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Regressive Anagrams

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


To form a new word by removing and rearranging letters.

How to play

This game moves in the opposite direction of Progressive Anagrams. Players choose a word at random. This can be accomplished by opening a book to a random page and selecting the last word on that page. After this word is written down, the first player removes a letter and rearranges the letters to form a new word. The next player does the same and so on, until players can no longer form new words. The last player to have successfully formed a new word is the winner. If players reach a one-letter word, the round repeats with a new first word until a winner is declared.


Andrea and Bryce randomly select the word RAINING by unmuting a TV and noting the first word spoken. They agree that whoever wins the first round gets to choose the first word for the next round. They flip a coin to see who gets to remove the first letter. Andrea wins, removing N to make AIRING. Here is the complete first round:


Since they reach the one-letter word A, they select another random word. This time Bryce goes first by removing E from HUGE to make HUG:


He strategically wins with this opening move because he could have made HUE instead, which would have allowed his opponent to win with HE.

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