Short Story – Grandfather’s Puzzle

Hey, you wont believe what I found!” Tanya yelled. Raveena and Muskan looked up and snatched the wooden board she held.
Whats this?” Raveena asked, running her fingers over the embossed pictures of fruits on the board.

Its an age-old puzzle my Grandfather made. I found it in my Grandmothers room and she said I could have it. She said it could be solved even now

Saturdays the perfect day for something like this,” Muskan said. So the three went to Tanyas house and settled down to figure it out.

After fiddling with the board for a while, they discovered that each embossed fruit was a button that opened a small door which held a piece of paper. Each paper had a written clue on it.

Run around the mango tree ten times and what do you get?” the first one read.

The mango tree in Tanyas garden was still there. They followed the instruction and ran around it 10 times, trying not to bump into each other.

Im breathless!” Muskan declared, flopping down on the grass when they finished.

Raveena jumped up. Hey, thats what you ‘get when you run around the mango tree. You get breathless!”

Tanya nodded. Lets hope you are right. But we have several more clues to solve

By evening, the girls had planted ginger, run up two flights of stairs, collected a bundle of twigs, climbed a tree and watered plants.

They were tired, but still keen to crack the puzzle. They had words and letters which they were directed to put together. Slowly they pieced together the words, Exercise is fun; and its healthy!” They looked at each other.

Thats what weve been doing all day. Exercise! Your Grandfather sure tricked us!” Muskan said. The three burst out laughing.

-Nisha Daniel

Teacher’s Corner:

When you feel your class needs a break from studies, spend some time on a puzzle that the whole class can solve togerher — like a crossword, for example.

You can draw the crossword on the board, and read out the clues one by one.

Divide the class into two teams.

Anyone who raises her hand first can give the answer.

If the answer is right, her team gets ten points.

Solving puzzles toge-ther is a creative way to beat boredom!

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