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


To compose or solve a poetic puzzle that gives clues to a mystery word.

How to play

A player challenges himself to compose a poem in which each line is a clue to a letter in a mystery word, except for the final line which gives a clue to the entire word. The poem typically follows this format:

My first is in ___ but never in ___,
My second is in ___ but never in ___, (and so on.)

where appropriate words fill the blanks. This verbal puzzle is then presented to other players to solve. The first player to correctly solve the puzzle is the winner.


Alice writes the following riddle-me-ree that hides a five-letter mystery word for the other players to solve:

My first is in startle but never in phone,
My second is in hello but never in alone,
My third is in middle but never in snatch,
My fourth is in page but never in batch,
My last is in half but never in sign,
Watch out, I take what's not mine.

Solution: thief

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