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First and Last

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


To think of words that start and end with particular letters.

How to play

The gamemaster instructs the other players to think of any word that starts and ends with particular letters. The first player to say such a word wins the round and becomes the next gamemaster. Alternatively, all players must say a word in turn until players drop out, one by one, for failing to think of an appropriate word. The player left at the end becomes the gamemaster for the next round. In the written version of this game, the gamemaster gives the players a certain amount of time to write down as many words as they can that start and end with particular letters. The player with the longest list wins the round. If desired, the gamemaster can specify the exact length of acceptable words.

Other variations of this word game are Missing Middles, Bookends and Last to First.


Andy is elected to be the first gamemaster.

Andy: As a warm-up, give me one word that starts with H and ends with T.
Bentley: helmet
Carlos: hotshot
Darby: haziest
Andy: The first player that names a word that starts with B and ends with W wins.
Carlos: below!
Andy: Carlos is the new gamemaster.
Carlos: Ok, everyone has two minutes to write down as many words as they can that start with Y and end with D. The longest list wins.

After two minutes, Darby wins with these ten words: yard, yield, yoked, yanked, yelled, yawned, yodeled, yearned, yellowed, and yardbird.

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