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I made this game up with a girlfriend,
but I can't know remember the exact
mechanics of it. Perhaps i tcould be
One person is behind a blinder with a
A word is selected at random (that
part needs some sort of device or
The first definition of
the word is
read, including (perhaps) its part of
The opponent must now guess the
word. If correct, 10 points is
If incorrect the first letter of the word
is given. A correct answer at this
point is worth 5.
Another letter is given. A correct
answer is worth 3.
4 letters 2 points.
5 letters, 1 point awarded or an
incorrect guess resulting in zero
One variation that would make the
word selection part more sporting
would be to play with two teams of
The word provider would also be able
to score by having words guessed by
his partner, and hence would not
select impossible words.
(?) "Beat the dictionary"
Mix of the descriebd idea and "hangman" [jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
Balderdash instructions (1984)
Also involves dice and cards, but yes. [jutta, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 05 2004]
||Also works with a thesauraus, taking points away after giving more synonyms.
||I prefer the game they once made into a TV show on the BBC, whereby you give three alternative definitions for the same obscure word. The other player(s) has/ve to guess which one is correct.
||They also play that game on "Says You," a US National Public Radio show, Doc.
||'Call My Bluff" seems the same as "Balderdash"(sp?)
||Beyond Balderdash is a fun game as well. Instead of just words they have movie names, dates, names of people, and acronyms.
||We used to play this starting with the more obscure definitions.