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Jumble

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

Goal

To solve anagrams, one of which arises from the others.

How to play

Jumbles are popular word puzzles usually found in newspapers and newsprint magazines. But with a little ingenuity, players can construct them for friends and family to solve.

One player selects five 5- or 6-letter words and scrambles their letters. Below each scrambled word a row of squares is drawn, one square per letter. This is where the solutions are written. In addition, each row of squares contains one or more circles. The circled letters in the solutions form a sixth scrambled word or phrase. Traditionally, a hint to this sixth word or phrase is provided, usually in the form of a pun. The number and length of the scrambled words or phrases can be adjusted as desired.

Example

Arthur creates the following Jumble puzzle for the other players. The first player to solve all five anagrams, plus the sixth anagram that forms a two-word answer to the pun-riddle, is declared the winner.

five anagrams in the form of a traditional Jumble puzzle

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

format for jumble answer (a series of squares with circles in them)

Solution:

TODAY
BLISS
CENSUS
BEATEN
UNPLUG

BUGS BUNNY

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