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Forbidden Letters

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing


To answer questions without using words containing specific letters.

How to play

One player becomes the questioner and selects a forbidden letter. The questioner then asks questions of each of the other players in turn. These questions must be answered using words that do not contain the forbidden letter. A player that uses the forbidden letter is out of the game. The last player left is the winner and becomes the questioner for the next round. To enhance the enjoyment of the game, questioners should ask questions they know lead to answers with the forbidden letter. For added difficulty, the questioner could make two or more letters forbidden at the same time.


Alice is elected to be the first questioner. She tells the players the forbidden letter is S.

Alice: What day is today?
Brian: The day before Monday.
Alice: How old are you?
Cecilia: I am one year older than twenty-five.
Alice: What metal has the symbol AG?
Dermot: The metal in the Olympic medal given for runner-up.
Alice: What is your first name?
Elise: It's actually Joan!
Alice: You're out. You may not have said Elise, but you did say it's. Where do kids go to learn?
Brian: In a room in a building with a teacher.

And so on.

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