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


To guess a pair of words (which are spelled the same but pronounced differently) given their two different meanings.

How to play

Heteronyms are words that are spelled the same but have different pronunciations and meanings. The gamemaster thinks of a pair of heteronyms and tells the other players their definitions. The first player to raise his hand gets to guess at the words and to try to pronounce them. If the player incorrectly guesses the words and/or mispronounces them, he drops out of the round. But if he guesses correctly, he becomes the gamemaster for the next round. The player who is gamemaster for the most rounds is the overall winner. Players can also be required to correctly spell the heteronym.


Allie: One word means 'to injure' and the other 'coiled up.' What is this pair of heteronyms?
Brady: I know. It's spelled W–O–U–N–D, pronounced WOOND and WOWND. What about this pair of heteronyms? One means 'to guide' and the other is 'a metal.'
Conor: The word is L–E–A–D, pronounced LEED and LED. Ok, one word means 'to challenge' and the other 'competition.' What are they?
Dennis: It's C–O–N–T–E–S–T, pronounced kunTEST and KAHNtest. The meaning of the first word is 'sixty seconds' and the other is 'tiny.' What's the...?
Conor: I got it! It's M–I–N–U–T–E, pronounced MINNit and myNOOT. How about 'an adult female pig' and 'to plant seed?'
Elizabeth: The word is S–O–W, pronounced SOUW and SO.

And so on.

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