Train the Brain Drills
The Program

Researchers no longer believe that dementia is an inevitable part of the aging process and we now know that, just as physical exercise keeps our bones and muscles strong, exercise for the brain keeps our intellect and memory sharp. Many fitness professionals are now including “Train the Brain” activities as a regular component of their training sessions, group classes and boot camps, but they quickly learn that finding suitable brain training activities can be challenging, expensive and time consuming.

Exercise ETC is changing that! We’ve heard your requests and we are now making our popular “Train the Brain” drills available for purchase. These innovative activities can be used with clients one on one, or in large or small groups. Better yet, they offer you maximal flexibility: You can view them on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone! Working with a larger group? Simply connect your device to a projector or flat screen TV! And at only $1.29 per drill, with unlimited usage, you won’t find a more cost effective curriculum.

Individualize Your Program!

You’ll love our “Train the Brain” Drills! Our unique format allows you to customize your Train the Brain program to the specific needs of your particular client or group. Build a session around one single drill or individualize your program by mixing and matching several of them into a myriad of different combinations and let your creativity shine! Each of our “Train the Brain” drills comes with complete instructor notes and answer keys, and all our programs offer you unlimited usage!

How It Works

Scroll down our extensive list of unique drills and read the description. Each drill lists both its intent (memory, processing speed, etc) and its target audience (beginner, intermediate or advanced.) Select the “Train the Brain” drills you would like and place your order. When your purchase is complete you will immediately be e-mailed your receipt. Scroll down the receipt and you will see the title of each drill you purchased. Click on the title of the drill and it will be quickly downloaded to your computer or mobile device. (Remember that download speeds can vary greatly from device to device.) Once the drill downloads it is yours to keep and use as often as you like. Each drill has complete instructor notes and an answer key. That’s all there is to it!

What You Need

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Individual "Train the Brain" Drills

The American language is continually changing and words enter and leave the lexicon with blinding speed. This crowd pleasing drill gives you a list of words or phrases that were common forty or fifty years ago (or more!) but are seldom used anymore. For each old-fashioned word, select a modern equivalent.
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Language
The past becomes present in this popular drill. You'll see stills from dozens of iconic TV shows and then try to name the show. A clever mix of iconic and obscure TV shows, you may be surprised at how easily you can remember shows like "My Favorite Martian" or "Mr. Ed."
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New
Memory
Simple arithmetic goes to a new level with this problem-solving drill that challenges the player to add the individual digits in a number to see if they equal 21. (Example: "1776" 1+7+7+6 = 21. Get it?)
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Problem Solving
If your clients love word games this drill is right up their alley. They are given a series of somewhat obscure definitions and asked to name the word that is being defined. But here's the CATch: each word begins with the letters C-A-T. This drill will CATapult your "Train the Brain" session into a whole new CATegory.
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Beginning
Language
This popular drill challenges your client to imagine they were just at the zoo and to make lists of the different animals they saw there: (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.) It sounds really easy -- but the reality is way different. Don't be surprised if your clients can only come up with 3 or four animals the first time. Keep track of their scores and see how they progress the next time they play this game! Allow 15-18 minutes for this game.
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Intermediate
Conceptualization
This lively word game gives players a hint and the players then find a synonomous word that contains the letters "AGE" (EX: "Economy class = SteerAGE")
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Language
Take a walk down memory lane with a drill everyone loves. "At the Movies" shows stills from dozens of our best-loved films and asks the players to name the film. Use the films to start a discussion about the names of the major stars or a reminiscence of where your client was the first time they saw it.
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Beginning
Memory
This thought-provoking drill challenges the user to look at four images and decide which one is fundamentally different from the other three. It starts off easy, and gets progressively more complex.Complete answer key provided; allow 15 - 20 minutes to complete this drill. Instructor note: Don't be too anxious to jump in and provide the answers; let your client take the time to think and reach a logical conclusion.
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Intermediate
Reasoning
TV trivia takes center stage in this memory drill. You'll see lists of the characters from iconic TV shows from the 1950's to the 1980s. Your goal is to look at the cast and then name the TV show. Stumped? Pictures of the cast will help you out.
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Processing Speed
Take a brisk jaunt down memory lane with this fast-paced drill that asks your seniors to remember vintage 1940s slang. From terms that are originated in the 1940s and are still in use to phrases that haven't been heard in 70 years, this drill is the cat's meow. Treat your clients to this trip down memory lane and you'll be in like Flynn!
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This addictive game shows the client a series of between 3 - 7 animal pictures in quick succession and then asks the player to name the animals they just saw -- in the correct order. Remembering a series of three -- or even 4 -- animals is a reasonable request, but all bets are off when the series consists of 5, 6 or 7 animal pictures. And just in case you client is getting cocky, the final "Sudden Death" round should bring them back to earth.
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Memory
This seasonal drill tests your client's memory. Magnificent Faberge Easter eggs are hidden in different rooms of the palace. Participants must remember which egg is in which room.
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Intermediate
Memory
Who doesn't love pie? This unique brain game tests your knowledge of all things having to do with America's favorite dessert. (Does anyone know remember what a "nesselrode pie" is?) Warning: This drill has been known to induce hunger pains!
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Reasoning
The beauty of the English language is that it freely borrows words and phrases from other languages as it changes, adapts and evolves. This thought-provoking language drill asks you to identify the linguistic source of certain well-known words or phrases: Latin, French or Yiddish.
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The player is asked to identify pictures of well known celebrities, both past and present. Celebrities can be from the world of sports, politics, popular culture or history. After identifying each celebrity, use the photos as a springboard for discussion: "What was your favorite movie starring Elizabeth Taylor?"
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Beginning
Memory
"It can always be worse!" This delighful little drill puts that adage to the test. Players are given two choices--- and they're both pretty bad. They have to choose which one they think is worse: "Which is worse? Being itchy or being sticky?" There is no answer key because there is no right or wrong answer. But there are plenty of laughs and plenty of "Are you serious?" moments.
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Problem Solving
Your ability to pull data out of thin air is put to the test in this one-of-a-kind reasoning game. You'll be given a specific group ("Type of Ice Cream") and asked to name specific items that belong to that group: (Rocky Road, Butter Pecan, Vanilla.) This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
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Reasoning
Grasshoppers jump at random from one place to another; this drill jumps rapidly from one unrelated topic to another. The goal is to get your client to change cognitive gears quickly as they jump from one random question to another.
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Mixed Level
Language
"Greetings & Salutations" does double duty: It improves processing speed and is a superb ice-breaking drill. A series of different types of greetings appears on screen: Handshakes, waves, high-fives, etc. Whatever picture appears, the players must do the same gesture, turning pictures into actions. It's a great mix of response time, action and reaction and is a great team-building activity. There are three levels, from beginning to advanced.
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Intermediate
Processing Speed
This seasonal drill shows pictures of a variety of imaginative jack o'lanterns. The goal is to advance quickly through the pictures and determine if the highlighted jack o'lantern is the "same" as or "different" from the previous picture. This is a fast-paced drill that is surprisingly challenging! Allow 5 - 10 minutes to complete.
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Processing Speed
This thought-provoking drill challenges your group to identify different medical specialities by the things a doctor may say to their patient. It's surprisingly challenging and more advanced than you might expect!
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Intermediate
Language
This language drill asks you to identify common words that begin with "MA-". Fast paced, clever and amusing, this MAgical game guarantees a MArvelous good time!
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Language
This thought provoking drill challenges the player to read the name of an iconic company or brand name and remember the product or service associated with it. Then, you can use the product to start a discussion or a reminiscence to really jog the memory: "Did you know anyone who drove a Studebaker?" This is a long drill -- with over 300 brand names, past and present, it's sure to stir up many memories and more than a few laughs: (The definition for "Old Spice" is priceless!)
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Intermediate
Memory
The Inernet is a vital resource to share information but it is also an ideal way to spread baseless rumors. This compelling drill presents some of the most common Internet rumors; the participant must use their reasoning powers to determine if the rumor is fact or fiction.
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Reasoning
Does anyone really know what time it is? This drill will determine the answer! Dozens of different styles of clocks, each displaying a different time, appear on screen and the player must look at the clock and say what time it is.... out loud. A clever mix of digital and traditional clocks (some with Roman numerals!) this drill is surprisingly challenging.
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Mixed Level
Processing Speed
A word game with a twist: Players are given a clue and then must find a word with a similar meaning that contains the word "CHA".
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Language
Eighteen separate lists comprise this drill to improve reasoning power.Individual list items appear on the screen and the player tries to guess what the list is from as few clues as possible. A combination of lists that are ordinary,uncommon or downright odd, this drill has a fair share of "Duh!" moments.
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Intermediate
Reasoning
Take a walk down memory lane with this crowd pleasing game. You'll see black and white pictures of iconic stars from Hollywood's Golden Age and your challenge is to identify them. Some of them are quite well-known (Liz Taylor) and others are more obscure (Norma Shearer) but they were all part of an era that will never be repeated.
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Memory
The most famous (and infamous) couples in history come back to life. Read the description of each couple and then provide their names.
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Memory
This rapid-fire drill works to increase your clients' processing speed. A series of colored dots appears on screen and the client must quickly decide whether the dot they are looking at is the same color as the previous dot. The game has three levels: beginning, intermediate and advanced.
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Mixed Level
Processing Speed
This drill will melt the heart of even the most hard-hearted curmudgeon. Now is your chance to meet twelve of The Cutest Puppies Who Have Ever Lived -- and get to know each one of them by name. You'll meet Diva and Bella and Butch and Oscar -- and don't forget little Ali -- the pup who was abandoned -- and subsequently rescued -- in the Everglades when she was just five weeks old. Meet the puppies and challenge your group to remember their names. As an added bonus ask questions about each dog: "What kind of dog so you think Diva is?" "Which dog is the cutest?" Or challenge your group to use their imaginations: "What advice would you like to give to Spike?"
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Intermediate
Memory
The world's cutest puppies are back in a memory game designed to make sure all the pups get back to where they should be.
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Memory
Some of the most iconic photographs of the last 100 years are highlighted in this memory drill. Take a look at each photograph and challenge your client to name the event -- and the year in which it took place. From the D-Day invasion to the Hindenberg disaster to the arrival of the Beatles in America this drill is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Use it to stimulate a group discussion: "Where were you when you heard JFK had been killed?"
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Memory
There is little more functional than making change or counting money, and this thought-provoking drill puts your client's problem solving skills front and center. A series of slides shows random combinations of coins and paper money; the player must calculate the amount of money pictured. It's up to you if you allow them to use paper, pens or a calculator for this.
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Intermediate
Problem Solving
A pair of numbers, equations or measurements appear on the screen and the player must quickly read the instructions and decide which number is more or less. This drill will absolutely sharpen the player's problem solving skills while also improving processing speed. Allow 10 -15 minutes for this drill.
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Beginning
Problem Solving
This is a challenging drill that asks the participants to use plastic cups to duplicate a design shown on the screen. It starts off simple and gets progressively more challenging. This drill is self-timed because some folks need more time to complete the task than others. Don't rush them!
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Conceptualization
This fast paced drill presents photographs of classic TV shows-- your job is to identify the name of the show. Use the slides as a springboard for discussion and memories. For more discussion, try to remember the names of the stars.
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Memory
This unique game asks the players to remember a list of ten word pairs that have no logical connection to each other ("bicycle" and "banjo") and use the words in a sentence. ("I love to play my banjo while riding my bicycle.") It concludes by displaying just one word of the pair and asking the player to remember the other one. Equal parts brain-training and lunacy, this game generates lots of laughter. Instructor note: Play this game at different intervals and see how much your participants remember from one day to another!
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Advanced
Language
This problem solving exercise presents 4 choices at a time. Three of these choices have something in common; 1 is the "odd man out." Players must choose which of the four options has nothing in common with the other three. Challenging!
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Problem Solving
The premise is simple: A series of numbers and simple equations appear on screen and the player must quickly determine if the number is "odd" or "even." This drill has three levels: Beginning, intermediate and advanced.
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Mixed Level
Problem Solving
Everyone loves fireworks on the Fourth of July, and this fast paced drill appeals to the kid inside of everyone. A series of pictures of fireworks will appear on the screen - your clients will look at each picture and decide if it matches the picture that immediately preceded it. If the two pictures match, they say "Ooooh!" If they do't match, they say "Aaaah!" Hilarity ensues.
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Processing Speed
Remember those long road trips with the kids? Searching for license plates from different states? This drill relives those trips. You'll see slogans from all 50 states: ("Sunshine State", "Beaver State") Your task is to identify the state that belongs to the motto.
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Reasoning
Take a trip to the Golden years of Hollywood with this engaging drill that asks your clients to name the movies that gave us some memorable lines: "Here's looking at you, Kid."
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Memory
Your clients' list making skills are put to the test in this game that gives them a topic and then asks them to make a list of items that sync with that topic. Challenging!
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Reasoning
This fast paced drill taskes your client to look at 2 simple numerical equations, determine the correct anser to each and then decide if the two answers are the same or different. This is a self-timed drill to allow your clients who need a bit more time the ability to formulate the answer. It's also a good way to fine-tune your clients deductive reasoning skills.
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Intermediate
Problem Solving
This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! Your clients are "swimming" through the reef admiring the beautiful fish when a shark appears! When they see the shark they must stand up, wave their hands over their heads in terror and yell "SHARK!!" Then they can resume swimming. This drill works on so many levels: reaction time, balance, strength, breathing. And it's fun. PLEASE NOTE: This drill is not actually done in the water and there are not really any real sharks to threaten your older clients. No sharks were hurt in making this drill.
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Processing Speed
Everyone loves to shop and this drill takes your clients on a shop-til-you-drop expedition like no other. Your client will see a list of assorted products and be asked to identify the store where that item could be purchased. It seems pretty straightforward until they realize that they have to choose from various lists than can include up to 13 separate retail establishments! This drill has five separate sections from beginning to advanced -- and after this shopping trip your clients may be ready for a nap!
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Intermediate
Reasoning
A Siamese twin pair of words are two or three words that are commonly linked by "and" or "or", pairings like "thick and thin" or "always and forever" or "Frick and Frack." This fast paced drill recruits the brain's language center to find the proper pairings for common words. The self-paced drill has 3 distinct sections.
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Language
This spirited word game works on processing speed -- the player is shown 2 words on the screen, they must then instantly decide if the words have the same or a different meaning.
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Processing Speed
Madison Avenue is the epicenter of the American advertising industry, the place where iconic and influential ad campaigns are born. Why not take a stroll through the most iconic ad slogans from the last 100 years and see how many you can remember? This trip down memory lane is sure to stimulate memories of different products, services and companies that you may not have thought of for many years! The drill has three separate sections, each of equal difficulty.
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Beginning
Memory
The "Darwin Awards" are given out annually to people who have done something really, really stupid. Read each scenario and decide if it is true or false.
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Reasoning
Each slide features a single letter and a list of clues; for each clue the participant must find a word beginning with that letter. Example: "Things that begin with C". Household pet = "Cat."
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Conceptualization
Participants see pictures of a famous cartoon character and they then must identify the character. They'll recognize all their favorites: Snoopy, Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, as well as some old friends, like Mutt and Jeff.
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Memory
This bizarre little drill tells the life story of Ian, born and raised in luxury on an English country estate. Short clues point to specific words that describe various aspects of Ian's life, but they all have something in common.
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Advanced
Language
This maddening little drill is challenging beyond all expectation. The player is tasked to hold up from 1 to 5 fingers on either hand. It starts easily but the brain soon begins to balk at the ever-changing digital combinations. There are three separate levels to this drill. Fast moving and thought provoking, your clients will feel truly empowered when they master this game!
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Processing Speed
The words from some of the most famous speeches in American history come to life in this thought-provoking drill that asks the client to identify the famous orator who immortalized the line. EX: Who said, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
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Language
This thought-provoking game puts your clients' language skills to good use. A series of letter combinations appears and the player has just 60 seconds to think of as many words that start with those letters as possible. This popular game will keep your client's mind sharp and their language skills honed.
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Intermediate
Language
This is, hands-down, our most popular drill. A series of animal pictures flashes on the screen and the players must make the sound that animal makes: "Woof" or "Meow" or "Mooooo!" There are three rounds, and each round goes faster and faster. Once your clients get over the absurdity of standing around mooing in public they will love this sheer lunacy of this drill. Allow them to get creative with their animal noises, or add gestures.
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Processing Speed
This thought provoking drill gives you 12 different moral dilemmas and asks what you would do. Be prepared for some lively discussions with this one. There is no answer key because there is no right or wrong answer: Let your conscience be your guide.
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Reasoning
Everyone loves to eat! See descriptions of recipes from around the world and then name that dish. You'll see menu items from breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. Bon appetit!
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Memory
This drill puts a modern twist on geography. Players are shown a map of a US State and then they must quickly identify the state and its capital.
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Reasoning
This interactive drill gets your clients to exercise their vocal chords. A series of words appear on the screen and the client is instructed to either whisper the word, speak it in a normal voice tone or shout it out. Why bother? Many seniors have a very weak, frail voice which makes communication difficult. In addition, speaking loudly requires good breathing, excellent posture and great core stability. Finally, if an older person is ever in a distress situation, the ability to raise their voice and call for help may ensure their survival. As a special treat, the drill includes a mini-drill called "Moving Your Vowels."
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Mixed Level
Language
Some of the most influential voices of the 20th century show their humorous side in this laugh-out-loud-funny game. You'll be asked to identify quotes from JFK and Albert Einstein, but also from George Carlin and Dorothy Parker. Your folks will be talking about this game for days after!
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Reasoning
Why not sponsor a sing-along? This thought provoking drill gives players the first line of a well-know known song and asks them what comes next.
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Processing Speed
The purpose of this challenging drill is to make order out of chaos. The goal is to find a particular word or phrase mixed in a jumble of different letters. Equal parts amusing and maddening this drill is sure to please.
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Problem Solving
This language drill is a guaranteed crowd pleaser! It gives players a portion of a well-know known proverb or saying and asks them to complete the phrase. EX: "Make hay ______________."
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Language
There are many types of art: painting, sculpture, architecture, technology and design. See pictures of some iconic works of art and name each item. Try to give the approximate year in which the object was created.
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Processing Speed
Get your mind out of the gutter-- this is a fast-paced word game that challenges participants to identify a series of words, each of which begins with "ex." It starts out simple ("Exam") and gets progressively more difficult: ("Exculpatory.") For an added dimension, task your participants to use each word in a sentence. Extra points if they can use three of the X-words in the same sentence: the coveted Triple-X rating! And never fear -- your clients could play this game with their grandkids or their pastor and never so much as blush.
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