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Metagram

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

Goal

To guess a word from clues to words similar in spelling.

How to play

A metagram is a word altered by substituting letters of another word. Players can challenge themselves to find words in which every letter of that word, when changed to another letter, makes a new word. Or players can prepare a metagram puzzle for others to solve. The gamemaster selects a word and then gives clues to other words that can be made from that selected word. The first player to correctly solve the puzzle is declared the winner and becomes the next gamemaster.

Examples

I am a word of four letters. If you change my first, I will get applause; my second, I can be changed for another; my third, I might injury myself; my fourth, I will be killed.

Solution: SLAP (CLAP, SWAP, SLIP, SLAY)

My name is four letters. If you change my first, I will make electronics products; my second, I will shrink in size; my third, I will become conservative; my fourth, I will become musical.

Solution: TONY (SONY, TINY, TORY, TONE)

I am a word of four letters. If you change my first, I will be able to use a straw; my second, I will cruelly tease you when you make a mistake; my third, I will become aromatic; my fourth, I will be a great deal.

Solution: MUCK (SUCK, MOCK, MUSK, MUCH)

I am a word of three letters. If you change my first, I will get upset; my second, I will become soapy; my third, I will become sticky.

Solution: SAD (MAD, SUD, SAP)

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