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Minister's Cat

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

Goal

To recall and add to a growing alphabetical list of words.

How to play

The first player says "The minister's cat is an ___ cat" where the sentence is completed with an adjective that begins with the letter A. The second player then repeats the completed sentence, but adds another adjective that also begins with A. Each successive player repeats the sentence with the previous list of adjectives and adds a new adjective for the same letter in the alphabet. Once all players have contributed an A-letter adjective, they move on to think of B-letter adjectives and so on, each new round being devoted to the next letter in the alphabet. Any player who cannot remember the previous adjectives used in the round, or who cannot think of a suitable adjective, drops out of the game. The last player left is the winner.

Players can make the game easier by removing the need to recall the previous list of adjectives in any given round. Or they can make the game more difficult by requiring players to also recall adjectives used in all previous rounds.

Alternatively, players think of just one adjective per letter of the alphabet. So the first player completes the sentence with an A-letter adjective, the second player with a B-letter adjective, and so on. The same 'drop out' rules apply and players may, or may not, be required to recall the previous adjectives.

Another version of this game is I Love My Love.

Example

The players agree that each round will be devoted to a single letter. Any player who cannot correctly recall all the previous adjectives, or who cannot think of new adjective, loses the game. The last player left is the winner.

Abram: The minister's cat is an audacious cat.
Bailey: The minister's cat is an audacious and astonishing cat.
Claire: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, and astounding cat.
Abram: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, and benevolent cat.
Bailey: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, and bewitching cat.
Claire: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, and bold cat.
Abram: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, and calculating cat.
Bailey: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, calculating, and callous cat.
Claire: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, calculating, callous, and cheerful cat.
Abram: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, calculating, callous, cheerful, and dangerous cat.
Bailey: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, calculating, callous, cheerful, dangerous, and deceitful cat.
Claire: The minister's cat is an audacious, astonishing, astounding, benevolent, bewitching, bold, calculating, callous, cheerful... um...
Abram: Time's up! You're out.

And so on...

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