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Bigram

No. of Players: 1+
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To think of words containing two consecutive letters.

How to play

The gamemaster calls out two letters and the other players list as many words as they can that contain these letters within a set time. The letters must appear consecutively in the word, and in the order that they were spoken by the gamemaster. Players agree that these letters can appear anywhere within the word, or anywhere except the start and/or the end of words, or some other rule as desired. Players are awarded one point for every word, two points for every word not appearing on other players' lists, three points for words that contain more than one instance of these letters, and four points for the longest list. The player with the highest score becomes the gamemaster for the next round. The scoring system can be adjusted as desired, as well as whether proper nouns are permitted. This game can also be played alone.

A variation of this game that uses three letters is called Trigram.

Example

Andrew calls out the letters S and A and tells players they have five minutes to list only words that end with these two letters. Words that start with, or contain these letters in the middle of the word, are not permitted. Proper nouns are allowed, as well as commonly understood foreign words. He tells them the scoring system is simple: the longest list wins.

Blair's list:

VISA
MESA
KIELBASA
BALSA
SALSA
MEDUSA
PONDEROSA
MIMOSA

Chrissy has all the words in Blair's list except for KIELBASA and PONDEROSA, but has these three additional words:

URSA
CASA
CONTESSA

Chrissy therefore wins because her list is longer by one word.

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