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Telegrams

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

Goal

To write a message using words that start with the letters of a given word.

How to play

Players challenge themselves or others to write a short message from a given word or phrase, either one deliberately chosen, or one chosen at random from a book or dictionary. The words of the message must start with the successive letters of the chosen word, and be 'signed' by a name at the end, like in a telegram. For extra fun, players can decide that messages must be associated with the chosen word in some way. For instance, store might read as "SELLING THINGS OVER RETAIL —ERNIE." The players can then vote on their favorite message. Alternatively, players can suggest a letter in turn, and then write messages based on the random series of letters that result.

Example

Annie writes telegrams to herself based on words she randomly selects from a magazine. She gives herself three minutes to write each of them:

fish
FINS IN STREAM —HECTOR

shower
SLIPPED, HELD ON, WATER EVERYWHERE —RON

ghost
GHOUL HOVERING OVER SANDBOX —TERESA

listen
LUCKILY, I SECURED TEN EARS —NED

profit
PRICE RADISHES OVER FRIENDS IMPRESSIONS —TONY

astonish
AWE, SO THAT OHIO NEVER IS SLEEPY —HENRY

bee
BIT, ENFEEBLED —EVA

heaven
HOLY, EXCELLENT ABOVE VAST EVIL —NATALIE

escargot
EDIBLE SLIPPERY CREATURES, AFTER RESTAURANTS GET ONIONS —TRAVIS

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