We came up with a new game in the van a couple of weeks ago. Sophie and Noah and I played for some time. I’m not sure I should really play while driving, as it consumes a fair bit of my mental acuity. But whatever.
It starts out with the Chooser saying “I’m thinking of a word…”
And it can be any word that you might find in a dictionary. The Guessers then suggest a possible word. “Marmot?” someone might ask.
“Too early,” the Chooser says, meaning it’s too early in the dictionary.
And so it goes. Until we gradually get down to third and fourth-order alphabetizations.
“Ack! What’s an S-I-M word that has a fourth letter later than P?” says one Guesser.
“Well,” reminds another Guesser, “it could be S-I-M-P, but just be later than the L. Like SimPro or something, if that was a word. But it’s not. That sounds like an upgrade for The SIMS2.”
My hypothetical word was ‘simpleton,’ which is of course not ‘later than the L’ but it is later than ‘simple.’ So you can see this starts getting very mind-bending. Especially if you’re doing it all orally, without putting anything in writing.