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Tennis, Elbow, Foot

three tennis players in silhouette
No. of Players: 2+
Type of Game: spoken
What you need: nothing


To think of words associated with a previously spoken word.

How to play

Players take turns saying one word. Each word must be associated with the preceding word in some way. For instance, the first player says tennis, the second player elbow (as in tennis elbow) the third player foot (another part of the body), and so on. Words must not be repeated, and words must be spoken without hesitation (or within a strict time limit of, say, 3 seconds). Players repeating previously spoken words or hesitating too long must drop out. Players can also challenge each other if they do not see a connection. One player can be elected to act as referee, or the entire group of players can take a vote: if the challenge is upheld, the player challenged is forced out; but if the challenge is unsuccessful, the challenger must drop out. The last player left in the game is the winner.

This game is similar to Word Associations and Explain That.


Andre: MOON
Barry: BEAM
Dawn: BATS
Barry: HOMER
Andre: Challenge! What's the connection between GLOVE and SIMPSON?
Dawn: Oh, I thought of the famous trial of O.J. Simpson: "If the glove don't fit, you must acquit!"

(Barry and Carol rule this a legitimate connection and the game continues without Andre.)

Carol: OVEN
Dawn: CAKE
Barry: WALK
Carol: MOON
Barry: Repeated word, you're out.

And so on.

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