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Odd Man Out

No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: written or spoken
What you need: pen & paper or nothing


To identify the word that does not belong in a group of words.

How to play

The gamemaster prepares a list of four words. This list can either be written down, with copies distributed to all the players. Or it can be spoken. The players attempt to identify the word that is different from the others. They must also be able to explain why the word does not belong with the others. The first player to correctly identify the word with a valid explanation wins the round and becomes the next gamemaster to prepare a list. The grand champion will be the player who wins the most rounds overall.


Round 1:

Angel says the words APPLE, POTATO, PEAR, and CHERRY.

Buster is the first to say POTATO and explains that it is a vegetable while the other three are fruits. He wins the round and becomes the next gamemaster.

Round 2:

Buster says the words WISCONSIN, ALASKA, VIRGINIA, and ALABAMA.

Chandra says WISCONSIN, because that is the only state that does not share a border with an ocean. Buster says that is true, but it is not what he was thinking of when making the list.

Dania says ALASKA because it is not part of the contiguous United States like the others. Again Buster says that is true, but it is not the reason why he made this list.

After a few more wrong guesses, Buster sees his puzzle is too hard. He explains that WISCONSIN is the odd man out because it is the only state name that is not a place name in another state (cf. Alaska, NM; Virginia, MN; Alabama, NY).

So Buster gives an easier list: ALL ABOUT EVE, JEZEBEL, THE STAR, and MILDRED PIERCE.

Dania says MILDRED PIERCE, recognizing it is the only movie that does not star Bette Davis.

Round 3:

Dania says CATTLE, CAT, OSTRICH, and DOG.

Chandra says OSTRICH because it is a bird while the others are mammals. It also only has two legs while the others have four.

And so on.

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