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Chains

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written or spoken
What you need: pen & paper or nothing

Goal

To think of a word that begins with the last part of a previous word.

How to play

The first player calls out a word of two or more syllables. The second player must then say a word that begins with the last syllable of the first word. For instance, if the first word is enlighten, the second player could then say tendency, with the next player saying cycle, and so on. A player unable to think of a suitable word is out of the game. The last player left is the winner. Alternatively, players can use two or more word phrases to create a similar chain. For instance, day school could be followed by school bell, kicking off the chain bell pepper, pepper steak, steak sauce, and so on. If the majority of players are children, the last letter of a word can be used as the beginning letter of the following word to create a chain, like cloud, dollar, ride, elephant, tree, and so on.

Instead of players alternating turns, they can agree on a time limit and write down their chains by themselves. The player with the longest list is declared the winner.

Example

Adriel: swallow
Baron: lowland
Colby: landscape
Dimitri: scapegoat
Edmund: goatskin
Felipe: skinflint
Adriel: flintstone
Baron: stonehenge
Edmund: We agreed, no proper nouns. You're out!
Colby: stonewall
Dimitri: wallflower

And so on.

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