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Explain That

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


To explain how two words or subjects are connected.

How to play

The gamemaster challenges another player to explain the connection between two words or subjects using a string of other words. That player must include other specific words or subjects along the way, which are also suggested by the gamemaster. All the other players can judge if the connections between any two words are acceptable. If the challenged player is successful, he becomes the next gamemaster. Alternatively, multiple players can attempt the challenge and then read out their answers. The player making the connection with the fewest number of steps wins and becomes the next gamemaster.

This game is similar to Word Associations and Tennis, Elbow, Foot.


Arnold challenges Belinda to connect trees and trolls using muscles, Wizard of Oz, and England along the way. After much thought, Belinda explains it like this:

Trees need sunlight.
Sunlight gives plants strength.
Strength in humans comes from muscles.
Having muscles gives you courage.
Courage is what the Cowardly Lion lacked.
The Cowardly Lion was in the Wizard of Oz.
The Wizard of Oz was in Kansas.
Kansas is an inland state.
Inland sounds like England.
England's capital is London.
London is famous for its bridge.
Under bridges live trolls.

All the other players agree that every step was acceptable and congratulate her on an excellent job. Belinda now gets to issue the next challenge.

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