Every year, I get a new Mensa Page a Day Puzzle calendar. My people like to contemplate the puzzles over breakfast. I like the wordy ones; hubby and child number three like the math ones. (Insert nerd emoji here.) Last December, we saw the 2018 version at Barnes and Noble, but I made my puzzler people wait because, “It will go on sale after the New Year.”
Well, this January I discovered the problem with waiting for the 50% off sale. Wait too long, and it’s out of stock. Everywhere.
So my puzzler people had to endure boring January breakfasts without any math problems to stimulate their brains. I finally broke down and bought a Sporkle trivia calendar as a substitute, and it’s fun, but not the same. Thankfully, the same time I got the Sporkle, I got Match Wits with Mensa, The Complete Puzzle Book. It’s a two-inch thick volume with puzzles more like what we’re used to from the Page A Day Calendar. The cover claims that it is “the Omnibus edition with over 800 puzzles and brainteasers” which prompted a brainteaser of its own.
“What is an omnibus?” child number four asked.
Good question, buddy. Enter Merriam-Webster.
omnibus \ ˈäm-ni-(ˌ)bəs \ from Latin omni, meaning all
- a public vehicle used to carry a large number of passengers
- a book carrying reprints of a number of works
- of, relating to many things at once
- containing many items; an omnibus bill
Example: Congress must hash out the details of the trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill by Friday.
Did you know what omnibus meant? And where, if at all, do you turn for puzzles to stimulate your brain?
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Thanks for getting super nerdy with me today!