking; One of the persons who got it right suggest -look beyond the numbers- as a clue; it’s not the four words it’s the concept, There is a method and If you look closely you can almost see the sentence-hence the eye is just as important as the brain.Don’t give up; thanks for trying. Judging from your comments I know you can get it right.

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  10. Is it correct English, the sentence- whatever that is, or in a kind of slang? would it be more difficult to see for someone with other first language than English?

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    1. Hi UNNI I just posted an explanation on aboutdiabetesnstrokes.com-Brain exercise-can you read me- exposed. Read and see if it helps.I like the fact that you do not give up.

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  11. Wow. I love brain teasers & have a similar app to this one on my phone. I thought I’d seen them all but this one has eluded me. Glad to see a new one. The brain is an amazing thing & most people don’t release how much like a muscle it is. Einstein had an 8 ib. cerebellum & didn’t sleep much because he couldn’t stop thinking & had to work out what he was struggling with. The average human brain as a whole is 8 ibs. Good stuff.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your comments,Creating the exercises was my brain exercise.Did you try the exercise , there is still a heart to win; do you consider the exercise difficult, how would you rate it from a 1 to 10.Best wishes.

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  12. Now you made me curious. What happened to the kid? Do you know how he developed and what he is doing nowadays?
    And are there more kids, that use this “gibberish” in a similar way?
    I am trying now to solve it and will send you an e-Mail then 🙂
    Mia.

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    1. I have asked myself that many times, I left teaching and went back to Barbados, he was the only on. I posted some further clues and wrote a post exposing a system to help understand the exercise.It may be on the other site will try to forward it. later.Thanks for trying, I look forward to hearing from you.

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  13. Each one of your exercises makes me feel I need to work out my brain more! What a great story to introduce this one though. I think creatiivity comes in many forms, some of which don’t make sense to others. I’m so glad that you could understand your student’s potential even though no one else could. Writing is an amazing art form, so I hope that student went on to develop his craft. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and your comments.There are three students from that class. one of them I found out about by accident as she  was a university student at Warwick University where she was a student of a close friend and fellow student at Teachers College.. She told my friend she was very fond of my teaching. I would love to know what happened to the other two.Judging from her achievements I feel certain the other two excelled.

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  14. As a teacher, I find the post about your student inspiring! I teach Special Education and often get comments from administrators or others without understanding saying “They are not capable of this or that”. We all have that thing we are good at and kudos to you for finding that with your student!
    I love puzzles and brain teasers so this was right up my alley! I think I may have a guess at the answer, is your contest still running? If it is, I am going to consider emailing you!
    Thank you!
    Jennie

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    1. Thanks Jennie for your comments; the challenge for most teachers is unlocking the keys; and finding the hidden talents. Do you keep samples of your students exceptional work; I regret losing my samples during my many moves. Unfortunately there was no Internet or computers  during my teaching days.The contest goes on to the end of the month. Please email your answer to devonisharte@gmail.com; Best wishes.

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  15. Is there still a heart to win?

    If not
    I have lost mine

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  16. I really like your subject matter. You have a number of posts. And I also noticed that most of your posts do have comments on them which Google likes and that also helps increase your trust factor.
    I personally felt your website flowed very well but was a little confusing a first. Once I figured out the layout I felt things run much smoother. That is just my personal opinion.
    All in all your website was very educational and there were some tricks I learned that I didn’t know previously.

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    1. Thank You and I am happy you learnt some tricks, I wish I knew what they were. Did you attempt to read the sentence? I am curious as to how people view the exercises.Hope you continue to exercise the brain. Best wishes.

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  17. Good day to you, Courtney

    You kept me off the street for a while, and still keeping me busy with this amazing quest! I truly love this. My English is brought to the ultimate test. I have my scrabble box in front of me, shifting letters all around. Maybe I will get a bright moment, then I will email you my solution for sure. Thank you for the lovely time, I enjoy this very much,

    Loes

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    1. Thank you for visiting,let me give you a clue the equation represents the number of letters in each word.If you brows through the website you will see a guide to help read the sentence. I look forward to your answer; be confident. Look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Best wishes.

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  18. Courtney, I promise, I have tried, and tried, and tried again… but in vain. Now, without wanting to give away the game too much, I can see something towards the end looking or sounding like ‘self’, but I am unable to identifying the pattern.
    Please do give us a clue. I take the letters are not necessarily in the correct order?
    I should give it a little longer, but, I must admit, I do not think I am going to be the winner for this month!
    Keep entertaining us with your brain exercises. I might not get to the correct solution, but they surely will keep my brain ticking!!

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    1. Did you understand the equation,   7    2      etc represents the number of letters in each word, separate the letters according that is create a space between the first 7 letters and so on the last is 8 letters if you look at them separately you can almost see the last word– be confident- for this exercise unlike others the letters for each word are not in order. another clue- IN- is the 2. take the 2 letters away. You must get this one . good luck.

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  19. I think I solved it.

    It’s such a sweet sentence that made me regain hope in myself. I hope he does do what he wrote too, and I wish him all the best in his future.

    I really enjoyed your puzzles (even though I can’t solve some of them xP)

    PS: This child is definitely not a slow learner. He simply learns and expresses himself differently. Albeit not in a very socially acceptable way, but there’s nothing wrong with it.

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    1. Congrats if you solved it, I hope you emailed me the answer. T was just rebelling in a very creative way; he was a very bright student, I would say a genius; I would love to know what is his current status; he would be in his sixties.Thanks for visiting. Best wishes.

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  20. I this time found it using 10 minutes in bed- in darkness- with pen and paper.It was easy😁

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  21. What was the answer? Do you think the kids were held back due to his religious beliefs?
    I think kids should have brain exercises as it does help keep your mind sharp. I know as I age 🙂 if I didn’t challenge myself I could easily lose the wisdom I have gained.

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    1. Use it or lose it as the saying goes. Did you try the exercise, send me your answer.

      The kid was rebelling at the situation his parents created for him; on the contrary it  gave him an opportunity to be exceptionally creative.

      Awaiting your answer. Best wishes.

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  22. It sounded like the child may have had a learning disorder such as dyslexia that made perfect sense to him, but would not register to the average person reading it.

    What was the end of the story?

    I like brain teasers such as this. I am trying to remove letters and compose words based on what is in the writing but keep thinking “be true to yourself” Obviously, that doesn’t work, but for some reason I think I’m getting close.

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    1. “Yourself”- is correct, take away those letters and the rest should be easy.The student did not have a learning disorder, his intention was to deceive because of some unhappy circumstances.Thanks for your efforts, I am sure you will get it.

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