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Jotto

No. of Players: 2
Type of Game: written
What you need: pen and paper

Goal

To guess the secret word chosen by one's opponent.

How to play

The two players each choose a five-letter word and then take turns trying to guess the word of their opponent. With each guess the player tells the guesser if there are any matching letters between the two words (regardless of position). Also, only unique letter matches need to be acknowledged. For example, if the secret word is PENNY and the guess is NEXUS, there are two letters that match: E and N (i.e., N is not counted twice since the guess word only has one N). The first player to successfully guess the other player's secret word is the winner. It is recommended that players also agree on other rules, such as whether duplicate letters and proper nouns are allowed. Words of varying length can be used to adjust game difficulty.

Other variations of this game are Secret Word and Super Secret Word.

Example

Alberta chooses the word GHOST. Bob first guesses HONEY and he is informed that there are two letters shared between the two words. In subsequent rounds, Bob slowly eliminates possible letters in the secret word.

Bob: How about CHOKE?
Alberta: Still two letters.
Bob: EPOCH?
Alberta: Still two letters.
Bob: FORTH?
Alberta: Three letters.
Bob: BOOTH?
Alberta: Three letters.
Bob: MONTH?
Alberta: Three letters.
Bob: CLOTH?
Alberta: Three letters.
Bob: PHOTO?
Alberta: Three letters.
Bob: SHOUT
Alberta: Four letters.

And so on.

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